“A return to normality,” the many tourists who enjoy that world famous beach on the island of Praslin are saying, after the swim ban was lifted last week. Praslin, the tourist Mecca of the Seychelles, has seen the introduction of life guards on its beach at Anse Lazio, following the freak shark attacks mid-last year.
Experts from South Africa have been assisting the Seychelles government with a long list of what to do, which the authorities have been following as they prepared to reopen the beach known as one of the World’s Best Beach. The popular Anse Lazio Beach is popular with tourists and locals, and it remains an idyllic setting for romantic swims and for just admiring the beauty that still exists in this era when the world is being overtaken by development.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, was on the island of Praslin after the swim ban was lifted, and after enjoying a swim with hoteliers of the island, he met with the press for an interview right on the beach itself. “As a country, we worked hard to ensure that recommendations made by South African experts were looked at. We sought more help from Australia in the field of training for our life guards. Today, we feel satisfied that we are ready to reopen the beach, which is adequately manned by Seychellois life guards,” Alain St.Ange said.
Seychelles is known as a year-round tourist destination, as it does not have winter. The country has clean and clear white sandy beaches that are lapped by the clean and clear turquoise blue seas. This is why tourists continue to flock to this mid-ocean group of islands that offers both granitic and flat coral islands. Tourism remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy.