The Seychelles Tourism Board is proud to be once again spearheading the organisation of the 2018 Seychelles Ocean Festival, the successor to the iconic and long-running SUBIOS (Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles) which, for two decades, played an important role in raising the profile of diving in Seychelles and also sensitising generations of Seychellois and visitors alike concerning the beauty and fragility of the Seychelles marine environment.
Since those early days of SUBIOS, the Seychelles marine scene has changed enormously and has swollen to encompass many different sectors: sailing & cruising; water sports; sports fishing; diving and snorkelling; sustainable seafood gastronomy; conservation; education; the Blue Economy.
The Seychelles Ocean Festival 2018, which is being organised to take place between Friday 23rd and Sunday 26th November, marks the beginnings of an event to showcase the magnificent diversity, beauty and fragility of Seychelles’ marine scene via a series of different activities to commemorate the International Year of the Reef over the weekend including an official opening at Eden Island complete with a photographic/cinematographic display of old photographs and films and screening of an episode of the BBC’s The Blue Planet.
Saturday the 23rd will see activities taking place at the Eden Island Mall including a spread of sustainable seafood cuisine at Tamassa restaurant and a suite of activities being coordinated with the Ministry of Education and National Arts Council.
The final day will take the form of a family fun day at Beau Vallon comprising a competition among the NGOs to build and race a qartier maron raft; volleyball and football competitions; competition to build the best sand castle; a kiddies’ treasure hunt; educational stalls set up by the NGOs to advertise aspects of their work; beach clean-up; dedicated edition of Word Up; live music and closing speeches by the minister.
The 2018 Seychelles Ocean Festival looks to revive the popular aspects of SUBIOS and, over the coming years, to become an important fixture in Seychelles’ calendar of events and a key platform for showcasing the many attributes of Seychelles’ marine scene and all that it offers to visitors and locals alike.
Original Source: Seychelles Ocean Festival Facebook Page