Activities at North Island Luxury Villas
...either under guidance from one of the staff, or alone. This gives you the freedom to move around the Island at your own pace, either on foot, on North Island mountain bikes or by Island Buggies. These activities will have a minimal impact on the environment whilst providing the enjoyment of entertainment and exercise.
Seychelles forms part of the world's longest coral reef system and has some of the world's best scuba diving sites. Numerous dive sites have been identified around North Island and its nearest neighbour Silhouette Island. North Island offers a 'guided' scuba experience and the dive masters are not only experts in scuba practices but also in the underwater universe. The North Island dive school and fishermen are experienced professionals who will inspire confidence with both uninitiated and seasoned guests alike.
There are good snorkelling sites around North Island and Silhouette Island. Masks and fins are available at the dive centre if you wish to explore these sites, either on your own or in the company of a staff member (depending on your snorkelling skills).
If you want to explore the Island from the water you can do so using sea kayaks, with all necessary tuition and guidance provided.
Air-conditioned, and situated behind the dive centre.
Available for youself. These mountain bikes are suitable for getting from one side of the Island to the other with ease.
Each Villa has its own dedicated Island Buggie. These specially adapted electric carts look like miniature 4 X 4’s and give you the freedom to move around the Island.
North Island Sunset Bar
A walk along Grande Anse Beach as the sun sets is an experience not to be missed - especially as the Sunset Bar lies at the end of the walk.This simple, rustic bar is located just above the high water mark on the northern end of Grande Anse. Drinks and light snacks can be served for those wanting to enjoy this beach. Fly-fishing: is an option for any guest. North Island has fishing rods, tackle and flies in stock for guest use. However, it is recommended that serious fly-fishermen bring their own rods and tackle.
Trips to Silhouette Island
Located some five kilometres to the south, Silhouette Island is a soaring granite island, whose peaks are constantly enveloped in clouds. The granite cliffs drop sharply into the sea. Silhouette has few beaches, though there are some wonderful tiny coves with remote beaches that are worth exploring.
Silhouette Island's attractions include an excellent example of a Seychelles plantation house (built in 1850), now a museum, and the remains of its once thriving copra processing plant. Ron Gerlach is the resident ecologist and runs a breeding programme for the highly endangered Seychelles giant tortoises and terrapin.
His immaculate research centre is worth a visit and, depending on the time of the year, you may see turtle eggs (Hawksbill ad Green turtles) being incubated. For the energetic and fit, Silhouette Island has some challenging hiking trails.
Boating and Island Hopping
Boating around North Island or other trips could include visits to Mahé and the outer islands, including the spectacular bird islands, Arid and Cousin, and can be arranged at an extra cost.
The North Island Library
An extensive natural history library and research centre, lovingly renovated out of the old coral ruins, houses all the documentation concerning the history of the Island as well as details of its rehabilitation and plans of the building of the lodge.
Slide shows and talks are offered
, enabling interested guests to learn about Seychelles and North Island, as well as a wide range of ecological and conservation topics.
Depending on the time of the year, you may be lucky enough to witness the Hawksbill and Green turtles laying their eggs on the eastern and western beaches of North Island. Researchers will tag the turtles so that their breeding activities can be monitored.
You can explore the Island by walking around it and along its extensive beaches, or climbing the granite outcrops and crossing the saddle linking the eastern and western plateaux.
North Island Spa
The North Island spa is open from 10h00 and the last treatment ends at 19h00. It is located in inspiring surroundings, overlooking turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs. North Island's spa will provide a unique treatment menu specially derived from island ingredients.
In keeping with North Island’s concept of tailor-made service, yous can receive certain treatments in the privacy of your own Villa. Currently, guests can enjoy the In-Villa treatments carried out by a professional team.
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