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  • 27 february 2012 (22:11) - Environment
    Seychelles lifts swim ban months after shark attacks

    The pristine waters of Seychelles are open once again following six months of being off limits following shark attacks last August. The year 2011 was not a good one for Indian Ocean countries dependant on tourism to feed their economies. Every year thousands travel to the many small island nations – and Australia – in search of sun, sand, and waves. However, a deadly series of shark attacks throughout the vast region forced the beaches closed, leaving tourists to seek other, safer places to swim. One country affected by the ocean predators was Seychelles after two tourists were attacked and killed while swimming off some of the most beautiful beaches on earth. The two deaths last year forced tourism officials to re-train their life guards to better spot sharks from the shore. Experts from South Africa and Australia were called in to share their expertise. So rare are attacks on the island nation, they were the first in 50 years for Seychelles.

    Put Seychelles on the de-stress travel itinerary

    Found floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is the ultimate getaway to a paradise of sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Made up of 15 islands, Seychelles is the perfect location for honeymooning, or just escaping reality. Known as the destination for the rich, Seychelles offers many affordable options, accessible to travelers on varying budgets. Flights can be found on both US coasts, requiring at least one stop-over during the journey. US citizens must hold a valid passport to enter, and may stay for up to one year.

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