Globe Trekker

Season 5 Episode 14

Indian Ocean Islands

Aired Unknown Jul 02, 2006 on PBS
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Indian Ocean Islands
Traveller Ian Wright visits the islands in the southwestern Indian Oceans: Maritius, Reunion, Seychelles. All three islands are off the eastern coast of Madagascar.
  • Ian Wright visits the Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius, Reunion, and Seychelles.

    This episode is fantastic like so many other Lonely Planet episodes. Ian visits a very off-the-beaten-path (for Americans) location: the southwestern island in the Indian Ocean.

    The islands are off the eastern coast of Madagascar. All of them are unique in their own way. Mauritius is a more developed island that has hosted many celebrities at a self-proclaimed six-star resort. The island retains its own culture and traditions but is not too "exotic" for Westerners.

    Reunion is still a French province and seems like a small chunk of France was dropped into the Indian Ocean. The island has a good-size French expatriate population. Reunion is the most natural of the islands with large, remote canyons, lunarlandscapes, and 3 distinct regions of active volcanoes.

    The Republic of Seychelles has is often called a paradise on earth and a paradise under water. The island is famous for the world's best beach, Silver Spring Cove, the quintessential paradise beach. (The one that many posters and postcards show.)

    Ian also visits a private owned island that is home to pirate graves. Could their lost treasure be on that island?

    He also goes big game fishing for marlin, tuna, wahoo, and other big fish. Fishing is the largest industry in the Seychelles.

    Ian also visits the local marine preservation society to help track whale sharks.moreless

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