Seychelles Subios Festival of the Sea


Road Travel is offering Selected dive packages to the Seychelles Subios Festival of the Sea, the Indian Ocean’s Biggest Film and Video Competition.  Packages include boat dives, free entrance to the Subios Beach Party, marine awareness presentations and Creole barbeque on a secluded beach.


After the successful carnival in March this year, the Seychelles islands have launched the brochure for their Festival of the Sea, which is set to take place from 4 – 6 November in the lovely and picturesque bay of Beau Vallon on the north of the main island of Mahe.  This year, the Seychelles Tourism Board as the organizers of SUBIOS, has announced ambitious plans to build on the excellent foundation that it has built over more than 20 years and expand its raft of activities to become “Seychelles Festival of the Sea.”  The Festival of the Sea will retain certain traditional elements such as the popular Underwater Film & Image Competition, while embracing several new concepts in a venue on the beach front at Beau Vallon against a flotilla of decorated boats.  This year will also see raft building, a traditional activity brought back to life, with schools encouraged to prepare to enter this competition and to race their raft across the bay of Beau Vallon.  Arrangements are also being made to have a choice of floating eateries, as well as food stalls with a seafood theme, and a raft of other entertainment options, competitions, and live music shows.


The twin-pronged approach of educating visitors to the islands as well as the local Seychellois population has been especially successful.  Each year, the organizers have chosen a specific theme that focuses attention on a particular marine domain and which showcases its potential seychelles fish coralas well as the challenges facing it.  Recent themes have included ‘Cetaceans: Our Ocean Cousins’, ‘The Gardens Below’, ‘Wrecks as Ocean Habitats’ and this year’s theme, ‘Wonders beneath the waves.’


Traditionally, reinforcing each year’s theme have been the guest speakers who enrich the festival with their expertise and whose various films and presentations serve to provoke discussion and so enhance public knowledge of Seychelles’ marine worlds.  SUBIOS has also been very popular with the local schools which have received visits from the guest speakers and which have also contributed to the festival with poetry and painting competitions while at the same time benefiting from intro dives and boat trips.


In a drive to give the new festival greater international exposure, four high-profile magazines are set to become official partners of SUBIOS.  The four magazines of the Asian Geo group: Asian geographic, Asian Passport, Asian Diver and Scuba Diver are all set to become official partners of SUBIOS as well as official publications of the event.  Now, all four publication logos will appear on all SUBIOS posters and adverts and will be prominent in all marketing campaigns. Event organizers will continue working on the event over the coming months to ensure that it ‘packs an entertainment punch’ designed to be a real crowd-puller for Seychellois and visitors alike.

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