Site near hard-to-find waterfall in Seychelles available for tourism lease, Catholic Church says
The waterfall is located in the western Mahe district of Port Galud. (Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - A waterfall site at Port Launay in the west of the Seychelles’ main island Mahe is available for lease to investors interested in tourism-related attractions, an official of the Roman Catholic Church said.
The manager of the site, Serge Louange, said the area is a good location for anyone planning to invest in a tourism-related facility.
“There is a possibility to build a cafeteria and a restaurant or even souvenir shops on the roadside leading to the waterfall. There is also a nice trail leading to the waterfall, which can also be fixed and maintained and can be used as a source of attraction for visitors,” added Louange.
The Minister of Tourism, Didier Dogley, said that this is a good move on behalf of the Catholic Church as there are a lot of tourists visiting the waterfall.
Dogley said that whichever facility is put in place needs to provide a good service that will further add value to the place.
The Port Glaud waterfall is about a 1km walk from the main road and is set in the heart of a dense forest. The water is inviting even from afar as it glistens downhill out of a glacis and tumbles into a clear, freshwater pool perfect for swimming.
Aside from the development of tourist facilities, the Catholic Church also wants the surrounding environment to be protected.
“The area is surrounded by lush vegetation and we should at all cost protect it. We should ensure that all planning procedures are followed. Infrastructures that will be put in place should also complement the beauty of the place,” said Louange.
He said that investors should also take into account the security aspect that is needed to protect visitors going to the site.
Speaking to SNA, Anne Holden, who is on holiday in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, and has recently visited the place, said that the waterfall is definitely a great experience.
“You shouldn't go alone though, it's better to have a guided tour. It's difficult to locate,” said Holden who remarked that the place is lacking a restaurant.