Seychelles Astronomy Tour

La Digue, Seychelles

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Amar Sharma
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Aug 5 - 10, 2018
Group size: 16 - 20
Seychelles Astronomy Tour
La Digue, Seychelles

Amar Sharma
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Aug 5 - 10, 2018
Group size: 16 - 20

About this trip

Somewhere in the Indian Ocean, 1800 km from Africa’s eastern shore, or 1000 km from Madagascar’s northern tip, lay a group of more than 115 granite & coral islands, the Seychelles Islands.


Stunning & chaste, beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, thriving coral reefs, virgin jungles, and UNESCO-listed nature reserves, are some of the many attractions of this archipelago. Almost half their total land area is protected, and many of the islands & atolls are contained within marine sanctuaries. Beach connoisseurs will find one of the planet’s most picturesque stretches of sand here. Do you remember those beautiful, stunning-blue-skies with turquoise-water, beach postcards you have seen?


That’s where we’re headed!


From our starting point at Mahé Island, we ferry up to La Digue Island, just 10.1 km² in area. During evenings we will head to one of the more isolated beaches, and beautiful ones indeed: Anse Gaulette, Anse Grosse Roche or Anse Banane beaches. Two nights – for the sky – with the mighty eastern Indian Oceanillimitable in the fore direction.


Well, it’s an astronomy tour, so we’ve crafted a surprise for you. We’ve chartered a luxury catamaran boat to sail on the 3rd night into further waters around the nearby islands of Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Félicité, andMarianne. Now you would be truly away from any human being and would be lying down above the water of the great Indian Ocean!


Each participant will learn, observe, record/log and navigate through the skies on 3 dark nights using their own binocular. Situated just 4o below the Equator, we will be treated with equal hemispheres of the night sky, granting us views of the treasures of southern skies like clusters & nebulae, along with the staggering, dense, Milky Way band, as well as galaxy-infested regions of the northern sky.


Join Skyward with AstronAmar for this unforgettable starry Seychellois experience!

INCLUSIONS


  • All Seychelles Islands accommodations on twin sharing basis – single supplement is additional cost
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Sightseeing, entry tickets, permits & activities at the Islands: Mahé and La Digue
  • All road transfers
  • All ferry transfers
  • Luxury catamaran charter for 1 night
  • One English speaking local guide during our stay
  • Small astronomy kit from Skyward with AstronAmar including logbook & sketching sheets, notepad, stationery material, 20-page printed star maps
  • Astronomy gift item
  • Amar Sharma’s stay & local cost with group

EXCLUSIONS

 

  • Flight from India or elsewhere to Seychelles Islands and return
  • Seychelles visa
  • Amar Sharma’s flight + visa cost with group from Bangalore / Mumbai and back here
  • All ground, air & water insurances – compulsory
  • All airport taxes
  • Any excess baggage and handling costs during to-fro international flights or at airports
  • Any meals not included in above
  • Any outdoor activities not included in above
  • Snacks for overnight stays
  • Any shopping of personal nature
  • Any tips, gratuities and porterage, also laundry and telephone calls, etc.
  • Any cost related inconveniences caused by flight delays, cancellations or route deviation
  • Any increase in air fare, fuel surcharge & taxes
  • Any increase in the rate of currency exchange which may come in to effect prior to departure
  • Any additional requirements for tour extensions opted

Before You Go

 We will not be providing any of these, it is your responsibility to bring them; inconvenience or inability caused there forth is at your own risk or liability:

  • All identity proofs – original and photocopy
  • Any prescribed medicines – additionally for high altitude sickness
  • Toilet kit
  • Sun-screen cream
  • Mosquito repellent cream
  • Winter wear for up to +10oC and chilly winds, to be safe; two layers each for top & bottom, as a chance & precaution
  • Winter hood or skull cap
  • Gloves
  • Socks & shoes
  • Cap
  • Empty water bottle
  • Bright torch – non-mobile phone
  • Binoculars – this is a binocular tour where each participant has to carry their own set (10×50 specification preferable)
  • DSLR cameras & tripods (for your night sky photography), and any similar items / accessories
  • Mobile phone charging unit of that country’s design / configuration
  • Anything else you deem important to be carried

Please communicate for any other personal requirements.

Itinerary

Arrival at Seychelles
Day 1

AUGUST 5

Arrival at   Mahé International Airport 

Transfer to accommodation

Free night / rest

Your Organizer


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Amar Sharma
An amateur astronomer for last 16 years, one who chose to make his profession popularizing astronomy and making the society look up at the night sky. An experienced observational astronomer having spent thousands of hours under the night sky, Amar is also far too involved in many other creative areas of astronomy. He's an: invigorated communicator; extremely expressive writer; author of the upcoming deepest book on amateur astronomy; compiler of encyclopedia on 20th century comet hunters; discoverers; ccd camera imager; astrosketcher; dark sky conservator; fighter of light pollution; aspiring documentary film maker; pioneer of astronomy tourism in India; and more. Amar happens to be the first accidental discoverer of a celestial object (Mira-type variable star) using a ccd camera in personal capacity, in the modern history of India! World renowned comet hunter David Levy honoured him with his own asteroid discovery as "380607 Sharma"! He's India's *most* active amateur astronomer!