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Based in the inner granitic islands of Seychelles, the island of Curieuse is mostly uninhabited. This makes it a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the GVI research base is right on the beach at Anse St José. Due to its abundant marine life, snorkeling and swimming are popular activities.

Curieuse is also recognized for its unique flora such as the endemic Coco de Mer palm, famous for its large palm nuts. Also notable are some of the last remaining healthy mangrove systems within the inner islands, making this island a botanical gem.

If you're a fan of reptiles then you'll be happy to know that there is a large population of Aldabra giant tortoises who roam freely on the island. There are so many in fact, that they outnumber the people. During the turtle breeding season, Hawksbill sea turtles and Green turtles will visit to lay their eggs. So depending on the time of year, volunteers will have the chance to survey beaches for evidence of turtle nests.

As a GVI participant, you will join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in the Seychelles. Take part in critical conservation research within a national park and help support the creation of conservation policies.

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