Life at the MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles was a very relaxed affair, even when the Staysure Tour stars were battling for the title. However, there was a hive of activity away from Constance Lemuria as Seychelles took centre stage on the Staysure Tour.
Constance Lemuria on the island of Praslin, first hosted the MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles in 2018, when it made its debut on the Staysure Tour International Schedule, and welcomed the over 50s circuit back with open arms.
The European Tour Destinations venue on the paradise island of Praslin, the Seychelles’ second largest island, is home to the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous coco de mer grows wild.
The coco de mer is indigenous to Praslin and also the inspiration for the MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles trophy, which was lifted aloft by Peter Fowler. The fruit of coco der mer weighs between 15 to 30kgs, with the largest nut recorded at 42kg making it the world’s heaviest nut.
The paradise island is a picturesque location of beauty and tranquillity with many holidaymakers heading to Anse Lazio, which is widely acclaimed to be one of the most beautiful beaches on earth.
Commonly found on the white sands of Praslin are turtles and at Constance Lemuria they run a turtle preservation programme led by Turtle Manager Robert Matombe, who takes care of the endangered Green Sea Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles.
The beaches are important nesting sites for the endangered species and the reptiles return year-on-year to lay their eggs. Matombe, also known as the Turtle Man, patrols the beaches each day during the nest season from October to February, recording the females that come to the beaches to nest and identifies the ones who have visited before.
Each female turtle lays between 150 to 200 eggs and it is Matombe’s job to keep an eye on the nesting sites while the eggs incubate deep in the sand.