It's a bit like being stranded on a deserted island: Ahead of you lies the pounding surf in glistening sunlight, driftwood tickles your feet, and in the shallows a few sea turtles graze on a lush meadow of seaweed. You can see a group of dolphins leap out of the water on the horizon. Behind you are rough, grey cliffs where lizards sunbathe, and then the rainforest begins, with loud rustling, chirping, and twittering. Civilization? Very far away! Here in the “ Sainte Anne Marine National Park”, the oldest nature reserve in the Seychelles near Mahé, nature is clearly in charge!