Madagascar to the Seychelles

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Duration: 59 minutes

Simon Reeve visits the tropical Indian Ocean Islands of Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles on the second leg of his journey.

Amid the paradise of coral reefs and jungles full of spectacular wildlife, Simon witnesses some of the threats to the Ocean. Off the coast of Madagascar, he goes spear fishing with the Vezo people, whose lifestyle is at risk from their own population growth, and in Mauritius he sees the vast industrial tuna trawlers unloading their catch. In the Seychelles, Simon meets an eccentric Englishman who is fighting back by turning his private paradise island into the world's smallest national park - largely populated by giant tortoises who start their life in his bedroom.

But there is no escaping the problems of the world even here, and Simon joins Dutch special forces training to board ships on the high seas controlled by pirates.

  • Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles

    The second leg of Simon Reeve’s epic Indian Ocean Journey takes him to some of the most exotic tropical locations on earth. Off the coast of Madagascar he goes spear fishing with the Vezo people, whose lifestyle is under threat from their own population growth, and meets the British conservation group controversially educating the Vezos about birth control in an effort to preserve fish stocks and the marine environment. The poverty of Madagascar is a contrast with the wealth of tourist paradise Mauritius. But even on Mauritius there are slums – and Simon meets up with a community of displaced Chagos Islanders, who were expelled from their homes in the middle of the Indian Ocean by the British Government, when the island of Diego Garcia was leased to the Americans to build their largest overseas military base. It’s a sad story that is evidence of the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean; on Mauritius both China and India, the superpowers of the future, are investing billions in new construction projects. On the last stop on this leg of his journey Simon arrives in the Seychelles and meets an eccentric Englishman who has turned his private paradise island into the world’s smallest national park – largely populated by giant tortoises who start their life in his bedroom. But there is no escaping the problems of the world even here and Simon joins Dutch Special Forces training to board ships controlled by pirates on the high seas.

  • Find Out More

    Find Out More

    Simon Reeve witnessed the work of a large number of organisations on his travels around the edge of the Indian Ocean.

    Here are details of some of them
  • From curried fruit bat to armoured underwear

    From curried fruit bat to armoured underwear

    ‘We had to pick the best spots for filming based on the likelihood of us actually being able to tell a story, show an issue or see a stunning sight’

    Read Simon Reeve’s post on the BBC TV blog

Credits

Presenter
Simon Reeve
Presenter
Simon Reeve
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall
Producer
Dominic Ozanne
Producer
Dominic Ozanne
Director
Dominic Ozanne
Director
Dominic Ozanne

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