Aride Island Nature Reserve, 10 km north of Praslin, is one of the most important sea bird breeding sites in the Indian Ocean with over a million nesting every year. As you make the notoriously exciting landing on the beach, you can see the thousands of sooty terns soaring above you on high thermals. The informative staff take you on a tour of the island, where you can see nesting tropicbirds and fairy terns, and species which have been brought back from the brink of extinction, such as the Seychelles magpie robin and Seychelles warbler. A walk up to the viewpoint is a slog, but worth it for the fantastic views of great and lesser frigatebirds speeding past you just metres away, a wildlife photographer’s dream. Make sure you leave a little time for a snorkel on the reef, where rays, turtles and a myriad colourful fish can be seen. La Reserve hotel (www.lareserve.sc, call 298000) on Praslin can organise trips with a BBQ lunch for non-residents.