North Island ~ A Place Where Wild Spirits Can Truly Breathe

Breaking away from the city to live on an island for a few days taught us so much as a family. The bright blue Indian Ocean of the Seychelles was a constant sage, accompanying us on our adventure at North Island, a private island with only a handful of villas set between the trees on the beach’s edge. An island with conservation at its heart, a safe nesting place for turtles, a coconut plantation returned to a natural, indigenous Eden, and, for us, a place where our wild spirits could truly breathe.

Swim wild my child

The ocean told us to be kind (don’t be shellfish) – leading by example, with the way it welcomes everyone. It reminded us to surrender and go with the flow, it called us to look beneath the surface and to never give up – to just keep swimming, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

It was a chance to play and dive fearlessly into life (to seas the day). It was also a prompt to take care. As much fun, freedom and peace as the ocean presents – there is always the element of danger. It’s what makes it real, it’s what keeps us on our toes (or flippers), it’s what creates courageous spirits. In the ocean, we tested ourselves, learnt to dive, learnt to fish, and paddled and played until sunset.

There are two memories that stand out the most from North Island. The blueberry catastrophe and the turtle lesson.

Let’s start with the blueberries. After a morning of eating, eating, and more eating, Renzi decided he wanted something extra still. Blueberry pancakes! All the blueberries, please! After devouring all the berries the island had and heading out on a boat, the waves in his own body hit fiercely.

When he recuperated, Renzi did not want to see another blueberry. But the lodge now had it in their minds that this little boy loved blueberries! Renzi didn’t equate getting sick with eating too much and getting on a boat in the sea. He assumed the blueberries did it. By themselves. He just didn’t have the heart to tell the lodge this and so silently, gracefully, he bit his tongue with every new blueberry concoction the kind waiters and butlers presented him with. There was a deluge of blueberries! To this day, he cannot stomach the thought of them.

Private island rule: run toward the waves ~ with arms wide open.

And then there’s the very important lesson from a turtle.

One day, we were late getting back from deep sea fishing – on account of having too much fun with the guides. When we arrived on land, we were told that there was a turtle lecture at the piazza. Being lovers of any opportunity to take notes, this made us beam with excitement! We were beside ourselves. But when we arrived at the piazza, CJ, the environmentalist told us, “I’ve got something special to share.” We were torn… we wanted a presentation! The boys’ hands were itching to scribble. But we followed CJ, down to the beach, to find a huge hawksbill turtle laying eggs. It was the most unexpected and magical experience! A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Watching her in the moonlight… it didn’t get much better than this! But Renzi had his mind set on the earlier promise.

“This is great, but aren’t we going to be late to the turtle lecture?” he said.

Had we stuck to the programme, we would have missed the magic. In the end, by giving in to the spontaneous, we got to enjoy the presentation in real-life as well as, a little later, in the lecture room. Prepare for surprises, the turtles had taught us.

Below are snapshots from our Seychelles sojourn

The wind-down before the fun begins ~ on our Seychelles escapade. First stop: Eden Bleu Hotel, our entry to island life.

And then the energy returns with a vengeance… Splish-splashing in the Seychelles – Eden Bleu Hotel

A private island, in the heart of the Seychelles, North Island found its way into our hearts. 💕 To be able to safely run wild on the beach and hike through lush canopies and forests, over boulders, to meet with giant tortoises and tickle little bats… it’s the stuff of dreams, a wonderland and an example of people coming together to let nature thrive ~ the island wasn’t always like this. It used to be a coconut plantation but new owners and leadership and conservation-minded folk moved in and gave it a chance to turn back into an Eden in the Indian Ocean. A place turtles and all kinds of unique birdlife have returned to. Places like this give us so much – not merely a playground for busy little legs .

You give life life 💕 How is it that the little ones we call sons or daughters know so well what many of us spend decades trying to grasp, find or create ~ the genuine enjoyment of life, the jump-out-of-bed factor and the eager readiness to seek out fun and adventure… it’s brimming from their hearts. Let me out, let me out, they sing. You lead, babes, I’ll follow with Pom-Poms cheering you on all the way.

This is important 💜💛

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” ~ C. JoyBell C. Sunsets with you…

And when coconuts alone won’t cut it… 🥥 there’s fresh fish 🐠 and salad (with coconut shavings) ~ and a side of bubbles 🥂 to accompany the beachfront birdwatching

GO FISH 🎣 ~ bringing home the bacon at North Island. Ok, the fish. Caught, cooked and chowed all within hours. Doesn’t get fresher than that.

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts (they’re lovely) There they are all standing in a row (one, two, three, four) Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head (and bigger) …

Our Life Aquatic 🐳 Ocean Lovers at Home in the Sea(chelles)!

Head in the clouds ⛅️

New experiences and lessons around every corner on this beautiful island eden in the Indian Ocean!
We’re just batty for it all 🦇

Wild hair, don’t care.

Lace up and head out 🌴💚 Welcome to our private island. We believe there are other guests here, we just haven’t seen them yet.

Fauna, flora and fun 💚 When holiday getaways don’t just restore but teach and inspire! We’ll just sit down here while we receive those teachings, if you don’t mind.

You got a friend in me.

Thank you to North Island for an unforgettable family experience.

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