A free stay on a beautiful island in the Seychelles? Until a few years ago, it was in Longue and nowhere else... This 800 m long and 300 m wide strip of granite land, anchored within the Sainte-Anne Marine Park, was not synonymous with languor, however, since it was still Prison Island. Formerly devoted to smallpox patients, the island had been used as a quarantine station at the end of the 19th century. The "clientele" consisted of about 100 inmates, many of whom had been convicted of drug-related offences. Prison, yes, but the most secret of the Seychelles islands was still pretty cool. We could hardly do better than that. During the week, the prisoners worked on the maintenance of the island and its cultivation, the land being worked on terraces. On visiting days, there was even a summer camp atmosphere around the families who came to bring pastries and videos, while the recluses killed time by fishing in the lagoon at the expense of the administration. Anyway, that prison island wasn't Alcatraz. Here, it was the prisoners who were armed (with a big knife for the work in the garden) and not the guards. For New Year's Eve 2002, a dozen prisoners even managed to convince some of them to let them go to Mahé for a New Year's Eve party. Which they did, but the story had to get out. Anyway, it was a soft prison, deserving of at least a 4-coco rating... The imperfect is imposed, indeed, the prisoners of Longue having been moved to Mahé, to the new prison located on the heights of Montagne Posée, so that this beautiful island of the marine park opens a new page of its destiny, inevitably touristic.

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