The coral island, less than one mile long and 700 yards wide, is situated on
the most northerly end of the Seychelles Archipelago, about 30 minutes by plane
from Mahé. During the months of May to October, millions of Sooty Terns come
to the nature reserve to nest. Other species like the Fairy Tern or the Coco
turtledove are famous residents of the island. The world's largest land
tortoise, "Esmeralda" (300 kg, about 170 years old) lives on
this private paradise along with other tortoises.
Rooms/Accommodation: The 25 bungalows were newly built in 1993. They are
spacious and have terrace, shower/toilet and ceiling fan. The bedroom is
attached to a living area, where children can be accommodated. The water is
heated by solar energy. In the main building, there is a rustic bar, a small
library and an excellent restaurant.
Activities: There is a lookout platform in the middle of the nesting
area. Optional boat cruises, snorkelling equipment and deep sea
fishing excursions are offered.