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Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Sainte Anne Island, Seychelles

There is much to see in the Ste. Anne Marine National Park, which is set amid dazzling turquoise waters and is thus a perfect snorkeling spot. Situated about 5km from the main island of Mahé, this picturesque Marine Park comprises 6 islands just off the coast of Mahe. These islands include Ste Anne, Ile Moyenne, Ile Ronde, Ile Longue, Ile Cachee and Ile aux Cerfs.

The Sainte Anne Marine National Park is a group of 6 closely located islands off the coast of Mahé. The glass-bottom excursion takes the travelers through the diverse marine life of the park’s coral reefs. Snorkeling and scuba diving are other highlights that make the national park one of the best places to visit in Seychelles.

Daily excursions, including glass-bottom boat excursions, provide spectacular views of Mahé, and introduce visitors to the treasures of this pristine Marine Protected Area, the first such park to be established in the Indian Ocean (March 1973).

Snorkelers on reefs can enjoy a host of corals of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Ste. Anne Marine National Park contains one of the largest areas of seagrass meadows in the granitic islands and it is not uncommon to see green turtles feeding on them. Visitors might even have the opportunity to swim with hawksbill turtles or watch bottlenose dolphins cruising, for a truly memorable experience.

A popular destination, Moyenne Island just under half a kilometers long is privately owned.. Amongst the lush vegetation of this wonderful tropical garden are the remains of early settler’s homes, pirates’ graves, and a small thatched chapel. There are also giant tortoises roaming freely, numerous birds, and a reputed restaurant - all of which can be discovered along the 30-minute trail surrounding the island. As well as being found within a Marine Park.

Today the islands are known as one of the prime tourist locations in the Indian Ocean for scuba-diving, glass-bottom boat excursions, and snorkeling among the coral reefs. The colorful underwater world attracts tourists from around the world who are watching here the magnificent coral gardens, reef sharks, and colorful tropical fish.

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