Desroches Island is the main island of the Amirante Islands, part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. It is located 230 km southwest of Mahé, the Seychelles' main island. Along its circumference of 15 km is a beach of fine sand. Conservation on the island is managed by Island Conservation Society.
Desroches has a settlement in the middle of the northwestern shore (looking to the lagoon), Desroches Island Resort and a paved airstrip 1372 m long in the southern part. It is located 36 km east of the Amirantes Bank, and separated from it by water over 1300 meters deep. A submerged outer reef protects the island from strong ocean currents, making it ideal for all kinds of water sports including swimming, wind-surfing, water-skiing, snorkeling, and diving. And make no mistake, the diving is stunning!
Things to See & Do
* Guided Nature Walks & Giant Tortoises
* Scuba diving & Snorkelling
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Language – French, English, Seychellois Creole
Population – 50 approx
Land Area – 3.24 km²
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 248
Travel Links – Desroches Island is linked to Mahé by daily schedule flights (40 minutes), private charter flights, or a leisurely sail.
The only international gateway to the Seychelles is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) near Victoria. Flights are available from Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dubai, Doha, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi.