A secluded slice of paradise
Desroches Island is the perfect place to live out all of your desert island daydreams. One of Amirantes islands in the Outer Seychelles, around 230 km southwest of Mahé, it is a secluded slice of paradise that will sweep you off your feet. Measuring only 6 km long by 3 km wide, with a local population of just 50 people, Desroches is petite in size but packed with charm. It’s the very definition of ‘getting away from it all’.
Ringed by 14 km of pristine, pearly beaches and lapping azure waves, Desroche is a dreamy place to take a dip in the Indian Ocean. The island sits at the southern tip of an atoll-style coral reef and its clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
The island is famous for the dramatic Desroches Drop, where divers can explore an underwater maze of sea caves and meet a mind-boggling selection of marine life. Nearer the surface, the snorkelling is superb with regular spottings of hawksbill and green sea turtles.
Avid anglers can try their hand at deep sea fishing for tuna, wahoos, marlin and sailfish, while sun worshippers can stretch onshore in the sunshine. Desroche is also a springboard to a couple of other outer islands within the Amirantes Archipelago, so it’s possible to take island-hopping day trips to the nearby islands of Poivre and St. Joseph, with beautiful blue lagoons and bountiful sea life. Do as little or as much as you like on Desroche - it’s completely up to you.
To reach the idyllic Amirantes, you’ll need to take a quick 45 minute flight from Mahé. When you get there, simply kick off your shoes, order a cocktail, tuck into some delicious spiced fish wrapped in a banana leaf and watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean.
It’s a pinch-me paradise that will provide memories to last a lifetime.
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