Farquhar Atoll

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Farquhar Atoll
NASA Farquhar Atoll.jpg
NASA photo of Farquhar Atoll
Location Indian Ocean
Archipelago Seychelles
Area 7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Population 15
Farquhar Atoll is located in Indian Ocean
Farquhar Atoll
Farquhar Atoll
Location of Farquhar Atoll in the Indian Ocean

The Farquhar Atoll is part of the Farquhar Group of islands in the Seychelles that are part of the Outer Islands.

The atoll is located at 10°10′S 51°08′E / 10.167°S 51.133°E / -10.167; 51.133. It is the most southerly part of the Seychelles.


The atoll was discovered in 1501 by the Portuguese navigator, João da Nova. From 1965 to the independence of the Seychelles in 1976, they were a part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The atoll is named for Robert Townsend Farquhar (1776-1830), the first British Governor of Mauritius.[1]


The total area of the atoll, including the large lagoon, is 170.5 square kilometres (65.8 sq mi). The land area is 7.5 square kilometres (2.9 sq mi).

The atoll is located about 770 kilometres (480 mi) from Mahé. There is a small settlement on Île du Nord (North Island).

Farquhar Atoll is notable for its high sand dunes, some of which reach to over 10 metres (33 ft) in height.

Farquhar Atoll islands[edit]

The main group of islands form a long curve which describes the eastern side of the atoll. Largest of these are Ile du Nord and Ile du Sud, with the smaller Manaha islands between them. Farther south is Goelettes.
To the open western side of the atoll lies the small group known as Trois Îles.

The atoll consists of
  • Île du Nord
  • Île du Sud
  • Manaha Îles
    • Manaha Nord
    • Manaha Milieu
    • Manaha Sud
  • Goëlettes
  • Trois Îles
    • Lapin
    • Île de Milieu
    • Depose
  • Bancs de Sable
This map shows only the Farquhar Atoll and not the entire Farquhar Group

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kevin Shillington, Albert Rene: The Father of Modern Seychelles, a Biography (2014), p. 18.

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Coordinates: 10°10′00″S 51°08′00″E / 10.16667°S 51.13333°E / -10.16667; 51.13333