Denis Island

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Denis Island
Denis Island is located in Seychelles
Denis Island
Denis Island
Location Seychelles
Coordinates 03°48′13″S 55°40′13″E / 3.80361°S 55.67028°E / -3.80361; 55.67028Coordinates: 03°48′13″S 55°40′13″E / 3.80361°S 55.67028°E / -3.80361; 55.67028
Archipelago Inner Islands, Seychelles
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Denis Island
Area 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
Length 1.8 km (1.12 mi)
Width 1.3 km (0.81 mi)
Coastline 5.2 km (3.23 mi)
Group Inner Islands
Sub-Group Northern Coral Group
Districts La Digue and Inner Islands
Largest settlement St. Denis (pop. 80)
Population 80 (2014)
Pop. density 57.1 /km2 (147.9 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Creole, French, East Africans, Indians.
Additional information
Time zone
ISO code SC-15
Official website
Denis Island Lighthouse
Denis Island Entrance.jpg
Location Denis Island
Coordinates 3°47′56.3″S 55°39′59.8″E / 3.798972°S 55.666611°E / -3.798972; 55.666611
Year first constructed 1883 (first)
Year first lit 1910 (current)
Construction metal skeletal tower
Tower shape 2-stage skeletal tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower
Height 27 metres (89 ft)
Focal height 37 metres (121 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number D6860
NGA number 32844
ARLHS number SEY-002[1][2]

Denis Island is the second northeasternmost island in the Seychelles. It is 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Mahé and lies at the northern edge of the Seychelles bank, along with the nearby Bird Island, which is the northernmost Seychelles island. The 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi) coral island was named after the French explorer Jean François Sylvestre Denis de Trobriand, who visited it in 1773. Denis Island is privately owned and has a short airstrip. It has a holiday resort with 25 guest chalets.

A lighthouse built in 1910 still stands on the northern edge of the island. There is also a chapel named Chapel St. Denis.

The island has an abundance of coconut palms, Takamaka and Casuarina trees. In 2004, 47 Seychelles fodies from Fregate Island and 58 Seychelles warblers from Cousin Island were relocated to Denis as part of a Nature Seychelles conservation project.

The island has been designated a cay, in the Seychelles Archipelago.

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  1. ^ Seychelles The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 September 2016
  2. ^ NGA List of Lights – Pub.112 Retrieved 27 September 2016

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