Ste. Anne Island

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Sainte Anne Island
Sainte Anne Island is located in Seychelles
Sainte Anne Island
Sainte Anne Island
LocationSeychelles, Indian Ocean
Coordinates4°36′S 55°30′E / 4.600°S 55.500°E / -4.600; 55.500Coordinates: 4°36′S 55°30′E / 4.600°S 55.500°E / -4.600; 55.500
ArchipelagoInner Islands, Seychelles
Adjacent bodies of waterIndian Ocean
Total islands1
Major islands
  • Sainte Anne
Area2.27 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Length2.1 km (1.3 mi)
Width1.7 km (1.06 mi)
Coastline7.1 km (4.41 mi)
Highest elevation246 m (807 ft)
Highest pointMount Sainte Anne
GroupGranitic Seychelles
Sub-GroupMahe Islands
Sub-GroupSte. Anne Islands
DistrictsMont Fleuri
Capital and largest citySainte Anne (pop. 40)
Population40 (2014)
Pop. density17.6 /km2 (45.6 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsCreole, French, East Africans, Indians.
Additional information
Time zone
ISO codeSC-18

Sainte Anne Island is the largest (2.27 km²) of eight islands in Ste Anne Marine National Park of the Seychelles. These islands are part of the Mont Fleuri District of the Seychelles. It is 4 km off the east coast of Mahé and has abundant tropical vegetation. The highest peak on Sainte Anne is 246 meters (807 feet).

The French explorer Lazare Picault first discovered the island in 1742, on the day of Saint Anne, and the first French settlement in the Seychelles was established here in 1770. In the early 20th century the St. Abbs Whaling Company briefly maintained a whaling station on the island, the ruins of which can still be found.

In 2002, the Beachcomber Sainte Anne Resort & Spa,[1] with 87 luxury villas, was opened on the southwest point.

The village of Sainte Anne is located next to the hotel. It contains the park rangers' quarters, dive shop, and restaurants. Some hotel staff and other employees live in the village, which has 40 people; some of the hotel staff do a daily trip from Victoria.


Today, the island's main industry is tourism. It has 6 big beaches:

  • Grande Anse, located at the southwest, where hotel Beachcomber Sainte Anne resort & spa is present.
  • Anse Royale, where sea turtles lay their eggs from late November to February.
  • Anse Tortues.
  • Anse Cimitiere
  • Anse Manon (accessible only by foot).
  • Anse Cabot

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