Ste. Anne Island
|Location||Seychelles, Indian Ocean|
|Archipelago||Inner Islands, Seychelles|
|Adjacent bodies of water||Indian Ocean|
|Area||2.27 km2 (0.88 sq mi)|
|Length||2.1 km (1.3 mi)|
|Width||1.7 km (1.06 mi)|
|Coastline||7.1 km (4.41 mi)|
|Highest elevation||246 m (807 ft)|
|Highest point||Mount Sainte Anne|
|Sub-Group||Ste. Anne Islands|
|Capital and largest city||Sainte Anne (pop. 40)|
|Pop. density||17.6 /km2 (45.6 /sq mi)|
|Ethnic groups||Creole, French, East Africans, Indians.|
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.
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
Sainte Anne Island as seen from Mahé Island
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- Sainte Anne - Seychelles
- Mahe Map 2015
- Info on the island
- Sainte Anne to be developed in order to pay bills
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