Ste. Anne Island

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Sainte Anne Island
Sainte Anne Island is located in Seychelles
Sainte Anne Island
Sainte Anne Island
Location Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Coordinates 4°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
Archipelago Inner Islands, Seychelles
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Sainte Anne
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
Group Granitic Seychelles
Sub-Group Mahe Islands
Sub-Group Ste. Anne Islands
Districts Mont Fleuri
Capital and largest city Sainte Anne (pop. 40)
Population 40 (2014)
Pop. density 17.6 /km2 (45.6 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Creole, French, East Africans, Indians.
Additional information
Time zone
ISO code SC-18
Official website

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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