Explore the Ocean at Sainte Anne Marine National Park
Established in 1973, Sainte Anne Marine National Park was among the Indian Ocean’s first marine parks. It protects life both in the water and on the park’s eight tiny islands, which form a part of the island nation of Seychelles. Its eight square miles are perfect for snorkeling, scuba-diving, wind-surfing, and boat cruises in glass-bottomed vessels that allow you to see the ocean world below.
The park is just a few miles from Seychelles’ main island of Mahé, making it easily accessible for day trips. Visitors can also stay on a resort within the park for seclusion and luxury amid an idyllic natural setting.
Sainte Anne Marine National Park offers sanctuary to a unique concentration of underwater ecosystems. Explore the colorful coral reefs and abundant seagrass meadows for tropical fishes, manta rays, sea turtles, and the occasional bottlenose dolphin. Motorsports like water- and jet-skiing are forbidden, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful environment in which to enjoy nature’s gifts.
Sea turtles are among the many animals found in Sainte Anne Marine National Park.
The Islands of Sainte Anne Marine National Park
The largest of the islands in the park is the namesake, Sainte Anne, at 0.85 square miles. Cerf Island follows at half a square mile.
Sainte Anne Island
The island of Sainte Anne rises as a towering peak over the Indian Ocean. Its lush green vegetation and white-sand beaches contrast with the surrounding turquoise waters. With just one resort and a small village, the island retains its natural beauty. Enjoy hikes to explore Sainte Anne’s native flora and fauna, then relax on one of the island’s six beautiful beaches.
Cerf Island is a convenient 15-minute boat trip from Mahé. Free of roads, the island is an ideal setting for secluded strolls along the beach and hikes into the forested interior. Enjoy non-motorized water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, and swimming. Stay overnight on the island’s resort or visit it for the day while staying on another island in the park or Mahé.
Smaller islands to visit on your beach safari include:
- Long Island, a former prison site
- Moyenne Island, home to more than one hundred giant tortoises
- Sèche Island, aka Beacon Island
- Île Cachée, famous as a seabird colony
- Round Island, once a leper colony
- Harrison Rock, also known as Grand Rocher
Visiting Sainte Anne Marine National Park
A trip to the island nation of Seychelles makes an excellent addition to any African safari. Visit at the beginning of your adventure to adjust to time zone changes in peace and seclusion. Or stop here after a busy safari to unwind.
The Seychelles are also a destination in themselves—a gorgeous tropical paradise with a variety of plants and animals sure to fascinate any nature lover.
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