Sainte Anne National Marine Park
These two beautiful islands are a stone's throw from Mahé and are situated in the 'Sainte Anne Marine National Park', which is one of the most incredible snorkelling sites for a small fee for non-residents.
CERF ISLAND at only 5 kilometres away is one of the closest of the inner islands to the main land of Mahé, with a length of 1,7 kilometres long, 900 metres wide and 108 metres at its highest point.
The island was named after 'Le Cerf', a French navy frégate which arrived in November 1756 in Port Victoria. Possession of the island was claimed by the leader of the French expedition; Cornelle Nicholas Morphey when he laid the 'Stone of Possession' on Mahé. The stone is today on display in the National Museum in Victoria.
Both islands have possible over-night accommodation for visitors and, depending on availability, sometimes the possibility of just a day out and lunch at one of the hotels.
If you would rather only explore the scenery, then both islands have incredible walks up to their summits for the nature lovers, with breathtaking views back to Mahé.
MOYENNE, LONG, ROUND, ÎLE CACHEE
These are the last four islands that make up the Sainte Anne National Marine Park (Beacon Island (Ile Sèche) and Harrison Rock (Grand Rocher) are also close to these islands but not included in the park, simply a part of the 'Mont Fleuri district'.)
Moyenne Island holds few inhabitants and one restaurant but is over-flowing with fruit trees. Long Island is the site of a new hotel which is due to open soon. Round Island is lush with vegetation and the headquarters of the Marine Park and finally Île Cachée is a nesting site for birds.