There is much to see in the Ste. Anne Marine National Park, which is set amid dazzling turquoise waters and is thus, a perfect snorkelling spot.  Situated about 5km from the main island of Mahé, this picturesque Marine Park comprises 6 islands just off the coast of Mahe. These islands include Ste Anne, Ile Moyenne, Ile Ronde, Ile Longue, Ile Cachee and Ile aux Cerfs.
Daily excursions, including glass bottom boat excursion, provide spectacular views of Mahé, and introduce visitors to the treasures of this pristine Marine Protected Area, the first such park to be established in the Indian Ocean (March, 1973).
Snorkelers on reefs can enjoy a hosts of corals of all shapes, sizes and colours. Ste. Anne Marine National Park contains one of the largest area of seagrass meadows in the granitic islands and it is not uncommon to see green turtles feeding on them.  Visitors might even have the opportunity to swim with hawksbill turtles or watch bottle nose dolphins cruising, for a truly memorable experience.

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Should one simply wish to relax,  lay back on one of the numerous beaches or enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants in the park, such as the Creole barbeque at the Jolly Roger Bar on the island of Moyenne or at Habitation on Cerf Island. For those seeking haute cuisine, there are a number of restaurants at the 5-star Ste. Anne Resort on Ste Anne island.

The islands of this Marine Park are full of history. Ste.Anne island is the site of the first French settlement in 1770, a courageous undertaking as the island was surrounded by swamps teeming with crocodiles.  Dominated by a  hill rising to 246m and surrounded by thick tropical vegetation, Ste.Anne served as a base for the Royal Marines (during World War II), who assured the defense of Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. Remnants of the cannons used can still be found on the island.  In the early decades of the 19th century it was also the base for whaling activity in the Seychelles.  Ste. Anne hosted the headquarters of the Marine Parks Authority in 1996-2001, as well as the Shoals of Capricorn Programme (Sept, 1997 – 2001).  Nowadays, the island is occupied by a  five-star hotel and access is restricted. The island remains one of the most important nesting sites for hawksbill turtles in the granitic islands, requiring restriction of some beaches during nesting season.

Cerf Island is the second largest island in this Marine Park.  Named after the frigate “Le Cerf” commanded by Corneille Nicolas Morphey, who took possession of the Seychelles in the name of the King of France in 1756, the 290 acres of this island is divided into private plots.  Day visitors relish the island’s excellent Creole restaurant and uncrowded beaches.  Lush vegetation, shallow water and beautiful reefs ensure superb snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving.  The l’Habitation Hotel and Cerf Island Marine Park Resort are also popular places for getaways.

A popular destination, Moyenne Island just under half a kilometres long is privately owned..  Amongst the lush vegetation of this wonderful tropical garden are the remains of early settler’s homes, pirates’ graves and a small thatched chapel. There are also giant tortoises roaming freely, numerous birds and a reputed restaurant - all of which can be discovered along the 30 minute trail surrounding the island.  As well as being found within a Marine Park.
Less than half an hour’s walk will circumnavigate the small, rocky island of Round which boasts a popular Creole Restaurant. Round Island, lies close to Moyenne and offers a spectacular underwater world for exploration.
Nestling between scenic islands that are a great favourite with visitors is Long island, while, Ile Cachée, an uninhabited islet of only 5 acres is an important site for breeding noddies.  Classed as a nature reserve, it has and interesting dive site which can only be used during the northwest trade winds.

The Ste.Anne Marine National Park forms an important part of the cultural heritage of the Seychellois people and we ask you to leave behind nothing but your footsteps and take away nothing more than photographs and memories.

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