Desroches
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Desroches

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

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Desroches is a 4-mile long by half a mile wide coral island in the Amirantes archipelago, 140 miles southwest of Mahé. This small seaside paradise is particularly good for diving and big-game fishing, and according to American magazine Forbes, it is also home to one of the ten most remote hotels in the world: the Desroches Island Resort, an island and hotel. Desroches is surrounded by a 9-mile long beach with fine, soft white sand and crystal clear waters, where it is easy to isolate yourself.

To see

Here you'll find a cemetery, a lighthouse, a village and a whale sculpture made from driftwood. If you visit during the right season, you may also have the opportunity to see sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

To do

Particularly recommended for divers, the island has an outstanding diving centre and 14 sites classified as the 'Canyon', a labyrinth of impressive caves and pillars. Desroches is also renowned for big-game fishing and holds the 1996 record with the catch of a 610 pound Black Marlin Makaira. You can also explore the island by bike. The highest point on the island is 2 metres, so you won't have to climb any hills! Beware of the crabs, however. There are so many on the paths that it is hard not to crush them.

pros

  • +  An island to yourself: 9 miles of pristine beaches.
  • +  An exceptional site for diving and big-game fishing.

cons

  • -  The location 140 miles from Mahé.
  • -  The lack of mobile phone networks.

To think about

At night, the runway, which covers the width of the island, is the perfect place to watch the sky, with nothing to disturb the view for 150 miles! The main spots for snorkelling are Aquarium, Bombay Beach and North Point, just next to the lighthouse. There are no mobile phone networks on this island at the end of the world, creating a greater sense of isolation (this is also good for your finances as you won't get a big bill for making calls from the Seychelles to the UK).

To avoid

Those who are afraid of flying will have to face the 45 minute flight in either a 20 seater Twin Otter or an 8 seater Cessna plane! We can say from experience that it is certainly exhilarating, especially when there is turbulence!

To try

On Desroches, you dine 'with your feet in the sand'. You can enjoy inventive recipes made from fruit and vegetables harvested on the island, as well as the catch of the day - a chance to try fish caught the day before during a trip out to sea.

To bring back

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