A Tour of Sainte Anne Marine National Park

The Sainte Anne Marine National Park was one of the first marine parks to open in the Indian Ocean, in 1973.
Six of the satellite islands lie within the national park, where fishing and collecting corals and shells is forbidden; the national park protects over 150 species of fish. As the notice reads:
"Take nothing but photographs and memories."
With a newly constructed five-star resort, the island is quickly becoming a holiday paradise for visitors. It is also worth noting that all six beaches on the island are worth exploring: Grande Anse, Anse Cabot, Anse Manon, Anse Jupe, Anse tortures and Anse Cimitière.
The best way to fully appreciate the wonders of the ocean is on a glass- -bottom boat, through which you can see shoals of colourful fish.

Sainte Anne remains the largest island in the marine park, and thus, it bears its name. As a matter of fact, the first settlers lived on Sainte Anne, not Mahé. This is often linked to the fact that in those times, crocodiles freely roamed the coastal mangrove swamps. Once the settlers designated Mahé to build their future, Sainte Anne became a coconut plantation.

Sainte Anne, a must for any visitor is located just four kilometres off the east coast of Mahé.
Basking in tropical weather and warm waters all year round, Sainte Anne is all about living it up on the beach. The island also bestows its name to the Sainte Anne Marine National Park.
Sainte Anne island is fairly small, so it's easy to wander from beach to beach while exploring the island's beauty.
Located in the southwest, Grande Anse is the largest on the island. You can enjoy warm turquoise water and soak up the beaming sunshine. If you stick around long enough and with patience, you stand a chance of seeing turtles lay their eggs between November and February.
Cerf Island
The second largest island in the park was named after the frigate, 'Le Cerf', commanded by Corneille Nicolas Morphey, who first took possession of the island in the name of the king of France.
Cerf Island holds less than a hundred residents, but is home to three resorts and a restaurant. Just off its shore, île Cachée is a popular nesting site for the rare and local seabirds.
Long Island
Once a prison colony, Long Island is now home to a fifive-star resort development. Merely 800m long and 300m wide, the island attracts visitors keen on to discover a unique, rugged beauty.
Round Island
Small, rocky and with dense vegetation, this satellite is home to a marine ecosystem that invites underwater exploration and research vital to the continuous protection of the habitat and its surroundings.