Situated at the entrance of the Sainte Anne Marine Park, Cerf Island measures more than 1.5km long (about a mile) by 1km (¾ of a mile) wide; it reaches a height of 108m (354 feet) and lies 3km east of Mahé Island, or just a 10-minute boat ride.
Cerf Island was named after the French fregate 'Le Cerf' which arrived at Port Victoria in November 1756. Due to Cerf Island's location, in a National Marine Park, the waters around Cerf Island prove a spectacular sight. The deepest point of the Marine Park is 250 metres (820 feet) and has exceptional marine life, with a wide variety of reef fish, crabs, sea urchins, starfish, octopus and many more. Cerf Island is the only island in the marine park to have a small local population who commute to Mahé for their daily business. They live on the opposite side of the island.
Named in Creole after local trees and fish, Cerf Island Resort has a total of 24 spacious villas. All offer beautiful views of the tropical vegetation and patches of the Indian Ocean. From Cerf, there are great sunsets over the main island of Mahé. Cerf Island also makes an ideal choice as part of a Seychelles Island Hopping itinerary, particulalry given its close proximity to the main island of Mahé.
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