The island of Desroches is to be found among the Amirantes islands, 240 km south-east of Mahé. The island, 5 km long and 1.5 km wide, is secreted beneath the shade of coconut palms. It has 14 km of immaculate beaches, crystal blue waters and is protested by its own coral reef.
On Desroches there is never a lack of things to do. Such as the simple but rare pleasure of exploring the island coconut grove by bicycle, passing the village, island' 'calorifer', the northern lighthouse and then choosing one of several tracks leading off to secluded beaches. For a full day out the restaurant will be pleased to prepare a picnic. 'Cookie Two' a superb Riviera 36 will take those seeking the thrill of adventure off to the well-stocked fishing grounds of the Amirantes to try their hand at bottom fishing or deep sea fishing where they can pit their skills against the formidable marlin, sailfish and record breaking wahoos and tuna. Fly-fishermen can try their art in the waters off the island but also off nearby of Poivre and St. Joseph where bonefish and carangues abound.
Diving is a must with the possibility to explore no less than 14 classified sites such as the amazing 'Desroches Drop' or 'The Canyon', mysterious labyrinth of unusual caves and columns which will provide a host of unforgettable experiences, all in the company of a dedicated team of attentive professionals.
The water-sports centre will also organise excursions to prime sites such as 'The Aquarium' which offers the very best in snorkelling and opportunities to come across a turtle or two gliding between schools of multicoloured fish. Windsurfers, canoes, pedalos and laser mini-sails are also on hand for a spirited ride or just a gentle sail around the island. The cooler hours of the evening offer the opportunity for a game of tennis on the floodlit court or, alternatively, petanque (bowls) and for those interested the chance to work on their swing on the Golf range.
You can dive here year round, for the water surrounding the island is crystal clear. In order to protect this valuable undersea world, diving in the Seychelles is subject to certain rules, and the use of harpoons is forbidden. The region around Desroches Island offers spectacular steep cliffs and a variety of caves. The coral reefs around the island are among the most beautiful in the world, and the waters are extremely rich in fish life. The dive center offers excursions to 14 different dive spots, which can be reached in 15 minutes or less. A complete set of equipment, including tanks, can be rented.
Desroches Island is a small paradise for snorkelers and water sports enthusiasts. The shallow lagoon is ideal for first-timers. The pristine reef is home to many sea creatures and makes snorkellers' hearts skip a beat. Snorkelling excursions to the neighboring Amirantes Islands are offered regularly. Fins, masks, and snorkels can be rented from the dive center.
The resort has a boat available for deep-sea fishing. The waters are extremely rich in fish life. Just cast out your bait and maybe soon you'll hook a marlin, wahoo, or tuna. Not too far away - in St. Joseph Lagoon - is also one of the world's best spots for saltwater fly-fishing.
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