The Seychelles island of Desroches is one of the best spots in the Indian Ocean to get away from it all. Found some 150 miles southwest of the main Seychelles island of Mahe, Desroches Island measures around 3 miles long and about a mile wide, so it's certainly not large. However, great things can come in small packages, and such is the case with Desroches Seychelles. For starters, there are almost 9 miles of stunning beaches to be savored during a Desroches vacation, and they offer the kind of beach experience that can only be dreamed about. Should you wish to add a little activity to your Desroches Seychelles vacation, there are all kinds of fun things to get into, so beach time can be ideally complimented with a number of interesting side pursuits. Desroches Island is often mixed in with other destinations when it comes to the various Seychelles vacation packages, or you can specifically arrange to visit the island exclusively, choosing to stay at its singular accommodation offering, the luxurious Desroches Island Resort. There is an airstrip on Desroches Island, making it quite easy to get to, all things considered.
Desroches Island is part of the Amirantes Island group,
which were given their name by none other than the famous
Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, who sailed through
in 1502. It is believed that like some of the other
Seychelles islands, Desroches Island had been noted previous
to that time by Indian and Arab traders. The French
laid claim to the Amirantes Islands in 1742, but in 1814
they were handed over to Great
Britain as part of the Treaty of Paris. Desroches
Island would eventually be split from the Seychelles by
the British in 1965, joining the newly formed British
Indian Ocean Territory. However, Desroches and the
other Amirantes Islands would become a part of Seychelles
once it declared independence in 1976. The island
is named after Chevalier de Roches, who was the Governor
of the French territories of Mauritius and Reunion between
the years 1767 and 1772. Though there is a small
settlement on Desroches Seychelles, the island is largely
uninhabited and pristine, with the aforementioned resort the only offering in the way of tourist facilities.
Should you treat yourself to a Desroches vacation, besides enjoying the beaches, you might look into trying a little fishing, or perhaps you'll be up for a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion. Desroches travel is great year round, so regardless of when you come, you'll be able to take advantage of all there is on hand here. Diving the underwater cliffs and caves around Desroches Island is a joy for any level of diver, and the coral reefs and abundant fish life can also be adequately appreciated should you prefer to go snorkeling. There is a PADI certified dive center on the island, and your Desroches travel plans can include hitting over a dozen dive sites that are easy to reach. The shallow lagoon at Desroches Seychelles is great for beginning divers or snorkelers, and once you feel up to speed, you might entertain the idea of branching further out in the Amirantes for more fun snorkeling and diving endeavors.
At the Desroches Island Resort, there is a boat available for fishing charters, and whether you are interested in deep-sea fishing or fly-fishing, you'll certainly be able to arrange a trip or two. Wahoo, tuna, and marlin are some of the possible catches when heading out for deep-sea fishing excursions, and the nearby St. Joseph Lagoon is a saltwater fisherman's dream. When fly fishing during your Desroches getaway, carangues and bonefish bite aplenty, so you'll most likely find the day's catch to be a fairly large one. As a side note, if you are heading out for a full day of fishing on Desroches Island, you can arrange for an on-board meal, which will be prepared by the Desroches Island Resort's competent kitchen. Perhaps after your fishing trip, you might see if the same kitchen can't help you prepare the catch of the day.
Enjoying the water is very much part of a Desroches
Island vacation, and watersports like windsurfing and
canoeing are just a couple other ideas for fun things
to do on a Desroches vacation. While you sail
or paddle your way about the offshore reaches here, you'll
likely spot schools of colorful fish, and if you're
lucky, a sea turtle perhaps. If windsurfing, kayaking,
or canoeing seem a bit much for you, a relaxing sail around
the island is something worth considering, especially
at sunset. Of course, heading off to secluded beaches
on a whim will always be an overriding Desroches travel
temptation, and by all means you are encouraged to enjoy
the mostly empty sandy stretches here. One thing
is for sure when visiting Desroches Island Seychelles,
and that is the fact that you will leave feeling both
relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time. It's
the kind of travel destination that really leaves very
little, if anything, to be desired.