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Address: 1000 km from Mahe, Seychelles
Phone Number: +248 4 321 735
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The remote wilderness of Aldabra Atoll, one of Seychelles' most distant...

The remote wilderness of Aldabra Atoll, one of Seychelles' most distant islands, is over 1000 km southwest of the main island of Mahe. Aldabra is one of the world's largest raised coral atolls comprised of four main islands. Aldabra is the largest of the Seychelles islands, with a land area of around 155 km2. The ring of islands surrounds a central turquoise lagoon which is the tidal heartbeat of the atoll with millions of tonnes of water rushing in and out twice every day.

Aldabra's geographical isolation, rough terrain and scarcity of fresh water have deterred large human populations from settling. As a result, Aldabra is significantly less disturbed than other atolls worldwide. It remains as an outstanding example of a coral atoll and, in 1982, was inscribed as a UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site. Famous for its 'champignon' terrain and relatively pristine marine life, the atoll is a refuge for many endangered and unique species. It is part of a global biodiversity hotspot and one of the world's natural wonders.

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We went here by ship to explore the island and for diving. The research station staff was very friendly and happy to guide us, but all was arranged before hand. This World... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 10, 2015
Nelspruit, South Africa
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We went here by ship to explore the island and for diving. The research station staff was very friendly and happy to guide us, but all was arranged before hand. This World Heritage site is a beauty that holds many interesting stories and species. Scuba diving can be breathtaking if you know where to go and your timing is right.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2015

We visited here as part of a small ship cruise. Risk of piracy in this part of the Indian Ocean has been in decline for a couple of years and our ship had an anti-piracy team aboard, and our cruise ship was the first to visit for some time. First stop was Assumption Island about 27km away. Assumption is pretty... More 

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Puget Sound
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

Aldabra Atoll is a World Heritage Site and is rarely visited mainly because of its remote location, expense, and piracy. There are no scheduled ship or air service that I am aware of. You can charter very expensive flights to Aldabra and make arrangements to stay at the ranger station. Most sailors are wary of sailing there due to being... More 

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Rye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2009

This site is only rarely visited - around 1000 visitors annually - and uninhabited save for a small group of scientists and naturalists. The terrain is difficult on foot although worth it to see indigenous species such as the Aldabra flightless rail, the giant tortoise and the 'upside down jelly fish'. Access to the lagoon is very dependent on tides... More 

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