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20 October

D'Arros

Island Group :   Amirantes Group 
Population :   Circa 40
Distance from Mahé :   255km 
Area :   1.5 sq.km

Description

Part of the Amirantes Group, D’Arros is situated 255km southwest of Mahé and some 45km west of Desroches. Together with the adjoining atoll of St Joseph, D’Arros forms part of a private estate with a lagoon of exceptional beauty.

The island hosts a number of colonies of sea birds such as frigates, fairy terns, crested terns, tropic birds and lesser noddies. There is a small population of giant land tortoises and the island is often visited by sea turtles during the nesting season.

Once owned by a prominent local Seychellois family, the island was purchased by Prince Shahram Pahlavi-nia of Iran in 1975 and remains under private ownership until today.