The Outer Islands of Seychelles are so far flung it’s hard to believe they exist at all. Almost half of Seychelles’ land area is found on these mostly uninhabited planes. Comprised mostly of atolls, or circular-shaped land masses surrounding a lagoon, the islands are all low-lying and young by geological standards. The islands are coralline in composition, with a plethora of coral formations and choice dive sites found offshore.
Several species of marine birdlife including tern, noddy, herons and wading birds flourish on the secluded land masses and in the lagoons. Hawksbill and green sea turtles can be found regularly nesting in the ample sands of Platte, Desroches and Astove islands. Endemic to the island of the same name, the Aldabra tortoise, like its sea-dwelling relative, is the focus of constant conservation and rehabilitation efforts.