Desroches Island, Seychelles is the only inhabited island in the Amirantes Group of the Seychelles Islands; it is located some 230 km (or 50 minutes flying time) to the southwest of Mahe Island.
With a permanent population of just 50 Desroches Island has a small luxury hotel in the south of the island and is the only island in the Amirantes Group open to tourists. Desroches Island is fringed by a drying reef which lays about 1.5 km offshore from the northeastern end of the island and 1 km from the southwestern tip.
Like many coral islands, Desroches Island is long and low, measuring 5 km long by 1.5km wide surrounded by fine sandy beaches and is covered with coconut palms and tall hardwood trees. The shores of Desroches Island are home to an abundance of deep sea game fishing , bone fishing from the flats and spectacular diving opportunities on and off the well formed and healthy coral reefs