Sainte Anne Marine National Park
Sainte Anne Marine National Park lies about 5 km from Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles, and encompasses eight small islands.
The Marine Park was created in 1973 for the preservation of wildlife, the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean. Fishing and water-skiing are forbidden within the Marine Park area. in 2005 the government have decided that maintaining and cleaning the islands which are used as picnic islands for the local population is too expensive and approved opening them to hotels and resorts.
Today the islands are known as one of the prime tourist locations in the Indian Ocean for scuba-diving, glass-bottom boat excursions and snorkeling among the coral reefs. The colorful underwater world attracts tourists from around the world who are watching here the magnificent coral gardens, reef sharks and colorful tropical fish. The main island of Ste Anne is an 87-villa resort while Cerf Island and Round Island have Creole-style restaurants. It also has one of the largest areas of "seagrass meadows" in the Seychelles. It is very beautiful. Local tour operators offer day trips to the Marine Park.
The national park is made up of the following islands, with areas in km²:
The aggregate land area of the islands of the marine national park is 3.887 km². The total marine national park area is 14.43 km².
All island belong to Mont Fleuri District. Because of the small population, there are not any government buildings or services, so people who live on the islands have to go to Victoria.