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Denis Island

Denis Island is a must-see for visitors to the Seychelles
Denis Island in the Seychelles Islands was named after Denis de Trobriant, a French explorer. He spotted the islands from his ship L'etoile in the year 1773. However, Arab seafarers who used the Indian Ocean as a trading route came close to these islands in the 9th century. The beautiful Seychelles were also inhabited by pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Denis de Trobriant found Denis Island to be a haven for an amazing variety of turtles and birds, sea cows, and seals. De Trobriant recorded in his log book that he buried a bottle containing his Act of Possession, but it has never been found.

After the island of Mahe was settled, some of the surrounding islands like Denis were settled by early French settlers who introduced sugar cane to the island. By the middle of the 19th century, the copra, or dried coconut flesh, became a major export for the Seychelles. Additionally, a coconut tree plantation was established, nourished by the ubiquitous guano deposits on the island. In 1881, a lighthouse was built on Denis, and it still stands today. In the year 1908 an ecumenical chapel was built — the only one on the achiplago. Though the island of Denis changed hands many times over the years, Pierre Burkhardt, a French industrialist, bought it and opened it to tourism. In 1999, Michael and Kathleen Mason bought the island, and to this day, Denis offers warm hospitality in some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world.

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Denis Island is a perfect place to spend a vacation soaking up sunshine, but it also offers many great opportunities for fishermen. Denis Island boasts of year-round fishing in the Indian Ocean due to the great abundance of fish. There are fishing charters that operate for hire and some that operate on regular schedules. The crews use high-tech fishing equipment, and are more than happy to show you the art of bottom fishing and bone fishing, two activities that are gaining in popularity.

Denis Island has a small diving center with PADI accredited instructors teaching diving lessons to beginners and advanced divers near where visitors can hire diving and snorkeling tools. The water around Denis Island is protected, and is one of the best diving sites in the Seychelles. That is saying a lot, because the Seychelles have a reputation of having the best diving in the world. Many of these diving companies have websites showing the aquatic life like sailfish, tuna, dolphins, sharks, and turtles. Whale sharks and manta rays can be seen in the months of September to November.

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Another great thing about Denis Island is that while it boasts some of the best water activities, such as sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing, the island itself is a great place for those who like to stay on dry land. There are farm visits, hikes along the island's many roaming paths, and guided nature walks where visitors learn to identify the island's plants and animal life.

Denis Island is a must-see for visitors to the Seychelles. There are many wonderful things on the island itself, and countless marine excursions available in the water around it. Though Denis is a small island, its beauty is legendary. Visitors can spend their vacation watching the blue seas lapping at the shore while sitting in a deck chair on the beach. This is the perfect destination for your dream retreat from the rest of the world. Though the island was inhabited by pirates and thieves in the years after Denis de Trobriant came upon the island in 1773, it eventually evolved into a high class, peaceful vacation spot for divers and other beach lovers to get away from it all. If you take a vacation in the Seychelles, don't miss Denis Island.

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To get there, you take a flight operated by Air Seychelles. These are available from Mahe and take about half an hour to get to Denis Island. It is definitely worth the trip. If you love fishing, then you have come to the right place. Fishing here is second to none. It is possible to catch sailfish, marlin, tuna, bonito, and barracuda. Denis Island also has lodging facilities for those who wish to stay overnight. Denis Island is, in a way, a more secluded getaway on top of the secluded getaway of visiting the Seychelles Islands in the first place!

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