Moyenne Island - Seychelles
Moyenne Island is situated in the Sainte Anne Marine National Park close to the north coast of Mahe and is less than one square kilometre in size.
Moyenne, a privately owned island, is by nature a wild park with accessible paths passing through lush vegetation including two thirds of all endemic palms, trees and shrubs to be found in Seychelles.
More than 100 giant tortoises roam freely while the 2000-strong bird population, with 500 endemic turtle doves, continues to grow.
Huge granite boulders and white sandy beaches add to the splendour of the island, happily situated in the heart of the St Anne Marine National Park, which is sheltered by coral reefs teeming with 150 species of fish.
Pirate graves, a treasure dig, ancient ruins, a museum, turtle lagoon and Jolly Roger Bar and Restaurant add to the attractions for all ages.
The island was purchased by Brendon Grimshaw, an English newspaper editor, in the 1970's. He is the only permanent inhabitant of the island and is responsible for returning and keeping the island in natural state.