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Aldabra Atoll

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1000 km from Mahe, Seychelles
+248 4 321 735
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Hidden Paradise

We went here by ship to explore the island and for diving. The research station staff was very... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2015
Nelspruit, South Africa
via mobile
A very special experience

We visited here as part of a small ship cruise. Risk of piracy in this part of the Indian Ocean has... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2015
Canberra, Australia
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The remote wilderness of Aldabra Atoll, one of Seychelles' most distant islands, is over 1000 km southwest of the main island of Mahe. Aldabra is one of the world's largest raised coral atolls comprised of four main islands. Aldabra is the largest of the Seychelles islands, with a land area of around 155 km2. The ring of islands surrounds a central turquoise lagoon which is the tidal heartbeat of the atoll with millions of tonnes of water rushing in and out twice every day. Aldabra's geographical isolation, rough terrain and scarcity of fresh water have deterred large human populations from settling. As a result, Aldabra is significantly less disturbed than other atolls worldwide. It remains as an outstanding example of a coral atoll and, in 1982, was inscribed as a UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site. Famous for its 'champignon' terrain and relatively pristine marine life, the atoll is a refuge for many endangered and unique species. It is part of a global biodiversity hotspot and one of the world's natural wonders.
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10 Dec 2015
“Hidden Paradise”
9 Mar 2015
“A very special experience”
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1000 km from Mahe, Seychelles
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Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

We went here by ship to explore the island and for diving. The research station staff was very friendly and happy to guide us, but all was arranged before hand. This World Heritage site is a beauty that holds many interesting stories and species. Scuba...More

5  Thank JeanPierreEls
Reviewed 9 March 2015

We visited here as part of a small ship cruise. Risk of piracy in this part of the Indian Ocean has been in decline for a couple of years and our ship had an anti-piracy team aboard, and our cruise ship was the first to...More

18  Thank ActRegular_traveller
Reviewed 4 February 2012

Aldabra Atoll is a World Heritage Site and is rarely visited mainly because of its remote location, expense, and piracy. There are no scheduled ship or air service that I am aware of. You can charter very expensive flights to Aldabra and make arrangements to...More

29  Thank compassNSEW
Reviewed 23 October 2009

This site is only rarely visited - around 1000 visitors annually - and uninhabited save for a small group of scientists and naturalists. The terrain is difficult on foot although worth it to see indigenous species such as the Aldabra flightless rail, the giant tortoise...More

15  Thank Layces
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Navi K
20 April 2015|
Response from dgtripPhoenix_AZ |
In 2015 Lindblad Expeditions had a cruise out of Tanzania to the Seychelles stopping at Assumption Island and Aldabra in the Farqhuar group of Islands, A few stops in the Amirantes group including Curieuse, and stops on... More