Aldabra Atoll, situated 1,150km southwest of Mahé, is one of the largest coral atolls in the world, comprising more than a dozen islands bordering a lagoon so vast the whole of Mahé could fit inside its perimeter. The atoll’s islands nurture a vast array of both unique flora and fauna as well as the world’s largest population of 150,000 giant tortoises, and its lagoon boasts the most vibrant marine life of the entire archipelago. It is truly a natural wonder because it has been virtually unchanged for thousands of years. People wishing to visit Aldabra must get permission from the Seychelles Islands Foundation at their head office. Tourism increases the revenue needed to support the conservation and protection of Aldabra, but tourism is strictly limited to nature tourism and education.
Permission for tourism is only given to: • Small and medium sized cruise ships • Live-aboard charter boats • Private yachts • Live-aboard dive boats • Educational and Scientific visits on land limited to 12 persons at a time