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53 Blaauwbwerg Rd, Cape Town 7439
South Africa

Poivre Atoll

  • Size: 2 km2
  • Ambience: Uninhabited
  • Accessibility: Boat
  • KM from Mahe: 268 km

The Seychelles can be described as a crown, dotted with a collection of rare gems in the form of isolated islands and remote atolls. One of the crown jewels is Poivre Atoll in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles.

Location

Poivre Atoll is situated on the eastern edge of the Amirante Bank, a short 268 km from the main island of Mahé. Made up of two islands, namely Poivre and Île du Sud, the Atoll forms part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles.

Highlights of Poivre Atoll

LOVELY BIRD WATCHING
TURTLE NESTING GROUNDS
STUNNING FLATS TO FLY FISH
CLOSE TO THE AMIRANTE TRENCH
EXCELLENT FISHING DESTINATION
THRIVING BIRD POPULATIONS

The history of Poivre Atoll

The islands of Poivre were first visited in 1770 and named by Chevalier du Roslan after his ship. It was later discovered that he was confused with Desroches Island and the island was renamed after Pierre Poivre, the Governor of Île de France and Réunion.

Pierre Poivre also played an important role in introducing spices to the Seychelles and other Indian Ocean islands, which is why he became known as the famous “Peter Pepper”. Throughout the years, the atoll was used for farming vanilla, cattle and pigs.

First visited in the 1770’s
Named after the famous “Peter Pepper”, Pierre Poivre
Various legends of the region is connected to Poivre

Fauna and Flora of the atoll

The remote islands of Poivre Atoll remained undiscovered until the 1770’s and thus the landscape has provided a quiet reprieve for various species.

Once explored, the islands were used for vanilla, nuts, maize, cattle and pig farming. In recent years, the atoll’s landscapes have become a popular nesting ground for bird species like Chinese and Blue Heron, Whimbrels, fodies, noddies, Greater Frigatebirds and Fairy Terns. The sandy shores are also important nesting grounds for Hawksbill and Green Turtles.

Important nesting grounds for Hawksbill and Green Turtles
Home to one of the oldest vanilla plantations in the Outer Islands
Breeding ground of important species like Frigatebirds and Fairy Terns

What our clients say

“The staff were perfect, this place is unique, keep it that way! Everything is amazing!”

Paul Semboglou

“The diving was just perfect! So many species, I learned a lot which greatly added to my enjoyment. Sam, Lucy, and the team are all great people and thoroughly knowledgeable and professional.”

Heather Garnett

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