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    Sainte Anne Marine National Park, located off the coast of Mahe, takes you to a complete land of fantasy with its pristine beaches, colorful coral reefs, offshore dive sites and wide varieties of marine animals. This marine bioreserve sprawls over 6 coral islands namely; Sainte Anne, Round Island, Cerf Island, Long Island, Moyenne Island and Ile Cachee. Surrounded by turquoise blue ocean, Sainte Anne Marine National Park lets you admire the surreal natural charm and indulge in some stirring water sports.

    If you dream of visiting this marine wonderland, here is a small guide about the place and things you should not miss here.

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    Sainte Anne Marine National Park

    Perfectly set 5 kms from Victoria, Sainte Anne Marine National Park is a collection of 6 coral islands, popular as ‘inner islands’ of Seychelles. With the territories of Sainte Anne Island, Round Island, Long Island, Cerf Island, Moyenne Island and Ile Cachee; this marine biodiversity park covers an area of 14.43 sq. km. Comprising mainly of coral reefs and granitic outcrops; this park is quite famous and visited by tourists of all kinds.

    Best time to visit Sainte Anne Marine National Park: Though Sainte Anne Marine National Park is a year-round destination, but to enjoy incredible experiences of spotting corals and thrilling water sports, the best time to visit Sainte Anne Marine National Park is November through February.

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    How to reach Sainte Anne Marine National Park: Regular ferry service is available from Victoria port to Sainte Anne Island. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the island, via small boats. There are many tour operators in Victoria, which organise day trips to various islands of reach Sainte Anne Marine National Park. These day trips include island hopping, snorkelling, glass bottom boat rides and scuba diving.

    Entrance charges and timings of Sainte Anne Marine National Park: Sainte Anne Marine National Park is open to public on all days, except Sundays from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. There is no entrance charge for this marine biodiversity park.

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    Flora and fauna of Sainte Anne Marine National Park

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    Flora: Sainte Anne Marine National Park is adorned with 75 endemic species of flora, such as mosses, lichens, sea weeds, algae and coastal shrubs and plantations.


    Fauna:
    This park is a home to more than 1000 varieties of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. Vibrant marine fauna is spotted here, which includes eagle rays, pipefish, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins.

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    Things to do in Sainte Anne Marine National Park

    1. Snorkelling

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    Best known for colourful coral reefs; Sainte Anne Marine National Park is a heaven for snorkelling and scuba diving. The park’s most popular snorkelling points are located between Sainte Anne island and Moyenne island. One can enjoy seeing beautiful sea weeds, hordes of fishes, crabs, tortoise and dolphin.

    2. Glass bottom boat ride

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    Tourists also enjoy glass bottom boat rides. It provides an excellent opportunity to see bright and beautiful corals and marine flora and fauna, that float on the shallow water. Get your eyes on sea turtles, pipe fishes and eagle rays and luxuriant sea weed beds.

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    3. Swimming and surfing

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    Few islands of Sainte Anne Marine National Park allow swimming and windsurfing. Long island, Cerf Island and Round Island have shallow water levels and are ideal for beach picnics and swimming.

    Places to stay in Sainte Anne Marine National Park

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    People generally take day trips to Sainte Anne Marine National Park from Victoria and return the same day. But if you wish to enjoy the enthralling experiences of staying close to nature, book in one of the few resorts in the islands. One can stay in JA Enchanted Island Resort in Round Island, Cerf Island Resort and L’Habitation Hotel in Cerf Island.
    Ready for such a surreal place?If you’re planning to go on a vacation in Seychelles, make sure you keep Sainte Anne Marine National Park in your itinerary.

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