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Denis Island, Seychelles Travel Guide
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Location: Africa
Geography: Island, Beach
Vacation Type: Romantic, Relaxation
Popularity: Off-the-Beaten Path
Costs: Expensive
Attractions: Scenery, Fishing, Scuba & Snorkeling

Facts and Stats:
Population: Approximately 78
Land Area: 0.55 square miles
Country Dialing Code: 248
Languages: Creole, English, and French
Electricity: 220V
Currency: Seychellois Rupee (SCR)
Time Zone: SCT (UTC +4)
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Denis Island is a luxurious and expensive tropical paradise. This small island has one resort that serves up activities such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, nature walks, and relaxation. Denis Island is ideal for those who truly want to get away from it all.

Denis Island lies at the northern edge of the Seychelles bank, 60 miles north of Mahe and about 30 miles east of Bird Island. The island is lush with coconut palms and Casuarina trees which fringe the white sand beaches surrounding most of the island's 350 acres. There is a small village near the lighthouse where the resort staff lives.

Brief History:
Denis Island is named after a French explorer, Denis de Trobriant, who first sighted and landed on the island from the vessel L'Etoile on 12 August, 1773. Shortly after, the island was inhabited by a handful of French Settlers.

Like many Seychelles islands, the 1850's saw the island develop into a coconut plantation, whose population of between 70 and 100 people collected guano (decomposed bird droppings), produced copra (coconut meat), and fished.

In 1881, the 70 foot tall lighthouse was built.

In 1975, Denis Island was purchased by Pierre Burkhardt, a French paper magnate, who opened a lodge in December of 1977.

In 1999, Mason's Travel purchased the island and run the island's only resort.

Denis Island is uniquely situated near the edge of the Seychelles plateau where the shallow surrounding waters drop off to great depths. This makes Denis a great location for deep sea fishing and several world record Dorado Tuna have been caught here.

Denis is also an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving in its pristine waters. The resort has a dive center and boats to service those interested in seeing the island's rich underwater life.

If you are a land lover, the resort offers nature walks that will allow you to see rare species of birds, giant tortoises, and other plant and animal life. Along the way, you can also check out the farm that the resort runs for their food.

The beauty of Denis Island is that there really isn't that much to do. It is best suited for people who wish to unplug and relax in paradise.

Money & Costs:
Denis Island is pretty expensive. Much of the costs are included in the full board room price, but some items such as drinks, tips, tours, etc. are not. There is no need for cash here as all costs are billed to your account which can be settled at the end of your stay with a credit card. At this time a 10% service charge and 10% government tax will be assessed. There are no ATMs or banks here.

Entry Requirements:
A visa is not required to visit the island. In order to enter the Seychelles, a valid passport, onward/return ticket, the local address where the visitor will stay, and proof of sufficient funds are required.

Getting There & Around:
To get to Denis Island, you will first fly in to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) on Mahe Island. There are a number of major airlines that service the airport. From Mahe, you will catch a 30 minute flight with Air Seychelles (or charter flight) to the landing strip on Denis. Flights to Denis Island are limited and you should check with the resort for more information about availability.

Transfers by boat are not allowed in order to protect the island's species from a rodent invasion, which has happened before.

On island transportation is provided by your feet. Denis is only about a mile long and just over a half mile wide.

Denis Island enjoys a hot, tropical climate with temperatures that don't vary much by season or hour of the day. The rainiest months are November-March, however, the island is not in the cyclone belt.

Below are the current conditions and weather forecast for Denis Island.

The table below shows the average high and low temperatures.

Month Avg High Avg Low Avg Rainfall
January 85 75 15.2 inches
February 86 76 10.8 inches
March 87 76 8.9 inches
April 88 77 7.2 inches
May 86 77 6.4 inches
June 84 76 3.9 inches
July 82 75 3.3 inches
August 83 75 3 inches
September 84 75 5.2 inches
October 85 75 6.4 inches
November 86 75 8.8 inches
December 86 75 13 inches

Tips & Additional Information:
  • There is no cell phone service on Denis Island.
  • The only internet access is in the resort's library and is slow. You cannot connect your own laptop and must use their computer.
  • The island is free of malaria and yellow fever.
  • Denis Island has no poisonous or dangerous animals or insects.

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