St Anne is located adjacent to the Port Victoria, Seychelles. It is one of the inner islands in the Seychelles close to Mahe. St Anne has a prominent place in the history of Seychelles. It was the location of the first immigrant group of French, in 1770.
St Anne is a continental granitic type island experiencing a tropical climate. Major activities include tourism and fishing. It is surrounded by thick tropical vegetation and is dominated by an 800 ft high peak. It has three beaches offering a unique experience of complete harmony with nature. The calm, clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The coral reefs in the island are ideal for scuba diving expeditions.
In the early decades of the nineteenth century, the island was the center of whaling activities of the Seychelles. Earlier, till the year 1992, St. Anne used to house the National Youth Service where youngsters between the ages of 15 and 17 used to spend some time as a part of their state education.
St Anne is home to the luxury Sainte Anne Resort & Spa. The area is also renowned for its Marine National Park. Founded in 1973, it is one of the first marine national parks in the Indian Ocean. The park has one of the largest areas of sea grass meadows in the granitic islands. It covers one of the most important nesting sites for Hawksbill turtles. Also, it houses nearly 1,000 species of fish. Motorized water sports are not permitted here.
St Anne is easily accessible from Mahe for a half day or full day excursion. Its nearby islands are Cerf, Moyenne, and Round islands.