Denis Island

Denis Island is the second northeasternmost island in the Seychelles. It is 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Mahé and lies at the northern edge of the Seychelles bank, along with the nearby Bird Island, which is the northernmost Seychelles island. The 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi) coral island was named after the French Navy officer Denis de Trobriand,[3] who explored it in 1773. Denis Island is privately owned and has a short airstrip. It has a holiday resort with 23 guest chalets.

Denis Island
Denis Island is located in Seychelles
Denis Island
Denis Island
Coordinates03°48′13″S 55°40′13″E / 3.80361°S 55.67028°E / -3.80361; 55.67028Coordinates: 03°48′13″S 55°40′13″E / 3.80361°S 55.67028°E / -3.80361; 55.67028
ArchipelagoInner Islands, Seychelles
Adjacent toIndian Ocean
Total islands1
Major islands
  • Denis Island
Area1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
Length1.8 km (1.12 mi)
Width1.3 km (0.81 mi)
Coastline5.2 km (3.23 mi)
GroupInner Islands
Sub-GroupNorthern Coral Group
DistrictsLa Digue and Inner Islands
Largest settlementSt. Denis (pop. 80)
Population80 (2014)
Pop. density57.1/km2 (147.9/sq mi)
Ethnic groupsCreole, French, East Africans, Indians.
Additional information
Time zone
ISO codeSC-15
Denis Island Lighthouse Edit this at Wikidata
Lighthouse on Denis Island (5147326886).jpg
Constructed1883 (first), 1910 (current)
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Height27 m (89 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Shape2-stage skeletal tower with balcony and lantern[1][2]
Markingswhite Edit this on Wikidata
Power sourcesolar power Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height37 m (121 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Range10 nmi (19 km; 12 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl W 5s Edit this on Wikidata

A lighthouse built in 1910 still stands on the northern edge of the island. There is also a chapel named Chapel St. Denis.

The island has an abundance of coconut palms, Takamaka and Casuarina trees. In 2004, 47 Seychelles fodies from Fregate Island and 58 Seychelles warblers from Cousin Island were relocated to Denis as part of a Nature Seychelles conservation project.

The island has been designated a cay, in the Seychelles Archipelago.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Seychelles". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  2. ^ NGA List of Lights – Pub.112 Retrieved 27 September 2016
  3. ^ Rouxel, Jean-Christophe. "Jean François DENIS de KEREDERN de TROBRIAND". Parcours de vie dans la Royale. Retrieved 24 May 2020.

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