Mamelles Island

Mamelles is an island in Seychelles, lying 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) northeast of Mahe. It is uninhabited and has an area of 6 hectares (15 acres).

Mamelles Island
Mamelles Island is located in Seychelles
Mamelles Island
Mamelles Island
LocationSeychelles, Indian Ocean
Coordinates4°29′S 55°32′E / 4.48°S 55.54°E / -4.48; 55.54Coordinates: 4°29′S 55°32′E / 4.48°S 55.54°E / -4.48; 55.54
ArchipelagoInner Islands, Seychelles
Adjacent toIndian Ocean
Total islands1
Major islands
  • Mamelles
Area0.06 km2 (0.023 sq mi)
Length0.3 km (0.19 mi)
Width0.2 km (0.12 mi)
Coastline1.1 km (0.68 mi)
Highest elevation42 m (138 ft)
Highest pointsouth hill
GroupInner Islands
Sub-GroupGranitic Seychelles
Sub-GroupMahe Islands
Population0 (2014)
Pop. density0/km2 (0/sq mi)
Ethnic groupsCreole, French, East Africans, Indians.
Additional information
Time zone
ISO codeSC-12


Mamelles Island is a granite island with a length of 300 metres (980 ft), a width of 210 metres (690 ft), covered with little vegetation. The fauna of the island is represented only by wild rabbits and sea birds, including terns, which nest on the island.

The name of the island comes from the French word «mamelles», which means "breast". This strange island was called because of its shape - two high hills in the south and the north, and a relatively deep hollow between them. On the southern hill, which is slightly higher than the north, There is a lighthouse which was constructed in 15 December 1911. On the shores of the island, the wreck of the tanker Ennerdale from 1970, which is a favorite dive site.