The Island of SILHOUETTE

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SILHOUETTE

Sihouette is the third largest island in size in Seychelles, lying 20 km northwest of Mahé. It has an area of approx. 20 km² and has a about 200 inhabitants – mostly workers. The island’s highest peak is Mont Dauban at 740 metres above sea level, followed by Mont-Pot-a-Eau at 621 metres above sea level and the lowest peak being Mont Cocos Marrons at only 500 metres above sea level. The 5 large peaks give Silhouette Island some of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Seychelles. This huge island has only 2 beaches suitable for swimming: Anse La Passe ( long narrow beach bordering Hilton Labriz Resort) and Anse Lascar (on the east side of the island).

The island was owned by the Dauban family from the mid 19th century until 1960. The Dauban family were responsible for developing extensive plantations on the island. The Dauban era came to an end when Henri Dauban sold the island to a French group. In 1983, the Seychelles Government purchased the island, a small hotel was built now replaced by the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, a 5 star resort with 116 rooms. In 1987 a Marine National park was declared around the island and in 2010, Silhouette National Park was created protecting 93 percent of the landmass.

Most of the attractions on Silhouette are natural. Protected by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles, Silhouette remains an untouched accumulation of many unique species of plants and trees such as the carnivorous pitcher plant, exotic orchids and the Critically Endangered Seychelles sheath-tailed bat (possibly the rarest mammal on earth) and not forgetting the giant land tortoises.

Attractions

  • Silhouette has some of the healthiest coral-groups in the Seychelles, therefore it is ideal for diving. The island’s granite cliff is great for some spectacular diving. Some sea creatures expected to be spot on a dive session are the Blue-Spotted Rays, Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Snappers and White-Tip Sharks. 
  • The Mausoleum is a national monument where number of family members where buried including Auguste Dauban nicknamed the “Rothschild of the Indian Ocean”. 
  • The Plantation House located at La Passe is a building of great dignity and grace – representing the Creole architectural style. It was constructed around 1861, it was built as a family home for the islands owner, Mr Henri Dauban, who employed approx. 250 labourers to work his 2 000 acre estate. 
  • The Silhouette Marine National Park (opening daily, but entry fee SCR 200 or mooring fee SCR 250 required). 
  • Silhouette National Park is a home to many endemic and threatened plant and animal species (no entry fee required).


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