The Marine Park was created in 1973 and was the first of its kind to offer protection for wildlife in the Indian Ocean. That means fishing or water-skiing are banned in the area, giving the fish and plants the chance to thrive. There are designated areas for snorkelling and picnics but the lack of motor engines means the Park has its own quiet charm. If you do feel the need for a little speed there are plenty of boat rides available to take a tour.
As well as Sainte Anne, the Park covers five other islands: Moyenne, Round, Long, Cer and Ile Cachée which only make up one fifth of the entire area – most of which is coral reef. All have glorious beaches and are well worth visiting.
Since 2005, the Park has become a major tourist attraction which helps pay for its upkeep. 40,000 people visit every year, so it must be doing something right and resorts such as the new Club Med Seychelles are raising these numbers all the time.