09 October 2020
Landing at Sainte Anne 250th Anniversary
ssued on: 2020-10-09
Deseigner: Eileen Hoareau
Artwork By: Mrs. Alexandra Arais
Printing: Offset lithography
Sainte Anne Island is the largest (2.27 km²) of eight islands in Ste Anne Marine National Park of the Seychelles. These islands are part of the Mont Fleuri District of the Seychelles. It is 4 km off the east coast of Mahé and has abundant tropical vegetation. The highest peak on Sainte Anne is 246 meters (807 feet).
The French explorer Lazare Picault first discovered the island in 1742, on the day of Saint Anne, and the first French settlement in the Seychelles was established here in 1770. In the early 20th century the St. Abbs Whaling Company briefly maintained a whaling station on the island, the ruins of which can still be found.
In 2002, the Beachcomber Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, with 87 luxury villas, was opened on the southwest point.
The village of Sainte Anne is located next to the hotel. It contains the park rangers’ quarters, dive shop, and restaurants. Some hotel staff and other employees live in the village, which has 40 people; some of the hotel staff do a daily trip from Victoria.