Island Group : Inner Islands Group
Distance from Mahé: 4km
Area : 1.27 sq.km
Situated within the Ste Anne Marine National Park, Cerf is Mahé’s closest neighbour and offers excellent swimming and snorkelling as well as memorable sunbathing on several great beaches.
Cerf is a popular picnic venue with Mahé residents on account of its fine beaches and good swimming.
Cerf earned its name from the navy frigate that visited Seychelles in 1756 to take formal possession of the island in the name of France.
The island once had a thriving coconut industry, the remnants of which are still evident in the form of lush coconut groves. Many exotic shrubs adorn its 116 hectares that is also home to a population of giant land tortoises and flying foxes.
Cerf is the only island in the marine park to have a small local population who commute to Mahé for their daily business, making the 4km trip in a matter of minutes.
A high standard of accommodation is available in three hotel establishments currently on the island as is the opportunity to savour mouth-watering Seychellois Creole cuisine.