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21 March

St François

Island Group :   Alphonse Group   
Distance from Mahé :   410km                 
Area :   0.17


St. François is a low-lying, v-shaped, flat reef cay with a fringe of coconut palms, separated from its larger neighbour, Alphonse, by a narrow but deep canal.

The island itself only formed relatively recently and is not mature, and its poor topsoil has placed limitations on its development.

The island once supported a population of a handful of men engaged in harvesting coconuts but the plantation was never productive.

The sand flats surrounding St. François today offer what is widely considered to be the best bone-fishing in the world, for fly-fishing guests staying at the nearby Alphonse Island Lodge.