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24 October

African Banks

Island Group :   Amirantes Group   
Distance from Mahé :   235km                    
Area :   0.3 sq.km

Description

African Banks is the northernmost landfall of the Amirantes group and consists of two islets, North and South that lie 2km apart, close to the edge of the Amirantes bank.

Once famous for its seabird eggs, these uninhabited islands are surrounded by fish-rich waters that particularly abound in mackerel, tuna and shark.

Both islands are flat and barely three metres above sea level and visible from a distance of 14km by the surf that surges across the nearby reef.