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Cruises visiting Astove & all Astove cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Astove in the 2019-2021 seasons.

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Astove atoll is a raised coral island enclosing a shallow lagoon. It is part of the Aldabra Group lying on the Outer Islands of Seychelles, 40 km SW of the capital Victoria, on Mahé Island. Madagascar lies 260 km to the south and mainland Africa 780 km to the west. Astove has a gently shelving rocky coastline to the east, an undercut coastline on the south-western coast and a 3km long sand beach on the north west coast. The exposed eastern side of the island is dominated by low scrub and mangroves on the lagoon side, while the western side is quite highly vegetated. Entrance to the lagoon is from the south.

During the 19th C the island was harvested for guano, phosphates and turtles, with no regular inhabitants. For some years in the mid-20th C copra was produced. The island’s houses, drying sheds, and other buildings were left in various states of disrepair since being abandoned in the 1980s. In 2014 Astove was declared a nature reserve. Today, the island is rarely visited - usually by scientists researching the lagoon's ecology, but the near-vertical drop-off from its outer reef edge is a popular location for diving cruises. There’s a 640 m grassed airfield to the north.

On the western side there is a healthy population of giant tortoises. A fishing resort and lodge have been built on the island. Today, it is visited by scientists researching the lagoon's ecology, by fly-fishing cruises, and diving cruises to the near-vertical drop-off from its outer reef edge. There are plans for expanding the eco-resort. Due to the elevation of the lagoon a rare phenomenon occurs where the tide falls like a river for 10 hours and then rapidly floods it in only 2 hours. The terrain of the Atoll also varies from hostile shore breaks on the one side to calm coral flats on the other and white sandy flats in the lagoon itself. Astove featured in Jaques Cousteau documentary “The Silent World”.

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