These are a group of 8 single islands and 3 atolls with a total of 18 islets. Most notable are Remire, D‘Arros, Desroches, St. Joseph Atoll and Poivre Atoll.
Remire Island also known as ’eagle‘ after a visiting English ship in 1771, lies 245 km south west of Mahe at the extreme north of the Amirantes Bank. Guano mining was intensive on the island. Coconut palms were also planted on the island for exportation. The island has a large number of seabirds, some species include lesser noddy and fairy tern, but numbers of birds and variety of species were more diverse in the past. Peacock were introduced in the early 1990s and are now breeding. Since the 1980s, the island has been a presidential retreat.
D‘Arros island lies 255 km south west of Mahe, and is "soon to be proclaimed a nature reserve"managed by the Save Our Seas Foundation in direct collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy". The island was named after Baron d‘Arros, Commandant de la Marine at the Ile de France (Mauritius) in 1770 - 1771. St. Joseph Atoll comprises of 13 islands. St. Joseph island itself comprises of 1000 acres and is the largest island in its group. The atoll lies 250 km south west of Mahe and like D‘Arros, it is a privately owned estate.
Desroches is the largest island of the Amirantes group. It lies 230 km south west of Mahe. It is also the only island in the amirantes group to offer hotel accommodation. Flights from Mahe to Desroches take approximately 50 minutes. This coral island of 345 acres and 8 km of white beaches is richly covered in coconut palms and encircled by beautiful sandy beaches protected by a coral reef. A main attraction is its scuba diving, with some of the best diving in the Seychelles. The only resort is situated in a coconut grove beside a white sandy beach, and offers surprisingly high standards for such a remote island hideaway.