Cerf Island lies 4 km off the North coast of Mahe, and 10 minutes by boat. It is the second biggest island in the Ste. Anne Marine Park and it was given its name on 1st November 1756 by Corneille Nicholas Morphey, when he came to Seychelles in a French Navy fregate called 'Le Cerf'.
It is the only island in the marine park that is inhabited by a small group of locals who commute everyday to the main island for their daily business. Well known residents include south African novelist Wilbur Smith, writer, explorer and treasure hunter William Travis and yacht designer Phil Southwell.
Due to Cerf Islands location, the waters around the island are a spectacular site. For the snorkeling or scuba diving fanatic, the park offers exceptional marine life displaying species such as reef fish, crabs, sea urchins, starfish, octopus, turtles and clown fish.
Snorkeling equipment are available for hire on the island. The islands forests are home to colonies of fruitbats that find all the food they need. The island is also self sufficient as many of the inhabitants have their own vegetable garden and orchard.
The island also had a very successful copra industry in the past but this has now died out. The interior of the island is home to giant tortoises and flying foxes, and offers 2 hotel establishments with 3 to 4 star rating.