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LONGUE


Lying 5.6 km east of Mahe, the island was given its name in 1756 by Captain Nicholas Morphey, Ile Longue‘s name is representative of the shape of the island, 800 metres long and 300 metres wide.

Though not as environmentally blessed as her surrounding sister islands, Long Island has a very rich history.

In its early history, mostly utilized by the Portuguese, Long Island was used as a quarantine station, slave transit, recuperation and disorientation depot. During their time on the island, many of the weak and frightened slaves died and were buried on the island.

In 1768, during the time of Commandant Antoine Nicolas Benoit Gillot, the slaves led a revolt, having no equipment to disarm their well-armed masters, they burnt Long Island to the ground.

In the 1860s, the British created a new quarantine station on Long Island, used to accommodate the liberated slaves who were infected with small pox. They stayed in quarantine for 81 days.

 Later on the island was used as a second prison facility for the Seychelles when the Seychelles International Airport was opened in 1971. Now that the Prison has been relocated there is a project underway to turn Ile Longue into a Private tourist resort.

Located in the Sainte Anne Marine Park, visitors will be able to enjoy wonderful snorkeling opportunities.

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