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Silhouette, Seychelles
Silhouette, Seychelles
Silhouette, Seychelles

SILHOUETTE


Silhouette is the third largest granitic island of the Seychelles archipelago and received its name in honor of Etienne de Silhouette, the French minister of finances under Louis XV.

Lying 17 km off Beauvallon on the west coast of Mahe, the island bears the second highest mountain in the Seychelles being Mont Dauban, rising to 750 metres. Other significant mountains on Silhouette are Mont Pot-a-Eau (621m), Gratte Fesse (515m), Mont Corgat (502m) and Mont Cocos Marrons (500m).

Ahike to the top of any will produce some of the most dramatic scenery of the islands. Covered by a pristine tropical forest, many species of trees are found there such as Albizia, blackwood, sandalwood, trumpet trees and jackfruit trees. Heavy rainfall throughout the year guarantees a constant irrigation for these evergreen plants.

Because the island bears a large area of primeval forest, it supports the last known roosts of the Seychelles Sheath-tailed bat. The island is also an important bird area and is considered to be an important site for the survival of critically Endangered species.

There is a breeding centre on the island for the extinct-in-the-wild Seychelles Giant Tortoise (different from the Aldabra Giant Tortoise) and Arnolds Giant Tortoises, also known as Seychelles saddle-backed tortoise.

The 'piece de resistance' of Silhouette is the fully restored colonial 'Grann Kaz' found at La Passe. Built by the islands owner August Dauban in 1860, it still attracts many wandering eyes eager to experience the ’la vie en rose‘ lived by the islands first inhabitants. Made completely out of wood, wide and spacious, the house was built to maximize the fresh island breeze experience after a hard days work on the plantations. The Dauban family Mausoleum is a historic site found at Anse Cimetiere, its marble columns remind one of the superb church of Madeleine in Paris. Engraved on the tomb 'To die is not to die, my friends, it is to change… on the day of his passing he begins to live' Already being a monumental environmental treasure in its own, there is also a legend that the corsair jean-Francois Hodoul buried his vast treasure on silhouette, the total prize estimated to value 703,479,803 french francs (est. 117,246,634 Euros).

Labriz Silhouette Resort welcomes visitors to the island, for a true experience of the creole island life.

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