Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

Photos taken by David Stanley on Aldabra Atoll and D'Arros Island in the Seychelles, Indian Ocean.
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The Seychelles Islands Foundation operates a scientific research station at Picard Island on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

The Seychelles Islands Foundation operates a scientific research station at Picard Island on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

Countless frigate birds nest in the trees of D'Arros Island, Seychelles. In 2014 D'Arros and neighboring St Joseph Atoll were declared a nature reserve.

Countless frigate birds nest in the trees of D'Arros Island, Seychelles. In 2014 D'Arros and neighboring St Joseph Atoll were declared a nature reserve.

Fossilised coral islands poke out of the lagoon at Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Fossilised coral islands poke out of the lagoon at Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

The lagoon of Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles is is surrounded by limestone outcrops.

The lagoon of Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles is is surrounded by limestone outcrops.

Some 100,000 giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) range across Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Some giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) range across Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

A grey heron taking a stroll along the beach on Picard Island, Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

A grey heron taking a stroll along the beach on Picard Island, Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

The Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra in the Seychelles is one of the largest in the world. Only a few atolls in the South Pacific are larger.

The Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra in the Seychelles is one of the largest in the world. Only a few atolls in the South Pacific are larger.

An airstrip cuts right across D'Arros Island, Seychelles. There are no scheduled flights.

An airstrip cuts right across D'Arros Island, Seychelles. There are no scheduled flights.

This upscale residence faces the north coast of D'Arros Island in the Seychelles. The island is managed by the Save Our Seas Foundation on behalf of an anonymous owner.

This upscale residence faces the north coast of D'Arros Island in the Seychelles. The island is managed by the Save Our Seas Foundation on behalf of an anonymous owner.

The south coast of D'Arros Island in the Amirantes Group, Seychelles, is rockier than the northern shore.

The south coast of D'Arros Island in the Amirantes Group, Seychelles, is rockier than the northern shore.

D'Arros Island in the Amirantes Group, 250 kilometers southwest of the main Seychelles Group, has a fine white beach along its north shore.

D'Arros Island in the Amirantes Group, 250 kilometers southwest of the main Seychelles Group, has a fine white beach along its north shore.

Red-footed boobies nest among the mangroves at Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Red-footed boobies nest among the mangroves at Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Giant tortoises mating on Picard Island, Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles. Their lifespan is over 200 years.

Giant tortoises mating on Picard Island, Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles. Their lifespan is over 200 years.

The occupants of these Madagascar boats were apprehended fishing illegally off Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. The confiscated vessels are currently being held at La Gigi on Picard Island.

The occupants of these Madagascar boats were apprehended fishing illegally off Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. The confiscated vessels are currently being held at La Gigi on Picard Island.

Near perfect white sand beaches line the western shore of Picard Island near the scientific research station on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

Nice place where you should spend your holidays.

The Aldabra rail is the last flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, found only on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

The Aldabra rail is the last flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, found only on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

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