Assumption Island is a little island in Outer Islands of Seychelles located north of Madagascar, with a 1135 km (705 ml) distance southwest of the capital city Victoria (on Mahe Island).
Assumption Island was discovered on August 14, 1756 by Captain Nicolas Morphey. It was named after the religious feast of the next day. Assumption was leased to Mr H. Savy (in 1908) who built a coconut plantation here. The first settlement was in the island's northern part. During a visit two years later, Savy realized Assumption's guano potential. The villagers changed their labor force to guano mining camp, operating until 1983. In the mid 1960s Assumption Island was proposed as an American military base. After strong protests from environmentalists, this plan was rejected.
- In 2015, India leased the isle from the Seychelles and built a base for the Indian armed forces. In August 2015, Indian Army's construction units arrived on the island to start the construction of a communication station and to renovate (enlarge) the existing airfield.
- India was given the permission to dredge sand and build a docking pier to replace the existing (ruined) jetty. This allows the island to have a deep-water dock served by port facilities, including terminal building, maintenance buildings, fuel storage, even clinic, and launge facility for the military personnel.
- Assumption was a popular cruise stop because of its long jetty. The numbers of tourists were maintained by Seychelles, until the lease to India closed the isle to the public.
Assomption Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Assomption Island dock (anchor) at Saint Thomas Anchorage - port on the southwestern coast. This was small port enlarged by the Indian army to a big port with a deep-water pier.
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