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Cosmoledo Atoll is of Seychelles' Aldabra Group (Outer Islands). Cosmoledo is located approx 1030 km (640 ml) southwest of the capital city Victoria (Mahe Island). The atoll is currently uninhabited and has a total land area of 5,13 km2 (2 ml2).
Sergeant Rivers visited Cosmoledo Atoll in 1878. He reported, judging by turtle remains on the beach, that the atoll was frequently visited by whalers and fishermen. He found a "turtle park" and recently destroyed hut on Menai Island. A hut on Wizard's southern point had been built from the wreckage of Merry Monarch (April 1874). He reported Menai was covered with tall mangroves. Shortly after this Cosmoledo was settled and a visitor in 1895, noted maize, goats and 200-300 coconut trees. By 1901 there were four men on North-east Island, two on Menai, and one on Wizard. Until 1992 the atoll was inhabited as a turtling and fishing station. Then it was abandoned. Fly-fishing cruises to Cosmoledo Atoll are organized on a regular basis. The IDC proposed a plan for eco-resort with 20 rooms to be built at Menai, 2019.
Cosmoledo Atoll cruise terminal
The following map of Cosmoledo Atoll shows the location and names of all its islands - a total of 20 named, plus a number of unnamed islets.
The largest are Menai Island (2,47 km2) and Wizard Island (Grande Ile, 1,6 km2), followed by South Island (Ie du Sud-Ouest, 0,4 km2), Grande Polyte (0,28 km2) and West North Island (Ile du Nord, 0,12 km2).