The island has length of 5.5 km (3.4 ml) and covers a land area of approx 4 km2 (1.6 ml2). Its population is around 100. Its entire coastlibe (13 km / 8 ml) is a fine sand beach.
The island was named after Chevalier des Roches, Governor (between 1767 and 1772) of Ile de France (today Mauritius Island) and Ile Bourbon (today Reunion Island). The island used to be a major producer of copra.
Ile Desroches belongs to Seychelles' Outer Islands District. Its inhabitants are engaged mainly in tourism, as well as in small scale farming and fishing, mainly for local consumption.
Desroches Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Desroches Island dock (anchor) at Victoria (Seychelles' capital on Mahe Island).