You land on a strip of coral by the sea. There's a white-sand beach lapped by luxuriously warm waters; a shimmering lagoon with every hue from lapis lazuli to turquoise; palm and casuarina trees leaning over the shore. Welcome to Denis, a coral island that lies about 95km northeast of Mahé.
If working your suntan ceases to do it for you, there are nature walks along scenic pathways as well as fishing, snorkelling and diving trips that will keep you active. Wildlife lovers will enjoy it here, too; although Denis is small – barely 1.3km in length and 1.75km at its widest point – it's a sanctuary for a variety of species, including giant tortoises, magpie robins, paradise flycatchers and Seychelles warblers. From July to December you'll see turtles laying eggs on the beach.