Alphonse is 250 miles southwest of Mahe in the Amirantes Group (twenty-four islands). It is a sandy, low-lying coral atoll covering about half a square mile, covered with palm trees and surrounding a circular lagoon. The island was named by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama at the end of the 15th century. There are many shipwrecks on its reefs.


sea fan sea fans sea fan

coral scene coral head

pixy hawkfish on coral head freckled hawkfish two pixy hawkfish coral scene with freckled hawkfish lunar fusiliers unknown blenny jewel grouper Mauritian anemonefish Mauritian anemonefish blacktip grouper scythe triggerfish (dark phase) four-saddle grouper blacktail snapper Indian doublebar goatfish giant moray eel bearded scorpionfish spotted unicornfish (night colors) white-spotted grouper at cleaning station unknown goby longfin batfish spotted lionfish

school of striped large-eye breams school of striped large-eye breams bluestripe snappers

banded coral shrimp crab cowrie cowrie

black damselfish Johnston damselfish

raccoon butterflyfish Meyer's butterflyfish

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