Astove lies 650 miles south of Mahe, just south of Cosmoledo, and 37 miles directly south of Aldabra. It is a limestone atoll atop basalt and covers two and half square miles. There are many romantic stories of lost pirate treasure buried on Astove. The island is surrounded by sheer coral walls covered with sea fans.

landscape of ironshore ruins soft coral anthias over hard coral anemone with skunk clownfish and and soft coral spotted lionfish undulated moray eel black damselfish turtle overhead turtle resting turtle over shallows potato grouper anemones fish over wall reef scene with oriental sweetlips reef scene

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