A large number of reefs within the inner granitic islands of the archipelago of Seychelles could be entirely lost, unless concerted action is taken soon to control crown of thorns, warns Dr. Udo Englhardt, the expert on on the management of crown of thorns in a...
Ros Sodyer (Cauldron Rock)
This rock formation is about 27 feet deep and 54 feet wide. Ros Sodyer is now a national monument. It is located in Takamaka, on the southern part of Mahe. It has a large pool at the edge of the granite slope which links the craggy coastline of Takamaka to the Intendance beach. The pool is 6 to 8 metres deep and about 5 to 6 meters wide. Its water is crystal clear and there are some fish and crabs in it. The pool fills up when the tide rises. During low tide, you can swim in it or even jump into it from the rocks above. When the tide spills over the cliff, it is not safe to swim as the waves can pull you back into the sea over the cliffs.. You can reach the pool via a 30 minutes nature trail hike from Anse Takamaka Beach at the Chez Batista Villas Parking where you will also find giant tortoises kept in a confinement.
There are sign boards that will guide you through the property. There is a steel ladder to climb over and up granite rocks. This is not safe for everyone.
Miray Demon (Devil’s Wall)
The Devil’s Wall has left researchers puzzled over its amazing formation. Miray Demon consists of several separate pieces of rock of different sizes and shapes arranged to rest on top of one another to make a crude wall., which have more or less remained in place like interlocking pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. It was declared a national monument in 2006.
Ros Leskalye (Rock Steps)
This granite formation is located on Mahe, close to Port Launay. At first look this formation looks man made. Because of it some people argue that the old Phoenicians more than 3000 years ago carved it in stone as a landmark or for religious reasons. But in reality, this rock formation is the result of volcanic activity and it appears as steps in a dyke. On the surface of the granite rocks there are compressed minerals in different colours embedded in the granite. These minerals evolved after heated molten rocks rose from the interior of the earth to the surface and then cooled down. These soft minerals, which look like randomly formed stairs, are embedded in the granite and have been washed out by erosion.
Ros Koson (Pig Rock)
The geological formation is called Ros Koson because it resembles a crouching pig in profile. One can distinctively make out the sunken eyes, the cartilaginous snout over the mouth baring the teeth. Of course with so much granite around, it is neither uncommon nor unusual to come across boulders or shapes of some recognisable representation. Ros Koson was declared a national monument in 2006.
Anse L’union Granite Boulder
Anse L’Union Boulder, a massive stone monument of granite covering over one acre of land, on the west coast of La Digue, the third-most populated island. This rock is made out of crystals of quartz, feldspar and mica, and it is believed that the boulder was laid beneath the earth before it was pushed upright a million years ago. The giant monument stands at the site of a Natural Park inhabited by tortoises.
Ros Torti (Tortoise Rock)
You come across this stupefying rock formation when you go up the main road outside the international airport. The rock is enclosed by a roundabout coupled with water features. You will also come across this landmark if you are travelling by road to Pointe Larue, a southeastern district in Seychelles.