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Quick Facts:

  • Largest African atoll and second largest in the world
  • Largest population of giant tortoises
  • Home to the Aldabra rail which is the last surviving flightless bird of the area


The Aldabra Atoll is the second largest atoll in the world behind the Kiritimati atoll. It stretches 21.1 miles (34 km) long and 9 miles (14.5 km) wide. The Aldabra atoll is 26.2 feet (8 m) above sea level and has a land area of 96.5 miles (155.4 km). The lagoon stretches 139.1 miles (224 km) across; much of the lagoon will be exposed during low tide.

The Aldabra Atoll includes a ring of four larger islands: Grand Terre, Malabar, Polymnie, and Picard, and a few smaller islands. The islands have no inhabitants apart from a small staff of rangers. The atoll accounts for the largest population of giant tortoises. Additional wildlife includes: hammerhead sharks, barracuda, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, mantarays, and various birds.


Best way to see the Aldabra Atoll

More will follow on the Aldabra Atoll as it is declared an official or notable wonder of Africa.


Best way to experience the Aldabra Atoll

More will follow on the Aldabra Atoll as it is declared an official or notable wonder of Africa.