This coral island stands majestically on a submerged atoll of the same name, 120 nautical miles south-west of Mahe in the Amirantes group. Desroches rises 3,000 meters out of the clear blue sea, boasting an abundant fish life and surrounded by approximately 50 nautical miles of reef to explore. The island has a coconut plantation and small agricultural settlement and enjoys a similar weather pattern as the rest of Seychelles in general, sunny all year round, with occasional warm showers. Descended from the original French and British settlers and their African slaves, the Seychellois mixture has also been enriched by traders from India and China as well as Arabs, all intermingling to produce a multi-faceted community. Creole is the common language of the islands, but most Seychellois also speak English and French.