Geographical Description

Description of the Cargados Carajos Group of islands

Islets
Approx. Extent (Km2)
Albatross
Ile du Nord
Puits à Eau
Poulaillier
Ile du Sud
Grand Capitaine
Petit Capitaine
Ile Fou
Ile Mapou
Ile Perle
Ile Frégate
Ile Sirène
Ile de la Baleine
Ile Coco
Ile Paul
Ile Raphaël
Petit Raphaël
Ile Tortue
Ile Bouquet
Petit Dagorgne
Grand Dagorgne
Ile Longue
Avocaire
Verronge
Ile Courson
0.64548
0.15264
0.33558
0.04217
0.101140
0.01926
0.00640
0.00234
0.00178
0.18066
0.16999
0.08159
0.00285
0.48454
0.34821
0.03672
0.00391
0.01753
0.01053
0.00686
0.01308
0.00983
0.01162
0.00831
0.01292
 
Many of the islets are mere sandy cays, which tends to change their shape and position after tidal waves or during cyclonic conditions. The main reef, much of which is above water is crescent shaped and extends about 25NM (nautical miles) fro, “Pointe Requin” to “Puits à Eau” in the North
 
Population
The population of the island consists of fishermen and staff of the meteorological services and the National Coast Guard.