Juan de Nova

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Juan de Nova
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Juan de Nova, Mozambique Channel

Juan de Nova Island (also Saint-Christophe, French: locally Île Juan de Nova or officially Île Juan da Nova) is a 4.4 km² low, flat, tropical island in the narrowest part of the Mozambique Channel, about one-third of the way between Madagascar and Mozambique. Anchorage is possible off the northeast of the island which also has a 1,300-metre-long airstrip.

Administratively, the island is one of the Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean, a district of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.

Juan de Nova, about six kilometres long and 1.6 km at its widest, is a nature reserve surrounded by reefs which enclose an area (not a true lagoon like in an atoll) of roughly 40 km². Forests, mainly of Casuarinaceae, cover about half the island. Large numbers of terns (Sterna fuscata) breed there from November to March. Turtles nest in the beaches around the island.

The island is named after João da Nova, a Galician admiral in the service of Portugal who came across the island in 1501. It has been a French possession since 1897. Guano (phosphate) deposits were exploited from the start of the 20th century until 1970. The island was abandoned during World War II and was visited by German submariners. Installations, including a hangar, rail lines, houses and a jetty are in ruins.

Juan de Nova, with an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 61,050 km², is claimed by Madagascar. The island is garrisoned by French troops from Reunion and has a meteorological station (Saint-Christophe).

Juan de Nova, in the sea route between South Africa, and the northern tip of Madagascar, is affected by strong currents and has become the site of numerous wrecks. Most visible are the remains of the SS Tottenham which ran onto the southern fringing reef in 1911.


British Admiralty
BA3868 – Cap Kimby to Cap Saint André
BA2461 – Plans od the north and west Coasts of Madagascar
BA1810 – Mozambique Channel


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NE Anchorage

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Anchorage icon NE Anchorage [[Juan de Nova#NE Anchorage|NE Anchorage]] 17°01.750'S, 042°43.940'E
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  • There is a 1,300-m (4,300 ft) unpaved airstrip
  • There is no public transportation to the island


The island is a bird sanctuary.


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