Surrounded by an extensive reef system, Glorioso Islands within the northern Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean comprise of a small atoll off East African coastline near Madagaskar. Composed of two lush-green tropical coral islands and three rocky islets totaling 5 square kilometers, Glorioso Islands presently are simply a nature reserve along with a meteorological station overlooked by French troops. Featuring coral reefs and lagoons on the coasts, the thick vegetated flora generally consists of coconut plantations, casuarinas and some mangroves.
A favorite nestling ground for migratory sea-birds and turtles laying eggs on deserted beaches, there are specific anchorages for ships located to the north-side of Glorioso Islands. Served by a 4,300 feet long air-strip located on the Grande Glorieuse which is largely garrisoned by French military, currently there is no economic activity worth the name, available on the Glorioso Islands.