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Wonders of British Indian Ocean Territory

Salomon Islands. Indian Ocean around Chagos Archipelago is very clean
Salomon Islands. Indian Ocean around Chagos Archipelago is very clean / Anne Sheppard, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

These islands (Chagos Islands) are British overseas territory under the jurisdiction of United Kingdom.

Islands have been inhabited for some centuries but the marine life here has been very well preserved, seawater here is impeccably clean. Many endemic species have been found but most of underwater life remains unexplored. Unfortunately, the original forest on larger islands has been replaced with coconut plantations, but nevertheless, there have been found some endemic species of insects.

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WorldViolet Top wonders of British Indian Ocean Territory

Architecture wonders

East Point Master’s House

Ruins of a stately building.

East Point Chapel

First church (first in the whole archipelago) was built here in 1895 but was destroyed by a falling tree. Current chapel was built in 1932, now renovated.

Boddam Church

Ruins of Chagossian church in abandoned plantation village.

Boddam Church in ruins, Chagos Islands

WorldYellow Recommended books

Finding Chagos


A major shift in the planet’s climate and the ensuing social chaos triggers a calculated escape by a family onboard a long-range fishing trawler. Finding Chagos is an epic adventure novel, a prophetic story inspired by true events, covering two oceans and three continents. Will the family have the skills to survive a desperate voyage from the tropics to the Arctic, while enduring fierce storms and the menacing degradation of society? Will the ocean provide the shelter they are seeking? Inspired by the author’s life, this novel will take you to extremes you never knew existed.

Peak of Limuria: The Story of Diego Garcia and the Chagos Archipelago


A revised and updated edition of Richard Edis’ history of Diego Garcia, this book gives a lively account of the nature, discovery, and development of the Chagos Archipelago, part of one of Britain’s few remaining overseas territories. Touched by both World Wars, Diego Garcia’s military role grew dramatically from the 1980s, following the controversial closure of the plantations and establishment of American naval and air staging facilities.


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