The Seychelles Islands are composed of 115 granite islands far off the coast of Kenya and are spread like jewels over one million square kilometers of crystal blue ocean waters. Most of these islands are uninhabited and remain sanctuaries for rare plant and animal life and as remote escapes for those seeking privacy in nature without crowds. Originally known only to pirates and Arab seafarers, the islands are now influenced more by French and British culture. Many tales speak of hidden treasures on these islands. In fact, Anne's father, John Kent, led an expedition to the Seychelles to search for buried pirate treasures. In his journal, he records that the only treasure he discovered was that of the islands’ stunning beauty.