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Discover the Chagos Archipelago

Visit the Chagos Archipelago, one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas, using an interactive map, scientific resources, videos, photos and datasets. Discover the plants and animals living in one of the World’s most remote ecosystems.


Expedition timeline

Journey through time from the historical explorations of the Chagos Archipelago to the current scientific expeditions.

Select a category to see the related expeditions

Species Databases

About Chagos

About the Chagos Archipelago

The Chagos Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, and forms the British Indian Ocean Territory. It is home to an astonishing diversity of life, and acts as a refuge for many threatened species. By conserving and restoring this precious environment, we can contribute to important marine conservation and learn much about the natural ecosystems of our world. In 2010 a 640,000 km² ‘no-take’ marine protected area was declared by the British Indian Ocean Territory Commissioner. This means all commercial fishing and extractive activities are prohibited, which is the maximum level of protection.