Aride Island is the northernmost granitic island in the Seychelles and is 10km north of Praslin. It is 68 hectares in area and is a nature reserve. Aride is leased and managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles. The only human inhabitants are the reserve’s staff; currently four Seychellois rangers and two wardens. They live in small plantation houses on the south side of the island.