The Island Oasis

the wildlife

Wildlife flourished along the coast of Louisiana, especially around the barrier islands. This abundance is part of what drew people to the island to establish the resort.

in the ocean

in the air

the diary of an


Alvar Nuñez Cabeza De Vaca, a Spanish explorer, kept a diary of his experiences in the Gulf of Mexico in 1542.
PODCAST Dr. Gary LaFleur, Louisiana native and professor of biological sciences at Nicholls State University, discusses Isle Dernière before it became a popular resort.