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DIVING AND SNORKELING IN SEYCHELLES

Diving in Seychelles is your portal to a vast, extraordinary world and one that promises marine extravaganzas as diverse and vibrant as they are unique. The Seychelles archipelago’s 115 granitic and coralline islands are sprinkled like emeralds over one million square kilometers of the Indian Ocean between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator, forming a sparkling archipelago widely believed to be the most beautiful on earth. The 43 granitic islands cluster around the principal island of Mahé while the more numerous coral islands, extend in an arc towards Madagascar. In this area of perpetual summer, Seychelles’ enjoys comfortable year-round temperatures of between 24ºC to 30ºC and lies outside the cyclone belt, offering year-round diving and snorkeling for novices and experts alike. Colorful reef fish, octopus, lobster and turtle are abundant in the waters of the Inner Islands and around their ancient granite boulders reefs while more adventurous dives offshore include the famous ‘Ennerdale’ wreck and rocky pinnacles which are the haunt of larger groupers and stingrays. You can also experience the thrill of swimming with whale sharks, those gentle giants of the sea that are regular visitors to Seychelles waters or diving the spectacular coral walls of the Outer Islands from one of the liveaboards. The dedicated and accredited diving centers of most hotels and island resorts offer everything from one-day introductory courses to international diving instructor certificates. The beauty of the Seychelles underwater experience is that the abundance of marine life in clear waters means that snorkeling can be every bit as rewarding as taking the plunge into the deep, with an ever-present kaleidoscope of marine life on parade close to shore in impressive displays of color. Snorkeling equipment is available for sale or rent at most dive centers.

  • Seasons & Conditions: Diving is possible all year round. Generally speaking, the best conditions for both the Inner and Outer Islands are in the calm periods, April-May and October-November, when the water temperature can rise to 29ºC and offers excellent (up to 30m)visibility.
  • Dive types & depths: With 43 Inner Islands to choose from, variety is the order of the day. All of these northerly islands offer impressive granite reef locations where the sculptured rocks can be covered with soft corals and sponges, and fish life is prolific, due to the archipelago’s isolation and also strict conservation rules. Wreck dives are available in some areas but only the islands to the south have a wall or drop-off dives and drift diving opportunities as well.
  • Diving Tips: Divers should bring proof of certification and medical clearance for any medical problem. Due to the remote location of both the inner and outer islands, we advise all divers to have a DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance.
  • Seasons & Conditions: Diving is possible all year round. Generally speaking, the best conditions for both the Inner and Outer Islands are in the calm periods, April-May and October-November, when the water temperature can rise to 29ºC and offers excellent (up to 30m)visibility.
  • Dive types & depths: With 43 Inner Islands to choose from, variety is the order of the day. All of these northerly islands offer impressive granite reef locations where the sculptured rocks can be covered with soft corals and sponges, and fish life is prolific, due to the archipelago’s isolation and also strict conservation rules. Wreck dives are available in some areas but only the islands to the south have a wall or drop-off dives and drift diving opportunities as well.
  • Diving Tips: Divers should bring proof of certification and medical clearance for any medical problem. Due to the remote location of both the inner and outer islands, we advise all divers to have a DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance.
Marine Life

The Inner Islands’ marine life reveals an abundance of fish even on shallow inshore reefs and features different types of Butterflyfish and Angelfish, Soldierfish, Squirrelfish and Sweepers among many others. The island reefs are also havening for many invertebrates including Octopus, Spiny Lobster and a plethora of Nudibranchs, such as the Spanish Dancer. Sites with regular current flows support fan corals and colorful tree coral formations while more remote sites shelter the larger fish species, such as the Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Grouper, Reef Sharks and Ribbon-tailed Stingrays. Most spectacular are the plankton-eating Whale Sharks found around the Inner Islands, with peak sightings from August to October.

Marine life around the relatively isolated Outer Islands tends to be even more prolific, with frequent sightings of many of the larger grouper species, particularly the spotted Potato Bass as well as Grey Reef, Silver Tip, Nurse and the occasional Hammerhead Shark. A number of rare exotics have been identified from this area such as the African Pygmy Angelfish thought to exist only in small numbers at depth off Mauritius and now found regularly in easy diving depths off Astove. The cartoon-like Yellow Rubber Lipped Sweetlips is another firm favorite while elusive Long-Nosed Hawkfish can be easily found in most Gorgonian fan areas.

Search all Yachts available in Secyhelles

Bali 4.5 (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.6 m
2019 / -
Seychelles
12.685,00
4.885,00
Lagoon 450S (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.96 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
11.000,00
5.100,00
Saona 47 Quintet (5+1Cab-5WC)
13.94 m
2019 / -
Seychelles
15.500,00
5.735,00
Leopard 48 (4+2Cab-4+1WC)
14.75 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
12.691,00
4.459,00
Moorings 5800
17.56 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
34.265,00
19.005,00
Helia 44 (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.3 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
11.641,00
3.850,00
Lagoon 620
18.9 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
28.000,00
25.900,00
Lagoon 52F
15.84 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
18.695,00
7.175,00
Saba 50
14.98 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
16.296,00
8.750,00
Gulet
30 m
1987 / 2013
Seychelles
30.000,00
30.000,00
Lagoon 52F (6+2Cab-6WC)
15.84 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
16.825,00
6.460,00
Bali 4.5
13.6 m
2019 / -
Seychelles
13.545,00
5.215,00
Leopard 48 (4+2Cab-4+1WC)
14.75 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
12.691,00
4.550,00
Helia 44 (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.3 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
12.685,00
4.885,00
SeaXplorer 77
77 m
2020 / -
Seychelles
740.000,00
740.000,00
Saona 47 Quintet (5+1Cab-5WC)
13.94 m
2019 / -
Seychelles
15.500,00
5.735,00
Leopard 58
17.37 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
34.500,00
10.941,00
Leopard 58 (5Cab-5WC+Crew)
17.56 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
29.050,00
25.550,00
Lagoon 50
14.76 m
2020 / -
Seychelles
13.500,00
6.500,00
Dufour 520 GL
15.2 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
6.490,00
3.610,00
Lagoon 52F (6+2Cab-6WC)
15.84 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
18.695,00
7.175,00
Lagoon 52F
15.84 m
2016 / 2020
Seychelles
16.500,00
6.500,00
Bali 4.5
13.6 m
2020 / -
Seychelles
13.545,00
5.215,00
Leopard 48 (4+2Cab-4+1WC)
14.75 m
2017 / -
Seychelles
12.971,00
5.250,00
Dufour 520 GL
15.2 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
5.840,00
3.250,00
Dufour 520 GL
15.2 m
2020 / -
Seychelles
6.830,00
3.800,00
Saona 47 Quintet (5+1Cab-4+1WC)
13.94 m
2019 / -
Seychelles
10.150,00
6.650,00
Saona 47 Quintet
13.94 m
2020 / -
Seychelles
15.500,00
5.735,00
Bali 4.5 (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.6 m
2017 / -
Seychelles
11.450,00
4.410,00
Lagoon 450S (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.96 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
12.685,00
4.885,00
Moorings 434 PC
13 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
9.030,00
4.935,00
Moorings 514 PC
15.54 m
2016 / -
Seychelles
13.545,00
8.050,00
Lagoon 450S (4+2Cab-4WC)
13.96 m
2018 / -
Seychelles
11.000,00
5.100,00
Amels 180
55 m
2017 / -
Seychelles
315.000,00
290.000,00
Maiora 31DP
31 m
1999 / 2015
Seychelles
$
70.000,00
60.000,00
CRN Ancona 201
61.3 m
2000 / 2017
Seychelles
$
322.000,00
322.000,00

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