Did you know that the film Monde du Silence directed by Jacques Cousteau was filmed in the Seychelles, near the remote islands of Aldabra, Assumption and Cosmoledo?
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
The coral reef is not the only fascinating area or biosphere in the Seychelles. Beyond the reef, the granite islands of the Seychelles emerge from a plateau that goes down 40- 50 metres. The water is crystal clear with a visibility of up to 40 metres. This is where you find the larger fish such as Bat Fish, Powder-blue Surgeon Fish, Sweetlips and Spotted Moray eels.
Two hundred species of fish are known to live in the ideal sanctuary of the Seychelles reef. The Saint Anne Marine National Park (comprising of the islands of Sainte Anne, Moyenne, Longue, Cerf and Ronde) a few kilometers from Mahe, is an excellent place to view the wonders of the coral world.
Although a lot of the coral was bleached since El Nino in 1998, most of it is steadily growing back and there are many projects underway to help protect and research the precious coral reefs. North Island, for instance, prides itself on being integrally involved in the Coral Reef Monitoring programme for Seychelles and the Whale Shark research programme for Seychelles. The dive team does bi-annual coral monitoring dives to count fish, measure coral growth and check on the health and numbers of all marine life. With regards to the whale shark programme, data is captured on all sightings with focus on the size of the animal, sex, whether it has been previously tagged or not, direction of movement, weather and ocean conditions and the behaviour of the animal. The environmental team on the island is also involved with the dive centre team on these events. With up to 22 dive sites on offer and no less than 8 in the direct vicinity of the island, the North Island dive centre teach all sanctioned PADI Dive courses, from the age of 10 years old and upwards. Specialty courses can also be taught, with the likes of Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Deep Diver, Drift Diver or Underwater Naturalist Diver on offer.
There are two thousand five hundred types of coral that make up the reef, and over a hundred are indigenous to these waters. Red, white, blue and black coral, either grouped together or isolated , compact or branching off like white coral, all creating fantastic compositions which act as a perfect backdrop for the vivid colours of the parrot fish, the browny-red lion fish, the butterfly fish and angel fish amongst many others. And of course Hawksbill Sea Turtles and even the magnificent Green Sea Turtle can be seen, while having a rest on the reef, or enjoying a meal. There are also several well encrusted wrecks and the Seychelles famous granite rocks provide a wonderfull underwater scenery!!
Whatever your diving ability we can provide dives and services tailored to your needs allowing you access to the best scuba diving in Seychelles or increase your diving skills.
On the main islands (Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse) many of the hotels offer PADI scuba diving courses and most of the private islands have their own scuba diving schools and activity centres.
- Alphonse Dive Centre (Epsey Royal)
- Angel Fish Dive Centre
- Azzura Pro Diving
- Big Blue Divers
- Bleu Marine Dive Centre
- Denis Island Dive Centre
- Desroches Island Dive Centre (Underwater Seychelles)
- Dive Resorts Seychelles
- Fregate Island Dive Centre
- Island Ventures Dive Seychelles
- Le Diable des Mers
- Lemuria Dive Centre
- North Island Dive Centre
- Octopus Dive Centre
- Scuba Explorer (Cerf Island Explorer)
- Seychelles Underwater Centre
- Vacanze Seychelles Ltd
- White Tip Dive Centre
Yachting & Boating
Allow yourself the pleasure of sailing the Indian Ocean in a boat or on a yacht. There are various options, either do a short trip to one of the islands or overnight on a yacht, and explore the many islands of the Seychelles.
Glass bottom boats are also on offer, often in combination with snorkelling and a fantastic Creole lunch!
Deep Sea Fishing
From November till May,the border line between the shallow waters of the plateau and the two thousand depth of the ocean (Poivre, Farquhar, and especially Astove where the seabed drops almost vertically down into the deep) becomes the territory for deep sea fishing. Between April and October is not a good time, as the sea gets too rough. The best territories are at the Amirantes to the south and round the islands of Bird, Denis to the north and Fregate Island to the east. But there is no need to go that far out, less than an hour by boat from Mahe you can encounter huge shoals of wahoos, various species of tuna, barracudas, marlin, sailfish and ever present bonitos.
Water Skiing, Sea Kayaking, Surfing & Windsurfing are also some of the other water sports on offer in the Seychelles. Some of the private islands offer loads of water activities such as boogie boarding, surfing, sea kayaking, but may not offer the loader variety, such as water skiing and jet skiing. On Mahe, Beau Vallon Beach is known for many water sports attractions such as parachuting, water skiing and windsurfing and Grande Anse on La Digue is known to be a surfers’ beach, when the swell is up!