The abundant beauty of Seychelles lies below the surface of the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, only accessible to those willing to explore, by scuba and snorkel, the many islands located just south of the equator.
The country offers warm temperatures and water year-round, and the 115 islands are located only 480 kilometres from Africa, the perfect ending to your magnificent safari.
The further one moves from the Inner Islands, where there is a heavier human presence, towards the outer islands, with their expansive coral atolls, the more incredible it becomes.
Scuba diving in the Seychelles is truly a wondrous experience, and the abundance of species is simply spectacular. There are a variety of large pelagics, including Hammerhead, Silvertip, Whitetip Reef, Bull, Tawny Nurse and Grey Reef Sharks, and other curious predators such as Moray Eel, Dogtooth Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Sweetlips, Potato Cod as well as a variety of grouper.
The best times for diving are April/May, and October/November as the winds and seas are calm, and water temperatures reach 29°c and the expected visibility 30 meters plus.
The core hub of diving in the Seychelles is on the main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, which offers a thriving scuba diving industry. Many hotels and lodges provide a variety of dive facilities, including introductory courses for beginners and youngsters and those luxury operators offering specialist outings to dive sites that hold unique species, intricate coral structures and beauty all around.
Liveaboards are also available and often visit the more remote dive sites, making the scuba experience of exceptional quality and often exclusive, yet, this is without guarantee. For the best diving experiences in the Outer Islands, one would need to stay at either Alphonse or Desroches, which both offer some of the best Blue Safaris and pristine diving with no other divers using the sites.
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