Seychelles has surreal unexplored dive sites. These unique dive sites have thousands of species of marine life, colorful coral reefs, ship wrecks, and canyons! I have compiled a list of the top five diving spots catering to all levels of scuba divers, from beginners to advanced. Ready to get started? Dive in:
1. L'ilot Island diving site
This diving site is easy to reach and takes approximately 30 minutes from the shore by a motor boat. It has a variety of coral reefs and hundreds of species of different marine life, all segregated around a small agglomeration of rocks. The best time of the year to dive here is from October to December as you might encounter Whale sharks. It is the perfect site to see colorful fish of all sizes, turtles, rays and sharks. If you are an experienced scuba diver, then you can also do night dives here as the average depth is around 15 m (49.2 ft). Be wary of the medium to strong currents in this area if you are still a beginner at diving.
L'ilot Island diving site
Address: Mahe Island, Inner Islands
2. The Shark Bank, Victoria
As its name signifies, this dive site is amazing! If you want to see big fish, sharks, shoals and colorful coral reefs then this is the ideal dive site for you. It is not easy to locate and can be only accessed when the sea is calm, as it is a few miles off shore (can take more than 30 mins to reach here). The average depth of this site is 18 m (59.1 ft) and the maximum depth 35 m (114.8 ft). There are various shoals of fish always traversing this area, so don’t be surprised if you spot manta rays, puffer fish, stingrays, barracuda, octopus, turtles, lobsters, snappers, etc. There are commonly white tip sharks around this area, but sometimes you can spot nurse shark also. This colorful diving site makes sure that diving in Seychelles becomes an unforgettable experience for you!
The Shark Bank, Victoria
Address: 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) NW of Mahe Islands from Beau Vallon. Accessible only by boat
3. The Fisherman's Cove Reef
Located very near the Beau Vallon coast, this dive site is popular among novice divers, especially first timers, because of its easy to find location and comfortable depth of 9 m (29.5 ft). As the name indicates, this place is an oasis of corals on an inclined reef, which is home to several species of marine life, especially turtles and colorful fish of all shapes and sizes.
The Fisherman's Cove Reef
Address: Off the coast from Bel Ombre, Mahe Island, Seychelles
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4. Ship wreck diving in Ennerdale & Dredger, Mahe Island
If you would like to explore a ship wreck up close and personal, then there is nothing better than Ennerdale & Dredger. Although these sites are miles apart, I’d still suggest that if your itinerary allows you attempt both!
The Ennerdale Wreck, is a 74,000 ton British oil tanker that sunk 12 km (8 miles) NE of Victoria in 1970 and now lies at the depth of 30 m (98.4 ft). Only for experienced divers, this interesting dive site is hard to find and challenging and takes more than 30 minutes to reach from the shore. This wreck is best enjoyed during April - May & October - November when the sea is calmer and there are no strong currents, offering higher visibility. The stern section of the ship is still mostly intact and offers divers easy access to safely explore the wreck. This ship is now home to hundreds of groupers, shoals of snappers, morays, stingrays, other fish and sometimes you can spot whale sharks around here.
The Dredger Wreck was created by sinking the dredger deliberately off the coast of Danzille in the NW of Mahe Islands in 1989. Today, this site is host to a wide variety of marine life including Blue striped, red & yellow snappers, invertebrates, groupers, scorpion fish, stone fish & morays. Although this dive site is closer to the coast, it’s still difficult to locate. The depth and some dangerous species found here make this a difficult dive site, recommended only to experienced divers. The Dredger lays on its side and has no entry points. The average depth of this site is 20 m (65.6 ft) with the maximum depth of 30 m (98.4 ft) approximately.
Address: 1.25 nautical miles southwest from the Mamelles, North of Malé
Address: Near Beau Vallon Bay, 10 minutes off the coast
5. Bay Ternay Marine Park, Mahe Island
Diving in Bay Ternay Marine Park is open for all! So, even if this is going to be your first dive, don’t hesitate! This site is also perfect for snorkeling. It is easy to reach here by boat from Beau Vallon. If you can manage to go early morning, then you can catch a greater variety of fish as this is a popular site and often has boat traffic. If you would like to shoot underwater photography then this is an ideal site as it has an average depth of 12 m (39.4 ft) although the maximum depth you can reach is 20 m (65.6 ft). So, it is a relatively safe dive site with good visibility. You can easily spot many colorful tropical fish, mantas, devil rays, sharks, turtles and corals here.
Bay Ternay Marine Park, Mahe Island
Address: Anse Du Riz - sudwestlich von Beau Vallon | Bay Ternay, Mahe Island
Keep calm & go diving!
A rarely explored underwater paradise in Seychelles is experienced by diving through these unique sites. Get packing for your next unforgettable water adventure and explore the real aquatic beauty up close in their own habitat. Diving in Seychelles, especially around ship wrecks or while spotting your first shark, is an unforgettable experience which will be etched in your heart forever!
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