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Seychelles

Whales sharks, turtles, paradise in the Indian Ocean . . . . .
Overview:

Moray [courtesy Oliver Payne]Seychelles is an archipelago nation of 155 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) east of mainland Africa and northeast of the island of Madagascar.  The islands are widely spread in groups; Amirantes, Alphonse, Farquhar and Aldabra.  The capital city of Victoria is on Maha (in the Amirantes Group) which has the international airport and is the gateway to the rest of the Seychelles. 

In order to understand the diversity of the Seychelles, the islands are classified as either 'Inner' or 'Outer'.  Inner islands are, essentially, the tops of underwater mountains and are granite.  There are 43 of these islands which include Mahe, Praslin andLa Digue.  The Outer islands sit on the Seychelles plateau and are generally low-lying coral cays and atolls.  Only 2, Desroches and Alphonse, have accommodation.

So, what about the diving?  The Seychelles has 2 whale shark seasons - when the plankton blooms  (the main season being October to January) and then another one in August when high water temperatures produce an abundance of tiny marine organisms.  In 2006, over 250 of these magnificant animals were recorded in these waters.

[Thanks to Oliver Payne for the photograph]

What to see:
  • Ste Anne Marine National Park Island - the Indian ocean's first marine park in 1973.
  • The Ennerdale wreck - lying between Mahe and Praslin for moray eels, llionfish and shoals of snapper.
  • Sisters Rock - a series of large rocks off Praslin for swimthroughs and gullies.
  • Grouper Point - a reef of largfe boulders with a chance to see reef sharks and whale sharks.
  • Booby Rock - a drift dive
  • Ave Maria (an island within the Praslin group) is reputed to have the best inshore dives in the Seychelles.
  • Turtles nesting (October to January)
Need to know:
  • The best time to dive are March to April and September to October.
Useful stuff:
Language: French & English are the official languages but Creole is widely used
Currency: Seychelles Rupee
Time: GMT +4
Climate: Tropical marine; humid, cooler season during SE monsoon season (May-Sept); warmer season during NW monsoon (March-May)
Natural hazards: Lies outside the cyclone belt; short droughts possible
Diving season: Year round
Water temperature: 28C/82F (Jan-March)
26C/78F (July-Sept)
Air temperature: 24-30C

Indian Ocean - Seychelles: Latest User Reviews

Fantastic !!  Dive Resort Seychelles, Seychelles 5 Star Rating Added: 14th August 2012 by RachelHoevers
We had just dived at Stalk Patch and then went round into the channel between Conception Island and Mahe. Suddenly there 'She' was swimming in front of us, a whale shark! What a sight! So back into the water we went and swam with her for about 10 minutes a...
AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE WITH OCEAN EXPLORER  Ocean Explorers, St Martin, St Maarten 5 Star Rating Added: 8th June 2012 by gabrielucha
My husband and I took the Open water Diver course a few days ago with Ocean Explorer ( San Maarten). It was an amazing experience. The whole staff is really polite and patient, always willing to help every one of the customers. The dives were great, always in different places. I highly...
Friendly diving with White Tip Divers  White Tip Divers, Seychelles 5 Star Rating Added: 31st October 2009 by houtbaydiver
We very happy with everything during the 5 days we went diving with White Tip Divers in Oct 09. Arnaud Vanacore, the owner, is always at the Centre to welcome divers with typical Italian hospitality - you get an embrace, two-sided cheek kiss or a handshake, depending on your nationality!...
Avoid this Dive Center  Azzurra Pro Dive, Seychelles 1 Star Rating Added: 23rd June 2009 by eegreen
My wife and I were very disappointed with this dive operator. Our initial impression at the dive shop was fine, but as soon as we were on the boat, things weren't quite right. Our divemaster gave the briefing, and informed us that the dive would be for 60 minutes. This is...
Great for Diving from Praslin or La Digue Island  Octopus Diving Center, Seychelles 5 Star Rating Added: 22nd June 2009 by eegreen
My wife and I went diving with Octopus Dive Center on two days. The first we were staying on Praslin Island just down the beach from the shop. We had the option of a 1 or 2 dive trip, and chose the 2 dive trip. Equipment was clean and worked...
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