Snorkelling in the Seychelles
Snorkelling in Paradise
There is probably no better location for snorkelling than the Seychelles. An ideal location for those craving for white sandy beaches and dazzling turquoise lagoons. The Seychelles is a top island destination for visitors of all ages.
What makes the Seychelles unique?
With its spectacular marine flora and fauna, the island ranks itself on the top of the list for best holiday destinations around the world.
Snorkelling is a recreational activity which normally takes place in shallow water. It involves exploring marine life with the aid of a mask and swim fins. As it requires less equipment compared to scuba diving and can be enjoyed by different age groups, it’s a great alternative to diving.
When to snorkel?
Whilst snorkelling is possible all year round, it is recommended to do so in March, April, May, September, October and November. During these months, there is good visibility and the water is usually calm. Temperature normally varies from 29° to 31° in these months.
In the months of June, July and August, winds blows are much stronger, resulting in cooler waters. Temperature can drop to 25° and due to the presence of excessive plankton, visibility can become obscure during these periods.
Where to snorkel?
- Ste. Anne Marine National Park
A 20 minute boat ride from Mahé Island is the Ste. Anne Marine National Park. Consisting of six islands, the park offers a plethora of marine life and is a nesting place for hawksbill turtle. Beautiful tropical fish and bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in the park.
- The Vista Bay Rocks
Located in the end of Beau Vallon Bay, the Vista Bay Rocks is a great site for snorkelling. Teeming with coral reefs and granite, this particular area hosts moray eels.
- Curieuse Island
2km off Praslin, Curieuse Island reserves great surprises for snorkelers. Since 1970, this point in the Curieuse Marine National Park has been protected.
- Anse Lazio
Anse Lazio is located in the North-West of Praslin. It is commonly regarded as the best beach on Praslin. With a crystal clear water, the visibility under water is fantastic. Turtles and barracuda can often be spotted on Anse Lazio.
- Coco Island
7km off Praslin, lies the Coco Island. A relatively small island, it is inhabited by a rich selection of maritime life including the parrotfish, deep red anthias, blue damselfish, boxfish and angelfish.
Snorkeling with whale sharks
Snorkelling in the Seychelles allows you to swim along the iconic whale sharks. Immerse yourself into the world of the whale shark on Mahé and enjoy an ultimate experience that should not be missed!
Here are some tips which you should bear in mind while snorkelling:
- Try to remain relaxed and calm;
- Know and respect your limits
- Due to sunburn and sunstroke, limit the length of your stay in the water or cover up;
- Always obey warning signs, they have been implemented for your safety;
- Do not collect marine life as souvenirs;
- Always remain cautious;
- Never snorkel alone. Always have someone with you.
Don’t forget to book your flight to the Seychelles for an amazing snorkeling experience!