Diving in the Seychelles
The Seychelles Diving Experience
The archipelago of 115 islands is a perfect diving spot in the Indian Ocean. With its turquoise lagoons and charming beaches, the Seychelles provides a plethora of marine life across Mahé, Praslin and La Digue Island.
The islands are a museum of natural history and are home to some of the rarest species of flora around the globe. The aquatic flora of this wonderland is rich and exceptional, teeming with corals and gardens, making it a perfect destination for a great diving experience.
Along with its amazing flora, the Seychelles Island contains one of the most diverse outstanding fauna around the world, ranging from tiny creatures to large ones. Species such as angelfish, reef sharks, octopus, whale sharks, hawksbill turtle and giant tortoise make the diversity of fauna unique.
Seychelles diving tips
The Seychelles is a well-known place amongst different categories of divers. For your convenience, we’ve outlined a few, safety tips and available diving centres.
When to dive
The months of March, April, May, September, October and November guarantee a superb diving experience, with the temperature varying from 29° to 31°. During these months, the water is very calm and visibility is typically clear.
Stronger winds usually blow in the month of June, July and August, resulting in cooler waters, with temperatures dropping to around 25°. Whilst visibility tends to degrade during these periods due to excessive plankton manifestations, the presence of plankton attracts the iconic whale sharks.
Where to dive
Seychelles has many fantastic diving spots but Mahé, Praslin and La Digue remain the best. Mahé is renowned for its astounding underwater topography. The island counts more than 75 diving sites and is considered to be some of the most diverse in the inner islands. You can expect to see multiple tropical species, shipwrecks and sharks.
Praslin Island has a rich and diverse marine life, surrounded by granite boulders in different sizes and shapes. Praslin has over 15 sites to explore and is the second largest in the inner islands. To suit all types of divers, diving can vary between 8 to 20 metres. Don’t forget to book your ticket to Praslin to discover the multi-coloured reef fishes, sharks and turtles.
Amongst the best diving spots in the Seychelles is La Digue Island which also offers a real diving experience. The island offers more than 15 diving sites. It contains impressive granitic slopes and a wide variety of marine life. Amongst its vibrant aquatic life are the angelfish, parrotfish, octopus, eagle rays and hawksbill turtles among others.