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Exploring the wonders of snorkeling and diving in Seychelles

Article by GVI


Posted: February 19, 2023

Seychelles offers some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world, with breathtaking coral reefs, vibrant marine life, and crystal-clear water. You don’t need any experience to snorkel in Seychelles. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try scuba diving where you can catch a glimpse of coral reef sharks, stingrays, porcupine fish, moray eels, sea turtles and other unique species. Seychelles is the perfect place to earn or level up your PADI dive certifications.

Seychelles is also home to a number of wrecks, which are perfect for experienced divers. These wrecks are home to a variety of marine life and offer a unique opportunity to explore the depths of the ocean. With its crystal clear waters and abundance of sea life, Seychelles is a paradise for those looking to explore the beauty of the ocean.

Popular snorkelling and diving destinations

The Anse Lazio Beach on Praslin Island is one of the most spectacular spots for snorkelling and diving in Seychelles. Offering over 300 species of coral underwater, it is easily one of the most stunning sites out there. 

La Digue Island also serves as a great destination with numerous enticing sites like Sisters Point, L’union Rock and Takamaka Reef. The Kas Tank on Curieuse Island is yet another great spot for snorkelling with its amazing coral and sea life.

How to prepare for a snorkelling or diving trip

To start, don’t forget to do your research. Get yourself acquainted with the different types of fish, stunning reefs, and amazing marine life that await you in each location. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the incredible sights down there!

Also, be sure to check the weather conditions. You want to make sure the water is crystal clear and the visibility is optimal, so you can have the best possible experience. But most importantly, make sure you’re comfortable and have the necessary skills to swim safely in deep waters before you set out on your adventure. 

Safety tips

Safety should always be a top priority when embarking on a snorkelling or diving outing. It’s important not to dive alone but to always have an experienced diver by one’s side in case of any emergency or injury. Because coral reefs are so fragile and are incredibly important to preserve as the house many different species of marine life, it is important that you have good buoyancy control so that you don’t cause any harm to the coral or yourself.

What you can expect to see

One of the most fascinating creatures you can encounter while snorkelling or diving in Seychelles is the giant manta ray. These majestic creatures can have wingspans of up to seven meters and can weigh more than a ton! Watching them glide effortlessly through the water is an unforgettable sight.

In addition to the giant manta ray, Seychelles is also home to the beautiful and graceful sea turtle. With their slow and steady movements, they’re a joy to watch. You might even have the opportunity to see them lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of Seychelles.

The coral reefs of Seychelles are another incredible sight to see. They are home to a diverse range of colourful and unique species, including the brilliantly coloured parrotfish. Seychelles is also known for its angelfish, which come in many different patterns and colours, making for a beautiful underwater scene.

And let’s not forget about the fierce and powerful barracudas that patrol the ocean depths. These predators have a reputation for being dangerous, but in reality, they tend to shy away from humans. Seeing them swim by in their natural habitat is a thrilling experience.

Unique experiences

The opportunity to explore shipwrecks provides an added element of adventure while snorkelling and diving in Seychelles. The popular wreck at l’Union Bati offers a peek through time as it takes you back to 1907 when French Admiral Eugéne Denune accidentally struck a pinnacle rock and sank his ship during a voyage from Madagascar. Beauty can also be discovered at sites like La Misere which features beautiful corals and vivid sea life.

Other activities to enjoy

While snorkelling and diving are undoubtedly popular activities in Seychelles, there are many other activities travellers can enjoy while visiting this island nation such as fishing, boating excursions and beach picnics. For hikers who are looking for adventure in this paradise island, trails like Anse Source d’Argent where you can trek through mangroves and enjoy incredible bird life.

When you visit this extraordinary destination, you’ll never run out of activities to keep you busy during your trip; from snorkelling and diving to exploring lush rainforests or discovering unique species at various locations throughout the islands – you’ll be sure to make unforgettable memories with every stop along your journey!

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