Immerse Yourself in a Living Aquarium
Imagine descending through crystal clear waters as schools of fish surround you. Witness a kaleidoscope of marine life, hoards of species in numbers unheard of. Scuba diving in the Seychelles allows you to enjoy the archipelago’s most stunning scenery and colourful inhabitants.
Best Time for Diving
You can normally dive year-round, though seasonal changes may affect water temperature and underwater visibility.
April\May and October\November are especially good months, the sea is generally calm and the sea temperature can approach 30°C, with visibility of 100ft or more.
Memorable encounters include glimpses of rare Green Turtles and the chance to swim with gentle Whale Sharks between mid October and late November
The Seychelles is one of the world’s top ten diving spots, with underwater treats like wrecks, walls and pelagics. Colourful coral gardens swarm with brightly hued fish and plateaux boast pinnacles, overhangs and granite boulders, shaped over the years into weird formations.
Coral islands like Denis and Alphonse are an experienced diver’s dream, with cliff-like ledges that plunge from just 12 metres to the ocean floor 2,000 metres below.
Encounters with groupers, barracuda and even sharks, are common during drift dives along the walls.
The Dive Sites
BIG BLUE DIVERS CLUB is a PADI Club located at Gold Palm Resort on Beau Vallon Beach. BIG BLUE DIVERS CLUB organizes dives to the sites with short distance boat trip on a daily basis, the travel time to these sites usually takes no longer than 15 minutes.
The dive sites with long distance boat trip around Mahe are visited several times per week, under normal circumstances the travel time to these dive sites takes 20 to 40 minutes. The dive sites around the islands Praslin and La Digue are only visited during day trips.
Light House: Whale Shark, Manta Rays, and Mobula Rays. The Mobula Rays look like Manta Rays, but have their mouth not in front in between the two fleshy lobes, which are called Cephalic Fins. They are smaller than the giant Manta Rays.
Aquarium: A popular site in the bay of Beau Vallon and a good spot for odd creatures, such as the Slipper Lobster.
Shark Bank: A small site in the middle of nowhere, all the life concentrates on and around this small dive site. Often the currents are strong here, but therefore you get to see the big fish, so it is worthwhile the effort.
Gran Bazaar: The site has real good hard corals and some very good fish life. Hawksbill Turtles, Eagle Rays, Stingrays, and schooling Batfish can be seen here, but also Lionfish, Devil Scorpion Fish and loads of Schooling Yellow Snappers.
Biter Rock: With it’s tall towering rock formations, this is one of the most beautiful underwater landscapes surrounded by pure white sand on the deep side. This is also where the Grey Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, giant Stingrays and Eagle Rays come in play.
Beacon Rocks: The visibility is often good here and there is fish life in abundance and all in shallow depths of up to 16 meters only.
Manis Bank: Visibility not always good, but still very enjoyable as there is much reef fish, lobsters, but also Stingrays, Eagle Rays, White Tip Reef Sharks, and even a Grey Reef Shark. Lost City: Huge Stingrays, White Tip Reef Sharks, many Lobsters and male Hawksbill Turtles can be seen here.
Marsoin: Here are many anemones with both Skunk Anemone Fish and Seychelles Anemone Fish; you will see Hawksbill Turtles, Lobsters, may be the White Tip Reef Shark and many schooling fish.