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The Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean and is a small island nation. Located north-east of Madagascar, the Seychelles are about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) east of Kenya. According to the Constitution of the Seychelles there are a total of 155 islands in the archipelago which comprise the Seychelles Islands.

The Seychelles are said to be one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world and offer a true year round diving opportunity with excellent visibility. The Islands contain many opportunities to take perfect photos and to record a memorable travel video. If to be “at one with nature” is what you desire then the Seychelles are a must visit.

There are many natural features of attraction to divers and also a rich diversity of marine life available for inspection. The Aldabra Coral Reef is perfect for divers; it's the world's largest raised Coral Atoll and is a UNESCO World heritage site.

Diving wrecks off the Seychelles

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a dive at the twin barges site

Navigating the Seychelles Islands has been a nightmare for mariners since vessels travelled here. The shallow waters and abundant coral reefs have meant there are many shipwrecks to explore for divers. The most spectacular wreck and very popular with divers is the Ennerdale which is about 30M deep. This 47,000 ton tanker sunk 8 miles north-east of Victoria in June, 1970. This wreck is now home to a sizable population of groupers.

The "twin barges" were deliberately sunk for diving purposes in 1989. Dives can be between 12-24M in depth to explore this wreck. This dive is popular for night diving and has resident Lion Fish to keep divers on guard.

The “Dredger wreck” was also deliberately sunk in 1989. This site allows dives of between 18-26M. There is a wealth of marine life here including invertebrates, red snappers and groupers.

When to dive in the Seychelles?

The Seychelles is a perfect location for diving all year round. Water temperature varies between 26°C and 30°C. The best months are March – May and October – November. Water visibility is at its best then and in these months visibility of 30M will be achieved most days. Visiting the Seychelles in December – January can be risky as Cyclones can hit the islands in these months, albeit the Northern part of the islands are rarely impacted by cyclones.

Dive locations in the Seychelles

The following are just a few of the dive locations in the Seychelles. These are very popular sites and can be recommended to divers visiting the Islands. Don’t forget to take your digital camera and Camcorder to take wonderful photos and travel videos.

  1. The Brissare Rocks are a very popular diving location. The location consists of two rocky inlets and are host to many fish species.
  2. The Fishermen's Cove Reef is a popular site with inexperienced/novice divers. This reef is close to the Beau Vallon dive centre, Hawksbill Turtles are a common site here.
  3. The Shark Bank is very popular and is between 19M and 45M deep. If you want to see fan corals, huge Grouper, Barracuda and Stingrays this may be the place for you to dive.
  4. Therese Island offers dives between 12-18M in depth. Divers will normally see Stingrays and Reef Sharks.
  5. The Trompeuse Rocks are a popular diving location and lie 24KM to the north of Mahod. There is particularly thick coral reef here inhabited with schools of many fish species.
  6. The Vista Bay Rocks offer a more shallow diving opportunity with just 5-13M of depth. These rocks are located towards the north-western end of Beau Vallon Bay.The rocks are host to coral reefs with many invertebrates.

Marine life of the Seychelles

There are masses of marine life which live in the Seychelles. To give you an idea, take a look at the following list:

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Hawksbill Turtle at the Seychelles

  • Barracuda
  • Giant Grouper
  • Grey Reef Shark
  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Lion Fish
  • Manta Ray
  • Napoleon Wrasse
  • Reef Shark
  • Ribbon-tailed Stingray
  • Silvertip Shark
  • Soldierfish
  • Spiny Lobster
  • Whale Shark 

    Seychelles diving fact sheet

  • Average Air Temperature: 29°C

  • Average Water Temperature: 28°C

  • Average Visibility: The visibility in the Seychelles is generally excellent; generally up to 30M can be achieved

  • Coldest Times: July - August

  • Hottest Times: March - April

The Seychelles are amongst the best dive sites in the world. Have you ever been? Let us know in the comments below

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

Image Courtesy of: Stephane Enten, sky#walker, Olivier Cochard-Labbé, ChodHound

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