The Seychelles coral reefs are magical, a delicate environment where thousands of colourful creatures co-exist in a natural kaleidoscope. Our home is blessed to be surrounded by so many reefs to explore. Ecotourism is important to the islands, not only for contributions to the GDP, the diving trips also contribute funds to saving these beautiful habitats. So here are our 3 best Seychelles coral reefs to dive:
Virtually untouched by humans, Aldabra is the second largest coral atoll in the Indian Ocean. The islands themselves are uninhabited, except for some land crabs and tortoises and a small group of researchers, while beneath the waves there is a wonderland. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays, barracudas, and turtles call this outpost home. To visit this World Heritage Site you’ll need to charter a boat because even for the Seychelles, it’s a remote location. If you’re eager to book a dive, the best months are March to April, or September to October.
La Digue Island
An easy day trip from Seychelles central islands, the dive sites from this island offer amazing visibility underwater, up to 30 meters during the peak season. With water temperatures averaging around 27°C taking the plunge is very comfortable. The best months to book your diving experience in this paradise are between March and May and September and November. The island also offers a variety of sites to explore, just remember to select your venture according to your scuba diving abilities.
Ave Maria Dive Site near Victoria, Mare Anglaise, Beau Vallon here divers can expect to be greeted by large granite boulders when exploring the waters around Ave Maria. The small island’s dramatic underwater drop-down walls house several protected gullies for experienced drivers to explore. Home to loads of Seychelles marine life, visitors might be blessed by seeing stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and maybe some turtles. Also, the island offers many great cocktail picnic spots for you to enjoy those tropical sunsets.
Conservation is important
In 1998 the Seychelles’ reefs were devastated by bleaching caused by El Niño. This natural disaster killed 97% of living coral around the islands! It has nearly taken 20 years to get these habitats back to their 90’s coverage.
Regenerating these habits has been slow. In recent years international aid, and coral nurseries have been hugely successful. So if you’re planning on enjoying some Seychelles diving with some Takamaka rum, sure to look out for Reef Resilience.