Seychelles: Exploring the Indian Ocean

Date Posted: 16/11/2016

An archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a haven for tourists - boasting miles of white sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs with an abundance of marine life and nature reserves that are home to some fascinating and rare species.

Among the most popular pastimes for holidays in the Seychelles, water sports such as diving and snorkelling are never disappointing in the clear turquoise waters. Visitors flock to explore the coral reefs, where hundreds of different marine species can be found.

The awe-inspiring reefs, pinnacles, canyons and even wrecks create one of the most varied marine environments in the world - alive with fish and coral life. Dives range from 8 metres to 30 metres, providing options for everyone - from beginners to experts.

All-year-round water sports

You can dive and snorkel all year round in the Seychelles, although during March, April, May and September the waters are calmer and visibility can reach up to 30 metres. The warm water temperatures of around 29°C promise a relaxed, pleasant and positively exhilarating experience.

Calm waters welcome the boats to more remote sites, where you can often encounter nurse sharks and manta rays. You will also have a good chance of seeing sailfish, silvertip, oceanic whitetip and even the rare hammerhead shark!

scuba diving

Fascinating marine life

In the months of June, July and August, stronger winds mean it may be more difficult to access the remote sites. However, the waters become rich with plankton, which in turn attracts whale sharks up to 10 metres long - giving divers and snorkelers the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal!

Around the coral reefs, expect to see an amazing selection of marine life including octopus, angel fish, nudibranchs, butterfly fish, lionfish and mantis shrimps. Further out to sea, you will find humphead parrotfish, green and hawksbill turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasses, stingrays and reef sharks. You might even see the giant Aldabra tortoises!

whale shark

With the mountainous rainforests in Morne Seychellois National Park, Mahé is a popular location for diving and snorkelling. Showcasing some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, these include Anse Takamaka and Beau Vallon - ideal for marine exploration.

Divers are also welcome at Baie Ternay Marine Park, where the activity can be combined with a Creole-style barbecue on a secluded beach. If you don't want to dive, it's an ideal place to snorkel or swim, with the opportunity to see some breathtaking marine life.

Praslin and La Digue are wonderful for diving and snorkelling. On the north-east coast of Praslin, popular locations include Anse Petite Cour and Anse Boudin.

La Digue is the Seychelles' third largest inhabited island, offering the world-famous snorkelling and diving sites of Coco and Marianne Islands. The picturesque beach of Source d'Argent is ideal for relaxing after your water activities!

One things for sure; you will be assured of a warm welcome and some traditional Seychellois hospitality – not to mention some of the most spectacular marine life in the world.

Come and explore the many wonders of the enchanting Indian Ocean! As one of the finest Seychelles beach resorts that is ideally located on Beau Vallon beach, Savoy would be happy to help you organise the dive of your life!