Located in the Indian Ocean, this archipelago is made up of 115 islands of stunning beaches dotted with granite boulders and spectacular atolls which make for incredible diving holidays in the Seychelles. Whilst much of the Indian Ocean has suffered from coral bleaching, in the outer islands of the Seychelles it is a different story.
The coral is in pristine condition, the best we have seen in the Indian ocean, and marine life both big and small is abundant, making for the most exciting diving holidays. Add to this excellent scuba diving lodges and luxury hotels, and it is easy to see why the Seychelles is a Reefscape Travel favourite suitable for beginner to expert divers.
Soft coral in Astove
Typical Seychelles beach
Diver and turtle in Astove
Lesser frigatebird and red-footed booby in Cosmoledo
Fan coral in Astove
Overhang in Alphonse
Seychelles white sand beach
Coral grouper in Alphonse
The remote Outer Islands of the Seychelles are spread across several untouched atolls, home to incredible marine biodiversity and the best diving holiays in the Seychelles. The kaleidoscopic reefs showcase an estimated 320 hard and soft corals, hawksbill and green turtles, over 1000 coastal fish species and 25 species of cetaceans. Regulars to the reef include eagle rays, manta rays, nurse sharks and spinner dolphins though the beauty of these remote atolls is that anything can turn up. The sheer size of the pelagic fish cruising past in the blue is a true indicator of the health of these ecosystems.
Alphonse Island, in the Alphonse Atoll, allows access to over 30 dive sites, as well an incredible house reef for snorkelling and the possibility to snorkel with manta rays and sailfish. Turtles nest and hatch on the shores, adding the possibility for another unforgettable experience. The Amirantes Group consists of around 20 islands, atolls and islets offering yet more of the best dive sits in the Seychelles. The topography is particularly interesting here, with over-hangs, drop-offs and swim-throughs. The coral reefs of St. Joseph and Poivre are pristine, accessed either by luxury yacht or day trips. The most remote islands and atolls in the Seychelles are located in the Aldabra Group and limited access means this is a bucket-list destination. Arguably the best dive sites in the Seychelles are to be found around Astove Island with its spectacular wall diving and very few divers have visited Cosmoledo, making this an explorer’s paradise with new dive sites being regularly discovered.
Our Diving Destinations in the Seychelles
Places to stay in the Seychelles
Alphonse Island Lodge
With a coastline of over 5km and only 27 rooms, Alphonse Island is a haven for nature and conservation lovers. A plethora of fauna and flora including nesting turtles, giant tortoises, unique species of sea birds and sensitive marine habitats are lovingly protected by the Island Conservation Centre.