Seychelles: Scuba Diving Activity Holiday

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Seychelles is one of the world's top 10 scuba-diving destinations. From wreck-dives and night-dives for the experienced to PADI courses and beginner dives for the novice, diving in Seychelles is simply superb. Although you can experience excellent diving trips year-round, the very best months are April, May, October, and November when visibility can be more than 30 metres. The reefs off some islands have suffered from coral bleaching, but myriad types of sea-life and thriving coral beds are definitely the norm.

Diving in Seychelles is facilitated by a number of operators, both land-based and live-aboard, and Seychelles diving excursions can often be organized through hotels and resorts. In fact, a number of Seychelles resorts have PADI certified dive shops on-site. Most of the dive centres in Seychelles have modern equipment for rent. If you're learning to dive, consider completing some of the paperwork and classroom modules before you leave home so you can maximize your diving time in Seychelles. Each dive centre will have recommended trips featuring extraordinary scenery and amazing marine life, and most centres are located right on the beach.

Seychelles divers are spoilt for choice. The Inner Islands, like Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, all boast exceptional dive sites with true coral reefs. These islands are also known for their granite reefs, which form on submerged boulders. The fish species are abundant around the Inner Islands, and divers will spot a variety of colourful sponges as well. Denis Island offers dramatic ledges that suddenly drop into the depths. 'Turtle' rocks, also just off Mahé, is known for its stingrays, sharks and soldier fish, while the 'Vista' and 'Sunset’ rocks to the north-west are home to octopus, snapper and scorpion fish.

If you want to visit some of the smaller Outer Islands, you’ll probably need to book a stay on a live-aboard dive boat. The Outer Islands are where divers can see manta rays, beautiful gorgonian fans, sharks, barracuda and grouper fish. Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest coral atoll on earth, offers some of the most stunning seascapes and dense populations of marine species in the world, not to mention thousands of land tortoises. The Outer Islands, Desroches in particular, are also ideal for drift diving along sea walls and canyon formations. Both the Inner and Outer Islands of Seychelles offer spectacular wreck diving; near the Inner Islands, the Ennerdale Wreck is perhaps the most renowned wreck diving site in the Seychelles. And, if you plan your Seychelles diving adventure between the months of October and April, you may see and even swim with whale sharks.