Seychelles: Scuba Diving
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Seychelles is one of the world's top 10 scuba-diving destination. From wreck-dives, drift-diving and night-dives for the experienced to PADI courses and beginner dives for the novice, diving in Seychelles is simply superb. Although you can enjoy excellent diving trips to Seychelles year-round, the very best months are April, May, October, and November when visibility can be more than 30m. 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.
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. 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. Depending on the location where you dive, you will have the chance to see abundant marine life including butterfly fish, parrot fish, hawksbill sea turtles, gorgonian fans, manta rays, whale sharks, barracudas and moray eels.