Seychelles: Snorkeling

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Although divers rave about the marine life teaming in and around the wrecks, reefs and underwater canyons of Seychelles, the truth is that you can see a lot of amazing species with a lot less equipment. Snorkelling in Seychelles, just off-shore from dazzling white-sand beaches, is a tranquil, fascinating experience. You'll be nose to nose with a huge variety of fish and colourful corals. Seychelles snorkelers often spot tortoises, eels and even sharks.

The reefs off some Seychelles islands have suffered from coral bleaching, but myriad types of sea-life and thriving coral beds are definitely the norm. Snorkelling in Seychelles is possible near most beaches on the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, although there are a few locations where currents make swimming in deep water dangerous. It's also possible to arrange full and half-day excursions to prime snorkelling locations a bit further afield. Ste Anne National Marine Park is a favourite Seychelles snorkelling destination; the area is home to over 150 species of fish and the sheltered waters are crystal-clear. St. Pierre islet, just off the coast of Praslin, is another excellent snorkelling area easily reached by chartering a small motorboat from Anse Volbert (Côte d'Or).

Visitors planning to snorkel in Seychelles are often able to borrow or rent equipment from their accommodation. Some people bring their own gear, an option which affords the most freedom to seek out and discover hidden snorkelling hotspots whenever you fancy.