The Seychelles archipelago offers some of the best diving in the Indian Ocean. The Islands sit 480 kilometers off the coast of Africa with 115 islands spanning a distance of over 1,100 kilometers. Located just 4 to 10 degrees south of the equator, the country has warm water and air temperatures year round.
This western Indian Ocean country is divided into two main geographical groups, the inner islands and the outer islands. The inner islands are 41 granite islands while the outer islands are made up of 74 coral atolls and reef islands. The outer islands are further divided into five groups.
The three inner islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are called the main islands and this is where the vast majority of the tourism and Scuba diving industry is located.
In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Seychelles.
Scuba Divers visiting the Seychelles will find outstanding visibility while visiting the dive sites around the different islands. The shallow waters near the deep waters create great reefs that make great scuba diving and snorkeling.
The waters near the islands have exposed rocks and underwater pinnacle which are covered with corals. While a pleasure for divers, it is a hazards for shipping. Many mariners over the eons have temporary lost sight of the hazards and have unwilling donated their ships to become taken over by corals.
The northern portion of Mahé is where most of the divers go. There are thirty different dive sites within a short journey from the dive operators in the area. Additional dive sites are slightly longer and include those that are near the southern portion of the island and those further along the north east coast.
Praslin and La Digue have a dozen outstanding dive sites that are accessed from dive centers on those islands. These dive sites are also available to the dive centers on Mahé who are out for a full day diving. Another eight sites are found around Silhouette Island.
The outer islands are the areas that the Seychelles liveaboard roam to in addition to the site listed above. Most of these islands are uninhabited giving complete privacy while diving. Alphonse and Desroches islands are the only two that have accommodations for visitors. Each have outstanding resorts offering pristine diving with no other divers using the sites.
Best time to dive in Seychelles
The Seychelles Islands has a warm tropical climate that brings comfortable conditions all year.
- October to March is governed by the north-westerly trade winds that brings wind speeds of 8 to 12 knots.
- May to September is the time of the south-easterly trade winds which are brisker. This will bring excellent sailing weather but more surface chop that divers would need to deal with.
- April/May and October/November are the best times for diving as the winds and seas are calm and water temperatures reach 29°c and visibility exceeds 30 meters.