A jewel in the crown of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles abound in charms above and below the water. Indeed, when cruising from one idyllic island to the next, those on board superyachts have every reason to equip their diving gear and get exploring.
With sites available to divers of all abilities, everyone visiting the destination can expect to enjoy a memorable experience.
What’s more, with serious marine conservation being carried out around these waters, guests can be assured of perfect visibility when surrounding themselves with rare and colourful species.
In this feature, we take a look at the very best dive sites to check out when enjoying a superyacht charter in the Seychelles.
Boasting vast coral reefs teeming with marine life, the various dive sites around the Seychelles promise to intrigue even the most seasoned explorers.
Whilst the islands enjoy an inviting year-round climate, it’s advisable to avoid planning a dive excursion during June, July, and August as stronger winds can impede accessibility.
A particularly good spot to get your diving adventure underway is One Tree Island. Located close to Mahe, the largest island of the Seychelles, the site is home to parrot fish, ghost pipefish, and stingrays. Only 12m deep and enjoying an average temperature of 30°C, One Tree Island is unquestionably a perfect warm-up.
With deep and shallow dive sites, the Seychelles accommodates divers of all abilities
Trois Bancs, just off the west coast of Mahe, for example, is populated with reef sharks and turtles which dart between the granite reefs to produce an underwater experience unlike any other.
Similarly, the waters north of Silhouette Island are lined with colourful coral reefs and are well worth exploring if the sight of a whitetip reef shark or a nurse shark doesn’t scare off members of your party!
For truly experienced divers, Napoleon no doubt offers the greatest rewards. Situated a short distance from Alphonse Island, there are macro and manta rays aplenty here and, thanks to careful conservation, there is outstanding visibility in which to observe the marine life.
There are also many dive centres located around the Seychelles to ensure that those looking for an underwater experience can enjoy one with even greater accessibility.
Staffed by experienced and knowledgeable divers, visitors to La Digue Island, Mahe, and Praslin can explore the coral reefs with the added advantage of having their own personal guide.
It’s also possible to get qualified whilst on a yacht charter in the Seychelles, completing a number of PADI courses around the iconic dive sites.
There are many ‘in the know’ dive sites to be enjoyed around the Seychelles, including the fascinating island of L’ilot.
Small enough to be completed in just a single session, L’ilot is comprised of large granite rocks that have intriguing archways which just call out to be used as swim-throughs.
There’s also the opportunity for visitors to the Seychelles to check out Aldabra, a dive site explorer Sir David Attenborough has described as a ‘wonder of the world’. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site is home to a number of endangered species.
Exploring a wealth of underwater charms perfectly complements a getaway in the Seychelles
Of course, diving doesn’t necessarily mean doing things intensely, and it’s possible to enjoy the activity as a leisurely pursuit in the Seychelles.
Ideal for a slower pace, the island of St. Pierre has a maximum depth of just 10 metres, making it particularly good for a casual snorkel as well as offering itself nicely to beginners.
Ultimately, the Seychelles present an excellent opportunity for charter guests to equip the available gear on board to get out and experience something entirely unique.
In order to find out how you can visit these dive spots during a superyacht vacation, feel free to get in touch with your preferred yacht charter broker.
Alternatively, take a look at all of the superyachts available for charter in the Seychelles.