On board the Explorer 1, this itinerary allows you to discover the coral atolls of the Amirantes group with the 1st island, Desroches, which is located at 12h-14h from Mahé. The rest of the program will take you from atoll to atoll, Poivre, Saint Joseph, Rémire, Afrikan Banks, D’Arros… All these islands are surrounded by miles of flourishing corals.
Desroches sits on the edge of a spectacular drop-off known as Desroches Drop. Around the island 18 dive sites offer you vertiginous drop-offs, picturesque canyons, tunels and deep caves.
The immaculate whiteness of the sand, the green of the islands in the blue lagoon of the Indian Ocean, you will never be tired of this spectacle!
We sail at night to maximise the number of dives during the day.
The dive sites are remote and unspoilt as this part of the Indian Ocean only sees a handful of divers each year. This is because it is a highly protected and strictly regulated area seen as one of the last sanctuaries in the world. The access is to these sites are limited by the government. In fact, some of the sites are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This means that each dive site offers an incredible diversity of marine life.
Dives are made at the bottom of the coral reefs, drifting, at depths between 12 and 30 meters but also in the lagoons.
The last dive of the day is usually carried out on a coral reef or in a channel at depths if possible of not more than 12 metres to help decompression.
The night moorings are selected for their comfort (calm waters) and the beauty of atolls allowing swimming and snorkeling, with corals and fishes, or even a night dive.
Boarding between 8am and 11am, installation in your cabins, security briefing and presentation of the program. Lunch on board. En route to Les Amirantes, 2 dives in the south of Mahé: Brizard and Dragon teeth: an overview of the major dive sites of the granite plateau. Night navigation towards Desroches.
From tunnel to overhang, from circus to canyon, from cave to vault, let's go and explore the 3 spots of Big Cave, Airport Reef and Secret Passage. If you’re lucky, you may see the rare robust ghost fish…
Today 4 dives are waiting you: Big Wall, Cathédrale, Manta Point and Boulders for a night dive.
After 2 hours of navigation, you will see Poivre Island lagoon rising on the horizon. Prepare to do 3 dives on the eastern and southern sides of the coral reef as well as a night dive on Etoile Island.
Today 3 dives are waiting you: Big Wall, Cathédrale, Manta Point and Boulders for a night dive.
After a night navigation, you will wake up not far from Mahé to enjoy your last 2 dives: Shark Bank and the beautiful wreck of the Aldebaran! Disembarkment around 3pm.
Indicative program, subject to changes depending on weather conditions.
Amirantes Expedition (6 days / 5 nights on board – 15 dives)