Seychelles Islands

Inner Islands

The Seychelles’ 115 granite and coral islands extend inn the south of the equator in the western Indian Ocean.

40 islands and islets of granite formation form the heart of the archipelago (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue) and lie on the Seychelles plateau of a diameter of 60 nautical miles (111 km) in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Being granitic, the rock formations eroded by time, form remarkable landscapes on earth as well as under water.

These islands offer pleasant mooring places thanks to the beautiful coves, inlet and bays with crystal clear waters, inhabited by multicoloured fishes and bordered by the famous granite rocks, white sand beaches and coconut trees.

The different orientations of these peaceful havens allow to enjoy quiet places away from the wind and waves for the night and snorkeling all year round.

Diivng on the granite islands:

Diving and snorkeling spots offer a wide range of immersions: caves, canyons, tunnels, granite towers, pinacles, mazzes, and coral gardens, as well as 5 wrecks between 8 and 42 metre.

The variety of wildlife is impressive and the density of fishes is remarkable!  A bargain for us because our meals are made from fresh fish every day. The catches are really miraculous…

Even if nothing is guaranteed, it is common to cross under water sharks (white tip, black tip, grey tip, nurse, guitar), rays (sting, eagle), turtles (nested, green) without forgetting a wide variety of tropical species: groupers, napoleons, humpback parrots fishes, moray eels, tuna, jacks, bonito, snapper, mackerel, octopus, stone and scorpion fishes, emperors, angels, butterflies, nudibranches, etc.

Far Away from the busy places, you will dive alone on remote spots out off the beaten tracks, before returning to spend the evening sheltered from a paradise cove.

Outer Islands

As the last sanctuaries in the world, these preserved areas are very rarely visited , if ever, for some sites that remain to be discovered.
Long been banned, access to these atolls is still limited today to a privileged few of which we belong.

Nearly 70 remote islands, located to the south of the Seychelles Plateau and made up of banks and coral islands, are divided into five different groups:

  • Amirante Islands : 250km from Mahé – Major atolls: Desroches, Poivre, St Joseph, D’Arros…
  • Alphonse Group: 500 km from Mahé – 3 atolls: Alphonse , St. François and Bijoutier
  • Southern Coral Group with Île Platte and Coëtivy Island
  • Farquhar Group  with Farquhar Atoll, Providence Atoll and St. Pierre Island
  • Aldabra Group: more than 1000 km from Mahé – Major atolls: Aldabra (the world’s second-largest coral atoll, UNESCO World Heritage, the largest population of giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) in the world (150,000) , Assumption, Cosmoledo and Astove

All these islands are the result of volcanoes’ collapse and coral reefs’ formation of  encircling a lagoon. They do not therefore rest on the granite plateau of the Seychelles but are scattered on the abyssal bottoms of the Indian Ocean.

The distance from these exceptional aeras limits the number of visitors to only a few divers per year.

Two very different kynds of diving and snorkeling are possible
  • Inside the atoll, in the lagoon on coral bottom
  • At the edge and along the walls that reach the great depths

An exceptional fauna is at the rendezvous: rays, turtles, grouper, huge sharks are often there and nowhere else! Not to mention the schools of tuna, jacks, fusiliers and many other inhabitants.

Underwater flora (especially in the Amirantes and Alphonse) did not suffer from the different climatic warminsg and offers magnificent coral plateau as well as giant gorgon forests on the vertical drop-offs, with trunks up to 50 cm in diameter.

Thanks to the autonomy of the Explorer I but also, its speed of movement and its electronic detection equipment, you may be able to dive on a wreck still unexplored…

Our job is also the discovery and referencing new dive spots, you can help us in our work if you wish!