Perhaps one of the most alluring characteristics of the Seychelles is the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The stunning topography of expansive reefs, walls, pinnacles and canyons make for one of the most diverse marine environments around, teeming with marine life. Sites in the Inner Islands vary in depth from 8 to 30 meters, so there are options for beginners and experienced divers to enjoy, as well as snorkelers. The Inner Island plateau is characterized by impressive granite formations, encrusting soft and hard corals, schools of fish and an assortment of wreck dives. Around the Inner Islands’ reefs, marine life includes angelfish, butterflyfish, octopus, lionfish, nudibranchs and mantis shrimp, among others. Slightly further out, stingrays, reef sharks and green and hawksbill turtles are common. Sailfish, silvertip, oceanic whitetip and nurse sharks, manta rays and whale sharks are more common around the remoter Outer Islands. These Islands’ dive sites are suitable for more experienced divers, with wall dives, strong currents and the chance to encounter the larger pelagics. There are a number of world recognized dive sites in the Seychelles, such as the Ennerdale Wreck and Brissare rocks as well as the lesser known, more remote but even more spectacular sites around Marianne, The Sisters, Aride and other islands. Some of the more remote locations are only accessible by liveaboard charter dive boats. Impressive dive sites are also found at the legendary Aldabra, home to the world’s largest population of giant land tortoises and famous for the thrilling drift dive through the pass of its giant lagoon. Whale sharks are common visitors to Seychelles waters between October and April when it is often possible to swim with them. There are excellent PADI diving facilities through the islands available to access a multitude of dive sites. Waters are calmest during March through May and September through November. During these months visibility can reach 30 meters and with water temperatures reaching 29°C it makes for a very pleasant and relaxed diving experience.
The Seychelles are an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 km east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Seychelles is hot and humid, with an average yearly temperature of 29°C and during the coolest months, July and August, dropping to as low as 24°C. Average sea temperature rarely drops below 27°C. The heat is usually mitigated by trading winds. The southeast trade winds blow regularly from May to November, and this is the most pleasant time of the year. The seasons in the Seychelles are defined by the trade winds. The turnaround periods (March to April and October to November) are normally calm and windless. Although the Seychelles lies outside the cyclone zone, cyclone activity elsewhere in the Indian Ocean can still bring unseasonably grey, windy weather between December and March.
No visa is required for all nationalities for one month stays, though all foreigners must have passport valid for at least 6 months, and must have proof of accommodation bookings before arrival. Customs are somewhat intolerant with the latter.
Vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Rabies, Typhoid, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Chikungunya virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes. Insect repellent can help deter mosquitoes. Consult your doctor before traveling. High risk of robbery. Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
Prepaid cards are available to make international calls. Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Access internet though Internet cafes on Mahé, hotels and libraries.
220V/50Hz Plugs are the UK type.
There are some complex rules governing foreign exchange in the Seychelles. By law visitors must pay for all accommodation, excursions, marine park fees, diving, car hire and transport in a major foreign currency, usually Euros, either in cash or by credit card.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Seychelles? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Seychelles, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Seychelles have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Seychelles and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Seychelles? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Seychelles? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Seychelles.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Seychelles? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Seychelles. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Seychelles? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Seychelles. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Seychelles? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Seychelles. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.