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The Seychelles archipelago is filled with various attractions and activities that thousands around the world have tried and loved. Adventurous visitors have nothing to complain about while they are in the Seychelles. The tropical islands, praline beaches and the turquoise water make an amazing combination for your ideal holiday get away.

Among the millions of things to experience in the Seychelles is diving and snorkelling. While this archipelago is particularly blessed with rare flora and fauna, it also has an amazing underwater world which is available for you to discover at arm’s length. The scuba diving in the Seychelles has made a lot of blissful moments for many around the corners of the world.

The Seychelles includes dive sites which are recognised by the world!

Seasons & conditions

While the Seychelles are blessed with ideal weather conditions for holiday trips throughout the year, there are specific times that are recommended for diving and snorkelling. April, May, October and November are the month in which the ideal conditions are met for scuba diving. The water temperature of the Seychelles gets to 29 degree Celsius at these times of the year. You have the same water temperature in December and January but the weather is a little bit windy in those two months. It is presume that from May to September are the worst time to dive in the Seychelles as there are usually strong winds blowing up in that time period.

 

The 3 Principal islands of the Seychelles

The inner islands are but a combination of mountain ranges, rare flora and fauna and a diverse and gorgeous marine life. The inner islands are also renowned for its amazing firmness reef and real coral reefs.

The 3 principal islands include Mahé, La Digue and Praslin.

Diving in Mahé

Mahe from aboveMahé is the centre island of the Seychelles archipelago. A trip to the Seychelles is incomplete without a visit to Mahé. The island is also the spot where you will find most of the tourist attractions in Seychelles. The best diving sites are found on Mahé Island. It is also the place where most tourists actually go to visit.

Mahé includes over 50 diving site, each one giving a trill of their own kind. While the island is renowned for the diverse marine creatures located in its surrounding waters, it is the best spot to scuba dive!

 

Blue sea divers

Blue sea divers is located in the middle of Beau Vallon on Mahé island. The blue sea proposes snorkelling excursions, diving courses and driving trips every day. You have the choice of diving at your own rhythm. Different packages are available, proposing full day or half day excursions.

Transportation is provided from the dive centre to your hotel. Blue Sea Divers have personnel that are well trained to help you gain the maximum blissful experience from your trip. They are professionals who are qualified and experienced.  Your safety and security is guaranteed!

The Blue sea Dive centre departs for the diving activity at 9hr00 in the morning and is usually back at 12hr 30. In the afternoon, departure is at 14hr00 and you will return at 15hr30.

Diving in Praslin

Praslin beachThe second largest island of the Seychelles promises a lot to the scuba diving fans. Praslin’s surrounding waters are filled with beautiful multi coloured corals and marine creatures. The beauty of its underwater world knows no bounds. Various types of Reef fish species that nourish over sponges can be spotted in the lagoons of Praslin.

There are rocks in the lagoons of Praslin which are home to numerous species. At night, the rocks become vividly colourful, offering majestic scenery of lights. While craps and lobsters leaves their homes in search for food, you will be provided with an amazing scenery if you scuba dive at night.

Whitetips Divers

A dive centre which is situated in Praslin is Whitetips Divers. This dive centre gives you the ideal chance to have a unique diving experience. Professional divers form the staff members of Whitetips Divers. On the security and safety perceptive, the personnel take it on themselves.

Whitetips Divers have the equipments required for scuba diving, furnished with 25 full sets of SCUBAPRO equipment, 20 sets of snorkelling gears and 55 aluminium tanks.

Prepare for a memorable experience of a lifetime! There are more than 15 dive sites that you can explore going from 8 to 20 meters deep. Be prepared to spot the marine creatures that live in the vicinity such as the jackfish, grey nurse shark and the yellow snapper.

 

Diving in la Digue

Anse-Source-dArgent-La-Digue-SeychellesLa Digue has become a key destination where a lot of hotels have invested a great amount of funds. There private hotels offers diving trips which are overwhelmingly blissful.

There are many dive sites in La Digue. Some famous ones are white Bank, Ave Maria and Channel rocks. Many underwater species are found in the waters of La Digue. Along with several species of colourful fishes, 3 different types of sharks, octopus, many more roams around just to be spotted by some lucky divers.

Azzurra Pro dive

Azzurra pro dive is located in the middle of the island of la Digue. Staffs at Azzurra are casual enough to make you feel at ease. An amazing underwater experiment awaits you in La Digue, whether it is your first time, second time or you are a professional diver.

The diving centre offers beginner and profession level PADI diving courses.

 

The outer islands of the Seychelles

Off the coral atolls and sand cays is where awaits you an amazing diving experience. The most common spot to dive in the outer region of the Seychelles is through the giant lagoon of the Aldabra atoll. The latter is a renowned diving site which is mainly famous for its drift dive passing through the giant lagoon. Rare marine creatures can be spotted there especially the Green turtle which are frequently perceived by divers. The Green turtle is a special specie which can walk on land and swim under water

The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands off the Indian Ocean is definitely a destination to the image of paradise. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the main islands, but more than 80 are inhabited. Renting a boat is the best way to discover the different islands coves and extraordinary white beaches. mass tourism and far from the bustle of civilization, cruising in Seychelles provides a change of scenery and a warm welcome from its people.

Navigate to the Seychelles

Seychelles enjoy a warm climate all year, temperatures often reaching 30 degrees. It usually makes a little cooler when northwest winds blow during the months of November to March. All islands, except the most remote southern islands, are located outside the hurricane belt, which makes the Seychelles an ideal destination throughout the year. The sea is generally calm and the tides are low, with 4 meter tidal range maximum. Currents can be strong, however, in the channels between the islands.

A fragile environment …

In Seychelles, there are some limitations related to the preservation of the environment. Access to parks and nature reserves is controlled conservation organizations that require permission and / or payment of landing fees, entrance or mooring for the night. Simply anchor in planned and marked; marine park officials will then come to you to collect the required fees. Night mooring rates are as from € 10 per boat.

A Sailing plan around the Seychelles

God seems to have designed Seychelles with the sailor in mind! There can be few better ways to explore their coves, secret beaches and to savor their enviable tranquility than by sailing or motor yacht. Seychelles naturally lends itself to move on the water and you can enjoy its natural beauty, in exactly the same way as the first visitors did, Arab intrepid navigators of the 9th century AD, riding the wind on the calm ocean water like the timeless beauty of its islands by drifting very slowly. Cruising in the Seychelles is undeniably a world class activity which one cannot miss during his holidays!

Day One

We suggest you begin your journey of discovery around Mahé, the main island of Seychelles which is home to the capital, Victoria, the port and airport.

Navigating the most beautiful archipelago in the world and this imposing green granite island whose peak towers highest at over 900m boasts over 65 beaches and a group of picturesque islands bordering the Ste. Anne Marine Park. Sailing around Mahé (18mi by 5km) take you on a memorable journey past picturesque north coast of the island and famous Beau Vallon with its beautiful strand and a wide range of tourist facilities where you could spend the night at anchor or, perhaps, on the shore while savoring delicious Creole dishes in the many restaurants in Beau Vallon. There is also a casino nearby and a number of bars to try before making the return journey on board in an array of shimmering stars.

Day Two

Time to venture northwards to Silhouette, the third largest island of the Seychelles. When you leave Beau Vallon Bay behind you and slip into the blue ocean, it might be a good idea to leave a fishing line in the water. The waters surrounding the islands are known for their great fishing and there is the chance to have some of the tastiest fish around your plate for lunch before continuing your journey to the North island with beautiful beaches and a breathtaking beauty – a great place to spend the night.

Day Three

It is time to tear yourself away from the wild beauty of the North Island and navigate again in the direction of Beau Vallon, then savagely beautiful west coast of Mahé where low splendid beaches of Grand Anse, Petit Anse Takamaka and Intendance await you . As you encounter difficulties which stop-spot is tha best, it’s a good idea to make a stop at each, enjoy a swim or a dive into the warm waters or even have a late lunch at a poolside restaurant nearby sea, where seafood specialties abound.

Day Four

Leaving behind Mahe, you head for Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles which is 26 miles away, passing in front of the twin island gems of Cousin and Cousine on the way. Once known as Ile des Palmes (Palm Island) because of its dense coconut groves and lush vegetation, Praslin is home to one of the two sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Seychelles, the famous Vallée de Mai where the wonderful Coco-de-Mer palm grows up on a pristine valley.

Praslin also has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Seychelles, consistently ranked among the best in the world such as Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and the Gold Coast where satellites Barren Islands, Curieuse, Sisters, Maryanne, Félicité and Cocos are easily accessible.

Day Five

It will not be long before you are attracted to the neighboring island of La Digue where, they say, time seem to have stopped and where the ox cart and traditional bikes are still the main means of transport. Here you will find one of the most famous beaches in the world – and certainly the most photographed one, Anse Source d’Argent, with the relics of another age – a cemetery of the first settlers, a working Calorifer and even giant tortoise and beautiful Creole mansion.

Other stops you might consider

Paving your way north ever, you leave the realm of the granite islands to the glittering world of the coral islands of Bird and Denis located approximately 52miles north of Mahé. Here you will be greeted by the sight of colonies of seabirds, nesting turtles, silver surf and golden sand. These islands are located on the edge of the shallow Seychelles bank where the ocean plunges 2000m and where the opportunities in the world beat to go fishing together with memorable swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters and super- diving where few have dared visiting the depth of the ocean.

Have a nice sailing trip around the wonderful islands of the Seychelles!

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Anse Lazio Beach Seychelles

Les plages des Seychelles sont de vraies cartes postales vivantes. Faites sortir crème solaire, lunettes de soleil et paréos, direction l’océan Indien.

Les Seychelles : pour des vacances de rêve

Girl bathes in a storm at sea, laughter, joy

Cocotiers, sable blanc farineux, lagon azur et un temps magnifique caractérisent mieux le décor des côtes seychelloises. Bienvenue dans l’une des plus belles destinations de vacances au monde, les Seychelles. C’est difficile de tout profiter en un voyage aux Seychelles, il y a plus d’une centaine d’îles et chaque île inclut sa propre caractéristique. L’île de Praslin est fameuse pour sa flore, l’île Curieuse pour son incroyable richesse aquatique, tandis que l’île principale Mahé illustre la diversité. Toutefois, toutes les îles partagent une particularité similaire, vous serez toujours face aux belles plages tropicales. Les plages sont partout aux Seychelles, des centaines, à vous le choix, comme passer une journée à Anse Source d’Argent ou un séjour sur la plage idyllique d’Anse Petite Cour.

Idéale pour les voyages de noces et couples

lune de miel Seychelles

Avec une telle richesse naturelle et seulement quelques milliers d’habitants, les endroits aux Seychelles sont pour la plupart déserts. Le gouvernement mise sur l’écotourisme aux Seychelles, pas d’afflux touristique. Donc, des plages quasiment désertes durant tout le long de l’année. Sur l’île de La Digue par exemple, pas de grand chaînes hôteliers, simplement des villas ou à Praslin où l’hôtel Le Domaine de La Réserve fut construit sur une plage privée en parfaite harmonie avec la nature. Plusieurs institutions hôtelières proposent des forfaits spécialement pour les voyages de noces et les voyages en couple. Pour aller encore plus loin, vous pouvez même vous marier dans un cadre merveilleux aux Seychelles, plus d’infos ici.

Une culture créole attachante

Gastronomie Seychelles

L’accueil que vous réservent les Seychellois est extraordinaire. Ici, accueil et hospitalité sont des qualités naturelles que possèdent les habitants de cet archipel. Soleil, plages, ambiance et bonne humeur, sont les atouts des îles habitées. À Mahé comme à Praslin ou La Digue, le rythme de la vie est très paisible. Pour respirer au mieux cet air de bien-être des Seychellois, rendez-vous sur Mahé, la plus grande île de l’archipel où vit la grande majorité de la population. N’hésitez pas à vous mélanger à la population locale, comme le fait de prendre le bus ou discuter avec un pêcheur sur la plage. Les voyageurs dans l’âme le savent, la beauté d’une île réside en ses habitants. Côté gastronomie, c’est des plats typiquement créoles aux fruits de mer que vous aurez l’occasion de déguster.

Pour un dépaysement garanti

coucher de soleil Praslin

Même si chaque voyage est différent, un voyage aux Seychelles c’est un dépaysement garanti, surtout pour les européens. Les paysages naturels, la richesse aquatique et la flore luxuriante émerveillent les visiteurs du monde entier. Comme la Vallée de Mai, sur l’île de Praslin, un site naturel de toute beauté classé Patrimoine Mondial par l’UNESCO ou les gigantesques élévations granitiques vieux de plusieurs milliers d’années caractérisent l’île de La Digue. Vous irez à la découverte des fruits exotiques tel les fameux coco-fesses des Seychelles, des îles habitées par des oiseaux ou les tortues géantes de l’atoll d’Aldabra. La nature est omniprésente dans cet archipel et attention, en repartant des Seychelles, beaucoup de visiteurs deviennent des passionnés de la nature.

 

Les lieux incontournables aux Seychelles

 

La Valée de Mai

May Valley Seychelles

La réserve naturelle de la vallée de mai fait plus de 20 hectares, une forêt tropicale presque dépourvu de toute d’activité humaine et préservée dans son état indigène. Vous découvrirez un paradis naturel, une forêt composée principalement de palmiers endémiques de l’archipel.

 

Parmi les centaines d’espèces qui fleurissent dans la réserve naturelle de la vallée de mai, le coco-fesses est certainement la plus particulière de toute. Ce type de palmier rare ne pousse uniquement aux Seychelles, sur l’île de Praslin et île de Curieuse plus précisément. Cet arbre géant peut s’élever jusqu’à 34 mètres et sa graine est la plus grande au monde.

 

La Valée de Mai est un peu comme le noyau de Praslin et fut classé comme réserve naturel depuis 1983 au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Le site également abrite un grand nombre d’espèces animales (principalement des oiseaux) comme le fameux perroquet noir des Seychelles. Vous pourrez découvrir cette réserve naturelle par une traversée balisée de près de deux kilomètres. Si vous voulez vraiment découvrir cette réserve naturelle pleinement, ses espèces endémiques et ses oiseaux, nous vous recommandons de demander un guide à l’entrée.

La Digue

Grand Anse

Située entre Praslin et l’île de Félicité, La Digue est définie par beaucoup comme la plus belle île de la planète. En effet, selon CNN, deux des plages de La Digue (Grand Anse et Anse Source d’argent) ont été dans le top 5 des plus belles plages du monde.

 

En termes de taille, c’est la quatrième plus grande île des Seychelles après Mahé, Praslin, l’île de Silhouette. Avec une superficie de 10 km², l’île est plutôt petite, idéale pour la marche ou une balade à vélo. De toute façon vous n’aurez pas trop le choix, n’y a pas de voitures sur l’île.

 

Tout le monde vous dira qu’aucune visite aux Seychelles n’est complète sans visiter La Digue et les élévations granitiques splendides de ses plages. L’île possède son propre lodge et un petit hôtel pour accueillir ses visiteurs.

Le parc national Le Morne Seychellois

Morne Seychellois
Morne Seychellois

Le Parc National Morne Seychellois est le plus grand parc de l’archipel, il couvre plus de 20 % de la superficie de Mahé. Le parc abrite aussi le plus haut sommet des Seychelles, le Morne Seychellois, qui culmine à 905 m surplombant la capitale Victoria. Du haut de ses limites, le Morne Seychellois offre des vues spectaculaires de la côte sud-ouest de l’île de Mahé.

La faune marine

snorkeling Seychelles

La vie aquatique est abondante aux Seychelles, les lagons sont de véritables aquariums géants. Que ce soit la plongée sous-marine ou le snorkeling, vous aurez l’occasion de découvrir des centaines d’espèces de poissons et de coraux. L’archipel des Seychelles comporte plusieurs parcs marins, parmi les plus beaux ; le parc Marin de Ste Anne, celui de Port Launay et le parc marin national  de l’île Curieuse.

The sensation of being on holiday eternally, the feeling of being on La Digue Island of the Seychelles! The atmosphere is relaxed. Locals moving on their bike while humming! The life on the island seems to have stopped some fifty years ago.  La Digue is a small island. Only 5 km long and 3 km wide.

It may seems bizarre but you will find no real roads on La Digue! So no need to rent a car. On the west of the island are found the only three villages of the island: La Passe, La Réunion and L’Union. The small villages are clustered and form a group of houses.

The island of La Digue is the most photographed of the islands of the Seychelles with its magnificent granite rocks bathing in turquoise water and its beautiful white sandy beaches! Moreover, La Digue is the most chosen honeymoon destination.  Every year, a large number of couples coming from outside the Seychelles celebrate their weddings on this picturesque island. The island has only one luxury hotel, the rest of the accommodation being mostly guesthouses, villas or apartments for rent (self-catering). The island has no airport or aerodrome, but a heliport connects by Mahé Island found about 45 km away.

The island of La Digue rises to 333 m above sea level. Here, the population is mainly black and many men wear dreadlocks similar to those of “Bob Marley”! With its beaches, La Digue is certainly the most beautiful island of the Seychelles.

La Digue Beaches

The different beaches are accessible by bike or by foot. Neither will you find crowded beaches, nor beaches with sunbeds or umbrellas that often spoil the landscape! Everything is almost wild and just perfect! Some beaches are protected by a coral reef, making swimming very enjoyable, while other beaches are beset by high waves and strong currents, it is then necessary to be very careful when swimming (when allowed). In general, a panel indicates danger.

Anse source d’Argent

Anse-Source-d'Argent
Anse Source d’Argent

To get to Anse Source D’argent the best way is to take a sandy trail which will quickly take you  to the famous beach. You will fall in love with this sublime Anse, the Island’s most beautiful site and certainly the Seychelles! It is here that almost all the clichés representing the Seychelles are made. Anse Source d’Argent is characterized by large granite rocks eroded by waves. The site is protected by a coral reef and thus offers a calm sea for bathers. Depending on the tide, swimming is more or less easy. At low tide, the depth is very low and the bottom covered with algae.

Anse Coco

Petite Anse and Anse Coco are separated by a small peninsula called Pointe Turcy. A twenty minutes walk is necessary to reach Anse Coco from Petite Anse. Again, a beautiful deserted beach without building uplifting the landscape! There is very little shade and the sea is also dangerous. Be cautious if you want to swim.

Anse-Coco
Anse Coco

La Digue Fauna and Flora

Apart from the beaches, the island is covered with thick jungle with some walkable paths allowing you to discover the beauty of the unique flora of the Seychelles. The island of La Digue is the refuge of the “Black Widow” which are magnificent black birds endemic to the Seychelles. During the day you cannot miss the flight of the big Roussette bats.

La Digue: How to get there?

The Seychelles consist of One hundred and fifteen islands spread over a total area of One thousand two hundred square kilometers. The island of La Digue is only two hundred kilometers from the main island of Mahé and its international airport. To reach the island of La Digue, there are only two main options.

By boat

The island of La Digue is generally reached by boat from the islands of Mahé (45 km) or Praslin (7 km).  You only have to report to the port to have a precise schedules of the departures. The journey from La Digue Island to the main island Mahé is about one hour and ten minutes (70 minutes) provided that the boat does not stop in Praslin.

The travel will cost you about Sixty Euros (60 Euros) for a one way ticket. The voyage between Praslin and La Digue is about fifteen minutes (15 minutes) and costs about 15 Euros for a one way ticket. The sea is very often rough outside the lagoons. Do not be surprised if ever you have some seasickness. Take some precautions before the departure (anti-seasickness pills).

Helicopter

The second way to get to La Digue is somehow less conventional but more fun. The flight from Praslin to La Digue takes about ten minutes. There are definitely many advantages in taking the helicopter to go to La Digue. Maybe you have never taken it before and you want to try this lifetime awesome experience. Nevertheless, you will admire the turquoise lagoons of the Seychelles and take some amazing photos of the picturesque islands.

Even though being expensive, it is definitely worth the try.

La Digue: La Veuve Noir Reserve

 La-Veuve-Noir-des-Seychelles
La Veuve Noir des Seychelles

It is in La Digue that you will the last Flycatchers of the paradise island of Seychelles (or Black Widow), a bird that found uniquely in “La Veuve Noir” Reserve created exclusively to this bird. In 2012, it is estimated that about three hundred of these birds could be found on the island of La Digue. The reserve is located near the village of La Réunion. Admission is free but donations are most welcomed! An information center provides explanations on the functioning of the reserve and the life of the birds. Trails through the reserve is easy and fun.

La Digue: The small neighboring islands

From La Digue, it is very easy to reach the small islands and islets scattered around. These islets include Félicité, Cocos, Grande Soeur, Petite Sœur and Marianne. To visit these islands, it is necessary to organize a tour, either by negotiating a private boat or by joining a group. It costs about fifty Euros per half day or a hundred Euros per day. The price will depend mostly on the islands visited and type of meals included. The islands are mainly visited for snorkelling or diving. Best place to try your diving equipment!