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The 10 best snorkeling spots in Seychelles

Paradise destination, the Seychelles have not yet delivered all their secrets. Apart from its sparkling beaches, the seabed of the archipelago is full of fish, rays and other turtles, just put your head underwater to discover an extraordinary underwater life! We invite you to join in a few taps the 10 most beautiful spots of snorkeling in Seychelles!

On Praslin

Anse Lazio

Located north of the east coast of the island, Anse Lazio is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in the world.

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With its white sand and clear waters, it is surrounded by lush vegetation and magnificent granite boulders. There is no building on the cove and although it is one of the most popular beaches in Seychelles, it is never crowded, to the delight of snorkeling enthusiasts.

Type of spot: rocky bottom

Difficulty level: intermediate

Maximum depth: 4 meters

Easy access to the water from the sandy beach

Species encountered: blue trevally, garfish, surgeonfish, checkered wrasse, small moray eels.

 

 

Anse Petite Court

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A small beach nestled on the northern coast of Praslin, Anse Petite Cour offers a superb view of Curieuse Island and its colony of giant bicentennial tortoises.

This is a private beach that belongs to the Domaine de La Reserve, a luxury hotel, which is the only access point.

There is little money but the marine life is very rich. The whole bay can be explored, the funds are gently sloping to the center of the bay where you can reach 6 meters deep.

Spot type: narrow fringing reef Level of difficulty: all levels Maximum depth: 4 to 6 meters Access to water: easy, from the sandy beach Species encountered: butterfly fish and surgeonfish

 

Saint-Pierre Island

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Located in the Curieuse Marine National Park, 2 kilometers off Praslin, Saint-Pierre is a wild and rocky island.

Accessible only by boat, entry is regulated and a daily landing fee of 200 RS finances the “rangers” assigned to the protection of the marine park.

Although the corals were particularly affected by the December 2004 tsunami and the reef has not yet recovered its former glory, Saint Pierre is still worthy of the nickname of a natural aquarium.

Type of spot: rocky bottom

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Maximum depth: from 3 to 10 meters

Access to water: from the rocks of the island or directly from the boat

Species encountered: clown surgeons, white chest surgeons, riflemen, jacks.

 

Anse Sévère

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Surrounded by takamakas and bathed in a small closed lagoon, the white sandy beach of Anse Sévère is one of the most accessible and appreciated beaches on the island of La Digue.

After exploring the seabed, snorkel with a delicious fresh coconut at Takamaka Café across from the bay.

Type of spot: closed fringing reef

Difficulty level: intermediate

Maximum depth: 1.5 meters on the flat, 6 meters beyond the slope

Access to water: easy, from the sandy beach

Species encountered: fish surgeons, snappers , mogul parrots, angelfish, anthias, hawksbill turtles and eagle rays.

Anse source d’argent

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The beach of Anse Source d’Argent, located southwest of the island of La Digue, is a beach with unspoilt nature. Its idyllic landscape is composed of long coconut trees and large granitic rocks eroded by the turquoise sea,

An enchanted parenthesis that will delight the visitors come to enjoy the seabed bordering this beach of white sand. Type of spot: closed fringing reef

Level of difficulty: all levels

Maximum depth: 2 meters

Access to water: easy, from the sandy beach Species encountered: butterfly fishes, diodons, zanclus cornutus and several varieties of damselflies.

 

On Mahé

Anse Soleil

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A small wild beach south of Mahé, Anse Soleil combines all the characteristics of postcard landscapes. The spot gathers a variety of backgrounds: superb masses of fluorescent blue branching corals, blocks of black granite, falling steeply on the white sand of pristine white. Spot type: narrow fringing reef Level of difficulty: intermediate Maximum depth: 4 to 6 meters Access to water: easy, from the sandy beach Species encountered: angelfish, angel angelfish, angelfish spots, fish surgeons.

Sainte-Anne Marine National Park

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The Sainte-Anne reserve was created in 1973 to protect the Seychellois marine environment. The area covered by the park is very extensive (more than 1400 hectares), and virtually all the shallow areas with no currents can be explored. A giant aquarium just for you which today has more than 150 species of fish and a hundred varieties of corals!

Type of spot: sandy and rocky bottoms, seagrass

Protected area: Sainte-Anne Marine National Park

Maximum depth: more than 6 meters

Species encountered: green turtles, half-circle angelfish, blue parrot fish or oriental cats, stingrays with blue dots, leopard rays, manta rays.

 

Anse Major

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To the west of Bel Ombre, on the north coast of Mahé, take the hiking trail that crosses the Morne Seychellois National Park to Anse Major. Its reefs consist of preserved corals, and are very rich in fish. Attention this handle is only accessible to the walkers (count 30 minutes of walk) but it is what makes all its charm.

Type of spot: narrow fringing reef

Level of difficulty: all levels

Maximum depth: 6 meters

Access to water: easy, from the sandy beach

Species encountered: emperor angelfish, angelfish, semicircle and three-spotted fish comet grouper, wrasse-bird, guinea fowl and several species of moray eels.

 

The coral islands of Seychelles

Denis Island

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Peaceful and similar to the Garden of Eden, Denis Island is a gift for nature lovers. Covered by the rainforest, it is home to endemic birds and hawksbill turtles that come to lay their eggs on its beautiful beach.

The visit of this site is accompanied by a stay at Denis Private Island.

Type of spot: sandy and rocky bottoms, seagrasses

Level of difficulty: all levels

Maximum depth: more than 6 meters

Access to water: easy, from the various sandy beaches of the island.

Species encountered: hawksbill turtles, leopard rays, black tip sharks, reef fish, such as triggerfish, butterflyfish, surgeon fish or damselflies

Bird Island

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Bird is a private coral island surrounded by more than 5 killometers of fine sand, north of Mahé. Refuge of many birds, turtles and fish, Bird Island is also a private nature reserve member of an international ecotourism organization, Green Globe. A postcard decor for a “nature” experience on a desert island! Type of spot: sandy and rocky bottoms, seagrasses

Level of difficulty: all levels

Maximum depth: more than 6 meters

Access to water: easy, from the main beach

Species encountered: green and hawksbill turtles, octopuses, dolphins, whales (d October to November)

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