As the nation's capital and the main entry point, the island of
Mahé offers excellent diving opportunities for both seasoned divers
and those looking for more introductory exploration. For those
seeking advanced diving in the Seychelles, two notable sites, the
wreck of the RFA Ennerdale and Shark Bank, await.
The RFA Ennerdale sank in 1970 after striking uncharted granite
pinnacles off the coast of Mahé Island and now rests in 30 metres
of water. Among Mahé's wrecks, this dive site's depth and
occasional currents that make it more suitable for advanced
Situated offshore, Shark Bank is known for its stronger
currents, adding an extra layer of thrill for divers. Counted among
the more advanced diving in the Seychelles, this site offers good
chances of seeing nurse and whitetip reef sharks, as well as huge
groupers, marlin, sailfish, eagle rays, wahoo and huge pods of
dolphins. Between October and November, there's also a chance to
spot elusive whale sharks.
Venturing southwest from Mahé will lead you to Desroches Island,
one of the Seychelles' most beautiful and luxurious private
islands. The diving is spectacular, with a trip out to D'Arros
Island and St. Joseph Atoll among the pick of the bunch. D'Arros
and St. Joseph are separated by a deep, one-kilometre-wide channel,
and the area is known for its abundance of resident reef sharks and
graceful manta rays.
While the diving in this area is truly spectacular, it is
important to note that the deep waters and dynamic currents make it
more suitable for experienced divers. With its remarkable
biodiversity, Desroches Island and its surrounding waters are often
touted as one of the Seychelles' finest diving destinations.
As well as superb diving, the Aldabra group of islands also
boasts the largest population of giant tortoises in the world,
earning it the title of the 'Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.'
Sitting to the north of the Mozambique Channel, Aldabra is one of
the world's largest atolls and home to some of the best advanced
diving in the Seychelles. Once described by Sir David Attenborough
as 'the loneliest of islands, far from the paths of shipping and
cut off from the rest of the world,' this UNESCO World Heritage
Site and protected natural reserve is characterized by deep walls
and current-swept channels.
Those looking to explore the best advanced diving in the
Seychelles can dive in the company of big turtles, eagle rays and
reef sharks. If luck is on your side, you may even catch a glimpse
of the unmistakeable tail of a thresher shark slicing through the
water. The icing on the cake? You will likely have these incredible
sites all to yourself.
Our team of intrepid dive travel specialists have voyaged to the
remote corners of the Seychelles, all in the name of research
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Seychellois itinerary to explore the best advanced dive sites in
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