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Part of the Seychelles Archipelago, Alphonse Island is a luxury private island resort with fantastic diving facilities. With pristine waters and soft sandy beaches to boot, this little bit of paradise is a great choice for divers and non-divers alike.
Alphonse Island features 22 private Beach Bungalows and five Beach Suites, all overlooking the turquoise-blue ocean. With outdoor showers, patios with gorgeous views, and the beach just steps away, the rooms are all focused on the surrounding natural beauty. The furniture is made with local materials and both the bungalows and suites are airy and feature tasteful bohemian-chic décor. For those wanting a little more luxury, the Beach Suites offer two bathrooms and a lounge area to give guests more space.
After a full day exploring underwater, refuel yourself at the central dining and bar area. Using fresh produce from the island and surrounding ocean, the chef creates a succulent menu, mixing French and Creole influences. Staff are also happy to organise private dinners in beautiful and romantic locations, or on the patio of your room if you're just too comfortable to leave.
As a fully registered PADI Dive Resort Alphonse Island has its own Dive Centre and team of passionate and experienced instructors. Guests looking to add a qualification to their diving belt can opt for anything from the full PADI (Open Water and Advanced) to the brilliant beginners PADI Bubble Maker. Other highlights include the speciality courses on coral reef ecology and conservation which are offered by the resident marine biologist. The diving at Alphonse Island is widely recognised as some of the best in the Seychelles thanks to its warm waters, great visibility and plethora of unbleached corals and fish species. One of the fifteen dives sites, Abyss, features visibility up to 30m and is home to Scorpion Fish, Turtles and Grey Reef Sharks, amongst others. Across the dive sites other popular sightings include Eagle Ray, Lion Fish, Octopus and Bottlenose Dolphins.
Aside from spending all day diving - which could easily be arranged - guests at Alphonse Island can also keep themselves busy on land, either fishing, cycling or meeting the resident giant tortoise, and above water, paddle boarding, wind surfing or boat tripping. There is of course also the option to simply sit in the sun and enjoy the beautiful beaches and lush, unspoilt views - perhaps with a cocktail or two?
With fifteen different dive sites there are enough great marine spotting opportunities here to get even the most advanced divers excited.
Jacqui, Original Diver