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Seychelles has a wide variety of dive sites suitable for all levels of diving experience:

1. L'llot

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
At the North Eastern tip of Beau Vallon Bay, this picturesque tiny granite island supports two coconut palms and some super marine life. The steep sides are grooved by gullies and surrounded by large granite boulders giving an array of archways and swim-through's. The island is in a regular current stream and is heavily encrusted with soft corals. This site is a popular night dives in good conditions.
Best Season
February – November

2. Chuckles

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Depth: (Meters)
12 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Almost at the North Western end of Beau Vallon Bay, this reef is a single granite massif which is deeply incised with gullies with an adjoining granite boulder field. Subject to regular current streams, the rocks are heavily encrusted with soft corals and fan corals. The steep sided gullies shelter a wealth of reef fish and invertebrate life. This site is used for night dives in good conditions.
Best Season
February – November

3. Vista Bay Rocks

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 13
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
Towards the North Western end of Beau Vallon Bay, these rocks comprise of a single vertical sided granite massif and two adjoining granite and coral reefs. Occasionally swept by current, the vertical sides are covered in soft corals and fan corals and are home to an impressive array of invertebrate life. The adjoining reefs are home to a number of Moray Eels and Lobsters.
Best Season
February – November

4. Sunset Rocks

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 12
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive onto a promontory of granite which breaks the surface. A wide central channel leading towards shore is home to a variety of reef fish. The surrounding coral and granite reef shelters a number of Moray Eels and is a favorite feeding site for Bump Head Parrot Fish.
Best Season
February – November

5. Aquarium

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Depth: (Meters)
6 - 14
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
Comprised of two huge coral heads flanked on either side by large low-lying patchwork reef, this is a favorite site for novice divers. As the name implies is home to an abundance of reef fish; a large carpet anemone at the top of one of the coral heads is the home of two large three banded Seychelles Clown Fish.
Best Season
February – November

6. Beau Vallon Reef

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Depth: (Meters)
12
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
This is a large patchwork reef in the middle of Beau Vallon Bay. An area of hard coral with abundant reef fish, it is also visited by deeper water species and Hawksbill turtles. This site has some good invertebrate life with numerous anemones.
Best Season
February – November

7. Fisherman’s Cove Reef

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Depth: (Meters)
9
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive and favorite site for novices, this patchwork reef is one of the closest to the Beau Vallon dive center. This gently shelving reef has abundant hard coral formations set between sand patches making it an ideal site for beginners and also macro-photographers. Feeding Hawksbill turtles are a common sight.
Best Season
February – November

8. Twin Barges Wrecks

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Depth: (Meters)
12 - 24
Topography: Wreck
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
These two wrecks were purposely sunk at the foot of the Corsair Reef in 1989 by the Association of Professional Divers Seychelles, and have become heavily encrusted with hard corals, fan corals and sponges. Resident Lion Fish welcome divers to this shelter for a wealth of marine life and invertebrates. Although a slightly deeper dive, it is a favorite night dive site.
Best Season
February – November

9. Corsair Reef

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Depth: (Meters)
6-12
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
The largest fringing reef on north western Mahe; this shelving reef has a shallow reef top at 5 - 10 meters with abundant reef fish and is a regular feeding ground for Hawksbill turtles. The reef slope is characterized by several large coral heads which provide shelter for Sweet Lips, Coral Cod and the odd Lobster.
Best Season
February – November

10. Scala Reef

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Depth: (Meters)
6 - 12
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
Towards the western end of the Corsair fringing reef system; this shelving reef has good reef fish and is a frequently visited by Hawksbill turtles. The deeper side of the reef is occasionally visited by schools of pelagic fish.
Best Season
February – November

11. Dredger Wreck

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Depth: (Meters)
18 - 24
Topography: Wreck
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
This wreck was purposely sunk by the Association of Professional Divers Seychelles, and has become a haven for marine life including a wealth of invertebrates. It is often visited by pelagic fish and is occasionally the temporary home of large Black Groupers and juvenile Red Snappers.
Best Season
February – November

12. Danzille Rocks & Reef

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Depth: (Meters)
6 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive onto a promontory of large granite boulders; there are several archways and swim-through's with many reef fish and a variety of Moray Eels. Hawksbill turtles feed on sponges on the fringing coral reef which is a good area for invertebrates and nudibranchs. This site is one of those used for night dives when the vertical rocks are a vivid wall of orange colour from encrusting cup corals with the reef providing the chance of finding many different crustaceans including sponge crabs.
Best Season
February – November

13. Horseshoe Rocks

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Depth: (Meters)
8 - 14
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
A large granite massif several hundred meters off the coast with spur and groove formations on the off-shore side; this site occasionally picks up a long-shore current. This is a good site for reef fish, Moray Eels and invertebrates. Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found and octopus dens are often found at the base of the granite walls.
Best Season
February – November

14. Whale Rock

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Depth: (Meters)
8 - 14
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive onto a reef of large granite boulders stacked together to form areas of archways, swim-through's and corridors. There are many reef fish, Moray Eels, occasional Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found while garden eels can be seen in the sand on the offshore side. This site is one of those used for night dives when the coral studded rocks are a blaze of colour.
Best Season
February – November

15. Willy’s Bay & Rock

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 16
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
A shallow dive with a protected coral reef within the bay and a huge granite massif descending to the sandy sea bed. Common reef fish, Moray Eels and occasional Hawksbill turtles are found in the bay and there are plentiful invertebrates on the outlying rocks.
Best Season
February – November

16. Ray’s Point Cove

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 16
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive with large granite boulders descending from a rugged shoreline to the sea bed; many reef fish, Moray Eels, occasional Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found.
Best Season
February – November

17. Ray’s Point

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Depth: (Meters)
8 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive with large granite boulders descending from a rugged shoreline to the sea bed; many reef fish, Moray Eels, occasional Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found.
Best Season
February – November

18. Bay Ternay Marine Park

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 18
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive with probably the best hard coral formations around Mahe; many reef fish, Moray Eels, good invertebrates and anemones; Hawksbill turtles are commonly seen at this site and schools of Jacks. Marine Park Regulations apply.
Best Season
February – November

19. Lighthouse

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 24
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
An easy dive with excellent hard coral formations; many reef fish and occasional Moray Eels. Hawksbill turtles are commonly seen at this site. 
Best Season
February – November

20. Grouper Point

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
This dive may have currents dependant on seasonal influences. Large dramatic granite boulders and massifs with hard coral formations dropping to sand at 28 - 30 meters; many reef fish, especially medium sized groupers, occasional Moray Eels and Hawksbill turtles. Reef sharks are sometimes seen at this site as are schooling pelagics such as Jack Fish; Whale Sharks are seen off the point during the Whale Shark season.
Best Season
February – November

21. Cap Ternay

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Depth: (Meters)
10 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
At the base of the sheer granite of Cap Ternay descending into the deep water channel running up the West Coast of Mahe. The sheer sides drop steeply to a sand and boulder field at 20 meters. There is a regular current flow which encourages visits by Turtles, Sharks and Pelagic fish.
Best Season
February – November

22. Conception Arena

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Depth: (Meters)
15 - 30
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
West of Conception Island, this submerged granite reef forms a natural arena with huge boulders and deeply incised gullies forming swim-through's. As an offshore area and with a shelving sandy bottom dropping away from 30 meters, the site is liable to current and attracts larger fish species. Visits by schooling Pelagics are common as are sightings of Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks; Whale Sharks are found in season.
Best Season
October - May

23. Conception South

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Depth: (Meters)
10 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
The southern point Conception Island provides an area of steep walls, gullies and boulders which are home to an impressive number of larger reef fish and invertebrates. The site is open to current and attracts schooling Pelagics, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks.
Best Season
October - May

24. Plateau Lune

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Depth: (Meters)
18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Between Conception and Therese Islands, this can be a great drift dive with schooling pelagics.
Best Season
October - May

25. Therese Island

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Depth: (Meters)
12 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Off the Northern point of Therese Island, this site is a little more protected than the neighboring sites and shelters a variety of larger reef fish and invertebrates. The site occasionally picks up current and with it schooling Pelagics, Stingrays and Reef sharks.
Best Season
October - May

26. Steps

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Depth: (Meters)
12 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
This dive may have currents dependant on seasonal influences. Large dramatic granite boulders and massifs with hard coral formations dropping to sand at 28 - 30 meters; many reef fish, especially medium sized groupers, occasional Moray Eels and Hawksbill turtles. Reef sharks are sometimes seen at this site as are schooling pelagics such as Jack Fish; Whale Sharks are seen off the point during the Whale Shark season.
Best Season
October - May

27. Coral Gardens

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Depth: (Meters)
10 - 14
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
This is a large area of patchwork reefs on a gently shelving sand bottom. This site is visited by Sting Rays and Hawksbill turtles.
Best Season
October - May

28. Therese South

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Depth: (Meters)
15 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Off the Southern point of Therese Island, this site is a little more protected than the neighbouring sites and shelters a variety of larger reef fish and invertebrates. The site occasionally picks up current and with it schooling Pelagics, Stingrays and Reef sharks.
Best Season
October - May

29. Trois Dames

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Depth: (Meters)
18 - 25
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Situated between Therese Island and Mahe, this submerged granite reef of huge boulders provides protection to a variety of reef fish and invertebrates. Renown for it's 'creaking rock' which moves gently in the swell pattern, the site is affected by current and is often visited by Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks.
Best Season
October - May

30. Iles Vaches

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Depth: (Meters)
8 - 20
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
A small island just off the West Mahe coast, it is relatively protected but occasionally liable to current. Granite gullies and boulders provide shelter for a variety of reef fish and invertebrates and occasional schooling Pelagics, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks can be found.
Best Season
October - May

31. Trois Bancs

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 25
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Several miles offshore, this is an area of three large submerged granite reefs made up of steeply walled massifs, deep gullies and large boulders which form a maze of swim-through's and small caves. These in turn host an impressive number of large reef fish and resident schools of Black Snappers. The site suffers occasionally from current but attracts schooling Pelagics, Barracuda, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks. Whale Sharks are also present in the right season.
Best Season
October - May

32. Malgas

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Depth: (Meters)
18 - 35
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Advanced and above.
Several miles offshore, this is an area of submerged granite reef made up of steeply walled massifs, deep gullies and large boulders which form a maze of swim-through's and small caves. These in turn host an impressive number of large reef fish and resident schools of Black Snappers. The site suffers occasionally from current but attracts schooling Pelagics, Barracuda, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks. Whale Sharks are also present in the right season.
Best Season
October - May

33. Stork Patch

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 25
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Several miles offshore, this is an area of three large submerged granite reefs made up of steeply walled massifs, deep gullies and large boulders which form a maze of swim-through's and small caves. These in turn host an impressive number of large reef fish and resident schools of Black Snappers. The site suffers occasionally from current but attracts schooling Pelagics, Barracuda, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks. Whale Sharks are also present in the right season.
Best Season
March - May & September - November

34. Shark Bank

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Depth: (Meters)
18 - 30
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Advanced and above.
Midway between Mahe and Silhouette Island, Shark Bank is the shallowest area for hundreds of kilometers and is a natural focus for marine life especially pelagic fish. Granite gullies and boulders protect a resident population of reef fish and invertebrates with schools of yellow Snapper and Big Eyes being a permanent feature. The site is open to current and attracts schooling Jack Fish, Barracuda, Stingrays and Reef sharks. It is also visited by Whale Sharks in season.
Best Season
February - November

35. Brissare Rocks 

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Depth: (Meters)
10 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Situated midway between Mahe and Praslin, this remote rock has an enviable reputation for fish life; the granite massif and surrounding rocks create protected surroundings for schools of Yellow Snappers and a multitude of reef fish. This is also the home of some of the largest Brown Morays in the area as well as a host of invertebrates. The site occasionally has current and attracts schooling Pelagics, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks and Whale Sharks in season.
Best Season
March - May & September - November

36. Dragon's Teeth

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Depth: (Meters)
10 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Just adjacent to Brissare Rocks, this group of rocks just breaks the surface and are always seen as jagged teeth jutting out from the foaming waters, hence the name! The site has good reef fish and invertebrate life and is home to several white Tip Reef Sharks as well as large Brown Morays; Occasionally swept by current it also attracts schooling Bump Head Parrot fish, Jack Fish, Stingrays, and Whale Sharks in the right season.
Best Season
March - May & September - November

37. Ennerdale Wreck

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Depth: (Meters)
15 - 30
Topography: Wreck
Experience Level
Advanced and above.
Situated midway between Mahe and Praslin, this is the wreck of a British Fleet Auxiliary tanker which foundered in 1970 on an unmarked rock, Ennerdale Rocks. Having been blown up to make her safe for shipping, most dives are on the stern of the vessel. The confines protect a huge range of reef fish, schools of Yellow Snappers and a multitude of invertebrates. This is also the home of numerous Brown Morays and some large Scorpion Fish. The site occasionally has current and attracts schooling Pelagics, Eagle Rays, Stingrays, Reef sharks and Whale Sharks in season.
Best Season
March - May & September - November

38. Ennerdale Rocks

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Depth: (Meters)
10 - 25
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
Situated about 2 kilometers from the wreck of a British Fleet Auxiliary Tanker which foundered on them, these rocks have become a haven for fish life. They shelter a variety of reef fish and are the home of large nurse sharks as well as hawksbill turtles and lobsters.
Best Season
March - May & September - November

39. Beacon Island

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Depth: (Meters)
12 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
The most Easterly of the islands in the St. Anne Marine Park, this granite island's sides are characterized by a deep spur and groove formation on the Southern side which is home to abundant reef fish and invertebrate life. This area is visited by Turtles, Sharks and Pelagic fish. Marine Park Regulations apply.
Best Season
November - February

40. Pinnacle Point

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Depth: (Meters)
12 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
The Westerly submarine promontory of Beacon Island which is named after the three rock spires which break the surface. The granite sides are grooved and along with the boulder field are covered on coral formations giving shelter to a variety of reef fish and invertebrate life. This area is visited by Turtles, Sharks and Pelagic fish. Marine Park Regulations apply.
Best Season
November - February

41. Cerf Island

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 12
Topography: Hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
The most Westerly of the islands in the St. Anne Marine Park; this is an easy dive onto a shallow gently sloping granite and coral reef, particularly suitable for novices and macro-photographers. A reasonable selection of reef fish and invertebrates can be found and the site is occasionally visited by reef sharks. Marine Park Regulations apply.
Best Season
November - February

42. Harrison Rocks 

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Depth: (Meters)
5 - 18
Topography: Granite boulders with hard corals.
Experience Level
Student and above.
A granite rock outside the St. Anne Marine Park; a profusion of granite boulders encrusted with coral which attracts a variety of reef fish. A reasonable selection of invertebrates can be found and the site is occasionally visited by Hawksbill turtles, schooling Pelagics and Reef sharks.
Best Season
November - February

43. Turtle Rocks

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Depth: (Meters)
15 - 24
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Open Water and above.
East of Seychelles International Airport, this submerged granite and coral reef is a magnet for all sorts of fish life. A good selection of invertebrates can be found and the site is occasionally visited by schooling Pelagics, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks.
Best Season
November - February

44. Lost City

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Depth: (Meters)
18 - 25
Topography: Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.
Experience Level
Advanced and above.
East of Turtle Rocks, this submerged granite reef is deeply incised with gullies swim-through's and clefts providing shelter to numerous reef fish. Being further offshore and liable to current, the area also attracts larger fish species and has abundant invertebrates; it is regularly visited by schooling Pelagics, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks.
Best Season
November - February

Top Ten Dive Sites

  1. Shark Bank
  2. L'llot
  3. Ennerdale Wreck
  4. Brissare Rocks
  5. Stork Patch
  6. Malgas
  7. Grouper Point
  8. Dragon's Teeth
  9. Ennerdale Rocks
  10. Marine Park

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