Immerse in the unbelievable underwater world of the Seychelles!
Since Mahe island is the largest in the Seychelles, it has many many beautiful beaches where you can go snorkeling freely! You can also always book an organized trip, we decided to try one with Blue Sea Divers and were happy with their services – they offer many snorkeling sites and have a morning and an afternoon trip. Prices can range from 30-60 euros depending on how far the diving site is. They were also really polite and offered us a discount after the trip, since the current on one of the sites was pretty bad.
Since we brought our own snorkeling gear, here is what we managed to explore:
Depth: 2-8 meteres
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The Beach near Sunset Beach Hotel, at the very North end of Beau Vallon, was my favorite snorkeling spot! We went there a few times. There were many interesting marine animals – eagle rays, barracudas and even black tip reef sharks! If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see all of these at once. On the right of this beach, you’ll be able to see giant boulders, some of them even cracked, while to the left (right below the hotel restaurant) there is abundant marine life and many friendly fish!
You can get to this beach by car, there is a parking just up the street after you pass the entrance of the hotel. You’ll see a small path to your left (right in front of the parking) which leads to the beach.
Depth: 2-12 meters
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Fisherman’s Cove is at the far South end of Beau Vallon. It is a really lovely spot with abundant corals and diverse marine life. They have organized snorkeling trips that you can take advantage of! The current is a bit strong at a few places (especially getting back), but it is totally worth exploring. You have to be careful going in, though, depending on the current. Check out this link for the map and a bit more information.
You can get there by bus or by car, there is a parking very close to the hotel and a paved path to the beach.
Ste Anne Marine National Park
Depth: 2-5 meteres
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There are actually many many snorkeling spots in the park! We went snorkeling close to Ste Anne on an organized trip about the marine park. The current was great, but since it was very sandy, the visibility was pretty low. The corals over there are incredibly scarce.
Depth: 10-20 meters
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This was the first spot from our organized trip with Blue Sea Divers . It was a long-distance trip, so we did get a bit seasick (remember to always have a pill before such trips, rather than on the trip!). It was a beautiful place, but way too deep for snorkeling. However, we did see a lot of eagle rays and reef sharks!
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Even though this is probably the most beautiful island in the Seychelles, snorkeling there is not at all that impressive – better just lay on the gorgeous beach and enjoy the sun! Again, it was very sandy with very limited visibility. They do offer organized snorkeling trips, which might be worth looking into if you have enough time.
Depth: 10-20 meters
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This was the second snorkeling spot from the organized trip with Blue Sea Divers and it was the one we enjoyed the least. The current was incredibly strong, we couldn’t get back to the boat for about 20 minutes, so finally the boat came back and picked us up. It was pretty deep for snorkeling as well, so you couldn’t really see much.
So what do you think? Which one of these reefs do you like the most?