Mahe is the biggest and most populated island in the country, having the capital and the government buildings. With an impressive number of around 75 accessible dive sites, it is probably one of the most versatile and amazing places to go diving in Seychelles. Due to the excellent conservation programmes run by Seychelles' government, the feared bleaching of the reef in 1998 due to the El Nino effect has been repaired. One can find and spot some of the rarest marine life here. With a large number of diving spots, there's something on offer for everyone, whether you're a beginner or a pro!
Best Time for Diving in Mahe
The time between June to August has rougher winds making some sites rather inaccessible. The waters also drop down a few degrees, hovering near the 25 degrees Celcius mark. As a result of the colder waters, the water is richer in plankton due to which visibility under-water reduces. As a consequence, however, there are a larger number of sharks. Thus, a dive during this time would enable one to see these magnificent creatures.
Where to go Diving in Mahe?
1. Port Launay
If one is entering by boat, then they need to pay an entry fee of SRC 200. The beach is free to access, however, and can be accessed through the Constance Ephelia resort behind the beach. One can also enjoy the corals through the glass bottomed boats here without getting wet.
Timings: 09:00AM - 05:00PM
2. Shark Bank
Renown for the grey stingrays found here, visibility here is generally good. One can find an extremely large array of colorful tropical fish such as the cowfish, lionfish, pufferfish, jack fish, red snappers, lobsters, batfish, frog fish and other fish leaving one truly mesmerized. The melange of reds, blues, yellows and other colors truly give one a dreamlike experience that cannot be forgotten ever. Apart from that, one can also find turtles, reef sharks, whale sharks, octopus and share this paradise with them. No other experience in the world can replace the one you have here!
4. Brissare Rocks
Popular Diving Centres
Although there are many popular diving centres, these are the most popular ones, most regularly used by tourists.
1. Big Blue Divers
Located on a stretch of the Beau Vallon Bay, the Big Blue Divers are a PADI 5* accredited organization. With a great team, they offer a variety of diving courses and packages. They have courses for everyone, children, beginners, intermediate divers and even advanced divers!
Prices starting from: EUR 95-100
2. Blue Sea Divers
Established in 2002, Blue Sea Divers is a well-known dive centre with a team of extremely passionate people. With a diverse team of people, they aim to give people an extremely high-quality experience emphasizing fun, conservation and learning. They offer a wide variety of options ranging from a single dive to a multitude of courses.
Single Dive Starting from: EUR 50
3. Dive Resort Seychelles
Located on the South West of the Mahe Island, Dive Resort Seychelles is a PADI 5* accredited centre. Situated near the beautiful Anse la Mouche, the centre offers courses for everyone from the ages of 10 years and above catering to all levels!
With so many options and such beauty, what's stopping from experiencing the realms of the Sea Lord Poseidon?