Popular Snorkelling Spots In North Mahe
1. Baie Ternay Marine Park
2. Port Launay
3. Beau Vallon
4. Sunset Beach
Lying in the extreme north of Mahe, Sunset Beach is a favourite of snorkellers despite being small and crowded. This is because of various underwater creatures like sea turtles, colourful corals, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, white tip sharks, eagle rays, silver moon, demoiselles, labrus, etc. Being close to Beau Vallon and Victoria, Sunset Beach is easily accessible by buses, cars, taxis via North Coast Road.
Dive Operators: Dive Resort Seychelles and all the dive centres in Beau Vallon
5. Anse Major
Apart from offering a beautiful hiking trail, Anse Major in no
rth Mahe is also a heaven for all types of snorkellers (both veterans and novices) due to the abundance of marine life it boasts of such as white-spotted boxfish, blue-spotted grouper, green birdsmouth wrasse, different species of moray eels, three types of angelfish - emperor, three spot and semicircle and unspoilt corals. However, due to a lack of restaurants, accommodation or other facilities near the snorkelling spots, it is not very convenient for the tourists.
Dive Operators: Taxi Boat Happiness
Popular Spots For Snorkelling In South Mahe
6. Anse Soleil
Anse Soleil located on the south-western part of Mahe island is popular for snorkelling. This one is more for experts rather than newbies due to high waves and deep drop-offs close to the shore. While snorkelling here, expect to spot a vast variety of sea fishes like the semicircle angelfish, emperor angelfish, three spot angelfish, sergeant major fish, shoals of silver moony, spotted eagle ray and a plethora of multi-coloured and blue corals, green and pink polyps and large granite formations. Anse Soleil is well connected to other parts of Mahe by buses or cars, the nearest bus stop being 200m from the beach, and the airport 19 kms away.
7. Anse Royale
One of the most popular and large beaches of Seychelles, the presence of some hotels and resorts and its proximity to the airport (10 kms) is what makes tourists flock to this place. Anse Royale provides opportunities for many activities including snorkelling. The water here is calm and shallow (hardly 2m deep) making it apt for first-timers. If you choose to snorkel here, you can expect to see sea urchins, sea cucumbers, vibrant corals, starfish, blue-spotted spinefish, sometimes blue-spotted grouper, snappers, sponges, mantas and many more. For safety, it is recommended that snorkelling activities take place during low tides.
8. Anse Takamaka
Another of the numerous scenic beaches in Seychelles, Anse Takamaka is characterised by crystal clear waters, golden sands, palm trees and takamaka trees. The numerous aquatic creatures that can be witnessed while snorkelling here include turtles, stingrays, eels, corals in a myriad of colours and schools and shoals of various types of fishes such as scissortail sergeant, clown surgeonfish, scrawled butterflyfish to name a few. Although the water here is shallow and calm, sometimes there can be currents, so one needs to be careful while snorkelling. The place is well connected to other areas of the island by cars and buses, the nearest bus stop and the parking spot is only 50m from the beach.
There are hardly any dive operators in Anse Takamaka so for snorkelling one needs to carry their own equipment.
9. Petite Anse
This is another great place for snorkelling close to Anse Soleil, in Baie Lazare district, with fewer visitors so you can enjoy the underwater beauty peacefully. Large granite formations along with cornetfish, wrasse, batfish, moorish idols, squids, octopus, hawksbill turtles are some of the creatures that will fascinate you. It can easily be reached via West Coast Road.
Equipment For Snorkelling
Best Time For Snorkelling In Mahe
Throughout Seychelles, the best time for snorkelling is April-May and October-November. During these months, the waters of the Indian Ocean remain as clear as a mirror due to the absence of the South-east trade winds which reduce underwater visibility and increases the volume of seaweed in the water and coasts. Visibility at this time is nearly 30m with water temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius. However, if your trip isn't planned at this time, then don't worry because snorkelling in Seychelles is feasible all year round.
Nature never ceases to amaze. The umpteen species of marine flora and fauna that you are likely to spot while snorkelling will make you realise this even more. So, keep your inhibitions aside and venture into the water - a whole new world awaits you there!