The beauty of the Seychelles is matched tenfold when you head below the surface of the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, and the further one moves from the Inner Islands and the heavier human pressure experienced there, the more true this becomes.
Scuba diving in the Seychelles is truly a wondrous experience for a number of reasons. The water is warm and clear giving you visibility of up to 50m and the abundance of species here are simply spectacular.
Each of the Outer Islands are surrounded by expansive coral reefs that reach for the skies. To cater for a variety of experience levels and to introduce guests to the underwater wonders of the region, we have selected a number of dive sites that hold unique species, intricate coral structures and beauty all around.
Each of the three Blue Safari destinations has something unique to offer scuba divers. Join us for a scuba diving experience in Seychelles like no other!
Species spotted when scuba diving range from pelagic fish and inquisitive predators to a range of reef species and macro life.
The views of countless Green and Hawksbill Turtles making their way along the reef is always popular with divers.
There is also up to 15 species of Moray Eel to be spotted hiding in the cracks and crevices of the reef. Our selected dive sites are also teeming with large shoals of fish like Barracuda, Bigeye Trevally, Batfish, Emperor and Fusilier. Large schools of Bluelined, Humpback and Bohar Snapper are known to encircle divers - this is quite an experience!
Divers who enjoy the thrill of viewing predators can feast their eyes on large Dogtooth Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Sweetlips, Potato Cod as well as a variety of grouper. Many of our sites hold stunning, sheer drop-offs which allow divers to spot pelagic species out in the blue.
Be sure to also keep an eye out for the different sharks found in the waters of the Seychelles, including Hammerhead, Silvertip, Whitetip Reef, Bull, Tawny Nurse and Grey Reef Sharks.
Macro-enthusiasts are also in for a real treat as they can view a host of species like Leaf Scorpionfish, Longnose Hawkfish, Pipefish, Tasseled and Devil Scorpionfish, Porcelain Crab and Seychelles Anemonefish. You can also spot an array of flatworm, nudibranch, Peacock Anemone Shrimp, Cleaner Shrimp, Coral Whip Goby, Peacock Shrimp and Tiger Mantis Shrimp.
The Blue Safari Atolls of Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo are arguably home to the best scuba diving in the world and our dive sites ensure experiences that will challenge and excite divers of all levels.
Impressive coral structures, unique species and excellent visibility allow our sites to stand above the rest.
The best dive site at Astove. Along most of the north-west side of Astove there is a hugely impressive wall that drops steeply from a depth of only one or two metres to hundreds of metres almost vertically. In front of the lodge there is a particularly nice section to dive where you can start the dive by descending through a hole in the reef top and then emerging at a depth of around 15m on to the wall itself.
The best dive site at Alphonse, Napoleon offers an open water raised reef with its top at 16 metres covered with big colourful sea fans and schooling fish such as emperors, fusiliers, snappers, jacks, Potato Groupers, Moray Eels, and Napoleon Wrasse. Underwater photographers will be completely captivated by this dive site. This is a top spot around Alphonse, but only for experienced divers in ideal weather conditions. Sometimes this site has very strong currents, so a fast descent is necessary to hit the spot.
Considered the best dive site at Cosmoledo, the reef along the north-west side of Cosmoledo running from Menai Island to Iles du Nord is one of the most spectacular in the Seychelles. With 100 percent coral cover and a wide range of fish there is plenty of diving to be done here. One particular site close to Petit Astove has a shallow reef with a slope that goes quickly down to 40-50m. It is a very nice reef with Potato Groupers, turtles, Hammerheads early morning and many other fish.
One of our all-time favourite sites at Alphonse. Its sloping bottom topography is covered in hard coral which starts at 16 metres. On the plateau, you have a good chance of finding Scorpion Fish and turtles sleeping under coral heads, as well as Grey Reef Sharks. The “Arcade” itself is U-shaped and consists of holes and overhangs where Napoleon and Groupers seek shelter from the gentle current. Schools of Dogtooth Tuna, Chevron Barracudas and jacks frequent this dive site.
Proclaimed the best dive site at Poivre, the north-west reef has a ridge line running at a depth of 10-18m and is covered in Green and Hawksbill turtles as well as a wide variety of reef fishes. Keep an eye out for Manta Rays and reef sharks in this area.
Our dynamic and highly experienced team at the Dive Centre is here to help you have the best scuba diving experience there is. With years of diving experience and a vast knowledge of the sites in the Seychelles, you are in good hands.
With a wealth of knowledge gleaned from almost two decades of diving and years working in conservation, Sam is a highly experienced nature guide, both underwater and on land. He teaches underwater photography and takes fantastic shots."Scuba Diving has been a lifelong passion for me and being able to work in such a pristine environment is a dream come true "
With over a decade of professional scuba diving behind her, Lucy is an outstanding instructor. Her enthusiasm for marine life and conservation is unparalleled and is complimented by knowledge from training in marine biology."The diversity of species and dive sites will blow you away! I am forever in awe of the underwater wonders "
Born in Australia, Tahlia moved to Thailand at 18 to be a snorkel guide. She did her PADI Divemaster internship with Alphonse in 2018 and has been a real asset to the team."Nothing compares to the feeling I get when diving. Since getting my certification I knew scuba diving was what I wanted to do forever. "
After a year of non-stop diving all over Seychelles as a Divemaster, Byron completed his instructor course in South Africa. Now he pursues his underwater passion for the marine world and enjoys sharing first moments with his students."I absolutely love the amazing encounters we have with the pelagic species, especially the sharks. "
Gavin is a water-man who began by competing in his school’s paddling team and then braced the ocean and waves of Durban. He went on to complete his Yachtmaster sailing the seas around Cape Town and now enjoys scuba diving."We have an absolutely great team and we get to have inspiring experiences every day "
Our pristine and unspoiled dive destinations allow guests a unique look into the aquatic ecosystems that surround the islands. Glide around beautiful coral reefs and through shoals of exotic species. Get ready to experience a world of weightless wonderment.
Alphonse Island is found 400 km south-west of Mahé and can be reached via a 1-hour flight.
Astove is a world filled with colour, where the daily dramas of a pristine ecosystem play out in front of your very eyes. The atoll is famous for the acclaimed underwater documentary "The Silent World", partly filmed here by Jacques Cousteau.
Cosmoledo is just a stone’s throw away from the World Heritage Site of Aldabra and boasts a pristine and untouched ecosystem with a wonderful lagoon.
Poivre Atoll is situated on the eastern edge of the Amirante Bank, a short 268 km from the main island of Mahé.
The Dive Centre at Alphonse Island ensures that all of the equipment and scuba gear is perfectly maintained and kept in tip-top condition. The Dive Centre provides all gear and equipment needed for the courses and scuba diving excursions during your stay. This includes wetsuits (3 mm short and full suits), masks, weights, cylinders (aluminum), regulators, fins (assorted sizes), BCD’s, dive computers and torches. The Dive Centre has partnered with Paralenz to provide guests with the best camera for scuba diving, and these specialist cameras can be rented on a daily basis or as part of a scuba diving package.
To ensure that guests reach their diving destination quickly and comfortably, Alphonse has two purpose-built dive boats, Bijoutier and Zanbren. These twin engine, 225hp vessels are covered to allow shade from the sun and there are also towels, drink and snacks onboard for during or after your dive. The number of divers per trip are kept to a minimum with a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 5 divers which ensures a more personal experience. All of our skippers are fully licensed as well as being divers themselves. Along with their extensive knowledge about the gear and equipment, they also hold great insight into the various dive sites of the area.
Blue Safari Seychelles manages all of the PADI Accredited Dive Resorts in the Outer Islands and have a 5 Star accreditation by PADI. We are committed to providing the best scuba diving experiences and ensuring the scuba courses and training on offer are both personalised and safe.
The Dive Centre offers a variety of PADI-accredited diving courses for guests of all experience levels. Beginners can choose from a selection of PADI Beginner and PADI Open Water Courses on offer. These scuba diving courses are perfect for those new to the sport as well as for children as they include the Discover Scuba Initiation Programme and the PADI Bubblemaker course. For those who are accredited but haven’t dived in more than a year, refresher courses are also on offer.
For the experienced divers, there is an array of Advanced & Beyond Courses like PADI Divemaster, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Underwater Naturalist and more to dive into. There is also a selection of AWARE courses to take on, including AWARE Shark Conservation, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation and AWARE Specialist.
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