Life on the ocean wave

Stay close to the water to discover the pride and joy of sunny Seychelles. With more than 100 islands, crystal-clear waters, an array of marine life and warm temperatures all year round, the Seychelles is the perfect destination for watersports lovers, whether you’re hoping to delve into the deep or happy to drift along the surface.

Dive straight in
The Seychelles is one of the best diving destinations in the world, if you’re up for taking the plunge. Fisherman’s Cove Reef is a popular site with novice divers, with many a Hawksbill turtle to see; and dives down to 45m at Shark Bank are rewarded with sightings of huge grouper, barracuda and stingrays. Both sites are accessed from Mahe.

The shallow waters and abundant coral reefs have meant there are many shipwrecks to explore for divers. The most spectacular is the oil tanker Ennerdale, which is about 30m deep, eight miles north-east of Victoria, and home to whale sharks (in season).

From the top
Snorkelling is a great option for those who wish to explore the world beneath the waves but without getting in too deep (no pun intended). You don’t need a boat trip to find a great snorkelling spot (although the marine parks listed right are well worth the excursion). Many hotels, including the Four Seasons Seychelles and Sunset Beach Hotel, have excellent coral just off the beach.

Surf's up
Visit from May to September for the best windsurfing conditions. Most islands cater to surfers of all levels; check out for a complete rundown of spots. What’s more, the warm calm seas of the Seychelles are perfectly suited to stand up paddleboarding (SUP). As you gently paddle along, you can soak up the rays, glimpse some of the sea creatures and experience a challenging full-body workout.

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