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OUR BOATS LEAVE DAILY:
  • 09h00 : 2 Dives (return around 12h30)
  • 13h30 : 2 Dives  (return around 16h30)
CRUISING TIME TO REACH THE DIVE SITES FROM OUR CENTRE:
  • 10-20 minutes : zone 1 – short range sites
  • 20-45 minutes : zone 2 – long range sites
  • more than 60 minutes : zone 3 – extra long range sites
CHOICE OF DIVE SITES EACH DAY ACCORDING TO:
  • Weather and sea conditions
  • Level of divers

Zone 1: Short Distance Dive Sites

1. l'Ilot

Granite reef with hard coral formations

At the North Eastern tip of Beau Vallon Bay, this picturesque tiny granite island supports two coconut palms and some super marine life. The steep sides are grooved by gullies and surrounded by large granite boulders giving an array of archways and swim-throughs. The island is in a regular current stream and is heavily encrusted with soft corals. The landward side of the island has a prolific fish and invertebrate life with schools of Big Eyes and is visited by Turtles, Sharks and Whale Sharks. This site is used for night dives in good conditions.

Max depth: 28 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

2. l'Ilot rocks

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals 

Granite gullies and boulders protect a resident population of reef fish and invertebrates with schools of yellow Snapper and Big Eyes being a permanent feature. The site is open to current and attracts schooling Jack Fish, Barracuda, Stingrays and Reef Sharks. It is also visited by Whale Sharks in season.

Max depth: 30 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

3. Chuckles

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals

Almost at the North Western end of Beau Vallon Bay, this reef is a single granite massif which is deeply incised with gullies with an adjoining granite boulder field. Subject to regular current streams, the rocks are heavily encrusted with soft corals and fan corals. The steep sided gullies shelter a wealth of reef fish and invertebrate life. This site is used for night dives in good conditions.

Max depth: 18 meters
Suitable for: All divers

4. Sunset rocks

Granite reef with hard coral formations

An easy dive onto a promontory of granite which just break the surface; there is a wide central channel leading towards shore which is home to a variety of reef fish. The surrounding coral and granite reef shelters a number of Moray Eels and is a favourite feeding site for Bump Head Parrot Fish.

Max depth: 15 meters
Suitable for: All divers

5. Northolme rocks

Hard and soft corals 

This shelving reef has good reef fish and is a frequently visited by Hawksbill Turtles. The deeper side of the reef is occasionally visited by schools of pelagic fish.

Max depth: 12 meters
Suitable for: All divers

6. Coral garden

Hard and soft corals 

This is a large area of patchwork reefs on a gently shelving sand bottom. Numerous Porites heads provide shelter for a large variety of reef fish and the site is visited by occasional Sting Rays and Hawksbill Turtles.

Max depth: 17 meters
Suitable for: All divers

7. Grand Bazar

Hard and soft corals 

Reef and corals with patchwork form on sandy bottom. Wide variety of reef fish and sometimes visited by turtles.

Max depth: 14 meters
Suitable for: All divers

8. Aquarium

Hard and soft corals  

The “House reef” of the Coral Strand Centre which is comprised of two huge coral bommies flanked on either side by large low-lying patchwork reefs. This is a favourite novice diver site and as the name implies is home to an abundance of reef fish; a large carpet anemone at the top of one of the bommies is the home of two large three banded Seychelles Clown Fish.

Max depth: 14 meters
Suitable for: All divers

9. Fisherman’s Cove reef

Hard and soft corals 

An easy dive and favourite site for novices. This gently shelving reef has abundant hard coral formations set between sand patches making it an ideal site for beginners and also macro-photographers. Occasional visits from feeding Hawksbill Turtles are also a welcome feature.

Max depth: 12 meters
Suitable for: All divers

10. Corsair reef

Coral Reef with hard and soft corals

The largest fringing reef in the N.W. of Mahé; this shelving reef has a shallow reef top at 6-10 meters with abundant reef fish and is a regular feeding ground for Hawksbill Turtles. The reef slope is characterised by several large coral bommies which provide shelter for Sweet Lips and Coral Cod as well as the odd Lobster.

Max depth: 12 meters
Suitable for: All divers

11. Twin Barges Wreck

Wreck

These two wrecks were purposely sunk at the foot of the Corsair Reef in 1989 by the local divers Association, APDS, and have become heavily encrusted with hard corals, fan corals and sponges. They are the residence of a flotilla of some 12 Lion Fish as well as shelter for a wealth of marine life and invertebrates. Although a slightly deeper dive, it is a favourite night dive site.

Max depth: 24 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

12. Dredger wreck

Wreck 

This wreck was purposely sunk by the local divers Association, APDS, and has become a haven for marine life including a wealth of invertebrates. It is often visited by pelagic fish and is occasionally the temporary home of large Black Groupers and juvenile Red Snappers. Larger pelagics such as Marlin and Wahoo have also been seen above the wreck.

Max depth: 29 meters
Suitable for: Experienced divers

13. Aldebaran

Wreck

The seychelles authority decided to sink this long liner fishing vessel, creating an artificial reef environment. The boat is 16 m long, 10m wide and at the shallowest depth sits at 32m and the deepest depth at 40m. An array of soft corals and white fan corals can be found here along with many species of morays, such as your pepper morays, white eyed moray and honeycomb morays. Caution should be taken as many scorpion fish have taken up residence here. Divers with deep diver training/ advanced open water are welcome on this site.

Max depth: 40 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

14. Horseshoe rocks

Granite reef with hard coral formations

A large granite massif several hundred meters off the coast with spur and groove formations on the off-shore side; this site occasionally picks up a long-shore current. This is a good site for reef fish, Moray Eels and invertebrates. Hawksbill Turtles and ribbon tailed Sting-Rays can be found and octopus dens are often found at the base of the granite walls.

Max depth: 12 meters
Suitable for: All divers

15. Whale rock

Granite reef with hard coral formations

An easy dive onto a reef of large granite boulders stacked together to form areas of archways, swim-throughs and corridors. There are many reef fish, Moray Eels, occasional Hawksbill Turtles and ribbon tailed Sting-Rays can be found while Garden Eels can be seen in the sand on the offshore side of the second massif, Castle Rock. This site is one of those used for night dives when the coral studded rocks are a blaze of colour.

Max depth: 15 meters
Suitable for: All divers

16. Bay Ternay marine park

Hard and soft corals

An easy dive with probably the best hard coral formations around Mahé; many reef fish, Moray Eels, good invertebrates and anemones; Hawksbill Turtles are commonly seen at this site and schools of pelagics such as Jacks and Gill Raker Mackerel can be found. Marine Park Regulations apply.

Max depth: 23 meters
Suitable for: All divers

17. Lighthouse

Granite boulders with hard corals

This dive may have currents dependant on seasonal influences. Large dramatic granite boulders and massifs with hard coral formations dropping to sand at 28–30 meters; many reef fish, especially medium sized groupers, occasional Moray Eels and Hawksbill Turtles. Reef Sharks are sometimes seen at this site as are schooling pelagics such as Jack Fish; Whale Sharks are seen off the point during the Whale Shark season.

Max depth: 25 meters
Suitable for: All divers

18. Kap Matoupa

Granite boulders with hard corals

At the base of the sheer granite of Cap Matoupa descending into the deep water channel running up the West Coast of Mahé. The sheer sides drop steeply to a sand and boulder field at 20 meters. There is a regular current flow which encourages visits by Turtles, Sharks and Pelagic fish.

Max depth: 22 meters
Suitable for: All divers

Zone 2: Long Distance Dive Sites

19. Napoleon Rock

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.

Between Conception and Therese Islands, this can be a great drift dive with schooling pelagics. Reef sharks are sometimes seen at this site as are schooling pelagics such as Jack Fish; bonito, barracuda and scools of yellow snappers and big eye fish. Whale Sharks are seen off the point during the Whale Shark season.

Max depth: 18 meters
Suitable for: All divers

20. Conception Arena

Granite boulders with hard corals.

Several miles offshore, this is an area of three large submerged granite reefs, deep gullies and large boulders. These in turn host an impressive number of large reef fish and resident schools of Black Snappers. The site suffers occasionally from current but attracts schooling Pelagic, Barracuda, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks. Whale Sharks are also present in the right season..

Max depth: 25 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

21. Conception Rocks

Granite boulders with hard corals

West of Conception Island, this submerged granite reef forms a natural arena with huge boulders and deeply incised gullies forming swim-through’s. As an offshore area and with a shelving sandy bottom dropping away from 30 meters, the site is liable to current and attracts larger fish species. Visits by schooling Pelagics are common as are sightings of Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks; Whale Sharks are found in season.

Max depth: 30 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

22. Dragon Teeth

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.

Just adjacent to Brissare Rocks, this group of rocks just breaks the surface and are always seen as jagged teeth jutting out from the foaming waters, hence the name! The site has good reef fish and invertebrate life and is home to several white Tip Reef Sharks as well as large Brown Morays; Occasionally swept by current it also attracts schooling Bump Head Parrot fish, Jack Fish, Stingrays, and Whale Sharks in the right season

Max depth: 20 meters
Suitable for: All divers

23. Brissaire Rocks

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.

Just adjacent to Dragons Teeth. The site has good reef fish and invertebrate life and is home to several white Tip Reef Sharks as well as large Brown Morays; Occasionally swept by current it also attracts schooling Bump Head Parrot fish, Jack Fish, Stingrays, and Whale Sharks in the right season.

Max depth: 20 meters
Suitable for: All divers

24. Sharks Bank

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.

Midway between Mahe and Silhouette Island, Shark Bank is the shallowest area for hundreds of kilometers and is a natural focus for marine life especially pelagic fish. Granite gullies and boulders protect a resident population of reef fish and invertebrates with schools of yellow Snapper and Big Eyes being a permanent feature. The site is open to current and attracts schooling Jack Fish, Barracuda, Stingrays and Reef sharks. It is also visited by Whale Sharks in season.

Max depth: 30 meters
Suitable for: Experienced divers

Zone 3: Extra Long Distance Dive Sites

25. Biki Bank

Granite boulders with hard corals

Several miles offshore, this is an area of submerged granite reef made up of steeply walled massifs, deep gullies and large boulders which form a maze of swim-through’s and small caves.   The site occasionally has current and attracts schooling Pelagics, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles ,schooling Jack Fish and Barracuda

Max depth: 30 meters
Suitable for: All divers

26. Harrison Rocks

Granite boulders with hard corals.

A granite rock outside the St. Anne Marine Park; a profusion of granite boulders encrusted with coral which attracts a variety of reef fish. A reasonable selection of invertebrates can be found and the site is occasionally visited by Hawksbill turtles, schooling Pelagics and Reef sharks.

Max depth: 18 meters
Suitable for: All divers

27. Beacon Rocks

Granite boulders with hard corals.

The most Easterly of the islands in the St. Anne Marine Park, this granite island’s sides are characterized by a deep spur and groove formation on the Southern side which is home to abundant reef fish and invertebrate life. This area is visited by Turtles, Sharks and Pelagic fish.

Max depth: 18 meters
Suitable for: All divers

28. Pinnacle Point

Granite boulders with hard corals.

The Westerly submarine promontory of Beacon Island which is named after the three rock spires which break the surface. The granite sides are grooved and along with the boulder field are covered on coral formations giving shelter to a variety of reef fish and invertebrate life. This area is visited by Turtles, Sharks and Pelagic fish.

Max depth: 18 meters
Suitable for: All divers

29. Sit Enler

Granite boulders with hard and soft corals.

Off the western point of Therese Island, this site is a little more protected than the neighbouring sites and shelters a variety of larger reef fish and invertebrates. The site occasionally picks up current and with it schooling Pelagics, Stingrays and Reef sharks.

Max depth: 25 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

30. Lo Bordaz

Granite boulders with hard corals.

Several miles offshore, this is an area of submerged granite reef made up of steeply walled massifs, deep gullies and large boulders which form a maze of swim-through’s and small caves. These in turn host an impressive number of large reef fish and resident schools of Black Snappers. The site suffers occasionally from current but attracts schooling Pelagics, Barracuda, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks. Whale Sharks are also present in the right season

Max depth: 25 meters
Suitable for: Qualified divers

ZONE 1
SHORT RANGE DIVE SITES
From 5 till 15 min. boat trip
All Short Range Dive sites are included in our diving rates
ZONE 2
LONG RANGE DIVE SITES
From 20 till 45 min. boat trip
Long Range Boat Trip Supplement 17 euro
ZONE 3
EXTRA LONG RANGE DIVE SITES
More than 60 minutes boat trip
Extra Long Boat TripSupplement 30 euro
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