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Liveaboard Diving in the Seychelles

The 115 Inner and Outer Islands of the Seychelles hold expansive reefs, dramatic walls, wrecks, pinnacles and canyons to explore - the perfect destinations for a memorable liveaboard holiday!

Seychelles liveaboards

The string of 115 tropical islands that make up the Seychelles sit off Africa in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles is home to two groups of islands: the Inner Islands and the Outer Islands. Many are hard to reach and offer no facilities or tiny resorts. It is possible to island hop through the country’s network of air and sea transportation but many areas are only accessible by liveaboard cruise. Most diving liveaboard itineraries in the Seychelles last approximately 7 nights. The S.V. Sea Pearl is a gorgeous, 100-year-old sailing vessel which has been custom fitted for diving expeditions. She can accommodate 18 guests in 8 cabins and boasts a crew of 8, ready to provide personalized service. With air conditioning to keep you comfortable in the tropical heat and onboard facilities for kayaking, windsurfing and fishing, the S.V. Sea Pearl offers a one-of-a-kind diving holiday in the Seychelles.

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Diving in the Seychelles

Quick facts

The Seychelles is famous amongst divers for its amazing waters, coral reefs and wrecks. The amount of marine life found around the islands is astounding. Most experienced divers head for the Outer Islands. These areas boast dramatic drop-offs, pristine corals, granite reefs and well-preserved wrecks. In addition, they’re home to huge schools of bumphead parrotfish, reef sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and Napoleon wrasses. Lucky divers who keep their eyes on the blue might also get a glimpse of a sailfish, oceanic whitetips, manta rays, whale sharks and hammerhead sharks. On the other hand, the Inner Islands are perfect for all levels. These islands sit on a shallow plateau that allows dive sites of between 26 and 100 feet (8 and 30 meters). Here you’ll find coral reefs full of the common characters such as lionfish, nudibranchs, mantis shrimp, octopus, butterflyfish, angelfish, reef sharks and moray eels. In both underwater zones, there are sunken ships to explore as well as caverns for overhead diving. Whichever type of diving is your favorite, you’re sure to find a dive site for you in the Seychelles. Because of the wide variety of dive sites available, liveaboards in the Seychelles only require an Open Water certification, but many itineraries require a minimum of 50 dives. Do check with your chosen liveaboard operator for certification requirements.


April to May

The best time to dive in the Seychelles is from April to May and October to November. However, the Seychelles is a good choice for year-round diving. Within the suggested months, you’ll find warm water temperatures averaging approximately 84°F (29°C) and exceptional visibility of up to 100 feet (30 meters). At this time, the surface conditions are at their calmest, allowing liveaboards to reach the most remote dive sites. On the other hand, July to August brings the southeast monsoon. With it comes strong winds and choppy surface conditions. The water temperatures drop to about 77°F (25°C). These variables are particularly welcoming to whale sharks who arrive in the Seychelles in search of plankton-rich waters. The air temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year. The thermometer generally reads between 75 and 90°F (24 and 32°C). And currents vary from dive site to dive site rather than by season.

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How to Get to the Seychelles

Most flights entering and departing the Seychelles use Seychelles International Airport in Victoria on the island of Mahé. Direct flights are available from Africa and the Middle East, and domestic flights are available between Praslin and Mahé. Liveaboards in the Seychelles use several different ports, including Anse Possession, Praslin and Inter-Island Quay-Port in Victoria. Be sure to check with your operator regarding the departure port. Many dive operators can arrange airport transfers for an additional fee.

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