Scuba Diving in the Seychelles


The Seychelles is one of the most beautiful places in the world to scuba dive. As one of the top 10 world dive sites, the Seychelles provide a most unforgettable underwater experience. Crystal clear waters, a variety of intriguing marine life and seemingly countless amounts of coral reefs are just part of what makes Seychelles diving so rewarding.

Before you start diving in the Seychelles, you should understand the diversity of the islands. They are classified as either 'Inner' or 'Outer' islands and you can choose to explore either. 

Inner islands are, essentially, the tops of underwater mountains and are granite.  There are 43 of these islands, which include Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, and Cerf Island which is in the St Anne National Park. There are a number of world recognised dive sites, such as the Ennerdale Wreck and Brissare rocks, as well as the lesser known, more remote, but even more spectacular sites around Marianne, The Sisters, Aride, Trompeuse, and other islands. The diving in this area is very diverse and includes both true coral reefs and the impressive granite reef formations that the Inner Islands are renowned for.

The Outer islands sit on the Seychelles plateau and are all coralline or sand cays and mainly uninhabited. They offer exciting and diverse diving experiences off numerous coral atolls and sand cays.

Green sea turtles, manta rays, gorgonian fans, and stunning coral reefs with an amazing array of nudibranch are just the beginning of what you might see when enjoying a Seychelles scuba diving trip. Sharks, barracuda, and grouper fish are common sightings especially around the Outer Islands.


Scuba diving is possible all year round, however, there are seasonal changes in water temperatures, visibility and the state of the sea. The best months for diving are March, April, May, September, October and November. The seas are calmest during these months and the visibility on offshore dives can be over 30 metres. Expect to experience temperatures reaching 29C. Check our Seychelles weather page out for climate information.

cerf island DIVING

At South Point Villas we can arrange a Day Diving experience.  This includes two dives, all your equipment, refreshments and a BBQ lunch (a minimum booking of three persons is required). When you book your holiday with us, just select the diving add-on and we will organise the rest.

If you are an experienced diver and have PADI or FFESSM certification, then please contact us and we will be happy to give you advice on diving options in the area.

Our goal is to ensure you have the BEST experience possible whilst scuba diving in the Seychelles.