The Republic of Seychelles is located In the west of the Indian Ocean, south of the equator. Seychelles is divided into the Inner and Outer Islands. All the islands are diving-friendly. Outer Islands are coral reefs located 230 to 1150 kilometres away from the main Mahé Island.
Seychelles is perfect for both amateur and professional diving. Divers are attracted by a variety of underwater entertainment. You can go on an adventure to find hidden submerged treasures, explore the wrecks, dive into the tunnels, observe the behaviour of various fish in their natural habitat and create marvellous wonderful photographs.
Experienced divers describe this place as a colourful fantasy, incomparable to either the Black Sea nor the Mediterranean (Latin: Mare Mediterraneum). Subios, the Seychelles Ocean Festival, where the best films about the underwater world were chosen, took place here before 2016.
There are dive shops on all the 33 inhabited islands of the Seychelles Archipelago and diving is available everywhere. The range of services provided extends from training courses for beginners to granting international certificates to searching instructors specializing in underwater treasure hunting. There are scubas, boats and other equipment for rent.
It is warm in Seychelles from March to May. The average air temperature stands at +28 °С, the water temperature is +29 °С. The sea is calm. April and May are ideal for diving. In May the wind becomes stronger and changes its direction to the southeast.
The period from June to August is the least rainy time in Seychelles. It is the season of southeast trade winds, the winds are strong and gusty. The air and water temperatures drop to +26 °С. The water becomes cloudy. You will need a 4 mm thick wetsuit for diving.
In October the wind becomes weaker and changes its direction to the northwest. Underwater visibility restores to 30 metres. The air temperature lingers at +27 °С, the water temperature ranges from +28 to +29 °С. The sea in October and November is calm and perfect for diving.
In winter the air in Seychelles warms up to +27 °С and the water temperature reaches +28 °С. December and January bring the northwest winds, which make the underwater visibility drop and the waves are more animated. Diving conditions on Inner Islands remain good.
The 30-metre deep Shark Bank dive site. It is a plateau with rocks and canyons, overgrown with corals, which are home for rays, whale sharks, barracudas and green turtles. Ennerdale oil carrier crashed into a rock in 1970. This vessel lies at a depth of 30 meters and is partially elevated to 15 meters. Divers may visit the stern, the cockpit and the deck-house.
Health services in Seychelles are limited, especially on more distant islands, however, you can call an ambulance from any hotel around the clock. Malaria is common on the island, rare outbreaks of dengue fever and chikungunya are also present here. Vaccination against poliomyelitis is the mandatory requirement for visiting the country, vaccination against yellow fever is also recommended. Take preventative malaria medication. In case of a fever, rash, or a headache seek medical attention.
It is relatively safe in Seychelles. Severe crime is rare, however, small theft is possible. That's why you should follow standard safety procedures and avoid of carrying valuables and cash on yourself, opt for keeping them in a locked safe of your hotel.
The waters of the Indian Ocean are full of danger, and it is not the sharks, but other fish. For example, scorpionfish has poisonous fins which secrete a neurotoxin when it faces danger. The lionfish has poisonous spines on its fins. Reef stonefish imitates corals, so don't touch them or other unknown fish during the dive.
The cuisine of Seychelles is a mix of Creole and Spanish traditions. A popular dish among tourists is Pwason Ek Diri — rice with fish and fragrant herbs. Vegetarians and those who enjoy lighter dishes would appreciate Bringel — eggplant fried with spices. Even crisps (potato chips) taste unusual. They are cooked from fruits of the breadfruit tree and served with mashed round pumpkin called giraumon.
If you find yourself tempted to try national drinks, go to a café and order black tea with vanilla, coconut juice or Bacca — an alcoholic drink made from sugar cane.
Tap water is not very clean, so it is advisable to consume bottled water.