After weeks of careful preparation and excited anticipation, Alphonse Island Dive Centre has opened its doors. The closed season monsoonal winds have continued blowing from the South-east but have lessened to allow for some great adventures out on the water. Without a doubt the best part of being on Alphonse Island at this time of year is a slightly different variety of wildlife that relish in the cooler better mixed waters. It is Humpback whale season and our guests have marvelled at daily sightings of these majestic creatures. A mother-and-calf pair has been spending their afternoons in Canal Lanmor greeting divers and snorkelers as they ride around the Alphonse Group. It makes for truely unforgettable scuba diving experiences!
Snorkelling with Humpack Whales around Bijoutier Island_Seyche...
Last week, we had the amazing experience of snorkelling with a Humpback Whale and her calf! We feel so fortunate to have been able to see these miraculous creatures up close and would like to share this incredible moment with you. #IslandExperiences #AlphonseIslandPosted by Alphonse Island on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The diving has also proven to be as exciting. The very first dive of the season was with Dieter M at Galawa where we descended immediately onto four 3m Grey Reef Sharks. Silvertip, White-tip Reef and Scalloped Hammerhead have been among other sightings as well Nurse Shark. One in particular that was sleeping in an overhang provided a great photo opportunity for Dieter. Diving with sharks in the Seychelles is amazing.
We have also been seeing more Potato Grouper than one would expect later in the season. These huge beasts seem to be enjoying the cooler water temperatures of 27°C allowing our divers to spot them at shallower depths. Brigid K was enjoying a dive at West Side Wall when one individual that could either be described as over-friendly or over-protective starting swimming right over Brigid’s head and followed the group all the way up to the safety stop.
We have had several refresher courses to start the season with Gwen R and Sue F being welcomed back to the water by a swarm of thousands of Yellowback Fusilier encompassing the group for the entire end of the dive. Think of a bright yellow and blue whirlwind all around and you can imagine being right there with us.
It has been a good start that has left us longing for more!
Alphonse Island Dive Centre Team