An Underwater Utopia Waiting to be Explored

Snorkeling

Exceptional Snorkeling in the Pristine Waters of the Alphonse Atoll

Due to its remote location 400 km south-west of Mahé, the waters surrounding the coral island of Alphonse is teeming with a variety of marine life which one will be hard-pressed to find around any other inhabited island in the Seychelles. Crystal clear warm water, unbleached and largely untouched corals, great visibility and a diverse range of fish species has become synonymous with both Alphonse and St Francois due to the rich currents and abundant sea life that surrounds the Alphonse group of Atolls.

Snorkeling around Alphonse is suitable for all ages, with the best snorkeling spots around the island indicated by our knowledgeable team. The snorkeling around the pirouetting coral heads within the safety of the lagoon is simply out of this world! Even a quick snorkeling trip will introduce one to various species of colourful reef fish. More often than not paths will be crossed with a Manta Ray or two, whilst turtles are almost sure to keep you company.

 

Highlights

  • Great variety of snorkeling spots for all levels
  • Visibility easily reaching 30m - 50m
  • Unbleached and largely untouched coral reefs
  • Unrivalled diversity of Marine life

Sites

Ocean Explorations

Tamatave Reef. Depth: <7m. Great diversity of reef invertebrates. Turtles are a common sight!

House Reef. Depth: <5m. Centuries-old Porites and Goniastrea corals are everywhere. Look for the Bluefin Trevally and Surgeonfish that suddenly appear in large groups.

Blue Roundabout. Depth: 0-10 m. Get lost in this never ending maze of coral bommies. Look for Scissortail Sergeant and Butterfly Fish in the shallow water and the iridescent giant clam embedded into the huge coral colonies.

Oasis. Depth: 0-8 m. You can often see Porcupine, Pink whip and Eagle Rays on the sand and gliding through the water. If you are lucky, you will even spot small reef sharks!

Channel Reef. Depth: 4-10 m. Big coral bommies with Schooling Snapper and Permit / Pompano. Anything from the outer ocean could pass through here at any time!

Coral Gardens. Depth: <4m. Some of the clearest water you will see with fields of massive coral below. Expect bright, dazzling scenery and many fish.

Excursions

Further Afield

For those who prefer to be guided through the colourful underwater world by an expert, Alphonse Island has various snorkeling safaris on offer. Sign up for a snorkeling excursion and experience the beautiful, enchanting marine life of Alphonse Island, St. François or Bijoutier with the guidance of our knowledgeable activities team. The abundant and colourful sea life sights are not to be missed, and it will open up your eyes to a whole new world!

Snorkelers may also wish to learn about coral reef ecology and conservation through a variety of specialty courses conducted by our resident marine biologist.

Equipment

Safety First

Snorkeling equipment to suit a wide range of ages is provided on a complimentary basis to our guests. This includes snorkels, masks and fins in assorted sizes. Our equipment is comfortable, safe and reliable and allows one to explore the abundant sea life at a leisurely pace.

Whether one prefers to explore this marine wonderland from a boat or from the shore, every moment spent in the crystal clear waters around Alphonse Island will offer a perfect balance of exhilaration and relaxation.

Do's and Dont's

The Snorkeler’s Code-of-Conduct

  • Do not snorkel alone for your personal safety.
  • Inform staff onshore before going snorkeling, telling them where you will go and when you will be back
  • Stay horizontal in the water to avoid dropping fins onto coral or any other living organism.
  • Avoid deep seagrass beds when walking across flats.
  • Never feed marine organisms.
  • Remain quiet without making loud noises
  • Avoid sudden movements by swimming in a relaxed, calm manner.
  • Swim around turtles and not over the top, as this obstructs their ability to surface to breathe.
  • Aggressive animals may be deterred if you stay close to the reef, point fins in their direction, and outstretch your arms and legs to increase your size.

Popular Sightings

Emperor Angelfish
Emperor Angelfish
Meyers Butterfly Fish
Meyers Butterflyfish
Manta Ray
Manta Ray
Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin Trevally
Triggerfish
Triggerfish
Permit
Permit
Butterfly Fish
Moorish Idol Butterfly
Powderblue Tang
Powderblue Tang
Moray Eel
Moray Eel
Green Turtle
Green Turtle
Scalefin Anthias`
Scalefin Anthias
Blue-green Chromis
Blue/Green Chromis
Three Strip Damselfish
Damselfish
Nudibranchs
Nudibranchs
Bluelined Snappers
Bluestripe Snapper
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