Best time to visit
Pelagic fish, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, tawny nurse sharks, lemon sharks, stingrays, healthy hard coral beds
The Amirantes Archipelago is made up of around 20 islands, coralline atolls and uplifted sand cays spanning 150km in Seychellois waters. These Outer Islands of the Seychelles are home to some of the healthiest marine ecosystems and best dive sites anywhere in the Indian Ocean, with coral thriving and relatively few visitors to this remote haven. Travelling that bit further away from the popular Inner Islands of the Seychelles will reward divers and snorkellers with excellent marine life sightings, making this a great destination for intrepid divers.
Fly Fishing Desroches
Shore Diving Four Seasons Desroches
Cave Diving, Four Seasons Desroches
Reefscape, Desroches Island
Whip Coral, Amirantes
Snorkelling at St. Joseph's
Staghorn Coral, Desroches
Giant Tortoise, Four Seasons Desroches
Hawksbill Turtle, Four Seasons Desroches
In the world of diving, the Seychelles gets a bad reputation for damaged coral reefs and dwindling reef fish populations, but this couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to diving holidays in the Amirante Islands, with many conservation projects having been set up to preserve the delicate and important ecosystems that thrive in these waters. St. Joseph atoll is a shining example of this, with regular sightings of marine megafauna such as manta rays frequenting the atoll, as well as a healthy population of large sharks; lemon sharks, tiger sharks, grey reef, white tip and black tip reef sharks which patrol the virtually pristine reefs.
Places to Stay in the Amirantes Islands
Four Seasons Desroches
The nearest of the Outer Islands, Desroches has access to some of the best dive sites in the country. The Four Seasons is perfect for families, with an extensive kids club programme and a plethora of activities on offer