"'Astove Wall’, a shear drop-off, is arguably the very best site in the whole of the Seychelles " - Louisa, Reefscape Travel Director
With arguably the very best dive site in the whole of the Seychelles, Astove is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the country and is home to Astove Coral House. Mainly known to fisherman, this atoll is accessible to divers through the incredible Blue Safari team, and we consider it to be some of the best diving in the world. This is no mean feat.
Astove Coral House was originally built by an American family who sadly had to abandon their home due to a family tragedy. Having been left for some years, it has been renovated into a charming beach lodge ideal for those wanting to explore these uncharted waters. Surrounding a central courtyard, the six rooms can take up to 12 guests, meaning whether you are diving, snorkelling or fishing, groups are always small and extremely personal. The rooms are simple, but comfortable with a touch of beach chic and plenty of character.
Fresh, delicious food (often the daily catch!) is prepared by the chef couple and served in either the indoor or outdoor dining areas buffet style. A highlight for guests at Astove Coral House is sunset drinks on the beach, enjoyed most evenings and a chance to share the tales of the day.
The Blue Safari team are on hand to take divers out to explore the world-class sites of Astove Atoll. The ‘Astove Wall’ starts at only one or two metres, plunging to a depth of over 500, making for the most exciting diving. The abundance and size of the reef species is a clear indicator of how healthy these reefs are, alongside the spectacular unbleached corals including large, hard coral formations and fields of gorgonians. Predatory species such as giant and bluefin trevally patrol the drop-off, whilst the large populations of hawksbill and green turtles means sightings are guaranteed and there is plenty of the small stuff for macro-lovers too.
Beyond the Reef
Whilst diving and fishing are the main draws to this atoll, it is a paradise for nature lover’s looking to get completely away from it all and experience nature at its very best. Experiences are mostly tailored to guests, given the small group sizes and include snorkelling on the ‘Astove Wall’, reef flats expeditions, lagoon mangrove hikes, turtle nesting, atoll explorations and lunch on the flats.