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115 of the most alluring islands and clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean which surround them.
Coral and fish life team up with the stunning topography of amazing reefs, walls, pinnacles, drop-offs, canyons and wrecks make for one of the most diverse dive spots out there.
It is home to an incredible ecosystem of life including sightings of countless Green and Hawksbill Turtles making their way along the reef – doesn’t stop there though!
Species spotted when scuba diving range from exotic fish, such as the playful Batfish, Butterfly Fish, and Parrot Fish; saucy predators, like the Grey Reef Shark and Silvertip Shark; to a range of reef species, such as Surgeon, Rabbitfish, Lionfish and Batfish, as well as a variety of rays including manta rays.
There is no denying it. Going on a liveaboard in the Seychelles is the ULTIMATE way to dive in this country and experience all this.
Not to mention all the Seychelles snorkeling opportunities – everywhere.
Designed and built specially for divers – liveaboard options know divers best.
Allow the professional and experienced crews aboard these yachts to impress you with their fully equipped cabins, memorable excursions and insider-secrets on your next diving trip.
Don’t let the clear turquoise waters of the Seychelles have you booking just yet though. with so many countless liveaboard options available, how do you know which is best for you?
What is the best luxury liveaboard in the Seychelles? The cheapest liveaboard scuba diving in the Seychelles?
The best time to visit the Seychelles? Okay, how about the price of liveaboards in the Seychelles?
Yep, there are still a few things to think about first…
Never fear, Diving Squad here! We’ve got all of your dilemmas covered. This is the ultimate guide to liveaboards in the Seychelles.
Below is a look at the best Seychelles liveaboards, no matter what your requirements.
For more info on the locations that these liveaboards visit, along with their itineraries, scroll down to the Locations in the Seychelles section.
|Best For||Liveaboard||Daily Cost (Euros)||Max Guest Capacity||MAIN Itinerary Length (Nights)||No. Of Logged Dives Required||Months of Operation||Destinations||Check Best Price|
|Overall||Sea Bird||€ 192||18||8 days, 7 Nights||0||Jan – Oct||Inner Islands||GET BEST PRICE|
|Budget||Sea Pearl||€ 113||20||A: 8 Days, 7 Nights|
B: 7 Days, 6 Nights
|Trip A: 0|
Trip B: 4
|A: Jan – April|
|Inner Islands||GET BEST PRICE|
|Luxury & Advanced Dives||Galatea||€ 237||14||8 Days, 7 Nights||30||Jan – Dec||Inner Islands AND|
|GET BEST PRICE|
|Beginner & Non-Divers||Sea Star||€ 192||18||8 Days, 7 Nights||0||Jan – Oct||Inner Islands||GET BEST PRICE|
S/Y Sea Bird – the sister ship of the S/Y Sea Star, is a modern 42m long custom built yacht.
And for the best Seychelles liveaboard overall; you and your dive squad of (max) 18 divers are in for an 8 days/7 nights spoil with this one.
9 air-conditioned cabins all with en-suite bathrooms, will make for a comfortable chill-out pad post dives.
And for extra relaxation, there are a number of areas; including a two-tiered sundeck at the bow, and a covered back deck leisure area.
With the S/Y Sea Bird, divers have the opportunity to enjoy and discover a rich population of marine life, including a stop at Coco Island (definitely not your only stop though), one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels.
Near the small islands, you will alternatively cross clear areas scattered with spectacular granite rocks and impressive coral beds.
Famous for its beautiful coral – A fantastic spot for surrounding yourself in a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Look forward to spotting tropical reef fish, sharks, barracuda, jacks, tuna and even the possibility of whale sharks if the season is on your side.
Visit La Digue, home to the exquisite Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and (perhaps most famous for) the massive granite boulder formations at Anse Source d’Argent, which is said to be the most photographed beach on earth.
Enjoy relaxing visits to unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands. Guests aboard the S/Y Sea Bird will also visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels – THE spot for snorkelling through a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.
The chefs aboard this boat will wow your belly by cooking up delicious Creole and International dishes every day – an all-round favourite.
Passengers; prepare to be amazed as you sail to Booby Island for a morning of diving, swimming and snorkeling. This is also another amazing dive spot, home to several species of reef fish including batfish, giant moray eels, napoleon wrasses, yellow-striped snappers as well as turtles, octopus, white-tip reef sharks and dolphins.
To name another dive spot to look forward to: Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island.
At € 192 per day, the S/Y Sea Bird Liveaboard Experience boasts a price that is comparatively low, as well as exceptional luxurious features (competitive with the Galatea actually), and great dive sites too! – We smell a winner with this one!
Spend eight days and seven nights aboard the SV Sea Pearl – allowing you to explore some of the most popular dive sites and several islands around the beautiful Seychelles.
This just so happens to be one of the cheapest liveaboard dive boats in the Seychelles.
The Seychelles attracts divers from all over the world with its colourful reefs and variety of different fish, like snapper, jacks and Napoleon’s. And the Sea Pearl is no rookie when it comes to where the best spots to drop anchor are.
Take anchoring at Round Island, just off the Isle of Praslin, for example. This dive spot is an entire area open for underwater exploration.
The coral between the islands makes it particularly rich in tropical fish and marine life, shellfish and starfish being plentiful near the sandy beaches.
The Sea Pearl also offers a more concentrated dive experience for those seeking to maximize their time spent underwater with their option of a Seychelles Dive Safari – perfect for those on a time-budget not wanting to miss a dive spot.
This large (36 meters) boat has 4 shared en-suite bathrooms and caters for its guests in 8 aircon cabins. There’s also an upper sun deck and bow net for relaxing in the sun, as well as a covered back deck lounge for when you need a little shade.
The 8 professional and friendly Sea Pearl crew are always looking to help and make sure everything’s running smoothly. Best part? Well, they believe in the idea of providing a great above water experience too, food playing a crucial part of course: hello buffet of fresh food.
For the best budget, and time budget liveaboard known to the Seychelles – book early. You don’t want to miss this deal, and they fill up fast.
What is it that makes a luxury liveaboard in the Seychelles truly luxurious?
How about one that will leave its crew engaging in a game of Marco-Polo with passengers from the boat hiding and bribing at the thought of returning to land?!
Is it the amazingly private 6 double sea-view cabins and 1 master suite, each equipped with air conditioning and en suite bathroom?
The superior five-star service maybe? Daily housekeeping?? A beautiful sun deck and camera station!? Maybe it’s the indoor saloon or outdoor dining area… Or the bar service and BBQ area…with welcome cocktails!
Well have your cake and eat it twice, because there’s no need to choose here. The M/V Galatea has all of these things and more; along with a dedicated local and international crew ready to ensure an intimate and personal experience for up to 14 guests.
This 30m luxury schooner offers year-round diving cruises in the Seychelles archipelago, departing from Mahé.
Tours last 7 nights and include unlimited dives for experienced divers. AOWD with more than 50 dives is recommended by Galatea so all dive sites are accessible.
For OWD, or equivalent, the limitations of the certification may preclude a few dive sites – however definitely not the majority.
With the M/V Galatea, divers cruise the pinnacle-shaped rocks from the wall and pillars of an underwater maze that attracts grey reef sharks which are seen often.
A favourite dive site of all time on this liveaboard itinerary is Bobby Island. Followed by a visit to the La Vallée de Mai, UNESCO world heritage site; a 19.5 ha area of palm forest which remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times – very cool.
Non-divers will be able to disembark at various islands and enjoy some water sports available there, think big – jet ski, parasailing, etc.
Scuba Divers will visit Shark Bank, famous for a massive variety of tropical reef fish. An opportunity for meeting grey stingrays, white tip reef sharks or a school of barracuda possibly? Why yes actually, it is.
Enjoy the most beautifully breathtaking sunsets…from the yacht and below the ocean, with their amazing sunset dive. And even the possibility for a night dive at Aquarium or Twin Barges!
Calling all beginners: Ready to learn the ins and outs of diving? We’ve found just the liveaboard for you. The SY Sea Star is ready to teach those wanna-be divers who simply haven’t learned how to yet…
Or, maybe your dive-fanatic partner keeps leaving you high and dry?? Well not anymore. The crew onboard this liveaboard are ready to show you the ropes.
Not into diving? Some of us can’t dive due to a medical condition or some other circumstance, some of us just don’t enjoy it. It’s never nice to feel left behind though, which is why this liveaboard is so great.
For non-divers – this is the Ultimate Seychelles Liveaboard Trip for you – Hands down.
SY Sea Star – a 40m custom built with classic wooden finishings liveaboard boasts 9 air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms and can cater for up to 18 guests.
The air-conditioned bar, dining and salon area has a TV, DVD Player and stereo system, your entertainment options are endless.
In addition to this, the SY Sea Star has multiple sun decks for relaxation, as well as a covered back deck lounge and seating area – non-divers…. we know where you’ll be hanging out 😉
The SY Sea Star is non-diver (snorkeler) friendly. Meaning besides diving, this liveaboard can offer you sea kayaking or a snorkel (a few) in crystal waters. Fishing is possible too, and the crew will even help you to prepare your catch.
Hopping off and discovering the Seychelles islands is a daily possibility with this liveaboard. You’ll even get the chance to experience Curieuse, and its vast mangrove forests and giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruins of this former leper colony.
The SY Sea Star offers the standard range of PADI Diver Beginner and Advanced Courses, with seriously encouraging and supportive instructors. This means that those who haven’t dived yet, but want to – can do just that.
Explore a variety of top Seychelles dive sites in addition to Coral Garden, Booby Island and LightHouse.
Divers aboard this boat can explore breathtaking granitic slopes, experience the rush of diving among reef sharks and discover the abundant marine life; including many species of reef fish swimming among colourful coral formations.
At only € 192 per day, it’s no wonder this Seychelles liveaboard is in such high demand. Book now, they sell out fast!
Diving Season in Seychelles – The Seychelles is an all year round diving destination, however, the best periods for diving is from April to May and October to November. Visibility kills it during this time, seeing up to 30 metres most days.
That being said… the fall months are best for spotting whale sharks and possible mantas. Most Seychelles Liveaboards don’t operate during December (except for the luxurious M/V Galatea).. Find out more.
Weather in Seychelles – Ah – warm and tropical weather all year – with water temperatures varying between 26°C and 30°C. However, bring a full suit if you’re planning to dive multiple times a day.
The monsoon months of July and August are a bit cooler (still not cold) and the windiest.
Diving Conditions –Diving itineraries around the Seychelles are best for Open Water divers, with only a few difficult dives. Generally speaking, the Seychelles is the perfect beginner’s location due to calm conditions, novice dive sites and plenty to see from the surface.
Water Visibility in Seychelles – Ah – warm and tropical weather all year – with water temperatures varying between 26°C and 30°C. However, bring a full suit if you’re planning to dive multiple times a day.
The monsoon months of July and August are a bit cooler (still not cold) and the windiest.
National park fees in Seychelles – There are areas in the Seychelles which are considered Marine Parks and are managed by different conservation companies. Therefore when joining a liveaboard experience, you will need to pay landing / Marine Park fees (Usually around EUR 190 for 7 nights).
This funds the important conservation activities of the area – vital to keeping the oceans alive! As well as protection: such as setting up mooring buoys and keeping fishing boats out.
SPLASH! It’s important to remember that scuba diving is an extreme sport. Accidents can happen. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble.
What’s more, because diving can take you all around the world, it’s absolutely essential you make sure you are properly covered by the best scuba diving insurance before leaving your home country.
We recommend going with Dive Assure. Why?
The tropical climate of Seychelles makes diving possible (and amazing) all year round. The best conditions for diving are during the calm periods which are April through May and October through November, as visibility is at its peak during this time.
However, if it’s pelagics you’re after, then consider June and October. These are the months bringing about rougher surface conditions and plankton is known to reduce water visibility during this time… Making for the best time of the year to spot feeding pelagics.
Knowing when to go on a Seychelles liveaboard is more than half the hassle when it comes to making sure that it’s the best liveaboard experience you could possibly have, after all – when you go determines what you see.
Use the month by month guide to go, to work out when is the best time to go on a liveaboard in the Seychelles for you.
Seychelles Liveaboards in January- January marks the rainiest month in the Seychelles – but raining only every other day or so – it’s really not THAT rainy at all. This is the best month for cheap flights and accommodation in the Seychelles too.
January is great for spotting sharks, rays and turtles.
Seychelles Liveaboards in February – February marks the closing of the rainy season, however, temperatures still hover around 28°C during the day, with highs of 31°C in the peak of the afternoon.
Seychelles Liveaboards in March – March is a really good month for diving in the Seychelles. Water temperatures are amazing, and visibility is clearing up fast – the chances that you’re going to have loads of amazing dives are great!
Seychelles Liveaboards in April – The periods of calm between the trade winds produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions throughout April. Making the conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving – superb!
When the seas are calm (like this month) and boats can reach the more remote spots where you will often dive with sharks and manta rays.The SV Pearl also run a dive safari during this month.
Seychelles Liveaboards in May – If you dream of crystal-clear conditions – and visibility up to a staggering 30 metres – then this is one of the best months for diving in the Seychelles in terms of visibility.
May is the month when liveaboards start offering their summer dive experiences – it’s also peak diving season now, so be sure to book your spot before all the liveaboards sell out.
Seychelles Liveaboards in June –South East trade winds bring cold currents during this time of the year in the Seychelles, which can gather seaweed mostly in the eastern and south-eastern parts of the islands.
Visibility is known to not reach more than 10 m around this time, and diving around the outer islands may very likely be impossible.
Seychelles Liveabaords in July – Around this time of the year, stronger winds make the sea more challenging for diving conditions, although the northern part of Mahé is generally unaffected. The outer islands will be affected.
Whale sharks have been spotted as early as July, however, it’s not the norm. Do expect other amazing sightings such as grey reef sharks, turtles and the occasional Hammerhead Shark
Seychelles Liveaboards in August — August still experiences some stronger winds that may affect diving conditions, however, the seas are fairly calm and the diving is still pretty good. Visibility is definitely decreasing around this time though…
Visibility and temperature does drop during August with water temperatures of around 25°C. We recommend a wet suit of at least 4 mm for this month.
Seychelles Liveaboards in September –Whale sharks typically move through Seychelles’ waters in September and around this time of the year in search of feeding grounds of plankton.
With the winds around this time of the year (and for the next couple of months), the whale sharks will have plenty to feed on.
Seychelles Liveaboards in October – October is one of the best months for diving in the Seychelles. It marks the calm period and visibility is banging around this time of the year.
This is also the last month for liveaboards for the year, with only the SV Sea Pearl and the M/V Galatea operating for the next two months, so be sure to seal a spot if you still want to go on a liveaboard this year!
Seychelles Liveaboards in November – There may be no guarantees with the weather, but with November falling in between the opposing trade-wind seasons, it’s a good bet for flat-calm seas and amazing visibility – hence why the SV Sea Pearl runs their Seychelles dive safari during this month.
When the seas are calm like they are in November, boats are able to reach the more remote spots of the outer islands where you will often dive with sharks and manta rays.
Seychelles Liveaboard in December – The Seychelles do not experience any extreme weather changes, as they predominantly lie outside the cyclone belt. The month of December however, marks the start of the rainiest 3 months in the Seychelles.
The only operating liveaboard for the month of December is the M/V Galatea.
The Seychelles archipelago offers some of the best diving in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are located 480 km off the coast of Africa, with 115 beautiful and unique islands spanning a distance of over 1,100 km. This western Indian Ocean country is divided into two main geographical groups: the inner islands and the outer islands.
The inner islands are made up of 41 amazing granite islands. The three main islands within the inner islands are known as:
Other popular islands within the inner islands are:
Quick Note: More than half of these islands can only be reached by boat as a day trip (no accommodation), so going with a liveaboard proves to be another huge upside. Your captain won’t merely be stopping at only one or two either.
Locals and tourists alike refer to these islands as the main islands. This is also where the vast majority of the tourism and Scuba diving industry is located, due to the amazing diving conditions and the marine life it hosts.
Fun fact: nearly the entire Seychelles population calls these parts home too.
Visiting the inner islands of the Seychelles is not something to be missed if the best dive sites are what you’re searching for.
Sunken ships are a popular diving attraction in the inner islands, and there are four such fantastic sites around Mahé. The Twin Barges, The Dredger, and The Aldebaran, are all ships that were sunk for diving purposes.
Praslin, Seychelles’ second-largest inhabited island within the inner islands, is home to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This 19.5 ha area of palm forest remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times, is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot.
Most of the liveaboards will stop off here, treating you to some forest explorations.
Visiting the inner islands will have you hopping on and off various islands and exploring all the untouched and uninhibited beauties that such islands offer. Look forward to nature trails leading to spectacular cliff-top views of your turquoise surroundings, vast mangrove forests, a giant tortoise farm and historic ruins of a former leper colony (Curieuse Island).
Once your eyes have adjusted to the untouched beauty of the inner islands surrounding you above land, you will soon come to realize that the true beauty of these islands lies beneath you…
Majority of the inner islands are perfectly suited to beginners and snorkeling, which is why the liveaboards will drop anchor around these parts at some point on your experience.
In order to open your eyes to the simple beauties of the islands that don’t take too much diving experience to give you a fantastic underwater experience in return.
The shallow waters that surround the islands have exposed rocks and underwater pinnacles which are covered with corals, attracting the most amazing, diverse and colourful marine species.
Gentle ocean currents make for a truly carefree and enjoyable experience. To add to how amazing the inner islands are, because the number of dive operators verses dive sites is low, groups will almost never have to share their dive site with other divers.
If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, the inner islands have quite a few spots for you to explore too.
The shallow waters near the deep waters create great reefs that make for really amazing scuba diving, and experienced divers will really enjoy the thrill of exploring the shipwrecks around the inner islands too.
The Aldebaran is now considered to be one of the most beautiful wreck dives in Seychelles. At 40m (131ft), advanced scuba divers are rewarded with a pristine shipwreck to explore.
Not enough? The islands to the south of the inner islands have wall dives, drop-off dives and drift diving opportunities too.
Around the inner reefs, some of the marine life you can expect to see among others includes – angelfish, butterflyfish, octopus, lionfish, nudibranchs and mantis shrimp.
Make your way slightly further out where the waters start to get deeper and great reefs are home to napoleon and humphead wrasses, schools of humphead parrotfish, stingrays, reef sharks and green and hawksbill turtles.
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The Outer Islands to the south of the archipelago are all coralline or sand cays and mainly uninhabited, presenting the experienced diver with excellent opportunities to explore where few have gone before.
These are the areas that the Seychelles liveaboards make their way to in addition to the inner islands.
While you won’t visit them all, your captain will decide which islands are best suited to liveaboard guests. Some islands are suited to the very experienced divers, while others have something for everyone. Here’s a list of all the outer islands (and the groups they fall under):
Note to consider: Unlike the Inner Islands, some of the more southerly Outer Islands are close to the cyclone belt, and during these months they can experience extremely rough conditions on occasion.
Diving in the outer islands is rich, unique and varying, featuring everything from mini-walls and canyons to migrating Manta Rays. Wreck sites and some of the finest Gorgonian fans in the Indian Ocean await you.
With so much untouched beauty surrounding you, and not a buzz to be seen or heard, the outer islands are truly a sight to behold.
Home to 9 important bird areas, the largest population of giant tortoises (Aldabra Giant Tortoise), turtle nesting grounds and over 180 bird species, it’s hard to believe it just keeps getting better as you gear up for your dive.
Dive depths vary, ranging from 8 to 20 metres for inshore sites, perfect for beginner divers as you can stay at a depth that neither intimidates nor frightens you – while enjoying the beauties that surround you.
Quite a few rare exotics have been identified from the shallow waters of the outer islands, such as the African Pygmy Angelfish. Thought to exist only in small numbers at depths off Mauritius, they are now found regularly in easy diving depths off Astove as well.
For the more experienced divers, dive depths range up to 40 metres for dives offshore.
Diving on Aldabra’s terraced walls makes for quite a dramatic experience and you can expect to swim into some Green Turtles. Huge, hard outcrops of coral reef with 3 metre Gorgonian fans and massive barrel sponges await you.
Astove’s settlement reef presents yet another awe-inspiring wall dive where the reef top is incised with crevasses and caves, boasting a large resident Green Turtle population.
The isolated Outer Islands bring about possibilities that are quite spectacular, with frequent sightings of many of the larger group of species. The spotted Potato Bass, Grey Reef, Silver Tip, Nurse Sharks and the occasional Hammerhead Sharks are all possible from the outer islands.
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Now you’e finished this article you will know the best liveaboard for you, no matter what you’re looking for, the dive season and conditions in Seychelles, everything you need to bring for your liveaboard adventure and the incredible locations you will get to dive through in Seychelles.
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