Arguably the Best Scuba Diving in the Seychelles

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Scuba Diving

Explore an underwater wonderland full of life and colour

Located at the centre of a coral atoll and natural marine sanctuary, Desroches Island is blessed with flourishing marine life and coral outcrops, presenting an aquamarine spectacle like no other. Glide between turtles and schools of multi-coloured fish within the vast virgin reefs.

Explore 14 classified dive sites which offer an array of mesmerising wall dives, tunnels, deep caves, passages and swim troughs; all in the company of a certified team of attentive professionals. Join in this underworld adventure with our PADI dive courses with instruction available in both English and French.

 

Highlights

  • Desroches Island is a PADI accredited dive resort
  • There are about 14 dive sites around the island, all only 10–20 minutes away.
  • The island has a large plateau, which suddenly gives way to the famous Desroches Drop-Off
  • Incredible diversity of diving adventures: wall dives, tunnels, deep caves, passages and swim troughs

This is a formation of big stone blocks with some excellent swimming troughs and a real canyon (long and narrow) where lots of soft corals and gorgonian fan corals grow. The fish life is remarkable on this dive site: big shoals of snappers and fusiliers, sweetlips, sleeping stingrays and especially nurse sharks – which enjoy this spot for a little nap underneath the big rocks.

The fish life is remarkable on this dive site: big shoals of snappers and fusiliers, sweetlips, sleeping stingrays and especially nurse sharks

The challenge for every experienced diver – it is both deep and dark. The long tunnel is 6m wide and goes straight into the reef wall – ending after 60m in a big round room. Sometimes we come across sleeping nurse sharks here or turtles that were searching for a quiet place to rest. The best part is on the way back when you see the entrance again – a blue hole with terrific light showing your way back to reality.

Sometimes we come across sleeping nurse sharks here or turtles that were searching for a quiet place to rest

This features a large overhang which is the main area to explore on this dive site. Come across one of the famous sea grass pipefish living together with Napoleons and Bumphead Parrotfish. Grey reef sharks and turtles may also swim your way.

Grey reef sharks and turtles may also swim your way

Away from the main reef we find a huge rock with a secret passage that leads as a tunnel from 24m up to 18m inside. It is home to many lionfish, lobsters and glassfish. Once outside again, the water is full of fusiliers, snappers and young barracuda.

Once outside again, the water is full of fusiliers, snappers and young barracuda.

While drifting along this beautiful wall, explore the larger and smaller overhangs, which are full of soft corals and gorgonian fan corals. Spot special kinds of nudibranches or snails as well as a variety of moray eels. In the open water eagle rays, turtles and napoleons are often encountered.

Spot special kinds of nudibranches or snails as well as a variety of moray eels.

The above mentioned dive sites are only a small selection – we have many more world-class and certified dive sites to visit – from easier dives for beginners up to challenging sites for experienced and more advanced divers.

  • Boulders 18-36m
  • Church 17-27m
  • Tunnel 18-22m
  • Circus 16-20m

We have many more world-class and certified dive sites to visit

Courses & Instructors

The experienced and professional team (Qualified Nitrox) at Cast-Away are a group of multi-cultural underwater guru's prepared to make your diving adventure one of the most memorable experiences under the sun. For those guests looking to obtain or upgrade their diving tickets, a full PADI (Open Water and Advanced) are available as 4-6 day training courses. Beginners are also able to do the Discover Scuba Initiation Programme (1 hour of theory followed by a pool session and then a shallow dive to 10m) and discover the underwater world of scuba.

Please Note

  • Guests must present a dive card and logbook prior to a dive.
  • If you have not dived within 1 year you will be required to do a refresher course before going out for a dive.

Equipment & Boats

Our scuba gear and equipment is well maintained and kept in top condition. Diving equipment available includes BCD’s, regulators, cylinders (aluminum), wetsuits (3mm short and full suits), fins (assorted sizes), masks and weights. Desroches does not currently offer a photo or video service for scuba diving. You may therefore want to bring your own underwater photo or video equipment.

Amirante-Cat is our diving boat - a 23ft forward console catamaran, powered by twin 100hp four stroke outboard engines. She is rigged with Lowrance navigation and communication electronics and all the required safety equipment. She offers ample shading with a stepladder on the back for easy boarding.

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