Coral reef diving is one of the main sporting attraction in the Seychelles. Spearfishing is forbidden and, therefore, the fish are not afraid of people. The clear water makes conditions perfect for wonderful underwater photography. Coastal waters are a haven for 100 species of coral and over 900 species of fish. The annual Subios underwater festival is held in the Seychelles over a 3-week period in November and attracts underwater experts from around the world.
Snorkelling is very popular, with many snorkelling spots conveniently close to the beaches and most of the larger hotels rent out the snorkelling equipment. A favourite location for snorkelling is the St Anne National Marine Park, which encompasses 6 islands off the coast of Mahé. Details about the Seychelles’ best dive sites are also available from the Seychelles Tourist Office.
Game fishing is a comparatively new sport in the Seychelles, and the abundance of fish has already made the islands popular with enthusiasts. Fishing seasons are governed by the weather conditions: from May to September, the trade winds blow from the southeast; and from November to February, from the northwest. A few of the fish found in these tropical waters include, Black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfish and dogtooth tuna, wahoo and barracuda.
Power boats, cabin cruisers and yachts are available for charter for anglers wishing to explore the islands at their own pace. Vessels may be booked in advance. Reservations may be made at local agents or through:
The Marine Charter Association,
PO Box 204,
Telephone number: 224 679
Fax number: 322 126
The best spots for salt water fly fishing are Alphonse and Desroches island.
Windsurfers, canoes and sailing dinghies can be hired on the more popular beaches, such as Beau Vallon Bay on Mahé, and water-skiing and paragliding are available at other resort areas. Equipment may also be hired.
A new 18-hole golf course has recently been opened on Praslin at the Lemuria Hotel.
There are also facilities for squash, tennis and badminton. Organised hiking and walking tours are available to explore the islands’ flora and fauna and some of the best trails are on Aride, Mahé, Praslin and Silhouette.