General

 

MAHE DIVE SITES

TOP TEN SITES:

1. Shark Bank, Mahe #37

2. Ennerdale Wreck, Mahe #40

3. Brissare, Mahe #38

4. L’Ilot, Mahe #23

5. Grouper Point, Mahe #2

6. Dredger Wreck, Mahe #11

7. Twin Barges Wreck, Mahe #14

8. Bay Ternay Marine Park, Mahe #3

9. Aquarium, Mahe #17

10. Chuckles, Mahe #22

1. BAY TERNAY BLUFF East end of Bay Ternay Marine Park, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 19 meters.

Bottom: Granite and hard coral reef

An easy dive with excellent hard coral formations; many reef fish and occasional Moray Eels. Hawksbill turtles are commonly seen at this site. Marine Park Regulations apply.

2. GROUPER POINT East tip of Bay Ternay Marine Park, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 30 meters.

Bottom: Granite reef with coral

This dive may have currents dependant on seasonal influences. Large dramatic granite boulders and massifs with hard coral formations dropping to sand at 28 – 30 metres; many reef fish, especially medium sized groupers, occasional Moray Eels and Hawksbill turtles. Reef sharks are sometimes seen at this site as are schooling pelagics such as Jack Fish; Whale Sharks are seen off the point during the Whale Shark season.

3. BAY TERNAY MARINE PARK East end of N.W. Bay, Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 23 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

An easy dive with probably the best hard coral formations around Mahe; many reef fish, Moray Eels, good invertebrates and anemones; Hawksbill turtles are commonly seen at this site and schools of pelagics such as Jacks and Gill Raker Mackerel can be found. Marine Park Regulations apply.

4. RAY’S POINT West point of Bay Ternay, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 18 mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

An easy dive with large granite boulders descending from a rugged shoreline to the sea bed; many reef fish, Moray Eels, occasional Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found.

5. WILLY’S ROCKS / WILLY’S BAY Western end of N.W. Bay, Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: >12mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

A shallow dive with a protected coral reef within the bay and a huge granite massif descending to the sandy sea bed; Willy’s Rocks lie a hundred metres off the massif. Common reef fish, Moray Eels and occasional Hawksbill turtles are found in the bay and there are plentiful invertebrates on the outlying rocks. The bay is named ‘Bay au Chagrin’ which is Creol for Bay of Whale Sharks which are often found congregating here during the Whale Shark Season.

6. WHALE ROCK Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: >12mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

An easy dive onto a reef of large granite boulders stacked together to form areas of archways, swim-throughs and corridors. There are many reef fish, Moray Eels, occasional Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found while garden eels can be seen in the sand on the offshore side of the second massif, Castle Rock. This site is one of those used for night dives when the coral studded rocks are a blaze of colour.

7. HORSESHOE ROCK Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: >12mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

A large granite massif several hundred meters off the coast with spur and groove formations on the off-shore side; this site occasionally picks up a long-shore current. This is a good site for reef fish, Moray Eels and invertebrates. Hawksbill turtles and ribbon tailed sting-rays can be found and octopus dens are often found at the base of the granite walls.

8. DANZILLE ROCK Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: >12mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

An easy dive onto a promontory of large granite boulders; there are several archways and swim-throughs with many reef fish and a variety of Moray Eels. Hawksbill turtles feed on sponges on the fringing coral reef which is a good area for invertebrates and nudibranchs. This site is one of those used for night dives when the vertical rocks are a vivid wall of orange colour from encrusting cup corals with the reef providing the chance of finding many different crustacea including sponge crabs.

9. DANZILLE REEF Eastern end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 8 – 14 mtrs

Bottom: Coral reef

A shallow coral reef of a patchwork formation; this is a good area for reef fish, Moray Eels, and invertebrates. Hawksbill turtles are often seen at this site which is also used for night dives.

10. AUBERGE REEF Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 15 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

The western end of the Corsair fringing reef system; this gently shelving reef has abundant reef fish and is a favorite feeding ground for Hawksbill turtles. The deeper end of the reef is visited by ribbon-tailed rays and has produced several rarities such as Flying Gunard and Slipper Lobster.

11. DREDGER WRECK Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: Experienced divers

Depths: 27 mtr.

Bottom: Wreck

This wreck was purposely sunk by the local divers Association, APDS, and has become a haven for marine life including a wealth of invertebrates. It is often visited by pelagic fish and is occasionally the temporary home of large Black Groupers and juvenile Red Snappers. Larger pelagics such as Marlin and Wahoo have also been seen above the wreck.

12. SCALA REEF Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 15 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

Towards the western end of the Corsair fringing reef system; this shelving reef has good reef fish and is a frequently visited by Hawksbill turtles. The deeper side of the reef is occasionally visited by roaming pelagic fish schools.

13. CORSAIR REEF Western side of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 15 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

The largest fringing reef in the N.W. of Mahe; this shelving reef has a shallow reef top at 6 – 10 mtrs with abundant reef fish and is a regular feeding ground for Hawksbill turtles. The reef slope is characterised by several large coral bommies which provide shelter for Sweet Lips and Coral Cod as well as the odd Lobster.

14. TWIN BARGES WRECK Western end of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: Qualified divers

Depths: 14 – 25 mtr.

Bottom: Wreck

These two wrecks were purposely sunk at the foot of the Corsair Reef in 1989 by the local divers Association, APDS, and have become heavily encrusted with hard corals, fan corals and sponges. They are the residence of a flotilla of some 12 Lion Fish as well as shelter for a wealth of marine life and invertebrates. Although a slightly deeper dive, it is a favourite night dive site.

15. FISHERMAN’S COVE REEF Western end of Beau Vallon Bay, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 6 – 12mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

An easy dive and favourite site for novices, this patchwork reef is one of the closest to the Underwater Centre, Berjaya Beach Resort. This gently shelving reef has abundant hard coral formations set between sand patches making it an ideal site for beginners and also macro-photographers. Occasional visits from feeding Hawksbill turtles are also a welcome feature.

16. BEAU VALLON REEF Central Beau Vallon Bay, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 12 – 20 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

This is a large patchwork reef in the middle of Beau Vallon Bay which shelves 12 – 20 mtrs; an area of hard coral with abundant reef fish, it is also visited by deeper water species and Hawksbill turtles. This site has some good invertebrate life with numerous anemones and occasional Mantis Shrimp.

17. THE AQUARIUM Central Beau Vallon Bay, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 5 – 12 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

The ‘House reef’ of the Under Water Centre which is comprised of two huge coral bommies flanked on either side by large low-lying patchwork reefs. This is a favourite novice diver site and as the name implies is home to an abundance of reef fish; a large carpet anemone at the top of one of the bommies is the home of two large three banded Seychelles Clown Fish.

18. VACOA REEF Central Beau Vallon Bay, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 12 – 20 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

This is a large patchwork reef in Beau Vallon Bay which runs from a depth of 10 mtrs. on the inshore side to 16 mtrs. on the offshore side. It is characterised by large fragile table corals and plentiful reef fish and is visited by deeper water species and Hawksbill turtles.

19. CORAL GARDENS Western Beau Vallon Bay, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 9 – 15 mtr.

Bottom: Coral reef

This is a large area of patchwork reefs on a gently shelving sand bottom. Numerous Porities heads provide shelter for a large variety of reef fish and the site is visited by 0ccasional Sting Rays and Hawksbill turtles.

20. SUNSET ROCK Western shore of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: >12mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

An easy dive onto a promontory of granite which just break the surface; there is a wide central channel leading towards shore which is home to a variety of reef fish. The surrounding coral and granite reef shelters a number of Moray Eels and is a favourite feeding site for Bump Head Parrot Fish.

21. VISTA ROCKS Western shore of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: >14mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

Towards the North Western end of Beau Vallon Bay, these rocks comprise of a single vertical sided granite massif and two adjoining granite and coral reefs. Occasionally swept by current, the vertical sides are covered in soft corals and fan corals and are home to an impressive array of invertebrate life. The adjoining reefs are home to a number of Moray Eels and Lobsters.

22. CHUCKLES Western shore of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: 8 – 15mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

Almost at the North Western end of Beau Vallon Bay, this reef is a single granite massif which is deeply incised with gullies with an adjoining granite boulder field. Subject to regular current streams, the rocks are heavily encrusted with soft corals and fan corals. The steep sided gullies shelter a wealth of reef fish and invertebrate life. This site is used for night dives in good conditions.

23. L’ILOT Eastern tip of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: Qualified divers

Depths: >16mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

At the North Eastern tip of Beau Vallon Bay, this picturesque tiny granite island supports two coconut palms and some super marine life. The steep sides are grooved by gullies and surrounded by large granite boulders giving an array of archways and swim-throughs. The island is in a regular current stream and is heavily encrusted with soft corals. The landward side of the island has a prolific fish and invertebrate life with schools of Big Eyes and is visited by Turtles, Sharks and Whale Sharks. This site is used for night dives in good conditions.

24. CAP TERNAY Western tip of Beau Vallon, N.W. Mahe

Availability: February to November

Range: Short

Suitability: All divers

Depths: > 20mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

On the Western tip of the North West Bay, this site is at the base of the sheer granite of Cap Ternay on the side of a deep water channel running up the West Coast of Mahe. The sheer sides drop steeply to a sand and boulder field at 20 mtrs. There is a regular current flow which encourages visits by Turtles, Sharks, schools of Pelagics and Whale Sharks in season.

31. CONCEPTION ARENA Off West Mahe

Availability: When conditions allow: March/May Oct/Nov

Range: Long range dive

Suitability: Experienced divers

Depths: 15 – 30 mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

West of Conception Island, this submerged granite reef forms a natural arena with huge boulders and deeply incised gullies forming swim-throughs. As an offshore area and with a shelving sandy bottom dropping away from 30 metres, the site is liable to current and attracts larger fish species. Visits by schooling Pelagics are common as are sightings of Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks; Whale Sharks are found in season.

32. CONCEPTION POINT

Availability: When conditions allow: March/May Oct/Nov

Range: Long Range

Suitability: Experienced divers

Depths: > 18 mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

The southern point Conception Island provides an area of steep walls, gullies and boulders which are home to an impressive number of larger reef fish and invertebrates. The site is open to current and attracts schooling Pelagics, Stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and Reef sharks.

33. THERESE ISLAND Off West Mahe

Availability: When conditions allow: March/May Oct/Nov

Range: Long Range

Suitability: Experienced divers

Depths: > 20 mtr.

Bottom: Granite reef with hard coral formations

Off the Northern point of Therese Island, this site is a little more protected than the neighbouring sites and shelters a variety of larger reef fish and invertebrates. The site occasionally picks up current and with it schooling Pelagics, Stingrays and Reef sharks.

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If confirmed standard departure tour bookings are cancelled the following fees apply

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    Travel insurance is not included in the price of the

Private, corporate and group bookings have special cancellation policies to ensure your exclusive experience. see below

Group Booking and Group Cancellation Policies1.    Definitions

i.    Groups are defined as four or more boats, or, 8 or more persons.

ii.    Groups also include any party which has benefited, or has been quoted as benefiting from a discounted bill because of size, affiliation, age or organization and will be subject to the Group Booking and Group Cancellation Policy.

iii.    Any reservations made for guided trips and/or outfitting packages will also be subject to the Group Booking and Group Cancellation Policy.

2.    Group Booking Policy

i.    All Group Bookings must be made at a minimum of 14-days in advance.

ii.    All Group Bookings must be accompanied with a credit card number, including an expiry date and a 3-digit verification code.

iii.    All Group Bookings are required to provide an advance 25% non-refundable deposit of the quoted total on the day the reservation is created. Failing to do so within 48-hours of when the reservation was made will void the reservation.

iv.    All Group Bookings involving minors (under the age of 19 years) must have WAO Waivers completed by the minor’s parent or legal guardian and received by WAO (by fax or email) no later than 3-days prior to the arrival of the group.

3.    Group Cancellation Policy

i.    Rental Cancellation Schedule

•    Cancellations made outside of 2-weeks prior to the reserved arrival of the group will be subject to a loss of only the 25% non-refundable deposit.

•    Cancellations made outside of 1-week prior to the reserved arrival of the group will be subject to a forfeiture equal to 50% of the quoted reservation invoice.

•    Cancellations made within 1-week prior to the reserved arrival of the group will be subject to a forfeiture equal to the total of the quoted reservation invoice.

ii.    Guided Adventure Cancellation Schedule

•    Cancellations made outside of 30-days prior to the reserved arrival of the group will be subject to a loss of only the 25% non-refundable deposit.

•    Cancellations made outside of 15-days prior to the reserved arrival of the group will be subject to a forfeiture equal to 50% of the quoted reservation invoice.

•    Cancellations made within 15-days prior to the reserved arrival of the group will be subject to a forfeiture equal to the total of the quoted reservation invoice.

iii.   All forfeitures will be charged immediately, however, the total amount less a $100.00 administration fee can be used as a non-transferable credit against a re-booking within the current WAO season. The credit can only be used against a re-booking made by, and for, the original party involved.

iv.     All bookings will run as planned, rain or shine, cold or hot, so please plan appropriately.

Trip Cancellation, Health, Accident, Medical Evacuation & Baggage Insurance:

For your protection comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended and in the best interest of each traveler, to protect you before and during the trip.

Travel insurance is not included in our packages

Trip Cancellation, Health, Accident, Medical Evacuation & Baggage Insurance:

For your protection comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended and in the best interest of each traveler, to protect you before and during the trip.

Travel insurance is not included in the price of the tours

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Customers requesting a refund are required to mail/fax their formal letters with a detail explanation to:

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You will be required to pay a deposit or deposits when booking. Your consultant will advise you of how much that will be. All deposits are non-refundable for changes of mind or cancellations by you (subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law).  Final payment is required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure unless otherwise stated. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of book

Available departures

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Cerf Island

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Activities

Diving Sites:

Dive sites vary in depth from 8 to 30 metres and provide conditions for divers of all abilities. Morning dives are generally deeper dives, while afternoon dives tend to be shallower.  The inshore dives provide sheltered conditions on both granitic and coral reefs; while the coral structures were affected by the 1998 bleaching event the marine the fish and marine life are abundant.

 The offshore or long-range dive sites of the inner islands offer some of the very best diving in Seychelles and are suitable for more experienced divers as these sites tend to be deeper and may have current conditions. These conditions tend to attract  the larger marine life found around Seychelles with the chance for divers to encounter whale sharks and giant stingrays.

UNDERWATER CENTRE & DIVE SEYCHELLES

Boat Dives Per Person

(For Qualified Divers)

Cyl. & Weights Retail All Equipment
1 SHORT DISTANCE DIVE € 50 € 60
2 SHORT DISTANCE DIVES(per trip) € 95 € 115
4 SHORT DISTANCE DIVES € 180 € 220
6 SHORT DISTANCE DIVES € 250 € 310
10 SHORT DISTANCE DIVES E 400 E 500
Full Equipment Rental, per dive € 10 € 10
Long Distance dive site or Night dive € 18 extra € 18 extra
NITROX air fill € 8 € 8
Snorkel trip by boat € 25  € 25
Marine Park Entrance Fee € 15 € 15

 Inclusive of 15% VAT

  • Based at BERJAYA BEAU VALLON BAY RESORT & CASINO
  • 3 custom built dive boats that carry 16 divers or snorkellers and 4 crew.
  • Open daily from 8.30 till 5pm with 3 daylight boat dives a day possible
  • Boats scheduled to depart at 9.30am for 2 morning dives / snorkels
  • Boats scheduled to depart at 2.30pm for a single dive / snorkel
  • Intro classes for snorkelling and diving
  • Night dives depart at 6.30pm
  • Diver equipment storage facilities
  • Daily mask, snorkel and fin rental available. Deposits are required.
  • Digital Go Pro Cameras available for rent.
  • Private boat charter available allowing personal dive or snorkel schedules
  • Boats depart from the beach front outside the Dive Centre during good weather
  • NW season boats depart from Marine Charter in Victoria.
  • 150 x 12 Lt tanks and 10 x 15 Lt tanks, 10 x 10 Lt tanks
  • Multi lingual: English, French, Creole
  • Courtesy bus collections from all hotels and guest houses within the NW of Mahe and Victoria ( approx travel time 15 – 20 minutes)
  • Retail sales available of dive equipment: masks, snorkels, fins, T shirts.
  • Accommodation and dive packages available on request
  • A PADI Eco Dive Centre supporting conservation and marine research
  • GO- PRO intensive training courses from beginner to Dive Master as required. Length of stay from 3 to 10 weeks

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