Friday, 3 February 2017

Diving in Seychelles: Alphonse Island

Diving in Untouched Splendour, on Alphonse Island Seychelles


If you’re planning a dive trip to the Seychelles, look no further than Alphonse Island. Hailed as one of the most remote and unspoiled outer islands in the Seychelles, Alphonse Island is the perfect 2017 destination for scuba divers of all abilities.  Alphonse Island’s PADI dive centre has an experienced team of PADI-certified professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety of divers and protecting the underwater environment while providing exciting diving adventures.
 

There are twenty-four dives sites that surround Alphonse Island, all of which are easily reached in under 30 minutes on comfortable purpose built dive boats.  Group sizes are small with no more than 6 divers per guide and private dive excursions can be arranged with the staff at the fully equipped PADI dive centre. Alphonse Island dive centre provides 5-star service with all equipment prepared on the boat before guests arrive, no carrying heavy dive cylinders on this holiday.
 


Diving into the warm tropical waters of Alphonse Island reveals a vibrant array of coral and fish as far as the eye can see.  Forests of giant gorgonian sea fans, sea whips and black corals can be viewed along the precipitous drop-off and the incredible hard coral formations on the plateau are a magnificent sight to behold! Divers of all levels are guaranteed to see Green and Hawksbill turtles, which are abundant all year-round.  Reef fish are abundant with vast schools of fusilier, snapper and emperor always around. The large numbers and sizes of fish are what make diving at Alphonse Island particularly special, giving people the chance to see what a coral reef can look like with limited fishing pressure. 


Napoleon wrasse, Giant sweetlips and an array of large grouper species are seen on every dive, which gives a good indication of the health of the fish population. The highlights of diving in the waters surrounding Alphonse Island include the chance to see Manta ray and squadrons of Eagle ray, the ‘Wolf Pack’ of hundreds of Bluefin trevally and associates patrolling or even attacking prey on the reef, groups of Bumphead parrotfish, schools of batfish numbering in the hundreds as well as interesting animal behavior such as nesting triggerfish. 


For divers that like to search for the smaller critters on the reef there are also chances to see a variety of pipefish, shrimps, porcelain crabs, leaf scorpionfish, as well as nudibranchs and flatworms. These unique encounters with marine life make diving at Alphonse Island nothing short of spectacular!

There are a range of dive sites around Alphonse Island, with divers able to experience ten deep drop offs with shallow plateaus, five patch reefs, three mini-walls with overhangs, three flat bottom reefs and three sites with unique and special structures including pinnacles and raised reefs.  Advanced divers can explore uncharted waters around neighbouring St. Francois island and perhaps name a new dive site!
 


Alphonse Island Dive centre over a full suite of PADI courses form Discover Scuba diving to Divemaster. Prior to arriving at Alphonse Island, beginners can liaise with the expert staff and complete their written assignments and assessments at home using PADIs online learning tools, so there is no written work to undertake once on the island and they can dive straight in!  Advanced divers can develop new skill sets all endorsed by the world leading training agency the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).  


These include PADI Underwater Naturalist, PADI Deep Diver, PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, PADI Digital Underwater Imaging, AWARE Shark Conservation, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, AWARE Dive Against Debris, AWARE Specialist and AWARE Fish Identification.

The PADI Certified Dive Centre at Alphonse Island encourages children to learn to dive.  The centre offers exclusive dives to families where children from the age of 8 can experience the wonders of scuba diving with their parents. For those who do not wish to dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Alphonse Island offers guests the opportunity to view the magnificent array of aquatic life with daily snorkeling boat trips.









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