YZ Maddie visited the Seychelles for a month - here is her guide to the best snorkeling spots in the Seychelles, the ideal post-safari destination.
The Seychelles has some of the most exciting and stunning marine life in the world, all of which is submerged in ‘bath-like’ warm and crystal-clear waters. Also, as a significant portion of the waters around the islands are protected, the coral and sea life is continuing to develop and bustle regardless of increases in tourist numbers. Before I went to the Seychelles, I had never snorkelled and, due to a childhood fear of sharks, I had never been in tropical water past knee depth, all of which bodes well for living and working on an island in the Indian Ocean.
As part of the conservation work I was doing in the Seychelles, I was required to snorkel to perform marine and coral surveys, so I took the plunge and almost immediately realised what an incredible world I had just entered. You can enjoy a snorkel in the water pretty much anywhere within the archipelago, off any beach, in any season, and be rewarded with sights of giant shoals of vibrant fish, amazing rays, beautiful turtles, all thriving and swimming around the multicoloured rippling coral reefs.
Spending a month in the Seychelles allowed me to experience a lot of what the islands and oceans had to offer. Below, I provide a quick summary of my favourite ‘snorkel spots’ for anyone who is lucky enough to travel to this paradise. Hopefully it will convince you to bring a snorkel and mask, even though this is not necessarily the most practical item to pack!