We saw whale sharks, black tip sharks, white tip sharks, manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, napoleons, moray eels, an octopus, turtles, many corals and hundreds of different colorful fish. At times it was like being in an aquarium.
The Vilamendhoo house reef is great, there you have the guarantee of black tip sharks. The babies swim in the front in the shallow water and the "juvenile" black tip sharks of about one meter swim around the reef. The house reef has 10 entrances and exits around the island. There are over 50 dive sites and the Euro Divers diving school is great too.
i have been looking around at places to dive with blue whales. It is impossible to swim with whales in the united states. I like the sound of going to india, but is it still legal to dive with the blue whales... i heard there was a government ban 10 months ago.
The entire reef stops at around 15-17m, and the remainder of the deeper parts did not look particularly
interesting, so it looks like a perfect reef for house reef divers to start or finish their diving on, and
perfect for Snorkeling also. For the most part it is very healthy-looking and abundant with life, and we
were impressed by how little rubbish there was on the reef considering the building work ongoing. We
hope that it remains this way during the rest of the building for the ongoing year.
A second visit 8 years in the making! A welcome return to the location where we honeymooned complete with upgraded room.
The place is lovey and clean inside and out, with staff even raking the sand!
The food is excellent and the only fault is the time waiting for drinks in the bar.
Staff are very attentive. There is entertainment each night, day trips and watersports to keep you busy on down days.
The place is a 45 minute speedboat ride from the airport straight to the jetty where the dive club is.
Well organised, safe and very knowledgeable dive guides. Especially Marie-san.
The diving is hard work and the currents are strong most times. Certain sites you can only dive with inbound currents so marinelife is attracted such as sharks and eagle rays.
Negative entry can be expected due to the currents and need to get to 30 meters as soon as possible so as not to miss the site.
That said the abundance of turtles, rays and sharks was worth it.
The olhuveli make you do a skills test on the house reef and first dive. mask clear, reg retrieval and out of air scenario.
This is a pleasant dive and in the evenings you can do a night dive.
Up until end April, the mantas are attracted by the plankton blooms. The Olhuveli place lights of the jetty and visitors are able to look down into the water and see them feeding. Meanwhile you can indulge in the underwater spectacle of gliding mantas. at approximately 4 meters you can hold onto the rock and watch them. This was fantastic. Then we went on to see free swimming shrimps, octopus and crabs.
The diving is good and at the same time if you want relaxing diving akin to Shimoni Island off of Africa, then this is not for you.
The resort spoils you and out of the water life is relaxed and chilled out.
Forget the advertising.... no more whale shark since 7 years.... a lot of the coral grounds around mahe are just piles of dead coral, overgrown by seeweed. together with the disappearing polyps the fish life is also less than expected ! So , above the water the seychelles are still the pristine islands as everyone knows from the postcards, under water global warming is distroying most of the beauty.... perhaps the islands further away are less touched ?
The dive center was,ok, but no possibilities for noght diving, wreck diving, nitrox,....
12 Great dives, no big stuff but still plenty to see. Some plankton around on a couple of days which gave a milky quality to the dive sites, other days were 40m +.
Dive Spirit couldn't have been more helpful in both tailoring dives to our level (2 DM's with around 7000 between us) *& accommodating the kids.
Djebeda - wreck dice off Coin de Mar 40m
Stella Maru, Chilli Drop (both from Troux Aux Biches).
Whilst not mind blowing, it's what holiday diving is about.