The beautiful turquoise waters surrounding the Seychelles is a scuba divers’ dream. This archipelago of 115 islands offers a diverse topography including reefs, coral walls, pinnacles and canyons. Joining a Seychelles liveaboard boat gives scuba divers the chance to thoroughly enjoy the underwater landscape and the exciting marine life in the area.
The beautiful white sandy stretches of beaches on the islands set the scene for a tropical diving holiday, as well as unique flora and fauna on the islands. The Seychelles have two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the world’s largest raised coral atoll, Aldabra.
With such beautiful diversity on land and underwater, it can be hard to choose the right liveaboard. So, we’ve put together the best Seychelles liveaboards for you to consider and a guide to determining which one is best for you.
QUICK ANSWER: THE BEST SEYCHELLES LIVEABOARD TRIPS
1. SEA SHELL
2. SEA BIRD
3. SEA STAR
4. SEA PEARL
THE BEST SEYCHELLES LIVEABOARD BOATS – A COMPARISON
6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A LIVEABOARD IN THE SEYCHELLES
The Seychelles are often considered a luxury destination for those with a more disposable income, so it’s important to consider your budget when choosing a dive liveaboard, especially if airfares from your location are expensive.
However, there are some liveaboards which are more affordable than others if budget is a concern. And of course, for those wanting a luxury dive holiday, there are several more high-end options to suit.
2. MARINE LIFE?
What kind of marine life do you want to see? The Seychelles have a healthy reef system, with plenty of marine species to view and observe. There are options for viewing rare macro life, which is great if you’re into underwater photography, or for those who want to see the big boys, you might be lucky to dive with manta rays and whale sharks. There are also a number of wrecks in the Seychelles, so if you want to go wreck diving, choose a dive boat which heads to those areas.
Different dive boats will service different parts of the Seychelles, so think about what you want to see first, to ensure you get what you really want out of your liveaboard experience.
Most dive liveaboards in the Seychelles have no internet available onboard. If you are a freelance worker or someone who can’t disconnect during the trip, be sure to choose a boat with internet. Otherwise be prepared to unplug and soak up the best of what nature has to offer, uninterrupted.
4. DIVE TRAINING
Do you plan on upskilling or furthering your dive education on your trip to the Seychelles? Or perhaps you’ve never even been diving? If completing more training or even starting your Open Water Diving certification, then consider what dive training options are available. Most vessels are licensed PADI training centers.
5. TIME OF YEAR
The Seychelles enjoys a tropical climate year-round and there are few dramatic changes to the temperatures. The best time to dive is usually between November and May when the seas are calm and the underwater visibility is best. December to February is wetter and more humid. The wind picks up between June and October, when it is also the coldest time of the year and diving conditions can be more challenging.
Air temperatures typically range between 75 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (23-32 degrees Celsius), while water temperatures range from 77 to 84 degrees (25-29 degrees Celsius).
Unfortunately, none of the dive liveaboards in the Seychelles offer Nitrox for divers. If you usually dive with Nitrox, this will be an important consideration to factor into your dive trip planning.
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THE TOP 5 SEYCHELLES LIVEABOARD BOATS
Photo Credit: Sea Shell Liveaboard
The Sea Shell is an original 1920s vessel which was renovated in 1996 into a dive boat. With eight cabins, catering for up to 16 guests, the interior wooden finishings and rustic exterior is a nod to the boat’s past, while ensuring comfort and style on board.
The Sea Shell visits ancient granite pillars, home to lots of tropical fish and even large pelagic species. Snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and island excursions are all available for non divers or divers who want a break from being underwater. The boat has sun decks for relaxing in the sun as well as a covered deck lounge for those who prefer the shade. Dive training onboard include Open Water, Advanced Open Water and intro dives.
Photo Credit: Sea Bird Liveaboard
This large, 137 ft (42m) dive liveaboard caters for up to 18 guests with 9 air conditioned cabins and 9 bathrooms. The 9 crew, who speak English and French, will guide you around the inner Seychelles islands to view tropical reef fish, sharks, barracuda, jacks, tuna and possibly whale sharks, if you are lucky.
Kayaks, stand-up paddle boarding and island excursions are available when not diving, and Open Water, Advanced Open Water and introductory dive are on offer for those wanting dive training or to advance their diving.
Photo Credit: Sea Star Liveaboard
This triple-masted 131 ft (40m) custom built dive yacht has 9 air-conditioned cabins with ensuite bathrooms, catering for up to 18 guests. The dining area and salon has entertainment available including a TV, DVD and stereo system, and there’s also a washer and dryer for guests to use and a separate rinse station for underwater cameras.
The Sea Star takes guests to various locations around the Seychelles and can provide snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding equipment. Scuba divers will visit incredible underwater rock formations and the thriving species around them such as sharks and barracuda.
Photo Credit: Galatea Liveaboard
The Galatea is a luxury schooner offering year-round dive trips. The 98 ft (30m) spacious vessel takes divers to sites such as Praslin, La Digue, Curieuse, Little Sister and Grand Sister. This live aboard is the creme de la creme of what’s on offer in the Seychelles and the staff aim to provide superior five star service. There are six air-conditioned double cabins and one master suite, all of them with ensuite bathrooms, accommodating up to 14 guests at a time. The Galatea is the ideal choice for those wanting a luxurious dive holiday and a more intimate feel onboard. It’s also the only dive livebaoard in the Seychelles which has internet available.
Photo Credit: Sea Pearl Liveaboard
The Sea Pearl is a beautiful boat built in 1915 and renovated in 2012. There are 8 air-conditioned cabin and 4 bathrooms on the 115 ft (35m) boat, catering for up to 20 guests. It has an air-conditionen salon with entertainment systems, separate rinse station for underwater cameras and laundry services. Eight crew are on board to assist as you are taken to the inner Seychelles, some of the most ancient islands in the world.
Non-diving activities include snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking and fishing. The Sea pearl has a dedicated PADI dive instructor onboard with PADI certification and training available including Open Water, Advanced Open Water and intro dives.