Aquatic Experiences at Alphonse Island, Seychelles

Alphonse Island aerial view

Its slogan is ‘Experiences are our Luxury’ and encountering the mesmerizing and diverse aquatic life as seen on the BBC’s Blue Planet II, is within reach at Alphonse Island, Seychelles. Alphonse Island is delighted to announce two new experiences for their guests, enabling them to follow in the footsteps of the Blue Planet team – swimming with Sailfish and Humpback Whales.

Alphonse is blessed with steep drop offs only a few hundred meters from the reef, which means Sailfish can be seen without traveling too far by boat.  Using hookless lures to attract these magnificent creatures, guests can be in the water and see first-hand the fish with their vivid colors and sails raised as they flash through the crystal waters and witness a truly wild animal in its own environment.

Every year between the months of August and October the Alphonse Group of Islands (Alphonse Island, St Francois and Bijoutier) are fortunate to play host to small groups of Humpback Whales. The whales are generally mothers that have traveled to the calm waters of the tropics in order to give birth to a single calf. They use the atolls as a stopping off point on their long journey back to the cold waters of the Southern Ocean. The calves, having only recently arrived into the world, are playful and can be seen leaping around the mother as she lies calmly at the surface.

An encounter with these animals in their own habitat is an incredible and unforgettable experience, whether seen from a boat, from the shore or in the Indian Ocean itself. One can’t help but marvel at the sheer size and majestic grace of these leviathans.

“At Alphonse Island, we are passionate about land and marine conservation and protecting the environment.  Swimming with both Humpback Whales and Sailfish in their own habitat is an incredible experience. Alphonse Island lies 400km from the mainland of Mahe and its remote location means minimal impact has been made in these waters, which allows for such diverse aquatic life to exist in the Indian Ocean surrounding the Alphonse Group of Islands.  Our aim is to preserve and protect the oceans and the wildlife that exists within them.” Comments Keith Rose Innes, Managing Director of Alphonse Island.

Alphonse Island Dive Centre offers a full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba diving to Divemaster.  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 Dive 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 in a variety of ways, with daily snorkeling boat trips, kayak excursions and stand up paddle boarding.  These possibilities allow for exciting prospects to observe the marine mammals and exciting species of fish, close up in their natural habitat.

For further information regarding Alphonse Island, please do not hesitate to contact Jordyn Mackenzie via email at  telephone +248 4229705 (GMT + 04:00) (Jordyn Mackenzie).

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