The Indian Ocean has long been one of the primary sources of whale shark sightings and some of the earliest scientific records came from Seychelles.
The MCSS (Marine Conservation Society Seychelles) is a local non-governmental organisation that was registered in 1997. The MCSS was formed by a group of local marine enthusiasts and experts to address marine biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use. The whale shark and turtle monitoring programmes are ongoing annual activities that involve a lot of public participation, and as a result of their efforts whale sharks have been protected in these waters since 2003.
In recent years, private and public funding has allowed the expansion of this programme with advanced satellite tracking technology to enable far more data to be collected on this species.
The MCSS will continue to monitor the whale sharks locally (form the air) and you will be transported (where necessary) to the best drop off point in order to get the most from your afternoon snorkelling encounter. Whale sharks can also be seen on dive sites such as Cap Ternay and Grouper Point in season.
A note about whale shark encounters
The waters in the Seychelles are currently 1C warmer than usual, which is the normal El Niño pattern. Unfortunately this directly affects the prescence of whale sharks in the area and sightings are currently extremely rare. It's still possible to enjoy a diving holiday in the Seychelles but there are no dedicated whale shark excursions currently operating.
Depart UK for the Seychelles
Arrive Mahe and transfer to Beau Vallon
You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation in the Beau Vallon area for a week long stay. Choose from guesthouse, hotel or resort style accommodation. There's something for every budget.
Spend five days exploring the local dive sites around Mahe island
. The unique granite boulder topography and abundance of reef fish make for interesting dives. It's likely you'll encounter hawksbill turtles and a variety of reef fish and crustaceans here, especially on one of the purposely scuttled wrecks. Your dive package includes short range dives only.
MCSS whale shark encounter
Your itinerary includes an afternoon snorkelling excursion with whale sharks, operated by the MCSS. Whilst any encounter cannot be guaranteed, the MCSS will monitor the location of the whale sharks and endeavour to get you to them on your chosen day. It's possible to book additional encounters locally.
This morning you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving later the same day.
You should note: There are many different types and styles of accommodation in the Seychelles. Ask us for further details.