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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.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK for the Seychelles

  2. Day 2: 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.
  3. Days 3-7 : Dive Mahe

    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.
  4. Day 8: 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.
  5. Day 9: Depart

    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.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £2,245 pp
  • When to go: Sep-Oct: Daily departures in season
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Breakfast daily
    • Roundtrip airport transfers
    • 10 short distance boat dives
    • Tanks and weights
    • 1 whale shark encounter (snorkelling)
Featured location:

Mahe Island

Home to the country’s capital, Victoria, no visit to the Seychelles would be complete with a visit to Mahe. The island is home to a treasure trove of flora and fauna, with granite peaks and rare endemic plants including the jellyfish tree and vanilla orchid.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, white-tip reef shark, green turtle, black-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Augerine Guesthouse

This charming 15-room guesthouse is located on the beautiful Beau Vallon beach, one of the Seychelles’ best beaches for watersports. All rooms have sea views and there is direct access from the garden to the vast, soft sand beach.

Romance Bungalows

Located near the famous Beau Vallon beach, Romance Bungalows is a small property with just seven rooms, set in lush gardens, just a stone’s throw from the wonderful diving and snorkelling on Mahe.

Sun Resort

This small affordable property is located right at the centre of island life on Beau Vallon beach on Mahe and offers authentic Seychellois charm with modern amenities, just a short walk away from the dive centre.