Its slogan is ‘Experiences are our Luxury’ and encountering the mesmerising and diverse aquatic life as seen on the BBC’s Blue Planet II, is within reach at Alphonse Island, Seychelles. Guests of Alphonse Island can experience the fascinating marine environment, as seen on Blue Planet II on a first-hand basis.
Guests can swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and encounter shoals of assorted, vibrantly coloured fish of varying species, Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Spinner Dolphins and Humpback Whales all in their natural environment. These unique experiences with marine life make Alphonse Island nothing short of spectacular!
Alphonse Island is located 400km from the mainland of Mahe and is considered one of the most pristine and unspoilt outer islands in the Seychelles. Its raw beauty and remote location attract large numbers and sizes of fish and marine mammals, giving guests the opportunity to encounter a fascinating aquatic environment with the island’s own marine biologist and partake in their own Blue Planet II experience.
The warm tropical waters of Alphonse Island reveal a vibrant array of coral and fish as far as the eye can see. Forests of giant gorgonian sea fans, sea whips and black corals can be viewed along the precipitous drop-off and the incredible hard coral formations on the plateau are a magnificent sight to behold! The highlights of diving in the waters surrounding Alphonse Island include the chance to see Manta ray and squadrons of Eagle ray, the ‘Wolf Pack’ of hundreds of Bluefin trevally and associates patrolling or even attacking prey on the reef. Groups of Bumphead parrotfish, schools of batfish numbering in the hundreds as well as interesting animal behaviour such as nesting triggerfish can be viewed.
“At Alphonse Island, we are passionate about land and marine conservation and protecting the environment. We hope that Blue Planet II will raise awareness of the fascinating and magnificent aquatic life that exists within the oceans and will ultimately lead to people being more mindful with regards to taking significant steps to protect the marine habitat.” Comments Keith Rose Innes, Managing Director of Alphonse Island.
Alphonse Island Dive Centre offers a full suite 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 with daily snorkelling boat trips.