Swimming with whale sharks in Seychelles

Seychelles Travel Guide

Whale sharks Seychelles

Everybody knows you go to Seychelles Islands to swim with whale sharks. Well at least everybody who loves the ocean loves diving and has the complete box set of Jacques Cousteau.

Situated eight kilometers northwest of Mahe, Shark Bank is considered to be the best diving spot in the Seychelles. A granite plateau interweaved with massive granite boulders set the scene with never ending amazement of a rich marine life. The underwater ballet of the whales’ shark teeming with a large variety of tropical reef fish will make you think about Jules vernes novels Twenty Thousand leagues under the sea.

Whale sharks Seychelles

Whale sharks Seychelles

The waters surrounding Mahe are crystal clear, along the Indian Ocean but the reward is an island paradise where your biggest worry of the day is whether to walk to the end of the island for bird watching, hang out in a hammock or cruise out with your buddies for a day of whale watching. Lucky for you, it is easy enough to fit all of these into a couple of days on the island.

A day with whale sharks is unlike anything you will have ever experienced. A couple of thousand of these big boys come to feed off the plankton-rich seas. Once you are in the water, face to face with a 15-ton, 15m-long giant, the rest of the world seems to fade away. Their grace, colorful spots and unworldly bulk take you back to the time of dinosaurs and leviathans.

Whale sharks Seychelles

And while such close interaction with wildlife is definitely a delicate topic, local tour operators have teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to create some best practices for the tours. Visitors are required to wear a life jacket or wetsuit, you cannot feed the fish or submerge yourself beneath them, only three people (plus a guide) are allowed in the water at one time, and, no, you cannot catch a ride on their fin.

On your way back to the island, ask your guide if you can stop for a snorkel. If you are lucky, you may spot a manta ray soaring through the depths of the clear water.

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Discover the Maldives in pictures

The Maldives

Officially Republic of Maldives also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshadweep Islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India. During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as “Maldivische Eilanden” in their documentation, while “Maldive Islands” is the anglicised version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written “Maldives”.

Maldives island

Maldives island

Maldives island

Maldives island

Maldives island

Maldives island

Maldives island

Maldives island

 

The Maldives Travel Guide

Best Honeymoon Destinations For 2013

Fiji

If a gorgeous, private island resort sounds terrible, then you will not want to go here. Fiji takes the cake for their secluded and luxurious accommodations. Nukubati is a private all inclusive island resort in the Fiji Islands, a natural extension of a gracious and simple style of South Pacific living. Catering for a limited number of guests, this eco-chic resort is the perfect Fiji getaway for your Fiji honeymoon, Fiji wedding or relaxing Fiji vacation . All inclusive Nukubati is locally owned, preserving its incomparable Fijian style in an atmosphere of total seclusion – a wonderful all Fijian eco resort for the getaway of your dreams.

Nearby is Fiji’s best scuba diving on the the Great Sea Reef, reputed to be the third largest barrier reef in the world. Nukubati Private Island is the only resort in all Fiji with access to this vast underwater treasure, where manta rays, dolphins, turtles, whales and innumerable fish species parade around the corals. With the largest solar power plant in the Fiji Islands producing all its electricity, Nukubati is an environmentally conscious resort. Its gardens produce organically grown fruits and vegetables which, combined with freshly caught seafood, creates the unique cuisine that Nukubati has become famous for. From the moment you arrive, stepping on to the white sandy beach, you feel the romance and adventure of the South Pacific. The ultimate eco resort escape for your all inclusive Fiji holiday or honeymoon.

The Seychelles

Breathtaking beaches, turquoise waters, unspoiled – the islands of the Seychelles are the most authentic islands in the Indian Ocean. This unspoiled, pristine paradise is so perfect for romantic Seychelles honeymoon. We highly recommend island-hopping – and one of our favourite combinations is to divide your time between Praslin, one of the small idyllic Outer Islands and Mahé.  Praslin is the second largest island featuring ‘Bounty ad’ beautiful secluded Seychelles beaches and the legendary coco-de-mer grows here on ancient palm trees.

A day trip to La Digue, where the time seems to stand still, is a must! The far-flung Outer Islands offer amazing contrast to the granite islands – simply bliss out in the stunning cays or go fishing! Spas, snorkeling and world-class cuisine come as standard… Most of all the Outer Islands are miles away from the modern life – and offer blissful ‘no news, no shoes’ experience. Mahé is the capital island of the Seychelles – and all international flights arrive here. After a couple of days full of activities on the other islands, relax and be pampered on Mahé in one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.  The Seychelles really is a pristine paradise for romantic couples!

Mauritius

mauritius honeymoon

This stunning island isn’t just all beaches and sunsets, although those are pretty fabulous. There’s also lots to see and do during your Mauritius honeymoon,  if you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your hotel to venture into the inland beauty of the Island.

Take a cooling dip at beautiful Tamarind Falls, swim with the dolphins, walk with lions on a beautiful island this is possible in Mauritius. Catch a blue marlin or a sailfish to eat under the stars on a deep-sea fishing expedition, and hop on a quad bike for an adrenalin-pumping ride.

honeymoon mauritius

Visit our main Mauritius Travel Guide to discover even more possibilities for your Mauritius honeymoon, or take a look at our complete list of the luxury hotel Mauritius.

The Maldives

If a honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of love in an intimate,secluded, and most importantly, beautiful setting, then the Maldives is the world’s best backdrop for all these things. There are endless ways to let the magic of the islands dazzle you on your holiday as a couple. A dinner under the stars with the occasional flicker of candle light to bring you back into the real world, a daring getaway to a nearby uninhabited island all by yourselves for the whole day, or just lazing around in your private bungalow watching the endless turquoise waters while you are treated to an spa treatment in the room.

You could choose to get to know each other through a swim around a house reef with a mask and fin, or dive among the beautiful, vibrant reefs. It is an experience you will relive for days after you get back home. Indulge in some lighthearted competition on a night fishing trip by seeing who catches more. You will not forget the amazing boat trip you make at sunset before anchoring at a suitable fishing spot. It is as if nature plays with the colors of the setting sun just to ensure that you remember this day, this moment, and this love for the rest of
your life.