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Best Diving Destinations in Inner Islands
About Inner Islands
The Inner Islands or Granitic Seychelles lie in central position on the Seychelles Bank. The Inner Islands are the world's only oceanic islands of granitic composition. They are generally surrounded by a narrow coastal strip and white beaches. These islands are home to tropical moist forests with several endemic species including the Coco de Mer and the Jellyfish Tree. There are 43 Inner islands in total – 41 granitic and 2 coralline. The main islands are: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue which are forming the cultural and economic hub of Seychelles as well as the center of its tourism industry. August to January is a nesting season for seabirds. The stunning topography of expansive reefs, walls, pinnacles, drop offs, wrecks and canyons make one of the most diverse marine environments around, teeming with both fish and coral life. The average depth of these dive sites is from 5m/16ft to 40m/131ft. Most popular dive sites The Inner Islands have some famous dive sites: Marianne Rocks, South Marianne, Ave Maria, Booby Island, Whale Rock, White Bank, Channel Rock, Aride Bank, Sister Bank around Praslin. as well as Ennerdale Wreck, Bay Ternay Marine National Park, L'ilot, Brissare Rocks, Shark Bank, wrecks Twin Barges and Dredger on Mahe. Many of these sites are just accessible by live-aboard charter dive boats.
When to go to Inner Islands
From November to March the air temperature ranges between 29-30C/84-86F. The waters are calm, so underwater visibility is excellent, approximately 15-40m/49-131ft. The average seawater temperature ranges between 27-29C/81-84F. May to September is the sunniest part of the year with the average air temperature fluctuating between 25-29C/77-84F. The underwater visibility is 5-15m/16-49ft. Most of the islands lie outside the cyclone belt so high winds are rare. What to see Reef fish, schooling bat fish, giant moray eels, napoleon wrasses, schooling soldier fish, schooling banner fish, octopus, reef sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, schooling pick-handle barracudas, lionfish, scorpion fish, schooling fusiliers and lobsters can be found in this area. In January, the green turtles begin to nest at night with their hatchlings starting to appear in March. Whale sharks can be seen all year round.