Liveaboard Diving in Praslin

What to Expect on a Praslin Liveaboard

Liveaboard diving in Praslin offers crystal-clear waters considered excellent for scuba diving. Praslin lies 45km northwest of Mahe and is Seychelles' second-largest inhabited island, which used to be known as Palm Island due to the numerous amounts of them (6 endemic). In 1768, the island was renamed in honor of a French diplomat, Le Duc De Praslin. Renowned for its World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, this ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the Coco de Mer, and the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. Praslin embodies picture-perfect beaches, stunning flora and fauna, beautiful scuba diving, and a relaxed ambiance, making a Praslin liveaboard an excellent choice.

The best way to dive Praslin with the nearby islands of La Digue and Curieuse is by Liveaboard. Whatever your budget, offers a great range of liveaboards around Praslin.


Praslin is located on a sandy bank with relatively shallow waters, making it ideal for divers of all levels. Impressive granite boulders dominate the crystal turquoise waters, and the marine life is rich with lyretail anthias, angelfish, boxfish, unicornfish, surgeonfish, and parrotfish darting amongst sponge-clad coral formations. At the same time, reef sharks, stingrays, and turtles glide silently by. A closer look will reveal pipefish, octopus, lobsters, and morays. Several dive sites have depths ranging from 8-20m. Night dives are just as intriguing, allowing witnessing nocturnal creatures out in the open. Look out for barracuda, whitetip, grey reef sharks, eagle rays, and the elusive whale shark (in season) in the blue. Currents vary with good visibility and warm temperatures.

Praslin Dive Sites

There are approximately 17 dive sites in the area, and Praslin liveaboard itineraries will generally include:

St. Pierre is situated within the Curieuse Marine Park. A shallow 8-10m dive presents an excellent night dive for seeing octopus, lobster, Spanish dancers, sea hares, and more. Ideal for macro photography.

Ave Maria is a small rocky island between Praslin and the Sister Islands. A great inshore dive site, its vertical walls offer diverse fish life with regular turtle sightings.

White Bank is just 200 meters west of Ave Maria and boasts large submerged granite boulders at 18m. Sponges and corals cover the rocky outcrops, while napoleons and giant groupers can be found amongst them. Shoaling barracuda and jackfish occasionally pass by.

Sister Bank is a great drift dive over dramatic rock formations and swim-throughs. These provide shelter for shoals of snapper and the extremely rare Armitage angelfish. Shoaling Bumphead parrotfish, fusiliers, Hawksbill turtles, and clown triggerfish are usually seen here, as well as barracudas and the occasional grey reefs.

South Mariane Island is an advanced dive and probably one of the best in the country. The current can be strong, but this usually guarantees grey reef sharks, eagle rays, and barracuda past canyon drop-offs. The underwater topography mirrors the surface with dramatic underwater pinnacles alongside precipitous walls and narrow gullies.

Top Tips for Divers

The best time to dive Praslin is from March to May and September to November when the water temperature is at its warmest of 29ºC (84ºF), and visibility remains good (up to 30m/100ft). Some dive areas are tailored for the more advanced diver, so it may be better to check with your Praslin liveaboard cruise what dive experience you need before deciding on your itinerary. It is possible to rent equipment on most cruises, although it is recommended to have your own gear.

Getting to Praslin

Air Seychelles, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Kenya Airways all fly into Mahé’s Victoria International Airport. Air Seychelles runs domestic flights from Mahé to Praslin, where your Seychelles liveaboard will depart. You can also reach it by high-speed ferry.

Praslin Diving Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 3 Verified Reviews
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Bruce S
  • United States United States

Mixed mostly due to seasonal visibility limits

Diving Praslin in May on the Sea Pearl

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Coen V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Definitely swimming amongst plenty of bigger fishes, coral wasn't too plentiful at most spots.

Diving Praslin in May on the Sea Pearl