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Story Seychelles > Blog > The Marvelous Biodiversity of Seychelles: A Guide

Introduction: Encountering the Natural Charm

Beach in the Seychelles boredered by palm trees and granite boulders

Seychelles, a conglomeration of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for their natural charm. The islands offer an enchanting glimpse into vibrant marine life and landscapes, a significant part of which is played by the marvelous biodiversity.  

Unveiling the Types of Biodiversity: Discovering the Three Marvels 

Seychelles, a true haven for nature lovers, is home to three principal types of lagoons: granitic, coral, and mangrove. Each type holds its unique aesthetic appeal and ecological value, contributing to the diversity of this majestic archipelago. 

Granitic : A Testament to Time

A Seychelles beach with granite boulders

Granitic ‘’lagoons”, primarily a product of the erosion of granite rocks, present a distinct charm of their own. Their crystal-clear waters are protected by coves, offering the ideal environment for various water activities. Most notably, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking are popular among visitors. As you glide through the serene waters of these lagoons, the smooth granite boulders create a beautiful backdrop, their shapes molded by centuries of natural forces. 

These areas are characterized by their tranquility and picturesque surroundings. It’s not uncommon to spot rare bird species, large tortoises, and a myriad of colorful marine life around these locations, adding to the experience. 

Coral : An Underwater Wonderland

An underwater photo of a coral reef in the Seychelles

The coral of Seychelles are a diver’s paradise, encapsulating an underwater wonderland encircled by flourishing coral reefs. Here, the crystal-clear water becomes a kaleidoscope of colors as the sunlight hits the reefs. A snorkeling or scuba diving adventure unveils a world teeming with vibrant fish, sea turtles, and other fascinating marine creatures. 

At certain times of the year, you might also be lucky to witness the extraordinary phenomenon of coral spawning. As the coral releases eggs into the water, the sea is filled with a flurry of floating pink and white orbs. This event adds another layer of magic to the enchanting coral lagoons. 

Mangrove : Meeting Points of Ecosystems

Mangroves are unique ecosystems where saltwater and freshwater intersect. They play a crucial role in the overall health of Seychelles’ coastal regions. These lagoons are lined with sturdy mangrove trees that not only protect the coastline from erosion and storm surges but also provide habitats for an array of wildlife. 

The dense root system of the mangroves is a nursery for fish, crustaceans, and mollusks, while their branches are home to a diverse variety of bird species. Exploring these lagoons by kayak offers a tranquil way to observe these unique creatures in their natural habitats. 

Engaging in Activities: Immerse Yourself in the Charm

No trip to Seychelles is complete without delving into the array of activities offered by its vibrant diversity 

Water Activities

Diving with sea turtles and shoals of fish in the coral reefs of the Seychelles

Granitic lagoons, with their calm and clear waters, are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. As you snorkel, be prepared to encounter a variety of colorful fish darting amongst the coral. 

If you’re more adventurous, try diving in the coral lagoons. The clear visibility and rich marine life make for an unforgettable underwater journey. Swim alongside sea turtles, watch shoals of vibrant fish, and marvel at the delicate corals. 

Boat Tours

Boat tours offer an exciting way to explore the lagoons and surrounding islands. Choose from a variety of tour options such as sunset cruises, snorkeling excursions, and island-hopping tours. As you journey across the lagoons, you can experience the beauty of Seychelles from a unique perspective. Look out for playful dolphins and flying fish that often accompany the boats. 

Beach Relaxation

Beau Vallon Berach in the Seychelles

For those looking for a more relaxing experience, Seychelles is fringed by pristine beaches, often considered some of the best in the world. Lounge on the soft sand, dip your toes in the warm waters, or enjoy a good book under the shade of a palm tree. The soothing sound of the waves and the gentle sea breeze provide the perfect environment for relaxation. 

Participating in Conservation Efforts

Visitors can contribute actively to conservation efforts by participating in educational programs such as coral planting and marine biology workshops. These programs offer an opportunity to learn about the importance of preserving the lagoons. The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving the marine environment of Seychelles. MCSS’s work includes conducting marine research, implementing conservation projects, and raising awareness about the importance of marine biodiversity. 

MCSS works on a variety of fronts to safeguard Seychelles’ marine ecosystems. Their initiatives include protecting endangered species, restoring coral reefs, and monitoring the health of marine habitats. They also engage with local communities, schools, and businesses to promote sustainable practices and ensure that conservation efforts are integrated into local livelihoods and the economy. 

Embracing Responsible Tourism

The Seychelles government and various organizations have initiated several programs to conserve these unique and delicate ecosystems. A significant portion of Seychelles’ waters has been designated as marine protected areas, including several lagoons. These areas are carefully managed to maintain the ecosystem’s delicate balance and limit human impact. While enjoying the beautiful lagoons and other attractions in Seychelles, guests are asked to limit their trash, save energy, and take care of the environment. 

Revitalizing Coral Reefs

Two scuba divers observing corals and fish

Coral reefs are essential habitats for marine life. Coral reef restoration projects in the coral lagoons of Seychelles aim to rejuvenate damaged or dying coral reefs by planting new coral and monitoring its growth. Visitors can participate in these projects, contributing to the restoration of the lagoons’ coral reefs. 

Planning Your Visit

The best time to visit Seychelles is during the inter-monsoon seasons, from April to May and October to November. During this time, the weather is warm and dry with minimal rainfall, making it perfect for outdoor activities. The greenery and many animals make it a great time for walking in nature and watching birds. Book a stay at Story Seychelles, a 5-star resort, and witness the charms of Seychelles for yourselves.

Conclusion: An Extraordinary Journey Awaits

With their unmatched beauty and rich biodiversity, Seychelles Islands promise a truly extraordinary journey. As you plan your visit, remember your actions can impact the preservation of these natural treasures. Participate in conservation programs, adopt responsible tourism practices, and contribute to the protection of the lagoons of the Seychelles. So, pack your bags and prepare to be enchanted by the stunning beauty of Seychelles – a journey that will surely leave you with memories to last a lifetime.