Top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Featuring no less than 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Top 3 dive sites in the Seychelles

Top 3 dive sites in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is on the African continental shelf which means the sea is shallow in most dive sites (12 to 15 meters) which makes it perfect for novice divers who might be a little nervous – but it also has wildlife and wonderful diving experiences (such as wrecks) for established divers.

If you’re planning a luxury diving holiday, our diving experts at Constance Ephilia Resort, Seychelles, have come up with their top 3 dive spots, along with information about how to get there and why the dive site is so special.

1. Trois Bank

Location
Situated about 5 miles south east from Constance Ephelia Resort

How do you get to it
20 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
Experienced open water divers

Typical dive
The maximum depth at this site is 23 meters. With nice granite rocks formation, coral formation raised nearly to 4 meters to the surface; you could swim through these rocks.

Marine life
There are around 15-20 grey reef sharks most of the time. Groups of octopus, eagle rays, school of barracuda, bat fish, reef fishes and morays.

Visibility
Fantastic – most of the time 20/30 meters or more.

2. National Marine Park, Cap Ternay

Location
Next bay from Constance Ephelia Resort

How do you get to it?
12 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
Anyone from beginners to advanced qualified divers can enjoy this site.

Typical dive
Very calm bay, beautiful coral reef full of marine life, starting from its shallow reef (about 1 metre) to a maximum of 24 meters.

There is a large flat reef area with a gradual drop off from about 6 meters to 24 metres at 45 angles.

Diving with a Manta Ray, Seychelles

Diving with a Manta Ray

Marine life
Beautiful reef fishes, morays, lion fish, turtles, humphead parrot fish, trumpet fish, clown fish, and many other species.

From August to September, it is easily to meet the giant whale sharks and sometimes also the dolphins.

3. Dredger Wreck

Location
1 mile far from Bel Ombre Area, North/West coast Seychelles

How do you get to it?
20 minutes by boat

What standard of diver do you need to be to visit it?
This site is better suited to divers with experience of open water diving – more advanced divers are preferred.
There’s a small dredger (about 15 meters) for divers to explore. It was sunk on purpose for divers in the mid 80s. It lies at 27 meters depth near to a nice reef.

Marine life
The dredger wreck has created a nice hiding place for cat fish, morays, lobster, stone fish, lion fish, and scorpion fish. Big school of yellow snappers that cover the whole wreck.

Sometimes giant puffer fish and school of bat fish can be spotted, sting rays in the sand. In the mid water (above the wreck), there are always visitors like school of jack fish, fusilier and job fish.

Find out more about our luxury diving experiences at the Constance Ephelia Hotel, Seychelles.

Great deals on our Luxury Villas with last minute super deal

Le Prince Maurice resort

Our luxurious Le Prince Maurice resort

Looking for a last minute luxury get away? You should take advantage of our Last Minute Super Deal. There are only a few rooms left and the offer ends on the 12th April so you will need to act fast to ensure you do not miss out.

Enjoy discounted rates on Junior Suite and Villa for all last minute booking. This offer includes halfboard, i.e. breakfast and dinner.

This special offer isn’t compatible with any of our other offers.

Find out more about this last minute discount offer, along with terms and conditions.

Customer Reviews: the team were absolutely wonderful

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip:

The hotel is located on the best part of the island

constance belle mare plage hotel

Luxury beach holiday: the best part of the island

“The hotel is located on the best part of the island (in our opinion – after driving around the island for a day we concluded that we were definitely on the best location).”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

I treated myself to a massage while I was there

Massage Luxury Spa, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Treat yourself to a massage

I also treated myself to a massage while I was there. There are actually two different spas – the hotel’s own one, and the Shiseido one which I tried – but I’m sure they’d both be lovely. Just depends on which treatment you fancy.

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

The wedding co-ordinator and team were absolutely wonderful

“We chose this hotel after a lot of searching to get married in. The wedding coordinator and team were absolutely wonderful, you could not fault them. Special mention to the photographer they appointed, he was excellent. We had a minor problem with the time of the wedding and as a gift they gave us a night in private villa with butler service.”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

You have a pool and a bar on your doorstep

Constance ephilia Resort Seychelles pool view

Luxury poolside apartments

“I’d go for one near the Adam and Eve restaurant, thereby you have a pool and bar on your doorstep and a nice alternative for an evening meal too!”

Read this review of the Constance Ephelia Resort on Trip Advisor website.

It is certainly their fine dining restaurant… the food and service was top notch

fine dining at Belle Mare Plage Hotel Resort - Constance Hotels

Fine dining restaurants and excellent food!

“The Blue Penny cafe is actually far from being a cafe! It is certainly their fine dining restaurant – not cheap, but food and service was top notch. We treated ourselves to one meal here – however, look out for theme nights as they are excellent value. They only seat 40, so get in quick for those – they are snapped up!”

Read this review of the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor website.

Recipe: Bake something special this Mothers Day


100% Mauritius - Recipes from our finest chefs

This Sunday is Mothers day so why not bake her something special with a recipe straight from, one of our finest resorts, Le Prince Maurice. Below you can choose from a luxurious Coconut-coriander pound cake or a delicious Orange-lemon gingerbread. Do something extra special this mothers day and give her a hint of Mauritius.

Coconut-coriander pound cake

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 125g butter + 20g for the tin
  • 10g icing sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g powedred coconut
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 8g powdered coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 15cl milk
  • 200g flour
  • 50g trimoline (inverted sugar syrup), clear Golden Syrup, or glucose syrup

Baking instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 140 °C
  2. Cut the vanilla pod in two lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife. Keep them aside
  3. Beat the butter until smooth and fluffy, then add icing sugar and trimoline
  4. Add eggs one by one, still beating, then powered coconut, vanilla seeds, powdered coriander and milk. Mix well.
  5. Add flour and baking powder
  6. Butter a cake tine and pour the batter into it; should reach two thirds of its height. Bake for 45 minutes

Orange-lemon gingerbread

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

  • 165g runny honey
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 125g wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 level tsp baking soda
  • 13g powdered almonds
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • the grated zest of 1 orange
  • the grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch powdered ginger
  • 1 pinch powdered aniseed
  • 1 pinch powdered cinnamon
  • 1 pinch powdered coriander seeds
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 °C
  2. In a saucepan, boil the milk with the honey. Let cool to blood temperature.
  3. Sift the flour with the baking powder and baking soda. Add them to the milk-honey mixture. Mix with spatula.
  4. Add the powdered almonds and the sale, mix well until smooth.
  5. Add the egg, grated zests and all the spices.
  6. Immediately pour the batter into the tin. It should reach halfway up the sides.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes
  8. After baking, and before it has cooled completely, wrap the gingerbread in cling-film to keep it moist.

You can also purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains these two recipes and fifty more from our online store.

Top 5 kids activities to do on a beach holiday

If you’re planning a beach holiday with your family, we’ve learned a few things about kids activities at our resorts – so here’s our top 5 to help you out:

Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience

1. Water parks

Age range: 4 years and up

Children (and adults) of all ages love water parks! First and foremost, it’s an outing, but what kids don’t love wave pools, giant slides, crazy rivers, inflatable tubes to sit in and a myriad of water slides to play on?

Many water parks also have other activities, like bumper cars. There are more relaxed pools for parents who don’t like the hustle and bustle and of course, there’s space to sunbathe.

We often run excursions to water parks twice a week because parents and children demand it, so if you’re planning a family holiday, check out the nearest water park

2: Crab hunting!

Age range: 4 – 12 year olds

Crab hunting is a fantastic activity for children on a beach holiday. Whether you’re staying at a luxury resort or are having a quieter family holiday in the sun, kids always enjoy hunting for crabs.

For most children, crab hunting isn’t something they can do in their everyday life. It gives them a chance to play in the sand with a purpose. And crabs claws and their sideways shuffling always gets kids going!

Make it a competition if you’ve got more than one child – they love to see who can catch the most crabs. Also, you don’t always have to do it in the day – children love crab hunting by torchlight on the beach!

At Constance Hotels, we know how popular this activity is because we run crab hunting as an activity for children staying at our resorts like the Belle Mare Plage resort in Mauritius. It’s not just the children who ask for more – parents often come back and book their children in for a repeat activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Diving - fish underwater

 

 

 

3. Scuba diving!

Age range: 8 years and up

Not all beach resorts will offer this service, but it’s great to get children initiated into Scuba diving while they are still young. Discovering life underwater is both educational and fun – and they love discovering that they can breathe underwater.

At the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort, there is a dedicated Dive Master that will take maximum 5 children and the activity will take place in the pool in the shallower sections. Other beach resorts will have their own children’s dive schools and instructors, so find out before you go.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding flowers on the beach

 

 

 

4. Make flower necklaces!

Age range: 4-7 years

Children love searching for things, so how about creating a game of flower necklaces. First of all, your children need to search for flowers – preferably of different kinds. You could incorporate an educational aspect about the different flowers if you like.

Once the flowers are collected, you can then help them make them into wonderful flower necklaces for a fashion show!

At Constance Belle Mare Plage kids’ club, our hostess shows the children how to prepare their necklaces after they’ve found their flowers. For those who did not search for flowers – usually boys – the hostess will show them different tattoos. It is harmless for the skin and easily washable.

Even if you aren’t at a resort with a kids’ club, this is an activity the children love – and it’s free and easy.

5. Go local!

Ages: any age (4-12 for Dancing in Mauritius)

If you’re travelling abroad, what local customs could your children get involved with? Food, fun, dancing? Most places have local customs or traditions that are fantastic for your children to get involved with.

For example, in Mauritius, our hotels run Sega Traditional Dance of Mauritius classes. Children get to learn and rehearse a traditional Mauritian dance for a week before putting a show on for their parents – and other hotel guests! They get to dress up in traditional costume, dance and have a fantastic time. The parents love it and the children gain confidence from being in the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Kakoo kids clubs

 

 

 

More information about Constance Hotels Experience kids’ clubs

We have made the above recommendations for children’s activities on holiday because we’ve learnt from experience at our exceptional kids’ club at Constance Belle Mare Plage – these are the top activities our children love!

We have dedicated Mini club Hostess who welcomes children and parents at the club when they arrive. Everyone gets a Mini club folder explaining the opening times and activities and the interesting adventures that the children can discover.

Our Kids’ Club caters for children from 04 years to 12 years old and is open from 09h00 to 22h00. The mini club is surrounded with a nice wooden barrier where there is one access door.

Inside we have a small children’s pool, an area with partly sand and grass. There are Swings and slides where children can enjoy themselves. Terraces where children can enjoy paintings and read books and play games.

There’s a TV Corner to watch movies and another TV corner to play games. There is a small kitchen and a special air condition room for babies to sleep. There is the shower and Toilette corner specially design for children.

Parents are provided with a folder and the mini club daily activity sheet where they can see what is going on during the day.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival winners are crowned!

Winning Starter

The winning starter!

As you know from our previous daily updates, last week saw the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius host the 6th annual Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival.

And now it’s time to find out which talented chefs won the overall competition.

The winners of the 6th Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival - Serge and Harrish

The winners of the 6th Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival - Serge and Harrish

And the winner is…

Serge Vieira, the Michelin-starred chef of the “Serge Vieira” restaurant in Chaudes- Aigues, France, alongside his competition partner, the Chef de Partie at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mr Harrish Mungur.

The delicious winning menu was composed of a heart of palm starter with tuna, hot mango, lemon grass sauce and grilled peanuts. The main course, Bourgeois, was cooked at low temperature then lacquered alongside crispy lime, cannelloni of Mauritian chards and ripe banana with preserved lemon.

Worthy second place winners

Worthy second place winners

Second place went to Xabi Ibarboure from ‘La Table des Frères Ibarboure’ in France and his festival partner Saroj Singh Magar Darlami from the Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives.

Third place went to Mike North from ‘The Nut Tree Inn’ in the UK alongside Marcus Accouche from the Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles.

The Culinary Festival

The week itself was a unique exchange between 6 European chefs, all holders of a Michelin star and six chefs from the Constance Hotels Experience group: Constance Belle Mare Plage, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Ephélia Resort, Constance Lémuria Resort and Constance Halaveli Resort. Links to more information about these hotels are on the right.

The key objective of the Culinary Festival was to support the exchange of experience and knowledge between the participating professionals and to celebrate their common passion for the love of cooking and the art of the table.

New competitions added this year

While the main event was the culinary contest, this year saw several new internal competitions added, also.

There was a cocktail competition on 14th March, won by Jonathan Nazira from the Constance Belle Mare Plage using Gabriel Boudier and Bernard Loiseau liquors. Each of the European chefs was asked to choose the best mixologist from six barmen from Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. The winning cocktail was served at the Prize Giving ceremony.

Mrs Rajeshwaree Ramphul  won the new ‘Art of the Table’ competition which was held on 15th March where the wives of the European chefs went to the Deer Hunter restaurant with Dominique Loiseau and selected the most beautifully prepared table in a competition between 6 of Constance Belle Mare Plage’s head waiters.

The 16 March saw Mr Jay Bissoondoyal  win another new feature of the festival – the Centrepiece Competition. The themes were ‘Elegance lies in Simplicity’ and ‘Mother of Pearls and Stardust’.

Wine competition

As if that wasn’t enough, there was a wine competition on 18 March, where 6 Mauritian wine waiters explained their choice of wine to match with the dinner served by the European chefs. The winner for this competition was Mr Jorald Julie, sommelier of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

The latter also came second in the examination as “Wine Waiter Advisor” at the famous wine university of Suze la Rousse, in the Rhône Valley in 2008.