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Coco Island


Not far from La Digue, the rich depths of Coco Island are a real natural aquarium. Around this idyllic isle bathed by crystal-clear waters, you can swim amid turtles and hundreds of fish above a wealth of coral. Top-quality sites are not rare in the Seychelles, but lovers of snorkeling should not leave the archipelago without exploring this exceptional spot.
How to get there?

Coco Island lies a few miles from La Digue. Unless you have your own boat or you are visiting the Seychelles in a catamaran, you will need to book a half-day excursion from a local operator to visit the spot. Excursions to Coco leaving from La Digue generally include a stop on Félicité Island. Since the spot is part of the Coco Island Marine Park, there is an entrance fee (included in the price of your excursion) and the area is regulated.

Water entrance

You enter the water from the boat, jumping into the water at the spot shown by your tour organizer.

Aerial view


Exploration

The area to explore is at the edge of Coco Island (facing the small white sandy beach) and near the islands surrounding it. During an organized excursion, there is little scope for independence and you will generally be accompanied by your guide throughout the exploration. He can show you the most interesting areas and give you a good glimpse of underwater life.

Near the small islands, you will alternatively cross clear areas interspersed with spectacular granite rocks and impressive coral beds (↕12-24ft/4-8m). Near the beach, it is less deep (↕3-10ft/1-3m) and the coral is rarer, but there are just as many fish.

Snorkeling Report Coco Island Seychelles
Aerial view of Coco Island

The underwater life in this spot is impressive in density and variety. Shoals of powder blue tangs, hawksbill sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, blue damselfish, and deep red anthias… The coral (mainly of the acropora type) is very well preserved.

At this spot, the water is particularly clean and clear (less so close to the beach). Sea conditions can vary, on the other hand. Follow your tour guide’s instructions.



Restaurants & accommodation

Coco Island is an unspoiled spot, and there are no restaurants. Although tour organizers sometimes provide drinks and snacks (check beforehand), you are better off taking your own water at least.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary level
  • Protected area
  • Maximum depth
    20ft (6m)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach (or a boat)
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    High
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. €50/$55 pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Coco Island

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Hawksbill sea turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata
Powder blue tang
Acanthurus leucosternon
Blue tang
Paracanthurus hepatus
Clown surgeonfish
Acanthurus lineatus
Convict surgeonfish
Acanthurus triostegus
Red Sea sailfin tang
Zebrasoma desjardinii
Moorish idol
Zanclus cornutus
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Green Chromis
Chromis viridis
Black triggerfish
Melichthys niger
Goldbar wrasse
Thalassoma hebraicum
Bengal snapper
Lutjanus bengalensis
Sulphur damsel
Pomacentrus sulfureus
Elegant unicornfish
Naso elegans
Smallspotted dart
Trachinotus baillonii
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