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Felicite Island


Lying 2.5 miles (4km) east of La Digue, the small Félicité Island is privately owned and contains a luxury tourist complex. While you cannot land there, snorkeling is still possible around the island. The island is one of the spots included by many tour guides from La Digue, often combined with Coco Island. The coral beds are rich in fish, and you will have no trouble seeing spotted eagle rays and hawksbill sea turtles, which visit the spot in large numbers.
How to get there?

Félicité Island lies a few miles off the coast of 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 guide to visit the snorkeling spot. Excursions to Coco Island from La Digue generally include a stop at this spot.

Water entrance

You enter the water from the boat: follow your guide's instructions.

Aerial view

Exploration

Félicité Island is a privately owned island with access restricted to its guests. Tour guides will drop you off directly at the reef, which lies a few dozen yards from the small island. 

The spot can be divided into two distinct areas: the channel giving access to the small marina, visited by numerous spotted eagle ray, and the fringing coral reef, some 10-20 yards off shore.

The sandy area of the channe lis relatively poor, but it is in this area that the spotted eagle rays can generally be found. The channe lis relatively deep (↕20-25ft/6-8m). By criss-crossing the area, you should not have to wait too long before seeing them. It is not unusual to come across groups of two or three rays, resting on the seabed.  As soon as a snorkeler free dive, they swim off straight away into the ocean blue, darting above the sand. 

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Hawksbill sea turtle at Félicité Island

The coral area covers a width of about 100 yards along the Félicité Island shore. Move along in parallel with the shore (↕6-12ft/2-4m). You will come across school of convict tang, surgeonfish, wrasse, butterflyfish, and sometimes groups of impressive humphead parrotfish. The underwater seascapes are unchanging but pleasant. The coral (mainly of hard coral of the acropora type) is very well preserved. This is also the place where you will have the best chance of seeing hawksbill sea turtle. They have long been used to human presence, and are always ready to have their photo taken, which is made easier by the clarity and luminosity of the water near the surface.

Be careful when you explore the channel, as boats may (rarely) use it to access the marina. Follow the instructions of your tour guide, who can advise you on what to do depending on the conditions.



Restaurants and accommodation

The spot is only accessible by boat, so there is nowhere to order food on site. While the tour guides sometimes provide drinks and a few snacks (ask for details), you should take care at least to bring some water with you.

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
  • Maximum depth
    20ft (6m)
  • Water entrance
    From a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. €50/$55 pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Felicite Island

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Hawksbill sea turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata
Spotted eagle ray
Aetobatus narinari
Orbicular batfish
Platax orbicularis
Green humphead parrotfish
Bolbometopon muricatum
Daisy parrotfish
Chlorurus sordidus
Blue tang
Paracanthurus hepatus
Powder blue tang
Acanthurus leucosternon
Convict surgeonfish
Acanthurus triostegus
Goldbar wrasse
Thalassoma hebraicum
Sixbar wrasse
Thalassoma hardwicke
Raccoon butterflyfish
Chaetodon lunula
Melon butterflyfish
Chaetodon trifasciatus
Elegant unicornfish
Naso elegans
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Sulphur damsel
Pomacentrus sulfureus
Calamar de récif à grandes nageoires
Sepioteuthis lessoniana
Poisson-flûte
Fistularia commersonii
Scrawled filefish
Aluterus scriptus
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