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.

Coral reef at Felicite Island, Seychelles

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.

Félicité Island snorkeling map, Seychelles

Water entrance

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

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 meters off shore.

Parrotfish at Felicite Island, Seychelles

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.

The coral area covers a width of about 100 meters 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 green 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.

Snorkeling with spotted eagle ray at Anse Sévère, Seychelles

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.

Species you may spot while snorkeling Félicité 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  
Palette surgeonfish Paracanthurus hepatus  
Powder blue tang Acanthurus leucosternon  
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  
  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth20ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a boat
  • Potential DangersUsual precautions
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsTour price
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

MAP Spot

Sea turtle watching in La Digue Island

snorkeling-hawksbill

Hawksbill sea turtles are a familiar sight in La Digue and its neighboring islands, like Félicité Island. In order to be a responsible snorkeler, be sure to respect the following rules when observing them:

  1. Do not attempt to touch or ride sea turtles
  2. Stay at a distance (6 to 10ft) from sea turtles
  3. Do not chase a turtle swimming away
  4. Avoid sudden movement and allow sea turtles plenty of space when they come up to the surface to breathe

On La Digue main island, Anse Patates and Anse Caiman (both with free shore access) are also excellent snorkeling spots to encounter hawksbill sea turtles.

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.