written in collaboration with tinoumer (6 spots)
To get to Grande Soeur, you can choose from three main options.
The first one is to stay in Le Château de Feuilles in Praslin, which is managing the private island. It will gives you access to the island. This is by far the best option, but also the most expensive one. The second is to take part of a full day excursion (10am-3pm), including barbecue and full access to the island for the day. The cost for this tour (only on week-ends) is SCR1500 per person, including the boat transfer (all bookings with Le Chateau de Feuilles). At last, if you have the chance to visit the Seychelles with a boat, you have the possibility to request an authorization to moor next to the island and snorkel the reef.
Enter the water directly from the beach (if you are on the island), or from your boat.
The area to explore covers the 100 meters wide coral reef stretching along the beach located on the west side of the island. As you move away from the beach, you cross 50 meters of sandy seabed with scattered coral areas (↕0.5-1,5m), which grow denser as you move closer to the reef edge.
The reef flat is shallow but covered by well-preserved hard coral. As you move along the reef, it is easy to come across several species of butterflyfish and surgeonfish (often seen in large schools grazing on the coral beds). You might see dozens of other species in the area, particularly pufferfish, parrotfish and angelfish.
View on Grande Soeur from the Ocean © photo credit Martine Mas
On the reef drop-off, the water becomes suddenly much deeper (3-6m). This is the area where you will have the best chance to encounter hawksbill sea turtles, especially if you visit the area during the week. They have long been used to human presence and rest quietly just under the surface. In this deeper areas, you may also get the chance to see a white-tip shark patrolling serenely just above the seabed.
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.
Type of spot
Level of difficultyAll levels
Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
Access costsDay tour price (SCR1500 pp.)