The tiny granite outcrop of L’ilot, at the exposed tip of Beau Vallon Bay at North Point on Mahe, is a spectacular site bursting with marine life. Although the current between L’ilot and the mainland tends to be quite strong, making this site really only suitable for experienced divers, the small cluster of boulders in the centre yields one of the highest densities of marine life imaginable and is not to be missed. Golden cup coral festoons the canyons and gullies, while gorgonian seafans, sea whips and other soft corals abound, fed by the nutrients being swept through the channel by the current. Various pelagic species are drawn to this site, including jack, barracuda and tuna, and often shoal in large schools – perfect for wide-angle photography. As if this underwater spectacle at L’ilot is not enough, in November, divers and snorkelers have a good chance of being able to swim with majestic whalesharks as well.