Sport Diver - - 100 Dives to do before you die -

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.

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