Welcome to Azzurra Pro Dive
For visitors wishing to discover underwater La Digue and its neighbouring islands, this is the place to come!
La Digue is the smallest and most peaceful island of the main granitic group. Year round comfortable weather and a crystal clear mid-ocean underwater world make this island an ideal location to combine sunbathing and lazy beach hours with exciting dives.
Whether you are a certified diver, or have no previous experience and are looking for an introduction to scuba diving, come to Azzurra Pro Dive! You cannot afford to miss the wonderful underwater environment that our island has to offer: enjoy the breathtaking granitic slopes, experience the thrill of diving among a school of reef sharks, discover the thriving underwater life in all its shapes, sizes and incredible colours!
We are a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified dive centre with professional, friendly staff, situated at Anse Reunion, in the heart of La Digue - next to the La Digue Island Lodge and walking distance from most guest houses and tourist establishments.
We offer PADI courses from beginner to professional level:
PADI Discover Scuba Diving-experience programme is an introduction to the world of scuba diving available to those with no previous experience of open water diving.
PADI Open Water Diver – is entry level certification course for first-time divers and includes theory, pool and open water sessions.
Course duration: 3 day
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver - second-level certification for Open Water Divers, includes theory and open water dives.
Course duration: min. 3 days
PADI Medic First Aid - propaedeutic for the Rescue Diver course.
Course duration: 1/2 day
PADI Rescue Diver:
Learn and practice divers' rescue skills both in the pool and in open water.
Course duration: min. 4 days
PADI Divemaster/Master Scuba Diver: become a professional recreational diver, for your own personal interest or to start a career in recreational diving.
Course duration: min. 2 weeks
We offer training and certification for several specialties.
Not a diver yet or want to develop your skills?
We offer diving courses following the standards of PADI, the world's biggest and most reputable diving association.
Experience your first steps underwater by trying an introductory dive or become a certified diver with an Open Water Diver course.
If you are already a certified, develop your knowledge as a recreational diver or get involved in an exciting specialty. Take advantage of the perfect conditions of a tropical destination, with good visibility and warm water.
Our experienced instructors teach in English, French, German and Italian in an air-conditioned classroom and relaxed environment to really let you enjoy your underwater experience.
In addition to the many surfers who find their perfect wave in the Seychelles - many divers find "home" in this tropical paradise thousands of miles from anywhere boasting excellent diving in spectacular surroundings. Seychelles is a group of about 115 islands which lie 1600 km (990 miles) off the coast of east Africa. The islands are predominately made of granite and, due to oceanic isolation, have managed to preserve a large number of unique species such as giant tortoises. Minimal currents, abundant fish, colourful corals and an above average chance of seeing large pelagics (such as manta rays, turtles, and whale sharks) make this a top dive travel destination.
The three central islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, all of which are granitic, while the outlying islands are coral atolls. Aside from palm-fringed beaches and superb snorkelling and diving, there's also plenty of forest wilderness with an abundance of wildlife.
Diving, particularly around the outlying islands is popular and diving is offered both from dive centres on the islands or from a number of live-aboard dive vessels with good facilities.
Seychelles has four marine national parks, and more than 150 species of tropical reef fish have been identified.
In 1997 Seychelles was affected by coral bleaching caused by the El Nino weather pattern which resulted in some hard coral mortality, mainly of branching Acropora species (finger corals, stag-horns etc). Since then there are visible signs that the reefs - like many other areas affected by this natural phenomena – are recovering. And it is important to note that the amount of fish has not been affected.
Some of the best dive sites around la digue:
One of the better known sites in this area, a series of huge granite boulders surround the small island and drop down in dramatic vertical walls and swim-throughs. The series of protected gullies and bays are home to a prolific fish population including Stingrays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Napoleon wrasse and reef sharks and are also visited by turtles.
These rocks are located mid-channel between Praslin and La Digue and provide a magnet for fish and invertebrate life amid their corals. A series of interesting gullies and holes provide ample shelter to protect not only the shoals of smaller reef fish, but also the larger groupers and snappers.
Right next to Ave Maria, less know but every bit as inviting, is White Bank; this series of rocks is the gathering place for schools of Unicornfish, Jack, Snappers and Bat-fish. In the crevices and tunnels Lobster, Octopus, Scorpion fish, Humphead Parrotfish and White tip shark can all be found.
Pate Anse Severe
Here a long granite back stone supports an impressive coral reef, where Moorish Idols, Parrotfish and Surgeonfish swim along Turtles and schools of Eagle Ray. Look out for the beautiful Anemones hosting pairs of Clownfish. The gentle current makes this an excellent site for drift dives.
The gentle drift along the side of the island can reveal several giant stingray and Nutrice shark. Humphead Parrotfish glide past, unconcerned by the presence of divers. Several species of large grouper can also be found, hiding under overhangs and in holes.
Anse Marron Rocks
Here a long granite backbone supports an impressive coral reef which has become the hunting ground of several small reef sharks.
The end of the reef has a series of interesting caves and swim-throughs which harbour a diversity of the shyer fish species.
Roche En Bas
A circular granite formation adorned with corals with swim throughs and crevices to explore. An ideal location for finding Bumphead parrotfish, Hawksbill turtles and schooling Eagle rays. Small stingrays and white tip sharks sleep under the corals and rocks.
Pinnacles of granite reach to the surface from the sand at 20 metres forming impressive underwater spires and canyons. These provide a sheltered home to Napoleon wrasse, jacks, parrotfish and a multitude of colourful reef fish.
West Sister Rock
A huge granite block provides a home for schools of snapper and the extremely rare Armitage Angelfish. Great Barracuda and the occasional Grey shark add an exciting touch. However the large marbled grouper towards the end of the dive is very timid, so approach quietly!
East Sister Bank
Adrift dive over dramatic rock formations with swim-throughs and soft corals a specialty. Shoaling Humphead Parrotfish and Hawksbill turtles are regularly seen, as is the unusual and colourful clown triggerfish.
These rocks between Sister Island and Felicite start at just three metres below the surface and form a natural focus for swirling schools of jacks and Mackerel. Reef Sharks and Green Turtles are frequently spotted.
A good place for diving amongst granite formations scattered on the sea bottom and reaching up seven metres to the surface. Common is the grey reef sharks and the nurse shark, and the swim-throughs attract schools of Humphead parrot fish, Napoleon Wrasse, Hawsksbill turtle, Lobsters, Morrayeel and Sting rays, lying in the sand.
Shark Rock & Cayman Rocks
These two remote granite reef have large coral formations which are frequently visited by schools of barracuda and Jack fish as well as being home to Turtles, Stinray, Eagleray and reef Shark.
Pate Blanc Chiminee
This deep granitic bank is an excellent location for seeing shoals of large pelagics. Dogtooth tuna, large jacks, rainbow runners and red snapper roam the outer edge, while the overhangs are home for sleeping sharks, rays and a profusion of reef fish.
This range of granite pinnacles studding the sea bed makes an excellent drift dive. They are a gathering point for many kinds of pelagic and game fish such as dogtooth tuna, large jacks and even sailfish. Look out for nurse sharks, giant stingrays and schooling Oceanic triggerfish.
The submarine rocks at the eastern end of Curieuse Island are covered by an immense diversity of coral attracting an equally exciting range of coral fish species. Sharks and Ray are frequently seen cruising by. Turtles are a common favourite.
An extensive coral reef tableau dominated by large coral heads and table corals, this is an excellent location for finding lionfish, octopus, morays and scorpionfish. Its protected status means that you are often surrounded by hundreds of shoaling fusiliers and jacks. Marine Park Regulations will apply.
This idyllic island in the Curieuse Marine Park is a shallow dive ideal for beginner divers. It is, however, also an excellent night dive location with octopus, lobster, Spanish dancers, sea hares and other nocturnal creatures out in the open. Ideal for macro photography.
On this site a huge granite formation has literally splintered apart leaving a series of narrow interconnecting gullies. These provide superb diving and hiding places for many unique fish and coral species as well as visiting Turtles.
A long granite rising, to within seven metres of the surface, the site is covered with both hard and soft corals and shelters shoals of small fish which in turn an attracts turtle, dolphins and occasional reef sharks. Lucky divers in the right season may also spot the occasional whale shark.
A series of dramatic granitic pinnacles just break the surface and are the home for giant stingrays, reef sharks and pristine coral formations. Shoals of fusiliers swoop over the divers and turtles are often seen in the shallows.
An island renowned as a nature reserve for its bird life, the underwater life is easily as spectacular! The reefs off the island provide superb diving and a hiding place for many unique fish and coral species as well as turtles
Only just breaking the surface at low water, this rock is a potential hazard to shipping but a Mecca for divers. The site is home to a number of reef sharks and has an impressive 10 metre long tunnel with several openings through to the outer reef.
A drift around this granitic formation provides a spectacle of perfect corals, Napoleon Wrasse, reef sharks and turtles. Shoaling fish gather at either end of the island and surround the divers in an array of colours.
This bank is a series of granitic pinnacle surrounded by boulder outcrops covered in corals. You are guaranteed to find small reef sharks (sometimes larger!) and a multitude of shoaling fish.
A drift dive around Booby Rock is an excellent way of seeing Eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, turtles and dolphins. Sleeping sharks and lobsters hide under the rocks and coral heads, while shoals of snappers and soldier fish inhabit the reef tops. Whale sharks a distinct possibility in season.
This offshore pinnacle is covered in pristine coral formations and is seldom visited by divers.
The visibility is usually excellent and sightings of schools of devil rays, giant grouper and reef sharks are common.
Grey reef sharks and stingrays rest on the sand at the base of this pinnacle. Shoals of batfish, snapper and the odd hawksbill turtle are found slightly shallower, close to a neat swim-through in the rocks. Often to be seen are large moray eels. During ascent don't miss watching the different shades of blue formed by waves breaking onto the rock.
The island drops steeply into the sea forming dramatic cathedral size structures.
Three species of shark can be seen in one dive, including up to 25 Grey Reef Sharks patrolling the lower fringes of the reef.
Hawksbill turtles, Napoleon wrasse and Eagle rays are easily found, with guitar fish a rare treat.
The dive centre is open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
First excursion: Morning 9.30 am (1st dive- 45 min surf. Int. – 2nd) come back 1:30 pm.
Second excursion: Afternoon: 2.30 pm come back 4.00 pm.
ALL DIVE ON THE BOAT
Maximum number of divers boat: 12 (6 diver for guide)
SeaCat 3 our diving boat:
27ft., twin-engine outboard, 300 HP power, catamaran-style fibre glass hull. Equipped with radio, lifejackets, oxygen, GPS navigation system.