Reef’s beauty discovered by scientists

Scientists on a routine dive in the Seychelles have discovered a previously unknown reef close to the archipelago.


Dr Dave Smith and Dr Dave Suggett from the University of Essex were carrying out a scuba dive off Curieuse Island when they came across the discovery.


It had previously been thought that there were not any coral reefs in the Seychelles, although the destination has always been popular for holidays due to its marine life, which includes over 200 giant tortoises.


“Diving revealed an extensive coral reef to the south of the island, at a depth which would not be visible to the occasional snorkeler,” said Dr Smith.


The researchers also found evidence that the coral had begun to recover from the effects of the tsunami in 2004.


For anyone who wants to book Seychelles holidays to explore the new reef, Seychelles Travel recommends October and November as among the best months for snorkelling and diving.


It says that the water is nice and warm and that visibility is often greater than 30 metres.


The islands are also excellent for wind-surfing, fishing and hiking. offers a number of luxury holidays, as well as more information on worldwide destinations.


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