Although shark attacks are extremely rare, two fatal incidents (one involving a British national) off Anse Lazio on the island of Praslin have led to the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority implementing a temporary ban on entering the water and swimming in the following areas:
1 Anse Lazio, Praslin
2 Anse Georgette, Praslin
3 Petite Anse Kerlan & Grand Anse Kerlan, Praslin
4 St Pierre island
5 Curieuse island
You are advised to avoid entering the water or swimming at these locations until further notice.
Drownings do occasionally occur; be careful when swimming/snorkelling. Seasonal changes in sea conditions mean there are strong currents on beaches at different times. Beaches that offer safe swimming during the south east monsoon (May-September) may not be safe during the north east monsoon (November-March). Seek local advice. Dangerous rip currents can occur off the popular Beau Vallon beach when the sea is rough.
See our River and Sea Safety page.