Liveaboard Review

This traditional Dutch vessel has been sailing for a very long time and once you step on board you are greeted with a sense of history and prestige. The SV Sea Shell was built in the 1920s and renovated in 1996. It has a length of 118ft/36meters and a beamwidth of 21ft/6.6meters. This liveaboard uses a Henschel 300HP engine that delivers cruising speed 7 knots. You will be cruising to selected diving locations all over Seychelles that host an abundance of coral reefs and marine life.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    A couple of divers said they got to see Nudibranchs, Napoleon and Humphead Wrasses, reef sharks, etc.
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    Many people commended the dive crew and staff on always being attentive
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    A couple of people said the food was delicious and well prepared
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Things we don't like:

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    Some people were taken back by the old look of the boat
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Diving on the SV Sea Shell in Seychelles

SV Sea Shell liveaboard

Diving is not as simple as just jumping in the water and getting to see all the wonders that you imagine in your head. It requires diligent planning, a great crew and a vessel that provides you with all the comforts of home. This is exactly what the SV Sea Shell brings together in a one of a kind liveaboard experience. With its over 100 year existence, it has accumulated knowledge and information that will ensure you only dive at the best locations in ideal conditions.

Interior and entertainment areas

This liveaboard has ample space to house 20 divers in eight air-conditioned cabins. You will have the choice between triple and double berth cabins that come with a washbasin. It’s the policy of the SV Sea Shell that no cabins will be shared with strangers. There are shared bathroom facilities that consist of 1 deck shower, three-indoor showers, and four toilets.

Relaxation & leisure areas on the SV Sea Shell

If you find yourself with the free time you might want to check out the lounge/salon area. The air-conditioned salon is fitted with a TV and DVD player and has a mini-library. There are also many soft sofas and a stereo system if you want to liven things up.

The deck lounge is another place to unwind after a long day in the water. The shaded lounge is perfect for a sundowner at night or for trading dive stories with fellow guests. During the day you can take advantage of the sun deck and soak up some sun and work on your tan.

Activities on the liveaboard

Scuba diving is not the only activity that will keep occupied while you enjoy your stay on the SV Sea Shell. They offer kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, and swimming activities. You will also have the opportunity to go on land excursions and have a beach barbeque.

Food on the SV Sea Shell

The chef and crew take feeding the divers very seriously and this why you will never have to worry about going hungry. Meals will be served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and between dives, you will be served refreshments and snacks to keep your energy levels high. Meals will generally be a selection between Western and Creole cuisine. There are also alcoholic beverages served onboard this liveaboard that include beer and wine.


The best of Seychelles can be explored on this 100-year-old vessel. The dive itineraries will last between 6-7 days and will take you to sights with pristine corals, shipwrecks, pinnacles, and walls.

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