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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles gives guests unique opportunity to swim with whales

Giving guests a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to get close to giant whale sharks and swim alongside them, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has developed an amazing new programme that will allow guests spending Seychelles holidays at the resort to go swimming with these amazing nature creatures.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles gives guests unique opportunity to swim with whales

Giving those fascinated by the giants of the sea the unique opportunity of getting close to them in a way only very few lucky people can, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is now offering guests an amazing "swimming with whales" experience as part of their seasonal programme of activities designed to wow guests during their Seychelles holidays.

This unique new programme will give guests the amazing opportunity of approaching whale sharks in an upclose fashion and go on a fascinating undersea journey alongside them. Even when their look is imposing and to some they could appear scary due to their sheer gigantic size, whale sharks really are the gentle giants of the seas and, thanks to a partnership between Four Seasons Resort Seychelles and the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles (MCSS) guests can now go swimming with whales in the Seychelles during their holidays in the beautiful pristine islands.

Striking and enthralling, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, and the time to see them swimming in the Seychelles is usually between September and October, as this is when they migrate to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia.

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For viewing whale sharks in the Seychelles (let alone swimming with them) the challenge lies in locating them, as the size of these creatures means they do not frequent the small bays of the islands. To see them, they need to be tracked by going further out to sea by boat. Fortunately the MCSS has developed a system to track and meet the whale sharks as they pass through the Seychelles on their annual migratory route and this is precisely the tracking method that will be used to take holidaymakers to see them.

The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, incorporating the Shark Research Institute Seychelles, has been monitoring and tagging whale sharks in Seychelles waters since 1996. As a result of these conservation efforts the Government of Seychelles has declared the whale shark a protected species in Seychelles territorial waters.

“Seychelles is one of the few places in the world that you can spot whale sharks, so this is really a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with them. Sightings don’t happen every day, so signing up to the program is no guarantee of being able to see them, but the hard work of the MCSS means the prospect are increased. We will contact you if there is a sighting, so you can relax and enjoy the facilities of the Resort.” says Diarmuid Connolly, the Leisure Experience Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

In order to promote awareness about the existence of these creatures and their inspiring beauty, the organisation understands that tourists want to see them, and thus are able to raise funds through whale shark watching excursions. Guests from Four Seasons Resort Seychelles can sign up for the programme with the recreation team at the resort and even those who are not up to braving the wild ocean waters for the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks during their holidays in Seychelles can still learn more about whale sharks from the resort's resident Marine Educator who is there to impart knowledge about the marine life in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

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