Constance Ephelia, Port Launay, Mahé, Seychelles
Coordinates in degrees decimal : -4.6556901 N, 55.4049487 E.
Visited in May 2019. Photographers: Nigel Thomas, Stephen Thomas and Jim Thomas. Cameras: Pentax WG-II, Olympus Tough T5 and Nikon Coolpix W300.
The resort Constance Ephelia sits on the north west corner of the island of Mahe. It has two main beaches. The best beach for snorkeling is on the northwestern side of the peninsular and is known as Port Launay Beach. This beach has two reefs, one to the left hand side of the beach and one to the right, both within the Port Launay National Marine Park. A second large beach may be found on the southeastern side of the peninsular (Lans Ilet), however, this beach is in an area with extensive shallow waters and has no easy or safe access to coral reef, although it still has alternative interest. A further good beach for snorkeling, may be found at Lans Koken, to the northwest of the resort and accessed by following the path towards the Presidential Villa.
The resort warns about swimming too far from shore on two further beaches, to the south of the resort (Lans Angle and Lans Trusalo), hence these have been excluded from this review.
An issue to be aware off is water visibility. The calmest period and hence best for visibility is November through till April. Thereafter the winds increase in strength and although they are southeasterly in direction, they create poorer visibility around the whole of the Island. Unfortunately this review was just as the visibility was declining hence some imagery is poor.
Water temperatures range from about 25C to 32C, with warmest waters in the period March to May and the coldest in July to August.
Approximately 160 species identified, of which more than 60 were fish.
Completed without the support of the resort.