The continuous stretch of coral
reefs around the island has not only blessed Mauritius with beautiful
beaches but also offers great diving sites. Diving amongst our tropical
fishes may be comparable to diving in an open aquarium. Currently
there are 23 diving centres in the island, registered with the Mauritius
Scuba Diving Association (MSDA). We recommend either Mascareignes
Plongées or Neptune Diving Centre - both within
walking distance from Ocean Villas.
part of Mauritius offers a variety of short and long range
dives in different coral formations and marine fauna with multitude
of fish species; lobsters, unusual rock outcrops and remains of
historical ships. Most often, diving is done on rocky outcrops or
along the barrier reef. Large fan corals, flat corals and soft corals
add to exquisite beauty of the marine life.
have been home to an array of tropical fish including angelfish,
batfish, soldier fish and squirrel fish. Large shoals of Blacktongue
unicorn fish can also be found in the area. Giant moray eels, turtles,
Tiger sharks and White-Tip sharks are quite common as well.
Starting from Pointe aux Piments in the North
West, including the offshore islands of Coin de Mire, Flat Island,
Gabriel Island in the North, to Grand Gaube, in the East, diving
in the North is possible all year round, as the area is well protected
from the prevailing winds. Slight currents thus enable a
good visibility and night dives are also possible. Water temperatures
are pleasant at 26-30 degrees celsius in summer (October to April)
and 19-22 degrees celsius in winter (May to September).
Refresher Course - pool check for the divers
with no proof of qualification.
Resort Course - pool lesson and one shallow
CMAS Star One - full course (4 days) including
equipment rental, 6 compulsory dives, log book and CMAS international
CMAS Star Two - full course (6 days) as above
inclusive of 10 compulsory dives
PADI Open Water Diver - 5 pool lessons, 4 sea
dives, theory classes, open water diver and log book, dive table,
registration, rental of equipment (duration approx. 5 days).
2 diving boats 24" and 21" with 2x115
HP and 2x60 HP Mariner Engines. 2 x Bauer and Drager compressors
24 x diving regulators with pressure gauge 24 x Buoyancy Compensator's
40 x wet suits 3mm and 5 mm long leg and sleeves masks, fins, weight
Beginner's Course = 1 Pool Training + Theory
+ 1 Open Sea Dive Rs. 1,200
Single Dive - Open Sea with Instructor Rs.
Package of 5 Dives - 1 Person Rs. 3,500
(10-21m) extremely beautiful with unusual rock formations
where moray eels, trigger and other tropical fish follow you throughout
and Pereybere Aquarium (8-14m) wide variety of tropical fish
with differently colored moray eels and many scorpion fish. Ideal
for the night dive.
Water Lily (25m), Stella
Maru (25m) and Silver Star
(38m) covered with soft and hard coral provide hiding for small
tropical fish, scorpion fish and moray eels with large game fish
passing by very often.
Patches (12-15m) cluster of reefs with large plate and branch
coral hiding moray eels, triggerfish and small shrimps.
(17-19m) with many species of coral, large red anemones, lobsters
and moray eels.
Coral Head (18-21m) with a large concentration of one of
the most beautiful soft coral species with their usual companions:
a clown fish and schools of carandine ad snapper.
(30m) interesting underwater cave surrounded by black coral sea
funs with large fish around such as: king fish, groupers, barracudas.
(40m) - known for its spectacular green coral and large game
fish, one can even spot a dorado.
(30-40m) - one of the most spectacular dives for experienced
divers, rocky area provides a base for the most interesting concentration
of typical island's coral. One can find green coral "bushes"
up to 1 meter high and samples of rare black coral. Many sea fans
and green moray eels can be seen in surrounding canyons.
(12-20m) spectacular site with two sunken anchors, one on the reef
and the other on sand. They are surrounded by some fine examples
of gigantic b rain coral. There are many reefs and sand guillies
with virtually all the types of marine life of the island congregating
Quoin Island - north island off Mauritius (10-35m) many dive
sites among others: Drop off, Jabeda
Wreck, up to 30m, usually very clear visibility and opportunity
to see turtles, large rays, tunas; garupas, snappers and schools
of small barracudas together with a usual display of all islands
- north island off Mauritius (15-25m) the whole day trip, depending
on the weather - the biggest attraction there is a 25m deep dive
next to Pigeon Rock, a
large concentration of sharks.
Popular dive sites include Blue
Bay, Le Sirius Wreck,
Purple Cave, Colorado
and Roches Zozo. Striped eels
catfish, octopus and tropical fishes - cornetfish, trumpet fish,
flutemouths and anemone fishes often weave around plate corals,
brain corals, staghorns, and cabbage corals.
Diving conditions are relatively good in the
West, with mild currents
and satisfactory visibility. Popular dive sites include Japanese
Garden, Cliff, Casiers
and La Passe.
are highly recommended as pretty Spanish dancers come out in search
of food, polyps open and corals take on a magnificent shade.
For those of you who have limited time
and no access to remote parts of the island, we would recommend
you to dive on one of the artificial reefs, which have been created
by the Marine Conservation Society at various parts of the island.