Once the home of the extinct dodo bird, Mauritius is a small pearl in the Indian Ocean surrounded with fine coral reefs situated to the east of Madagascar.
With 160 km of shoreline, Mauritius is an idyllic place to relish water sports activities. Spot angelfish, butterfly-fish and clownfish hovering around the corals. Sharks, dolphins and rays patrol the outer reef. These coral reefs house several colorful and delightful aquatic species of flora and fauna.
The overexploitation of the coral reefs or coral breeching is resulting in the damage of reef. The
Mauritius Marine Conservation Group is formed to spread awareness about the damage that has been done and consequences. The organization is working hard to improve the condition of the reef. Since 1980, ten vessels have been sunk deep inside the blue water by the organization to create artificial reefs. These shipwrecks provide shelter to algae, corals and colorful fishes. Within the span of five years, the wreck will be covered by soft corals and will further act as a magnet to draw fishes.
The turquoise water of the island provide home to 36 kinds of corals and about 90 distinct species of fishes. The coral reefs of Mauritius offer perfect atmosphere to tourists to immerse themselves in adventurous water sports activities.
Best Time for Diving in Mauritius
The best time for diving in Mauritius is from the months of November to March. In these months, the underwater visibility is highest making your journey under sea more pleasurable.
Recommended PADI Diving Centres operating at Mauritius Hotels
Aquarius Diving: Coco Beach – Belle Mare; Dinarobin – Le Morne ; Le Paradis – Le Morne
Coral Diving at Blue Lagoon, Blue Bay
Easy Dive: Les Pavillons – Le Morne; Berjaya Le Morne – Le Morne ; Plaza Beach Resort Le Meridien – Pointe aux Piments
Emperator Diving Centre: Marina Resort – Anse La Raie; Coin de Mire – Bain Bœuf; Paul & Virginie – Grand Gaube
Maritim Diving Centre: Maritim – Balaclava
Merville Diving Centre: Merville – Grand Bay
Nautilus Diving Centre: Trou aux Biches Hotel – Trou aux Biches
Sea Fan & Explorer: Ambre – Belle Mare; Beau Rivage – Belle Mare; La Plantation – Balaclava; La Residence – Belle Mare; Legends – Grand Gaube; Le Palmar Beach – Palmar
Sun Divers: La Pirogue; Le Sugar Beach; Hilton ; The Sands all located at Wolmar, Flic en Flac
Diving Centres not operating at Hotels: Atlantis Diving Centre – Trou aux Biches
Blue Water Diving Centre – Mont Choisy
Dive Sites in Mauritius
North Coast: Whale Rock, Flat Island, Silver Star wreck, Grand Bay and Pereybere are some of the fabulous dive spots in the north coast of the island. Here you can watch myriad species of colourful fishes and corals. Whale rock is reputed for immense coral formation on rock visited by hammerhead sharks.
Some of the best dive sites:
- The Tube: 7-11 m coral reef dive An excellent dive for beginners
- Anchor Reef: 9-19 m coral reef dive A beautiful all round site, hosting a complete variety of typical Indian Ocean marine life.
- Stella Maru: 14-25 m wreck dive A 145 foot Japanese fishing trawler, laying in an up right position.
- Water Lilly: 26 m wreck dive Two old water barges laying at a 30 degree angle to each other.
- Black Forest: 35-50 m drop off A deep dive hosting gorgone on fan coral and black coral.
- Coral Garden: 18-21m coral dive Big rock structures and fan coral creating natural passages for larger fish life
- South East Coast: The region is facilitated with various caves, crevices and slopes. Roche Zozo, Colorado and Sirius wreck are different dive sites in south east coast of Mauritius.
- East Coast: the most famous dive spot in east coast is Belle Mare lagoon offering you an opportunity to greet sharks, barracudas, kingfish, rays and tunas.
- West Coast: Dive in Cathedrale, an undersea cave near Flic en Flac, to explore the mysterious life pulsating inside the water. Enjoy diving in Rempant Serpent. This site near Flic en Flac provides shelter to lionfish, morays, stone fish and many other species of fishes, corals and invertebrates.
- Spot dolphins bouncing in the southwest coast near Tamarin Bay.