With a 330km coastline scattered in soft, white-sand beaches, crystal clean lagoons, breathtakingly beautiful reefs and a fascinating subaquatic world of coral arches, diving dolphins, humpback whales and vibrant tropical fish, it’s safe to say Mauritius is made for diving.
If you are thinking about heading to Mauritius to get a unique and unforgettable diving fix, take a look at what you can expect when scuba diving in this magical Indian Ocean island.
A year-round opportunity
As well as its incredible beauty of emerald-coloured fields, volcanic mountain backdrops and an unrivalled coastline, what’s appealing about Mauritius is that it can be visited and enjoyed all year round.
With warm, year-round sunshine, the activities Mauritius is renowned for, and none more so than diving, can be enjoyed for virtually 12 months of the year.
In fact, one of the best ways to enjoy Mauritius’s enviable, year-round weather, is to jump into its warm crystal-clear waters with scuba diving equipment attached.
Explore the unique marine life on Mauritius’s coastline
What really makes Mauritius such a beguiling destination for diving, is the incredible marine life that makes this tiny island in the Indian Ocean its home. The beautiful turquoise waters that gently lap the island’s white sandy beaches are home to more than 430 different species of marine life and more than 200 coral species, a number of which are endemic to the island.
Asides swimming amongst the colourful array of rare marine life and stunning reefs, divers in Mauritius can explore over 20 ships wrecks from the 18th and 19th centuries that lie on the bottom of the ocean around the island’s coastline.
All ability of divers’ welcome and catered for
Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or a complete beginner, you’ll be able to enjoy the tropical underwater world of Mauritius, as all levels and abilities of divers can be involved in this justifiably popular pastime on the island.
Diving courses are available in the many diving schools and facilities across the island. Certain courses teach the basics of scuba diving and others improve existing diving skills. All diving activities on Mauritius are geared towards providing exciting and unforgettable adventures of the extraordinary world beneath the waves.
The diving courses offered on Mauritius are provided by two of the world’s leading diving organisations – PAI and CMAS. PADI – the Professional Association of Diving Instructors – is the largest diving training organisation and recreational diving membership in the world.
CMAS – the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques – is an international organisation for diver training groups, which offers a global framework for diving qualifications.
If diving or snorkelling isn’t your thing, there’s a wealth of other thrilling water sports crying out to be enjoyed when visiting this beautiful, sun-drenched island.
From parasailing across the deep blue ocean and kayaking in the many mysterious caves and islands Mauritius’s coastline is blessed with, to skimming the water’s surface on water skies and deep-sea fishing for that evening’s tasty dinner, this truly unique Indian Ocean island provides unforgettable ways to experience its dramatic and unrivalled coastline.
If you’re visiting Mauritius with young children, spending a day on one of the many magical, fine white sand beaches, where shade is offered through the boughs of palm trees, and ice-cream and cold drinks are served from friendly beach bar huts, promises to be the perfect way to relax, unwind and become acquainted with this island’s unique beauty and way of life.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on this beautiful island, where you can dive and explore a fascinating marine world to your heart’s content, let the top Mauritius travel operators at Mauritius Holiday Experts find you quality hotels and travel packages for the best prices on this truly unique island.