Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Mauritius

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Mauritius

Scuba diving information in Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful tropical island, famous for having been the only home of the dodo, hosting some beautiful dive sites and warm, clear waters. In Mauritius divers can explore coral reefs, multi-colored marine life and ship wrecks, some dating back to the 19th century. There are numerous dive sites strewn all around the island, most of which are located on the west coast, around Flic-en-Flac or in the north, at Trou aux Biches or at the Northern Islands. It is possible to see moray eels, lionfish, stonefish, grey reef sharks and whitetip sharks in Mauritius. One of most popular dive sites in Mauritius is the Cathedral, a huge cave. Other dive sites in Mauritius include the Whale Rock and Roche Zozo, an underwater rock pinnacle, and the submerged crater near Ile Ronde. Mauritius is almost completely encircled by a barrier coral reef which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of brightly colored fish. The south-western area of Mauritius is famous for the dolphins that often take shelter in the bays. There are many shipwrecks in the north and some wonderful giant gorgonian coral fans and fantastic drift diving along the east coast. There are plenty of diving centers in Mauritius, some of which are quite good. The islands of the North offer particularly attractive diving sites, of which the most famous is undoubtedly the renowned “Shark Pit”, behind Flat Island. The island of Rodrigues is undoubtedly a fascinating exploration territory with very jagged underwater landscapes like numerous canyons, tunnels, caves and arcs. Many pelagics such as tunas, jackfish and sharks can be seen there. Round Island is found among the most spectacular diving sites for watching big pelagics like sharks, shoals of barracudas and marlins. Diving is possible all year round although visibility can be bad, depending on the time of year and place. The best time to dive is from November to April, with good visibility and water temperatures up to 29°C. Both beginners and certified divers can be sure to have safe, enjoyable dives in these islands.

Geography and climate

The Mauritius are a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles. The Mauritius also controls Rodrigues Island and the remote, sparsely populated Agalega and Cargados Garayos (Saint Brandon) islands. The climate is tropical, cooled by southeast trade winds, with warm, dry winters from May to November and hot, wet summers from November to May. There are not much temperature differences between the two seasons of the year, although the climate on the central plateau is cooler than on the coastal areas. Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. Tropical cyclones can occur between November and April. Anti-cyclones affect the country during May to September.

Entry requirements

To enter Mauritius, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry is required by all nationals. The nationals of many countries, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and most Western countries do not need a visa in advance. For more informations, please contact the Mauritius Embassy in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccination against hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria, dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis B is recommended, and meningococcal meningitis is a risk from December to June. More common is dengue fever and chikungunya virus, especially in summer, from October to May. Always consult a doctor before traveling.

Time zone

UTC+4

Communications

Payphones are found in Mauritius Telecom's customer service centers in towns around the island. Roaming agreements with international mobile phone companies are available and coverage extends over the entire island. You could also buy a local SIM card. There are Internet cafés in both main towns and tourist centers such as Grand Baie and Port Louis. Most hotels offer wireless Internet access.

Power and Electricity

230V/50Hz (European or UK plug)

Scuba Diving locations in Mauritius

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Mauritius? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Mauritius, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

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Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Mauritius

Which locations in Mauritius have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Mauritius and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Mauritius

Which marine species can I observe in Mauritius? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Mauritius

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Mauritius? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Mauritius.

Scuba Diving centers in Mauritius

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Mauritius? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Mauritius. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Mauritius

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Mauritius? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Mauritius. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Mauritius

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Mauritius? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Mauritius. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available