Activities – diving – Mauritius
Mauritius island, surrounded by the third largest coral reef in the world.
The temperature of the air. In summer 30 +degrees Celsius with humidity of 80%. Winter warm 23 degrees and dry. Spring and autumn with moderate temperature of +25.
The temperature of the water. From 20 to 30 degrees C depending on the season.
The best time for diving. All year round, although from December to March possible tropical storms and cyclones. In this part of the Indian ocean cyclones are usually moderate, and the weather becomes not more than a week.
Diving. Mauritius is the ideal place for scuba diving: clear water, beautiful underwater world, coral Islands and natural aquariums. Quiet lagoons and sandy coves protected from the open ocean by the third largest barrier reef almost surrounding the island. Coral reefs of Mauritius are found in almost all kinds of tropical fish of the Indian ocean, including black and blue Marlin, bonitos, barracudas and daurade. In the West of the island on the reefs of Albion during night dives you can see many crayfish. Off the Eastern coast near the capital Port Louis at the bottom lie the wrecks of the 19th century-the British frigate “Sirius” and the French transport “Saint Gérane”. All expensive hotels have a special team of professional scuba divers,as well as a complete set of equipment that can be rented.
Visibility. From 20 to 30 meters.
Fishing. To the island of Mauritius, you can apply the term “great fishing”. Great fishing is catching large marine fish: tuna, sharks, barracudas, etc. the Best season lasts from November to April, but you can fish anytime of the year. Fishing clubs are fast and well equipped boat with a length of 12-14 meters. The boat maintains a crew of 2 persons who will help in word and deed. Catch large fish outside the coral reef a few miles offshore. Boats can be chartered for a day or half a day.
The richness and diversity of the underwater world of Mauritius is impressive! Many species of corals and fishes can be seen even at shallow depths.From the outside of the reef is a beautiful almost sheer cliffs with caves and several wrecks — there are sharks, rays, lobsters and turtles.
In Mauritius there is a professional divers Federation Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA ). In her clubs give swimmers the mandatory certificate, which is both a insurance.
BEST PLACES FOR SCUBA DIVING
The SOUTH WEST COAST ( near Morne and Riviere Noire)
La Passe ( Strait) — average depth of 12 m. a Variety of marine fauna.
Needle Hole ( needle’s eye) — average depth of 12 m. a Good place for underwater photography.
Castle ( castle) — recommended night dive. Beautiful corals, night fish, turtles.
WEST COAST ( from rivière Noire to FLIC EN FLIC)
Couline-Bambou — average depth of 25 m. the Picturesque sea landscape — stone bridges, pipes, crevices. Reef sharks and gray sharks, tuna, blue spotted rays.
Rempart Serpent ( snake shaft) — average depth of 25 m is Recommended for experienced divers. At the bottom of a rocky shaft length of about 100 m, which resembles a snake lying on the sand. Many tropical fish, including stonefish, Scorpion fish, Moray eels.
Cathedral ( Cathedral) — average depth of 22 m. Two vertical cliffs with crevices and caves. Huge open cave with dark majestic arches reminiscent of the interior of the temple.
Shark Place ( “home of the sharks”) — with an average depth of 45 m. There are many marine predators: grey shark, Tunas, barracudas.