Diving in Mauritius features almost exclusively reefs as the island is virtually surrounded by coral, with over 100 sites to select from. Depths range from 7-45m for those who hold the necessary qualifications.
On the Southern coastline, the Blue Bay Marine Park offers divers staghorn and cabbage corals and a host of damsel, butterfly and angelfish that swarm the reef. If you are in search of that heart-stopping moment that only the bigger species can provide, then the drift dive off the Pass St. Jacques is where bull shark, barracuda and grey and whitetip reef sharks are often spotted.
The wrecks of Le Sirius, Tug 11 or the Djabeda are spread out around the island’s shorelines and house lion fish, eels and rays.
The water temperature in Mauritius is bath-like most of the year and diving is extremely pleasant in all seasons, but due to the trade winds, the best diving conditions are usually between November and May.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Mauritius' national airline has daily direct flights to London, British Airways has three weekly flights to Port Louis and Austrian Airlines flies nonstop from Vienna once a week. Cruise ships touring the Indian Ocean often dock in Mauritius.