Scuba Diving Mauritius

Scuba Diving Mauritius: The Complete Guide

Boasting luxurious white, powder-like sand beaches, crystal clear waters and an enviable tropical climate, it’s easy to see why Mauritius is so popular among honeymooners and holidaymakers. The upper-class, luxury feel of Mauritius never fails to draw in the jetsetters.

Located around 2400km southeast of African mainland, Mauritius gives off those remote island paradise vibes, and it definitely lives up to them! Don’t be fooled though, there’s more to Mauritius than relaxing on pristine beaches. The island is also full of character and buzzing nightlife.

What’s more, due to its location in the Indian Ocean, the tropical warm waters of Mauritius make for unmissable scuba diving! Scuba diving Mauritius promises a rich variety of tropical fish and beautiful, warm, crystal clear blue waters that you just can’t say no to!

Scuba Diving Mauritius

What’s Good About Mauritius Diving?

Mauritius was seemingly made to be a divers paradise just by looking at the location of the island and the waters that surround it. Here are some of our favorite things about what Mauritius has in store for scuba divers.

Great Conditions

Mauritius has almost bath-like conditions for plenty of the year making it ideal for beginners. Due to its prime Indian Ocean location, the water temperatures are warm year-round and the visibility is great.

The great conditions also bring variety and diversity in a range of tropical marine life and vibrant reefs.

Beautiful Dive Sites

While mostly offering reef dives, there are still options of caves and artificial wrecks to discover and explore. No matter which sites you choose, though, you’ll be met with stunning vibrant coral and colorful tropical fish.

There’s the chance to explore some real unique gems here that you won’t find anywhere else, such as wrecks repurposed into artificial reefs!

Tropical Marine Life

The clear blue, tropical warm waters that border Mauritius makes for an unforgettable experience as you discover all of the tropical marine life. You’ll be able to spot angelfish, butterflyfish, and damselfish as well as the bigger bunch such as bull sharks and barracuda!

Mauritius Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification

There’s no requirement to be a certified diver in order to dive in Mauritius. In fact, there are many tour operators that cater to those of all levels of ability, no problem for first-time divers. Thanks to the pleasant conditions and beginner-friendly sites, there’s plenty of interesting and exciting dives for beginners and first-timers.

Having said that, it’s always recommended to get scuba certified to give yourself the best, most enjoyable diving experience possible. While you’ll have a great time scuba diving Mauritius as a first-time diver, there’s a lot you can miss out on without the extra confidence and diving experience, such as the more challenging caves and drift dives.

In addition, becoming scuba certified will help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. This leads to maximum enjoyment and safety from your diving experience and something worth considering.

Mauritius Scuba Diving Requirements

Scuba Diving Safety

Before diving in Mauritius, you must complete the mandatory MSDA medical form to disclose your eligibility to dive. You must also be insured for third party bodily damage to others or their equipment, this comes included with completing the MSDA form, which costs 200 MUR.

As always, tour operators state that you must be in good physical condition and have some swimming ability. Children must be at least 10 years old to scuba dive with a tour operator.

With that said, it’s always highly recommended to have a dive buddy when you’re out scuba diving in the waters of the Indian Ocean, as it is anywhere else. This is particularly the case if you’re out diving without a tour operator or guide. In this situation, it’s also good practice to make use of diver down flags.

Best Dive Sites in Mauritius

It’s easy to see why Mauritius has become a diving paradise with its luxury island vibes and enticing blue waters. How could you say no? There are some real gems to be uncovered in the tropical waters of Mauritius. Here are some of our favorite Mauritius dive sites.

Hoi Siong No 6

Shipwreck

This unique site has been given a new lease of life after the old wreckage of the Hoi Siong No 6 was turned into an artificial reef. This vibrant reef makes for brilliant diving and attracts all kinds of divers and marine life.

You’ll find the artificial reef resting at a depth of 29m. While exploring the old wreck-turned-marine-garden, you’ll come across a wide array of marine life that inhabits this beautiful site. You’ll have the opportunity to see barracuda, lionfish, tuna, and butterflyfish amongst many more!

No diving trip to Mauritius would be complete until you’ve marveled at this rejuvenated wreck! Check out our recommended diving package below for more details,

The Cathedral

Cave Diving

The aptly named Cathedral is a hit amongst cave lovers that visit Mauritius. As you’d expect from the name, upon entering you’ll be greeted by fascinating topography, captivating you from start to finish.

While you’re busy completely immersed in the sheer beauty of this cave and its many arches and caverns, it might be easy to miss the morays, angelfish and clownfish that accompany you! The way the light leaks through into the cave is the icing on the cake with this natural beauty.

If this sounds ideal to you, be sure to check out our recommended diving package experience below!

St. Jacques

Mauritius Coral

Highly regarded by some as the best dive in Mauritius, this thrilling drift dive is sure to please all divers that make the visit. Starting out in the shallow lagoon around 5m deep, divers will slowly descend down to a final depth of around 30m.

During the drift, divers will get the opportunity to spot reef sharks, turtles, and rays while being carried along by the gentle current. What’s more, you’ll be drifting along a beautifully rich underwater universe of pinnacles and coral walls.

For a unique experience you won’t see anywhere else, check out our recommended diving package below!

Best Time to go Diving in Mauritius

With a mainly tropical climate, Mauritius experiences hot and humid summers that can sometimes be relieved by the trade winds. On the other hand, winters are generally warm while less humid and fairly dry.

Water temperature in Mauritius is usually at its hottest, around 84°F, between January and April. The coolest being around 75°F between the months of July and October.

The best time to dive the warm, tropical waters of Mauritius is considered to be between November-May, due to the trade winds.

How Much Does Scuba Diving Cost in Mauritius?

If you’re looking at booking a dive package experience through a tour company in Mauritius, you’ll find prices between $50-$100. The prices generally include gear rental and levy’s so there are no extra fees.

In addition, a PADI Open Water Certification will set you back around $600, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Scuba Diving Gear in Mauritius

Scuba Gear

There are a number of dive shops located on the island of Mauritius due to its popularity for water-activity. This means gear rental is always an option.

It’s worth noting, you’re left with one less thing to think about when going with a diving package from a guided tour operator as all equipment and gear are included.

However, buying your own gear might be ideal for you if you’re a more keen and experienced diver!

Be sure to check out our buyer’s guides if you’re looking for scuba gear. There you’ll find all of our top recommendations for a range of scuba gear.

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