Our review of our recent diving honeymoon to Mauritius
Sea temperature: 23 degrees Celsius, Daytime air temperature 25 degrees Celsius
Current: Barely noticeable Viz: Variable 8 – 25 + m depending on weather
Suitable for beginners (with deep wrecks for more experienced/qualified divers)
Sealife: green turtles, octopus, rays (electric, large stingrays, eagle rays), morays (loads of different ones, never seen so many), tropical fish (clowns/angels/butterflies/cowfish/boxfish/trumpetfish etc)
Wrecks: Several artificial reefs created by sinking boats in the 80s – particular favourite for us was the Water Lily as so full of life
The diving was pleasant and sometimes great – I’d compare it with Thailand (Koh Tao/Samui) but with a few extras – the turtles were a highlight for me. There were no sharks whatsoever – despite Reunion Island being relatively close-by with Great Whites.
We dived with Pro Dive based in Troix Aux Biches (we stayed elsewhere but they provided a taxi daily). They were a great dive centre – we’d taken our own kit but having seen the quality of their kit, would have been happy to dive with rental equipment. The dive guides were all good, could find marine life, were fully aware of group dynamics/individual needs and made us feel relaxed even though it took us a while to get down a couple of times (ears!). Diving price worked out at approx. £30 per dive (we did 15 dives each so this price was after a block discount had been applied)
We used a company called Vitamin Sea for our snorkelling with dolphins and sperm whales excursion. Pricey at £500+ BUT an excellent day. 5am hotel collection, 1 hour taxi ride to the south then 6.5 hours on a boat searching. It was and exclusive trip for just Dave and I. We did see other whale watching trips.. that were packed meaning ‘hopping in/out’ of the sea to see the whales and dolphins looked stressful (for snorkellers and whales) and took ages. Vitamin Sea told us that regulations stipulated that only 5 boats maximum could approach a pod at any one time to reduce stress, Vitamin Sea stuck to this, others didn’t, they were also great at giving guidance of entering/exiting the water and how to approach the whales without causing stress. We saw 10 whales, swam with 6 (including 3 at once) and swam with several pods of 70+ spinner dolphins. Patience is the key, and obviously it’s the ocean and nothing is guaranteed
Mostly a resort destination – hotel prices are quite steep (£25+ for even the cheapest bottle of wine), restaurants/cafes outside of the hotels are scarce and souvenir type shops are VERY samey. ATMs are around but potentially a taxi ride away so plan your cash, also exchange rates are better at the airport BUT kiosks only accept cash transactions.
It surprised us how many families were holidaying in Mauritius as always considered it more of a honeymoon destination – we’d booked to stay in the adult section of our hotel (with adult only pool/restaurant etc) which we’re very pleased we did. We stayed in the NW of the island, Pointe Aux Biches – the beaches around us were all volcanic beaches with lots of rocky rubble – so don’t expect miles of soft powdery sandy beaches (we mostly wore flip flops on the beach)
Whilst nice, it's not blow your socks off diving - although our trip highlight was still snorkelling with sperm whales (highly recommended)
Laura and Dave