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    Mauritius - Review - August (their winter)

    Our review of our recent diving honeymoon to Mauritius

    August 2019

    Diving
    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)

    Snorkelling:
    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

    Other
    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)

    Questions welcome,
    Laura and Dave

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    Fantastic write up, thanks for sharing! Glad you enjoyed your honeymoon
    The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever - Jacques Cousteau

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    We went at Christmas and were a bit further north - agree that the diving is good, but not amazing.
    Locals were very friendly and it was definitely a nice place to visit.

    We did one of those 'massed' dolphin trips - wouldn't repeat that experience, but the private trip you did sounds really good.

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    Thank you I like reviewing, helps imagine that you're back on holidays rather than back in reality!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinimalMayhem View Post
    We went at Christmas and were a bit further north - agree that the diving is good, but not amazing.
    Locals were very friendly and it was definitely a nice place to visit.

    We did one of those 'massed' dolphin trips - wouldn't repeat that experience, but the private trip you did sounds really good.
    It's not somewhere we'll go back to, but we're happy we went - we were forced to stop and relax, which I for one am terrible at doing! We met someone else who'd been on one of the massed dolphins trips and said the same as you - completely pleased with doing it the way we did

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    We went in 2018 diving good but not spectacular.
    Best dive for me was Cathedral currents quite strong vis good
    Wouldn’t go back .This year went to Maldives and that was spectacular
    Sharks. Rays .turtles will go back to Maldives Good review thanks


 

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