The warm, crystal clear, tropical waters of Mauritius provide a wonderful experience for scuba divers from across the globe. Divers should make sure they bring their diving card or certificate with them when visiting this exotic destination. The island offers a wonderfully diverse range of marine life and diving sites, with everything from colourful coral reefs teeming with life and old rusty shipwrecks boasting buried treasures to dark and mysterious underwater caves and endless drops. Although some areas of reef have been sadly degraded (at Flic en Flac for instance), Mauritius still boasts some very healthy reefs. Expect to see angelfish, batfish, soldier fish, scorpion fish and moray eels, among other things. Head to the Blue Bay and Balaclava Marine parks for a day you won't soon forget. As the water temperature reaches around 79°F (26°C) in the summer months, wetsuits are optional, while in the winter months the average water temperature drops to around 71°F (22°C) and wetsuits are advisable.
Diving courses are available to beginners from PADI and CMAS and there are more than 20 dive centres located across the island. Those who prefer to stay a little closer to the beach can enjoy some fabulous snorkelling in the clear, calm waters where the coral reef and its colourful inhabitants can be explored.