The north of Mauritius has a huge amount to offer visitors on a diving holiday in the Indian Ocean, with beautiful beaches, along with the best shopping and nightlife in Mauritius. Grand Baie is the centre of life in the north. It has something to offer everyone with its numerous shops, galleries, and shopping centres. Grand Baie is home to the liveliest nightlife in Mauritius, thanks to the large number of superb restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Best Scuba Diving Season
DIVING NORTHERN MAURITIUS
The sheltered north west coast and the northern coast offers the best diving in Mauritius. The diving is year round with the prime diving period between October to May.
The diving and marine life here will be familiar to divers who have visited other Indian Ocean dive destination, there are also plenty of shipwrecks here as well, including the HassenMian in Balaclava, the Stella Maru in Trou aux Biches, and the Silver Star in Grand Baie.
Water temperatures range between 22° Celsius in winter (5mm wetsuit) to 28° Celsius in summer (3mm wetsuit). Average visibility: 20 to 25 metres.
DIVE SITES IN MAURITIUS
Some of the favorite dive sites of Mauritius include:
Pointe Aux Biches (5 to 12m) - A very attractive small reef with a big variety of soft and hard coral and an abundance of tropical fish. The ideal spot for beginners and for experienced divers interested in macro-photography.
Holts Rock (21m) - The dominant landscape feature of Holts Rock is the presence of huge basalt rock of volcanic origin some larger than an average-sized Mauritian house.
Stenopous Reef (28-38m) - It is a very picturesque dive site containing many interesting features, such as tubastrea corals of more that 2m in height. There are large fan corals which decorate the walls of a drop off, and a wide variety of soft corals. Another interesting aspect of the dive is that, while it has a large number and a wide variety of tropical fishes, many pelagic fish species can also be seen there because of the site’s exposure to the deep waters of the open sea. Kingfish, Wahoo, Stingrays, Whitetip Sharks and Tuna are frequent visitors of the dive site.
Water Lilly and Emily (wrecks) (23-26m) - These two barges where scuttled to make artificial reefs and lie about 30m from each other. The marine growth on the wrecks is moderate but a wide variety of fish can be seen. These include Moorish Idols, Powder blue Surgeonfish, Kingfish and Shoals of Fusiliers. A number of Eels have also made their home in the different corners of the wreck. Scorpion fish and Stonefish can be seen on most of the dives.
This Japanese trawler was purposely sunk in 1987 by the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society. The marine growth on the wreck is moderate. The real attraction of this dive lies firstly, in the spectacular sight of a ship lying, still virtually intact, on the floor.