With resident dolphins, humpback and pilot whales within the southern winter and a dive website named after the gorgeous inexperienced turtles which have settled there, it's straightforward to see why Mauritius is a diver’s paradise. On a current journey, I used to be fortunately stunned to find this island shouldn't be solely bursting with life. It’s additionally probably the greatest dive locations for wreck diving.
With over 10 wrecks up and down the northeast coast, you're positive to discover a wreck to fit your diving expertise in Mauritius. The calm diving circumstances and near-perfect visibility make this a great location to start your life-long obsession with wrecks.
Listed here are my prime three wrecks:
Emily and Waterlily
Max depth: 25 meters (82 ft)
With such an enthralling identify, you’d be forgiven for considering this dive website was named after the 2 resident frogfish that divers recurrently see right here, somewhat than the 2 sunken fishing barges.
Emily and Waterlily have been purposely sunk within the early 1980s. The barges are brimming with brilliantly coloured delicate coral and are residence to a whole lot of several types of fish – bluestripe snapper, Moorish idols, surgeonfish, nudibranchs and yellow mouth morays, to call a couple of. The wrecks are proper subsequent to one another, and once you’re drifting round, you possibly can’t assist however really feel you’re in a diver’s playground.
Each wrecks are comparatively small, coated in shiny coral and straightforward to discover, making them the right place to start your wreck diving obsession.
Max depth: 25 meters (82 ft)
Purposely sunk in 1987 by the Mauritius Conservation Society, Stella Maru has had over 30 years to grow to be a man-made reef teeming with life. This previous Japanese trawler is a poster woman for wreck diving.
Whereas descending to the 52 meter-long wreck, I felt a way of drama and awe. As she got here into view, she was sitting upright, together with her mast nonetheless intact, ready for us to discover her.
As we seemed into the rooms and thru the portholes, we discovered the ship occupied with faculties of yellow snapper. They need to’ve forgotten to place up the ‘do-not-disturb’ signal on the door!
Together with octopus, surgeonfish, lionfish, and moray eels, hold an eye fixed out for the scorpion and stone fish that lurk on the bow.
Max depth: 30 meters (100 ft)
Throughout our briefing for the Djabeda Wreck dive, Francois (our dive information and host for the week) proudly informed us he was a part of the staff that sunk Djabeda!
The wreck is situated simply off the bay at Coin de Mire Island, so we made positive to observe for dolphins as we cruised over. Though unfortunate with discovering dolphins, it was exhausting to overlook the flocks of white-tailed tropicbirds that have been flying round us.
Djabeda Wreck is an ideal dive for extra skilled wreck divers who need to go wreck diving in Mauritius. Because of her location, the currents are stronger right here, and, regardless of our adverse entry into the water, we nonetheless over-shot the ship and spent a short while swimming in the direction of her. This isn’t a dive for the faint-lunged.
With elements of the wreck guarded by big morays, the large anchor is to not be missed. During the last 20 years, this wreck has attracted faculties of tropical fish, together with yellow snappers, butterfly fish, angelfish and damsels. Don’t overlook to maintain a eager eye out for the nudibranchs that creep alongside her hull.
This text was written by Mayen Colyer.
Many because of Francois, Kris and Gideon at Diving World Mauritius and everyone at Victoria Beachcomber for internet hosting the author and displaying the author the wonders of the native underwater world.
And, a particular because of British Airways for sponsoring our continuous flights from Gatwick London Airport to Mauritius.
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