Mauritius is one of the world’s ultimate island paradise destinations. This beautiful island has spectacular volcanic formations, covered with tropical rainforests, and this picturesque landscape is framed by white sandy beaches of unfathomable beauty whose shores are caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Like many other paradise islands, Mauritius offers a range of top-class hotels set on gorgeous tropical beaches.
What some people may be surprised to learn is that it is also the perfect place to combine golf with tropical island luxury. Yes, this paradise island is pretty well off when it comes to golf courses, the catalyst having been the creation in 1994 of Belle Mare Plage in the East of the island.
18-HOLE GOLF COURSES
Belle Mare Plage Golf Courses
The two hotels Constance championship golf courses (The Legend & The Links) are of international standard. Each 18 holes is a real challenge for professional and amateurs alike, recognised by the PGA and various other federations, these courses were conceived to annually host a number of international competitions including the Mauritius Open.
The Legend (Belle Mare Plage Hotel)
‘The Legend’, the first of its kind in Mauritius, designed by South African champion, Hugh Baiocchi, is the crowning achievement of Constance Belle Mare Plage The Resort, located along one of the most superb beaches on the island.
Each of the 18 holes has distinctive characteristics. Superb fairways are laid in the heart of an indigenous forest, culminating in brand new greens, built to USPGA specifications. In our constant effort to provide the perfect golfing location, all 18 greens have been rebuilt using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface. Time has also been taken to enhance the natural beauty of a site originally used to breed deer. Teeing off from the 17th hole (par 3) is a feast for the eyes and a test for the nerves.
The Links Golf (Belle Mare Plage Hotel)
The second Belle Mare Plage The Resort Championship Golf Course, designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis opened in November 2002. This 18-hole Links course was conceived as a result of the success and demands encountered by Hotels Constance’s first course, ‘The Legend’. Nestled beneath the clubhouse, which faces the setting sun, this lovely course measures 5,942 m and has a par of 71.
Equipped with a practice fairway, this 18-hole course is set in a location which seems to have been naturally created for the purpose.
Le Touessrok Golf Course (Le Touessrok Resort)
Le Touessrok Golf Course is across the water form the resort mainland on its own beautiful island, Ile aux Cerfs – ‘island of deer’. The deer have gone, and what has been created here has been described as the ‘wonder of the game’.
Bernhard Langer designed the 18 hole, par 72 championship course to challenge advanced players, while remaining exciting and playable for recreational golfers.
This is achieved with four sets of tee decks for each hole, so the angles of attack and approach vary. There is a generous provision of fairway where appropriate. The greens are mainly small and undulating, requiring precise approach shots.
Le Golf du Château(Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort & Héritage Golf & Spa Resort)
Héritage Golf & Spa Resort & Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort share the usage of the course, Golf du Château. This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Matkovich & Hayes, one of the leading golf course landscapers and designers in South Africa.
The course has receptive greens and wide undulating fairways, which cut through the sugar cane fields, against a backdrop of volcanic mountains and breathtaking views of the ocean.
Technically challenging features include strategically placed bunkers, tricky elevations, water hazards and blind greens. Two rivers, Citronniers and St Martin, cross the fairways at unexpected places!
While the course has been designed to challenge advanced players, it will also be enjoyed by recreational golfers. Five sets of tees are provided for each hole, with generous fairway provision, where necessary. Golfers can enjoy a casual lunch or more formal dinner at the estate’s original homestead, the Château de Bel Ombre, which has been integrated into the course. The Clubhouse itself also serves light lunches and drinks.
A concept unique to Le Golf du Château is its 9-hole par 3 course which offers beginner golfers a chance to try out golf or those more experienced, a chance to practice their “short” game. For golfers who need some fine tuning, there is a PGA run state-of-the-art golf academy and driving range, with top- rate instruction available. Those needing new clubs will find them at the Pro Shop.
Carved into the rugged south-west savannah land coast of Mauritius, between mountain and sea, Tamarina Golf, Spa and Beach Club is the first residential golf estate on the island.
Tamarina 18-hole Championship Golf Course is unmatched by its layout, location and beauty. This Par 72 challenging course undulates over 43 hectares of rugged savannah land framed with mature trees and crossed by the Rempart River. The landscaping of holes and surrounds was specially designed by Rodney Wright to give spectacular views of Mount Rempart and the towering mountain range.
Tamarina Golf Club also has a Golf Academy and a clubhouse with a Pro Shop, a bar and a restaurant.
Playing 6886 metres from the Professional tees, the course is laid out with standard four par 3’s and four par 5’s with remaining holes as par 4’s. Each hole offers five different teeing options, catering for all level of golfers: Professional, Championship, Club, Senior/Ladies Championship and Ladies tees. A fantastic 300-metre practice range is also provided with large putting greens and chipping and bunker facilities.
Tamarina greens are according to US specification: they are made of a special imported Ultradwarf Bermuda grass called “Champion” which is used successfully in similar climates in Texas. Fairways and tees are Tif Green 328 Bermuda grass that is used on greens elsewhere in the world. Greens are irrigated with a state of the art “Rainbird” system backed up and supplied by a “Watertronics” pump system installed on the golf course. The landscaping grasses include Fataque, Citronella, Red Grass, Sikine, Vetiver and Lemon Grass.
Due to the climate and the nature of the terrain, golfers are encouraged to use golf carts throughout the course (golf carts are at an additional charge). Over 6km of concrete golf cart paths have been designed for the comfort of the golfer and a halfway snack House is found between the 9th and 10th holes for refreshments.
Our team welcomes you at the modern clubhouse with Pro Shop, bar and the restaurant Le Dix-Neuf and is at your service to cater for your needs.
Paradis Golf Club (Paradis Hotel & Golf Club)
Enjoy a game with scenic contrasts, moving from vistas of lush vegetation to magnificent ocean views at Paradis Golf Club. This superb 5,899-metre golf course lies between the magnificent Le Morne Mountain and one of the island’s most beautiful lagoons.
Whether your goal is to improve you swing, lower your handicap or win a championship, make sure you visit the Paradis Golf Academy. Golf Pros are at hand and sophisticated computer software helps you to pinpoint your weaknesses and iron them out. Collective lessons are provided free of charge, twice a week and two full-time Pros are also available for private lessons.
Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita / Anahita Golf Course
Designed by Ernie Els, Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita is a 7,580-yard, 18-hole, par-72 championship course with large fairways and five sets of tees. Six stunning oceanfront holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world.
Built to USGA standards, it is the first of its kind in Mauritius. Carefully woven into the tropical sanctuary, the course is set against lush mountains and fringed by the vast crystal-clear lagoon. The Golf Academy offers instruction and private lessons, and the Clubhouse is equipped to enhance any golfer’s game. The club also features a driving range, putting green and Pro Shop. Tee times are available from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. One-hour golf clinics are offered daily on a complimentary basis to Resort guests.
Mauritius Gymkhana Golf
A little slice of paradise, located in the centre of the Island, the Mauritius Gymkhana Golf Club is said to be the oldest golf course in the southern hemisphere and apparently the fourth oldest in the world. While it may not feature all the complexities of modern courses, it is perfectly maintained and offers a good mix of hazards with plenty of trees and large bunkers. This 18-hole course is a par 68 and is approximately 4870 metres long.
9-HOLE GOLF COURSES
One&Only Le Saint Géran (Le Saint Géran)
The lush Gary Player 9-hole, par-33 course, complete with its own clubhouse and One&Only Golf Academy, offers complimentary greens fees for guests.
Instruction for players of any level is available at the One&Only Golf Academy, from intensive training with video analysis, to fine-tuning game play on the practice range followed by 9 holes with the pro, to a fun day on the greens with the whole family.
The Maritim hosts a 9-hole Par 29 golf course designed by the Australian Company, Graham Marsh Golf Design and Adam Mohun, Maritim Mauritius’ Golf Pro.
The Maritim Golf Course is rather a unique combination of 9-holes par 29. Each hole can be played from two different tees and a tremendous variety in length elevation and angle is achieved by this two-tee concept. There is also a driving range and putting green available for you to hone your skills when you are not on the fairways. The Golf Pro is available for individual lessons, beginners and advanced courses.
Shandrani Golf Course
Situated on a 50-hectare private peninsula on a site of unrivalled beauty and overlooking the Blue Bay lagoon, the Shandrani 9-hole Mashi course will undoubtedly provide stimulating moments to both golfers and non-golfers.
Do you want to improve your short game? If so, Shandrani 9-hole golf course is perfect for you. Golf at Shandrani is completely free (for Shandrani hotel guests) with complimentary collective lessons included. Par 29, the course is a “Pitch and and Putt” course which runs alongside the lagoon. With the “tee-off” just 100 metres from the Reception and the beach, this course is both stimulating and fun.
The number of visitors travelling to Mauritius essentially for Kitesurfing is increasing rapidly. Mauritius offers exceptionally high standards and represents unparalleled value. It is blessed with beautiful beaches, embraced by the currents of the warm Indian Ocean and almost entirely encompassed by coral reefs – minimising shark activity.
Kitesurfers of the world are now unanimous about the fact that the Le Morne area is one of the best spots in the world for Kitesurfing. Le Morne is best for kiters and windsurfers of intermediary to good levels as it is on the extreme side in terms of wind and especially sea (current) conditions. If you are unsure about your ability to safely enjoy this extraordinary spot, we suggest you consider one of the other 16 spots around Mauritius that also offer great Kitesurfing conditions.
The main regions in Mauritius for Kitesurfing are: Cap Malheureux, Trou aux Biches, Belle Mare, Ile aux Cerfs, Pointe d’Esny, Flic en Flac, Poste Lafayette and Le Morne. There are also various Kitesurf schools and shops all over Mauritius.
Home to some of the world’s finest coral reefs and vividly colourful marine life, scuba diving in Mauritius is among the highlight attractions of the island. This popular activity showcases spectacular underwater scenery, teeming with Mother Nature’s most fascinating of creations.
Nothing quite gets the blood pumping like witnessing an innocent school of fish passing and then unexpectedly coming face to face with a majestic beast of the ocean. What makes this even more thrilling is that the water offers excellent visibility.
An enticing aspect for new and veteran divers alike, is that diving sites in Mauritius are secure and divers are spoiled for choice in the variety of sites available. With over 100 dive sites there is plenty of choice from beginner to advanced levels, ranging in depth from 7metres to over 45 metres and covering reefs, walls and wrecks.
The majority of major hotels and beach resorts offer licences diving instruction with daily scheduled trips out to sea. In addition there are several independent dive centres found along the East and North coasts. The Mauritius Scuba Diving Association regulates the island’s dive centres, which must all be run by qualified, experienced dive masters, who have been trained to International standards. Mauritius regulations require that visitors dive accompanied by an instructor and are escorted by a boat. All centres are managed by CMAS or PADI international diving instructors who can give courses from beginners up to experts and additionally organise snorkelling excursions.
Although favourable diving experiences can be had almost year round, summer is said to be the best period for diving because the warm water attracts a wealth of exotic fish and marine life. There are approximately 27 dive centres located around the island. General consensus among divers that while diving is good for most of the year, from June to October the southeast tradewinds make for rough seas in certain areas and therefore make for more difficult dives. December through March is considered to be the best time for diving as the waters are clearest.
For divers who have limited time and not much access to remote parts of the island, we would recommend you to dive on one of the artificial reefs, which have been created by the Marine Conservation Society at various parts of the island. Many of the wrecks around Mauritius are deliberately sunk artificial reefs. Do not let this put you off as even though these vessels did not sink from ‘natural and/or historical’ causes & events, does not make them less fun, interesting and impressive to dive.
TIP: While most operators do provide equipment, avid divers would do well to take their personal dive gear along, not only from a cost perspective but also familiarity with your own equipment.
NOTE: Remember this is a small selection of dive sites in each area. As time goes by, names have been changed, and local divers have their own unique names for these sites. It’s not uncommon to arrive at a site, and find each local knows it by another name.
Most popular Dive Sites
From Pointe aux Canonniers stretching over to Grand Gaube in the East. Including the off-shore islands: Coin de Mire, Flat Island, Gabriel Island, Round Island and Serpent Island.
(26 to 38 metres) This site is so wide that it has been divided into two distinct areas according to depth and dive level so that any diver can explore the abundance of its fauna. Up to 20 metres you generally find angelfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, small moray eels, parrotfish, wrasses and clownfish. In the 38- metre area you might well meet leopard moray eels showing off their up to two-metre long bodies, big pufferfish, groupers and occasionally, a small shark. In summer, big species such as sailfish and hammerheads make their appearance.
Coin de Mire
(10 to 20 metres) Rock walls in certain area around Coin de Mire island drop around 100 metres. The sites around the island are suitable only for experienced divers because of the tides and currents. Average depth is between 10 and 20 metres and the dives are usually drift dives. Barracuda, dogtooth tunny, large parrotfish, wahoo and white-tipped shark are relatively common and there are lots of oyster clams, cowries and hermit crabs.
(15 to 25 metres) Due to rough seas and strong currents, this site is generally only dived in summer and by highly experience divers. The biggest attraction in the area is probably Flat Islands 25m deep dive called ‘Shark pit’ shark dive, so named for its large concentration of sharks. The shark pit has been hollowed out of the wall of a huge rock called pigeon rock. Originally a cave, the roof at some time collapsed to leave the open pit now visible. This pit has become sanctuary for sharks. This dive is considered as a drift dive as there is almost always a slight tidal current. Divers will encounter white and back tip reef sharks ranging from 1to 1.5 meters in length as well as Grey reef sharks and silvertip reef sharks swimming in a circular pattern in the open pit. The entrance to the pit itself is found at 10m and descends to 14m inside. Outside the pit the depth ranges from 16 down to 22m where you can see a wide variety of fish such as Tuna, big King fish, schools of Mackerel and many others.
The Silver Star Wreck
(22 to 39 metres) This is a favourite in the area. The wreck of an old fishing boat which sank in the early 1990’s. The wreck sits upright – partially on the reef and partially on the sandy bottom and visibility is approximately 20 to 30 metres. It is a haven for a wide variety of marine life including barracuda, scorpion fish and angel fish. The interior of the wreck can be accessed safely allowing you to explore this relic of the past. Truly a fantastic experience to dive on this wreck.
(26 to 34 metres) Djabeda wreck is a Japanese fishing boat lying upright on a sandy bottom at 34 metres. Just off Gunner’s coin island, the wreck has been damaged slightly over the years and debris can be seen strewn across the sandy floor. The vessel is approximately 35 m long, 10m high and 5 m wide. The site is full of king fish, moray eels, trigger fish, stone fish, lion fish, parrot fish, leaf fish and sea slugs. Sometimes the wreck is visited by sharks, barracuda, sting rays and dolphins.
(10 – 35 metres): On the left of Gunners’ Coin Island in the north of Mauritius, you will come across a magnificent wall covered in gorgonians, with beautiful casts rising up to the surface, sheltering a reef fauna where big parrotfish can be spotted during each dive. If you are lucky, you might spot one of the big predators which sometimes stop by. Drop off, Jabeda Wreck, up to 30 metres, usually very clear visibility and opportunity to see turtles, large rays, tunas; garupas, snappers and schools of small barracudas together with a usual display of all islands coral species. This dive can be difficult in the presence of strong current.
(10 to 15 metres) This site has good visibility (20-50 metres) and has a slight current before new and full moon. The area is teeming with a variety of marine life making. It a great night dive site with most operators working in this area.
Coral Gardens & Lost City
(Coral Gardens 18 to 21 metres) & (Lost City 18 to 35 metres). Majestic rock structures, gorgonian fan coral, soft coral and an abundance fish life including larger fish and a giant moray eel.
The spectacular attraction on this site is the two big Titan trigger fish who will follow you on the whole dive and even allow you to touch them
Grand Bay and Péreybère offer about 6 diving sites along the coast ranging in depth from 11metres to 18 metres. You can see a large variety of colourful fish and corals of all sorts in the clear water. The sites are named: Grand Bay Aquarium, Coral Head, Island Reef, Péreybère Aquarium and Merville Patche.
NORTH WEST COAST
Starting at Pointe aux Piments to Pointe aux Canonniers in the north. This site is dived all year round because of the excellent diving conditions that prevail in the area. Water temperatures range from 19-30 degrees Celsius. In this area Japanese Dragon, a small elusive, yet beautiful and rare species has been spotted on occasion.
North West. (26 metres) Many of the wrecks around Mauritius are deliberately sunk artificial reefs. The Stella Maru was sunk in December 1987 and lies upright on a sand bottom, next to a rocky reef. The wreck is in great shape and there is remarkably little sea growth on the vessel apart from algae, small soft corals and other marine organisms such as anemones and sea urchins. The real attraction lies in the spectacular sight of the ship lying virtually intact on the ocean floor – few can deny the sense of drama felt when seeing a wreck looming ahead as you descend into the depths! Angler fish and large stonefish are relatively common on the wreck and a large green moray has made its home here.
Waterlilly & Emily
North West. (26 metres) Two barges, Water Lily and Emily, lie about 30 metres apart. These two barges were scuttled to create an artificial reef. A wide variety of fish life can be seen on and around both vessels – in particular a number of Raggy and Tass elled scorpion fish lurk about and a number of eels have made their homes in different corners of the wrecks. A quirky and rather friendly moray has made its home in the tyres lying in the sand – this dandy fellow likes to be stroked under the chin (Note: Never attempt to touch the marine wildlife on your own – only under professional supervision). Due to the clear water conditions, this site is perfect for photography.
(26 – 30 metres) This dive site has many caves and tunnels and a large marine presence. Keep an eye out for batfish, pineapple fish, unicorn fish, barracuda and spotted eagle-rays. It is said that divers have encountered white-tip reef shark, hammerheads and the odd tiger shark. Giant reef rays of 2m, weighing 200kg have apparently also been seen in this area.
Holt’s Rocks (Boulders)
(18 to 21 metres) Holt’s Rock is made up of huge basalt rocks of volcanic origin surrounded by corals. The caves, cracks tunnels and crevices offer ideal spots for titan triggerfish, which come and greet you as soon as you dive in. Look out porcupine fish, giant moray eels and big eye emperor fish, parrotfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, lyretail, groupers, triggerfish, clownfish, schools of snappers, scorpion fish, stonefish and an abundance of crayfish. The highlight of this dive site however, is when you meet the up with giant moray eels, which are up to 2 metres long and curious enough to come and beg for gentle strokes and attention. (Note: Never attempt to touch the marine wildlife on your own – only under professional supervision).
(22 to 30 metres) A spectacular site with two sunken anchors, one on the reef and the other on the sand. Lost Anchor comprises a small reef patch with a hole containing a 17th Century anchor, the origin of which remains a mystery to this day. The site has many hard and soft corals, and gorgonians including picturesque sea fans.
This are stretches from Black River to north of Flic and Flac. Most diving is just outside of the reef; drop-offs may be encountered as well as caves, caverns, archways and other interesting underwater scenery. This is a popular area for photographers and divers of all levels. Diving is relatively good in this region as it has mild currents and good general visibility (from 20 to 30 metres). Night dives are recommended in this area as polyps open, Spanish dances flaunt their beauty in search of food and the corals take on a magnificent hue. Beware of strong currents at certain times.
The most popular sites are:
(22 to 27 metres) An impressive underwater cave which starts as an underwater cliff just close to Flic en Flac and offers spectacular visual beauty due to the topography of the site. This dive takes place on the drop off, beginning at 18m at the top of a rock formation that drops steeply along two connecting cliffs to a depth of 27m. The bottom is sandy and barren but the walls of the chamber teem with an abundance of life.
Various creatures inhabit the cracks and crevices in the rock face. The dive follows a chute into a higher chamber with large quantities of crayfish and shrimps, and culminates in a huge cave which is open at the rear. A huge Giant moray lives at the back of one of the overhangs. Due to the filtering light entering through a crack in the ceiling, it feels like you are in a high-vaulted cathedral – hence the name. Generally the water in the cavern is calm although you may feel a sucking surge as you travel up the chute.
Two wrecks and cannon can be found in this area.
Kei Sei 113
(35 to 40 metres). This converted barge was sunk in 1988 to form an artificial reef. An Interesting dive and a large variety of marine life from red snappers and hawkfish to giant moray eels have made this their home.
Tug11 was sunk around 1981 to form another artificial reef. Again large shoal of fish can be seen around the wreck. Look out for lionfish, devil fire fish and stone fish.
The cannon can be seen on a shelf around 12 metres, this is rumoured to belong to the Banda, Admiral Pieter Both’s ship, which was wrecked during a violent storm in 1615 some distance from the current site. The actual wreck site is not suited for the beginner and intermediate divers.
(7 to 18 metres). This site has good visibility although mostly drift diving. A rocky reef area that harbours the likes of Angelfish, clown fish, and butterfly fish plus lots of wire coral. A fair number of stonefish may be encountered on the dive, as well as the black coral. This is where night dives are arranged for experienced divers.
(25 metres). Close to Flic en Flac and also known as Shark place, this site resembles a large snake moving across the sand. It is home to an impressive range of tropical fish, however, it is the number and varieties of stonefish, scorpion fish, lionfish and moray eels that make it special. The inhabitants include Bearded and Weedy scorpion fish, Decoy scorpion fish, Humpbacked or Devil scorpion fish, Mauritius scorpion fish, Indian lionfish, Clearfin lionfish, Leaf fish, Indian waspish, Common stonefish, Ocellated dwarf lionfish, Yellow-mouth and Yellow-edged moray eels. The sharks sometimes spotted here are normally grey reef sharks although hammerheads occasionally visit the area.
Famous for dolphins. In groups of four or five, the dolphins are more than happy to perform their ballet in the water, for their spectators enjoyment and delight. There are more dolphins in this area during autumn and winter – May to August.
(27 to 30 metres). Descending over a wall, this site has two very distinguishing features: the first is the stepped terraces making up the reef and the second is a concentration of anemones and Mauritian anemone fish. Shoals of Lunar and Blue and gold fusiliers decorate the site.
From Grand Gaube to Mahebourg in the south. This area is known for high winds and rough seas. Beware of tidal currents. Water temperatures vary from 18-26 degrees Celsius. The East coast is a bit wilder and rather less affected by mass tourism than certain other regions and it is famous for its beautiful beaches and magnificent lagoons. The coastline is scattered with many channels that allow easy access to the open sea. Dives are very often weather-dependent and during winter, high tides and strong winds in the region make diving in other areas of the island a better option. Of the four sites, one is particularly good; Dive into the current of the Belle Mare lagoon (12-30metres) and here one generally finds a variety of sharks, rays, barracuda, tuna fish and kingfish. Due to high winds and rough seas, organised dives are done in only 4 places along the East coast:
(20 to 25 metres). Just beyond the reef is a gulley ending in a cave, with an abundance of lobster. Kingfish and white-tip reef sharks are seen in this location at times, as well as eagle-rays.
(8 to 25 metres). Depth varies along the dive of 2km long. You can drift-dive through the pass in the barrier reef, admiring the psychedelic tapestries of coral and reef fishes. Starts at 7m and ends at 25m. Turtles frequent the area and sharks are seen as well.
La Passe De Bella Mare
This dive covers an area of 2 km long and 1.5 km wide. It is suggested to split this into 4 separate dives (shown below). Depth is between 20 metres and 33 metres and visibility is between 10 and 20 metres. This is a drift dive from the lagoon starting from 3 metres and going down to 17metres through a natural pass in the barrier reef. One of the finest dive sites on the east coast. Carried effortless through the pass by a strong current, divers can see eagle rays, magnificent giant kingfish(30-40kgs), shoals of horse eye king fish, pick handle barracuda, big Wahoo and a wide variety of reef shark including bull sharks throughout the dive.
Shark Point / Flats
(20 to 30 metres) As its name suggests, this site starts as a flat sand bottom bay surrounded by cliffs and coral outcrops. A multilevel dive, with a mild current and visibility of 25 to 30 metres. Divers can see various species of Sharks, specifically Bull sharks ranging from 2 to 3.5 metres long. Schools of Barracuda and Trevally as well as other pelagic fish and black-tip reef shark often pass through this site. Numerous varieties of soft corals, parrot fish and other reef fish can be seen along the cliff faces and coral outcrops.
Sea Fan Valley
(16 to 28 metres). A multilevel dive boasting various species of Giant Sea fans “Gorgonia” growing along the cliff face. These grow amongst the coral create a spectacular Scenery which hides numerous exotic fish and crustaceans. Schools of black chub, Blue striped snapper, King fish and many other fish and rays patrol the reef. Sometimes dolphin can be seen as well.
(10 to 18 metres). An interesting dive with good visibility from 20 to 30 metres. The depth on the bottom is 18 metres and goes up 10 metres on the top of the reef, with small sand bottomed gullies and channels weaving in and out of coral outcrops and overhangs creating a maze like atmosphere.
Divers can often see white tip reef sharks sleeping under low outcrops, Schools of black chub fish, Snake eels, Moray eels, Sting rays, crustaceans and a diversity of corals and other fish.
Aquarium has a large variety of fish species that frequent this area.
Again try out the other sites that include Le Touessrok Pass (22-26m), The Wall (23-25m) and Drift Dive (17-23m)
Diving in this area is an exquisite experience. The marine landscape is absolutely breathtaking and each sweep of your flippers will propel you through an ever-changing landscape. Starting from Mahébourg up to Blue Bay, waves and currents have created caves, canyons, crevices and tunnels that make up very interesting diving sites. Diving in this region is heavily weather-dependent and due to high winds and rough seas, dives beyond the barrier reef are restricted. Visibility is often disturbed due to the presence of fine silt, which is continuously discharged by neighbouring rivers.
The most interesting diving sites are:
(33 to 40 metres). An impressive underwater rock pinnacle
Blue Bay Marine Park
(7 to 10 metres). Good visibility with up to 50 metres at times. This is a protected marine park and small scale fishing is still done by locals around the fringes. However the designation has allowed this area to thrive with many varieties of corals, including huge Brain corals, Staghorn corals and Cabbage corals. There is also a wide range of fish species including Damselfish, Butterfly fish, Surgeonfish and juvenile Sailfin tangs. Large Trumpet fish are also found as well as tiny pipefish. This is a peaceful dive, more about relaxing rather than adventure.
(18 to 20 metres)
(33 to 40 metres) In these deep waters, you find the remains of Dalbair. The area has lots to offer, from a mini-grand canyon (hence the name), caves, large amphitheatre, arches and caverns. Also frequented by turtles, kingfish, and hammerhead and black-tip reef sharks.
Le Sirius Wreck
(18 to 25 metres). The remnants of the historical wreckage of the Sirius, which was sunk in 1810 during the naval battle of Grand Port between the British and French. The wreck lies in the Mahebourg Channel; visibility poses the biggest problem on this site, as the silt is easily disturbed by careless divers – but still a great dive
Pass St. Jacques
(15 to 25 metres). This is one site where you can enjoy a good drift dive in both good and bad conditions. Visibility is between 8 and 25 metres. Quite an exciting dive with its narrow pass and cliffs on either side. The dive starts inside the reef at 5m and ends at depth of around 24 metres. The cliff faces on either side are crowded with various species of tropical fish. Divers can expect to see anything from schools of barracuda, giant trevally, bull sharks, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, sting ray, schools of eagle rays, giant lobster, giant moray eel and often Dolphin as well.
SOUTH WEST COAST
This area covers the stretch from north of Black River to south of the Le Morne peninsula. This underwater area is mainly sandy seabed with rocky outcrops and coral patches. Visibility can usually be expected in the range of 20 to 25 meters, reaching up to 40 metres at times. Water temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius, depending on the time of year.
(12 to 16 metres). A very good spot for night diving. You can expect to find Sergeant-majors and Fusiliers in large schools in this area.
(14 to 16 metres). Conditions and visibility is good on most days. The area features a rock, with coral pinnacle that allows for some great under-water photography.
(22 – 25 metres). A drop off site near the Paradis Hotel. The site has a few resident moray eels, groupers and wrasse. Conditions can be quite badly affected by strong tidal surges.
Casiers: (26 to 32 metres). A flat horseshoe-shaped reef, this is generally considered a deep dive, with depths of 26 to 32m easily reached. You could find yourself face to face with game fish, such as tuna, barracuda, surgeonfish, kingfish and Wahoo. Tidal influence is a little more pronounced and visibility can be adversely affected by suspensions in the water.
(14 – 28 metres) This site offers good visibility (20 to 30 metres) with very little currents. A dive that begins from a sandy bay at 17 metres and ends on the top of a coral outcrop at 12 metres with hardly any current at all. This site has been named “Japanese Garden” because it looks like a typically structured and tiered Japanese garden, with many types of coral, teeming with various tropical fish, Moray eels, Octopus, rays parrotfish, pipefish, ghost morays and sometimes shark as well. This site is well known for its Stone fish population.
With verdant vegetation, indigenous forests and awe inspiring mountains, the best way to discover the beauty of Mauritius is on foot while traversing the various hiking trails the island has to offer. The island has a number of beautiful nature retreats that offer great hiking opportunities. In the island’s East, Domain De L’Etoile for example is a vast nature haven of forests, valleys, rivers and mountains where wild deer and other endemic animals roam free.
Perhaps wander through the forest at Le Domain D’Anse Jonchee, also previously known as Le Domaine du Chasseur. Be dazzled by the rich pristine flora and fauna of the area along guided hiking tours. See wild boars, deer or the indigenous kestrel falcon bird.
The Black River National Park in the southern west area, offers 65000 hectare of rare forest with 150 plant species and nine bird species found only on the Mauritian island. Hike along the national park’s Black River Peak mountain trail or Maccabee forest trail. Or visit the neighbouring Valriche Nature Reserve.
Near Port Louis one can climb up Le Pouce Mountain for a view of the capital city or alternatively for the more experience hiker, at 780 metres you can enjoy an overall view of the Mauritian landscape.
Surprisingly horse riding is not offered as widely as most other land-based activities. Cool early morning or late afternoon make for the perfect time for a ride along the beach or verdant inland vistas. Certain stables offer riding sessions specially designed for people of all ages who are new to horses and horse riding and would like to ‘give-it-a-go’. If you have never ridden before, or have just a little experience they will help you with all the basics, helping to grow your knowledge and confidence. The ideal clothes to wear for horse riding are jodhpurs (riding trousers), riding boots (these can be short jodhpur -boots or longer boots specially designed for safety and comfort) and a riding hat, which must fit well and meet all the latest health and safety criteria.
However, on your first riding session you are unlikely to have all the necessary equipment therefore it is recommend that you wear comfortable (but not too baggy) trousers, jeans are fine, a casual top that doesn’t restrict arm movements and enclosed shoes or boots with a small heal and not too much grip. Riding hats are designed for your safety and must always be worn when riding. Most stables have hats available to hire.
A few of the popular locations that offer horseback trails include Mont Choisy Sugar Estate, and Le Ranch in the North, La Vielle Cheminee in the South West and L’Exil Lodges in the South. Many other trails and locations for enjoyable outings are on offer all over the island. Most hotel resorts offer access to horse riding facilities – whether at the hotel or in the vicinity.
The simple action of breathing through a small pipe that sticks out of the water while taking in the beauty of underwater coral and reefs with their exotic and colourful marine life can be a life-altering experience for the first-timer. Snorkelling is a universal sport and is enjoyed wherever there is clear still water abundant in marine flora and fauna. This can be especially true in Mauritius where the seemingly dull shallow waters can reveal a captivating account of the nuances of marine life.
Most hotels and beach resorts offer their customers the use of snorkelling equipment, be it complimentary or at a small fee.
For those of you for whom a quiet suntan on the beach is not thrilling enough, you can always try your hand at parasailing. You will be rewarded by a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the lagoon or sea and its multifarious underwater seascapes.
For additional excitement, choose the “touch and go”. On the way down, instead of just reeling back onto the boat, you linger a while above the ocean and then… dunk for a wet, wild, refreshing plunge!!
Deep Sea Fishing
Venturing into the deep waters of the Indian Ocean is not only an exciting activity for the adventure enthusiast, but also a satisfying one for fishermen with a penchant for deep-sea fishing. As this portion of the ocean is teeming with a variety of more exotic game fish species, it is considered to be an angler’s haven and has a reputation worldwide for its favourable conditions. Most anglers agree that although water conditions are favourable most of the year and big game fishing is enjoyed throughout the year, the best time for deep sea fishing is from October through to April, which is also the best season for Marlin – both black and blue.
General information on possible catches:
Tuna: Shoals of Yellow-fin Tuna move into Mauritian waters from around March and April.
Wahoo: Prolific runs of Wahoo start in September. These are reputed to be the fastest running fish in the sea.
Sailfish: This fish literally flies through the air when hooked, in an aerial display of fury.
Bonito: A smaller species of Tuna.
Sharks: Expect Blue, Hammer-head, Mako, Tiger, Black fin and White fin.
Please contact our consultants for prices and information regarding big game deep sea fishing for half day, full day and night fishing trips.
Kart Loisir is a 7 acre attraction and entertainment park for all ages. Situated at La Jouliette, Petite Rivière, Kart Loisir offers visitors the opportunity to try karting and quad biking. Sample the Italian and Mauritian cuisine at the open restaurant overlooking the magnificent landscape of Port Louis.
Discover all the beauty and tranquillity of the Mauritian islands on a luxurious catamaran yacht. Cruises can be enjoyed to various points around the island, but the most popular are:
The North: The magnificent islands of Ile Plate and Ilot Gabriel
The East coast: Ile Aux Cerfs island with its breathtaking beauty and majestic waterfall
The South West coast including stopovers at Crystal Rock and Ile Aux Benitiers.
Most catamaran cruises include an on-board barbeque lunch, selected beverages and snacks. Mauritius offers a pleasant and relatively stable climatic condition to allow for good sailing conditions throughout the year. The islands translucent lagoon waters are great for discovering marine life while sailing and are conveniently great for anchoring a boat & enjoying fantastic snorkelling opportunities.
Catamaran cruises can be pre-booked for a half or full day trip.
For the most part, windsurfing is possible almost all over Mauritius on account of the island’s large clear water lagoons. The only area where conditions are not favourable is the South and in some lagoons where it may be too shallow to windsurf during low tides.
Trade winds blow all year, but the ideal wind and climate conditions for windsurfing occur during the winter months from late May through to early December. Many believe that the Le Morne area in the south west of Mauritius offers the best location for windsurfing, as the wind blows side shore from the left, there are relatively constant wind speeds and the waves are ideal. However, others prefer the lovely Tamarin Bay area as waves are said to be of magazine quality.
Be warned that this sport should be practiced responsibly as Mother Nature can put the inexperienced surfer at risk.
Glass Bottom Boat
Enjoying a journey in a glass bottomed boat is a fantastic outing for the whole family. On offer at most of the Mauritian hotels and resorts, this sport or facility is a firm favourite and offers a superb view of the marine life and coastal reefs.
Trekking / Mountain Climbing
Trekking up Pieter Both, the second highest peak of Mauritius north, is no mean feat and should be left to those who enjoy a challenging climb. From the mountain’s peak there are panoramic 360 degree views that extend from the many northern islands, through to the west and east coasts as well as the mountains in the South.
Although reserved for proficient climbers – and of course thrill seekers – the Rempart Mountain is a height well worth reaching for those with a penchant for fresh air, where the altitude is approximately 777. For an equally exhilarating trekking experience, the 4500 ha Trois Mamelles hunting reserve, at the heart of the Yemen property is not to be missed. Adventure seekers get to see a variety of landscapes, making their way through a tunnel down into the mountain where they will see forests and multi-centenary trees, as well as the Rivière Papaye where they will cross a canyon and end up in a safari park.
For nature lovers seeking a less challenging climb, Mamzel Zabet in part of the hunting reserve of Yemen located in the West of Mauritius is a small mountain where trekkers will pass through endemic and indigenous forests, taking in the impressive fauna and flora that this part of the island has to offer.
Abseiling activities in Mauritius vary from fun locations like those in Les Cerfs Volants at St. Felix in the South, which consists largely of gliding along zip-lines, to more complicated activities where genuine mountain climbing is involved, also using zip-lines and abseiling equipment. Whichever option visitors go for, this can be a fun filled activity soaring down the many beautiful peaks of the island. Just make sure that you have a qualified guide to assist you the entire way through. A particularly popular destination for abseiling is the Black River Gorges, which consist of climbing all the way up to the Machabe Forest, walking down again partly on foot, and then abseiling the rest of the way down the waterfalls.
This activity is definitely and adventure where gusts are able to experience more than “kick up some dust”, by zipping through lush vegetation at fast speeds. Quad biking is possible at Yemen Nature Park in the West, at the Domaine de L’Etoile in the South-East, as well as in the hilltop greenery of Valriche in the South West of the island. Quad biking activities are also offered at the Casela Nature and Leisure Park.
The traditional art of archery can be practiced at a number of hotels and resorts in Mauritius. However, to enjoy a truly unique experience of this sport, try Ciel et Nature’s L’etoile on the South Eastern are of Mauritius. Here there are 20 artificially realistic animal targets in 3D and the targets are scattered along a scenic circuit that covers some 10 hectares.
Several hotels and resorts offer Mountain bikes for rent, and these are generally for leisurely rides. To really experience the island’s interesting terrain opt for the guided trips. These are offered through various tour operators on the island, as well as at the Yemen Nature park in the West and L’Etoile in the East. Given the area’s scenery and animal sightings such as wild monkeys and bats, mountain biking is popular in La Nicoliere, which can be a country road access point to the Centre of Mauritius. Surrounded by hillsides where the vegetation is completely different to that of the nearby coast, La Nicoliere is ideal for a refreshing change of scenery. Riders can stop along the way at various viewpoints, to soak up the picturesque beauty. Another popular ride is the almost all down-hill journey from Plaine Champagne to Bel Ombre in the South, where riders navigate their way through lush vegetation.
Believed by many to be the only genuine way to leisurely explore Mauritius and its nooks and crannies, kayaking is a must-do water activity. The tropical conditions of the island, including sheltered bays, make paddling easy and a whole lot of fun. Equipment is available at most major hotels and resorts.
The exciting underwater walk draws tourists from all over the world. This unique water-based activity is great for almost everyone (over the age of 7 years) and you don’t even need to know how to swim!
Participants walk on the ocean floor in weighted boots and / or belt with a dive helmet firmly strapped on, connected to an above air supply. Head out to Grand Baie to partake in this unique and fun experience!
Enjoy a unique one hour adventure on board a submarine! Diving in a submarine as a tourist, offers a rare pleasure and at the moment, is unique to the Indian Ocean. Visit all sorts of interesting sights from a shipwreck to beautiful coral reefs. This experience is available to everyone irrespective of age.
Partake in this unique experience and pilot your own underwater sub-scooter. You can ride as a couple or on your own and enjoy the visual beauty the ocean has to offer. The ride is approximately 3 metres in depth and you breathe freely and naturally in a transparent glass dome. This adventure is not available for pregnant women, those suffering from cardio vascular problems, hearing or respiratory problems. It is also not available for those under 12 years old of age & passengers under 16 years of age are not allowed to pilot the scooter. For your safety, a guide diver will accompany you on the 30 minute jaunt.