The island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is often referred to as a “Paradise location”. It is an ideal destination for couples and families alike and has retained its popularity over the recent years. Although there are many activities in Mauritius, it is very closely associated with scuba diving as a result of its magnificent lagoon and the superb coral reefs that surround the island. Moreover, most 5 star Mauritius hotel bundles now offer their own scuba diving packages and there are also many companies entirely devoted to these.
The noticeable thing is that the sea conditions in Mauritius mean that scuba diving there is accessible to both beginners and seasoned veterans. There are indeed many foreigners who go to Mauritius almost every year only for the scuba diving. The North of the island is particularly suitable for scuba divers thanks to the marine fauna there and the clarity of the lagoon (the North is also known for boasting the best beaches of the island). There are several diving sites that are critically acclaimed and that people who are into the sport must absolutely visit.
Mauritius also offers a full range of diving conditions, which pretty much makes it the ideal spot for divers with varying degrees of experience. While the north coast of the island allows for extremely easy conditions, divers with more experience can thus head to the south where the conditions are a bit more difficult. The west coast should be visited by those with at least one year of scuba diving experience under their belt as the sea can be quite rough there and some parts are not actually accessible to the general public.
Although you may very well use your own scuba diving equipment, it is not very difficult to rent some equipment in Mauritius. Divers have a stunning choice as there are always a handful of scuba shops from which you can rent or purchase the regular equipment to incredibly expensive sets. Obviously, if you are just going to enjoy the activity for the couple of weeks in Mauritius, there is no need to invest a lot of money in the equipment. However, if you plan to make scuba diving one of your hobbies, it is better to go for the best equipment as soon as you can. This allows you to spend less money in the long run.
One thing you can count on is that you will not be buying poor quality equipment. Tourism is a very important, if not the biggest, industry in Mauritius and is thus tightly regulated. These shops are thus subjects to frequent checks and can only sell equipment that has been verified and approved by the authorities. Skippers and operators must also be issued licenses by the authorities, and these are verified regularly to ensure that everything is up to standard and to make sure that the tourists’ lives are not being put to unnecessary risks.
The seas and oceans open an amazing new world for us to explore and experience. I recently went to Andaman Islands, where I tried scuba diving for the first time. It was the most amazing experience of my life. So I did a little research and decided to write an article on the destinations around the world that are best for Scuba diving.
As a diver, you must explore these finest destinations for scuba diving. Even first time explorers can check out the wonderful creatures sheltered by the vast blue waters.
The Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s most popular destination visible from the outer space is an excellent diving destination. Sea life along the reef has been of great interest to the explorers from all over the world. Getting there is easy! You can either take a live aboard or drive to the coast. Heron Island connected by Gladstone offers novel exposure to turtles, manta, reef sharks, turtles, rays, fishes and invertebrates including other 1,500 species. Hamilton Reef will let you catch glimpses of dolphins and mink whales.
Red Sea: The favorite hub of European divers is now under the popular spot for the other sections of this world. The long coastline of 1,200 miles offers amazing varieties of sea creatures to observe. Butterfly fish, dolphins, clownfish, sharks, sponge and corals reside in the depths of Indian Ocean. The city of Sharm El-Sheik is the centre for diving into the Red Sea from Egypt.
Palau: The small isle located in the vast pacific opened up to the world when Jacques Cousteau (an ecologist and naval officer) visited the place to explore Japan’s fleet on this island. Many sea creatures have found their habitat under the wreckages of destroyed ships during war time. Discover more than 200 varieties of fishes apart from the turtles, corals, rays and around 130 species of sharks. You can expect an encounter with white tip or grey reef sharks while you get close to these wrecks in Palau.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica: Eco-tourism is on the rise in Costa Rica. The treasure house of fauna is accessible from the rainforest about 340 miles off the coast. You can find diverse mix of sea creatures like the octopus, tuna, white tip and hammer head sharks, hawksbill turtles and some whale sharks along the island. See the sights of 100 yard deep underwater channel near the north- west of Cocos Island for adventurous scuba diving.
Galapagos Islands: The World Heritage Site of UNESCO, Ecuador’s heritage of Galapagos Islands is renowned for the populous marine life. The sea lions, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, turtles, starfish, Galapagos crabs, sea cucumbers are seen regularly. The volcano survived by coral reefs is the most amazing place to dive and observe the deep.
You can get trained for shallow reef diving if you are novice or check out the awe inspiring experiences of underwater creatures and world. You can go for night dives and up to three or four dives per day. Watch how the aquatic world holds this vast amount of wealth so perfectly hidden from our untrained eyes.
This article has been contributed by Aishwarya Vohra. She works for Offshore Ally, a leading provider of virtual assistant and SEO link builders online. She loves nature, books, adventure, music and cooking. Connect with her via Twitter. Image by hankplank