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Mauritius, Indian Ocean

A scuba diving hoilday in Mauritius offers diving holidays in a destination totally encircled by one of the world’s finest coral reefs that provide a perfect breeding ground for many marine species. The pearl of the Indian Ocean, a cross-roads of civilizations influenced by Asia, Africa and Europe, with the east coast of Africa 1100 miles to the west, India 2500 miles to the north and Australia 2500 miles to the east, right on the Tropic of Capricorn, south of the equator. It’s tropical landscape is a beautiful mix of jungle-covered mountains, waterfalls, sugar cane fields and white sand beaches. The islands colonial history and cosmopolitan lifestyle make this a great place to explore. 

Scuba Diving
Mauritius is almost totally encircled by one of the world’s finest coral reefs that provide a perfect breeding ground for many marine species: Sharks, rays, barracuda, tuna, turtles and kingfish are regular encounters. The island’s underwater volcanic landscape provides a wonderful variety of caves and caverns as well as steep coral walls and 19th century shipwrecks. Notable dives include the Cathedral, at 35m down a steep coral encrusted wall a small entrance opens out to a huge cavern with light shafts penetrating down from the surface. Another popular dive is the Sirius, a 19th century British frigate bursting with marine life although permission is required to dive this site.

Culture and Activities

Mauritius is known for its stunning beaches, watersports and a choice of luxury hotels. However, it is worth venturing out to see the beautiful countryside or take an excursion. The Port capital of St Louis, with it's duty free shops and local markets, is only an hour away by car. On the way you will see the mix of sugar cane plantations. Set on the low lying hills they lead down to traditional villages built along the coast line. An island sightseeing tour will show you the best sights in a day including the Black River national park or trekking on the mountain of Le Morne Brabant. Locally you can enjoy boat trips, with a picnic and swimming with dolphins if you are lucky. Other activities include beach BBQs, snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing, surfing and stand up paddleboarding, which Sportif can arrange at specialist partner centres. There are also 18 hole par 72 international golf course facilities, with guest membership and prebookable tee times.

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

Boat Diving Wreck Diving






Best Time: Year round (April-Oct calmest  waters).

Average Air temps: 27-30°C

Average Water temps: 26-27°C

Visibility: 20-30m

Top Dive Sites: Cathedral, Nab reef, Tug wreck - 1st artificial reef with rare fish inc leaf  lion and scorpion fish.Shark pit (juveniles at Pigeon Rock), Serpent (Snake Reef), HMS Sirus - 18thC British Frigate.

Great Reasons to Dive in Mauritius

  • Shallow, calm sites for Learn to Dive/beginners.
  • Hidden gems for Advanced - Wrecks, drift & big fish.
  • Sharks, dophin, eels, rays.
  • Dive Safaris with BBQ and snorkelling for non-divers.
  • Multisport options in South west with windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and SUP.
  • Photography sites with rare fish.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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