Tag Archives: diving

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean 

The Indian Ocean covers approximately one-fifth of the total ocean area of the world. It is the smallest, geologically youngest, and physically most complex of the world’s three major oceans. It stretches for more than 10,000 km between the southern tips of Africa and Australia and, without its marginal seas, has an area of about 73,440,000 square km. The Indian Ocean’s average depth is 12,990 feet (3,960 metres).

The Indian Ocean is full of treasures bathed in exotic and sun. It is also home to various exotic islands that are worth a visit. These include Reunion, Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Rodrigues. They are all essential destinations for a holiday in the Indian Ocean.

The Lush nature

Fancy a trip to the Indian Ocean? Incredibly diverse, Indian Ocean islands are distinguished by their different characters and breathtaking scenery. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and seabed and its rich fauna and underwater flora, the Indian Ocean is home to beautiful islands: Mauritius, Madagascar, Rodrigues, Mayotte, Seychelles, Reunion and more. Popular destinations for tourists. But that’s not all: the Indian Ocean is also a dive in the heart of cultures and peoples with renowned hospitality.

Ideal temperatures

During summer and winter, the temperatures are mild, sometimes very hot: it actually averages to 25 ° C all year. Some areas are sometimes affected by tropical cyclones. However, these weather events are very rare and hotels are built to withstand these climatic variations and allow you to spend a holiday in peace.

A stay in the Indian Ocean, for the pleasure of your taste buds

An amalgam of French Indian, African and Chinese culinary arts, local cuisine will delight gourmets in search of spicy and tangy flavors. A quintessential dish of Creole cuisine normally consists of cooked meat, fish or vegetables, all seasoned with saffron, coriander, ginger and chilli. While visiting the Seychelles, do not leave without trying the chatimus, fruit purees and vegetables with spices and vinegar. Indian and Chinese food enthusiasts, you’ll find it with a stay in Mauritius and Reunion. The holidays in the Indian Ocean is also the opportunity to taste tropical fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, guava, passion fruit and coconut are also on the menu of your stay.

Island of the Indian Ocean

Maldives

A trip to the Maldives is the guarantee to discover a true paradise! Warm turquoise waters, white sand and lush tropical vegetation, The Maldives is an ideal destination to fully recharge yourself. Spending your holidays in the Maldives will leave an ever-lasting memory. Explore the underwater beauty of a breathtaking lagoon, go to Kayak on the clear waters surrounding the islands and take part in a multitude of sports activities for children and adults.

The Mascarene Islands

From Reunion to Mauritius

Combine you trip to the Mascarene Islands to make it even more unique and memorable. Mauritius and Reunion are two Indian Ocean jewels which combine perfectly. Meander along the roadways of Reunion island and then relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Mauritius.

Reunion volcanoes oppose Mauritius lagoons to form a truly charming duo. Add in a mixed population of extreme kindness and vistas of breathtaking diversity, and you get the trip you’ve always dreamed of. Combining discovery, comfort and well-being, is the ideal trip for couples on honeymoon, lovers of nature or simply tireless active.

Reunion is a vibrant and enchanting destination that leaves no one indifferent. That’s why after a few days of active holiday in this land of contrasts, a stay in Mauritius will be welcome. Less than 45 minutes by plane from one another, these two neighboring islands guarantee a change of scenery.

The circuit Freedom in Reunion (with rental car) which allows you to travel around the island at your own pace and visit the best sights of the Reunion island! Hikers, meanwhile, will be amazed by Small Island Crossing, an exceptional hiking tour through the Salazie, Mafate and Cilaos circuses.

A trip to Mauritius is an experience to do at least once in his life! Mauritius is full of natural treasures that you can explore by boat, during a session of diving or simply by visiting the lush vegetations and natural features of the island. Spending holidays in Mauritius will leave an indelible memory.

From Mauritius to Rodrigues

You are looking for an exotic destination? Direction Rodrigues. Neighboring Mauritius, Rodrigues offers totally different sensations. Real island out of time, the heart of Rodrigues remained intact. Variety of landscapes, nonchalance and daily tranquility are what make the island unique. Its inhabitants will share their lifestyle and you will love their kindness.

At about one and a half hour from Mauritius in small plane, you land in a land where one feels good: a warm welcome by the inhabitants of the island, glad you made the trip up to them and proud to have some visitors…

When leaving Mauritius for Rodrigues, you will have the feeling of having gone from one world to another…It is an authentic island with unique scenery: hidden coves and turquoise lagoons.

The Seychelles: Island Hopping

The Seychelles is yet another jewel of the Indian Ocean. Let each island tell you his story. They all have something special to offer to the traveler.

Active or relaxing, inhabited or isolated, rocky or lush, the many Seychelles islands contain treasures that remain to be discovered by you. For a complete holiday, combine the main tropical islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, to discover the most beautiful sites in the archipelago!

Experience a perfect little getaway on these Robinson island unspoiled natural … A non-ostentatious luxury that thrills. Come and meet the famous Seychelles sea turtle! Snorkeling sites are almost everywhere … Around La Digue, Anse Severe and Anse Patate you will discover many surprises. If you venture a little further, discover Cocos Island: a unique spot where you can see turtles, rays and colorful fish …

Whether for a discovery of the Seychelles, a quiet stay, a homecoming or a dive trip, whatever your desires, a trip to Seychelles is the perfect way to spend holidays.

Have fun in the Indian Ocean!

You can read more about the Indian ocean here. (French)

Diving in Mauritius – Whales and Sharks

Diving Mauritius

If a scuba diving center advertises “On the menu today: dolphins, sharks and whales!”  in the morning on you are definitely lucky. Mauritius is not only on land, but also under water a real garden of eden. Clear turquoise seas, an abundance of live coral reefs and beautiful tropical fishes. There is no typical “diving season”. Beautiful conditions exist all year round but the visibility can, of course, be affected by waves, plankton, tides or rain. Here is how it was the first time I came to come across sharks and whales!

Trou aux Biches, Mauritius

My trip starts there, in the northwest of Mauritius, after leaving my beautiful villa. In the background, the mountains, Pieter Both can clearly be seen from there.

6:30 am – The crew loads the bottles, two per person as we will be at sea for the day and we will dive twice.

7:00, everyone on board, the captain gave the order to cast off and we quickly leave the Trou aux Biches bay for the lagoon. Behind us the mountains of the island of Mauritius are looming in the mist of the morning, before the silhouettes of the northern islands that aspire us.

Flat Island, north of Mauritius.

We sail blithely on a mirror sea when a fellow cries: “Whale! “. We are beyond the island of Coin de Mire, and our captain made a wide U-turn to reach the spot where the whale has left a large white surface trace, testimony of his ascent to the surface. Engine idling, we are all on the front of the boat and on the upper deck to watch in all directions.

Whale in Mauritius

Encountering whales, is an incredibly moving experiences. It will bring you into contact with strikingly beautiful scenery, unspoiled landscapes and wonderful animals. When you see the whales, the sight is unbelievable. Everyone has their own way of describing this incredible sight. Sometimes instead of the usual outbursts, it is the deafening silence of being lost for words as you hear the enormous humpback whale take one last breath before a dive.

Megaptera novaengliae in Latin. Better known under the common name of humpback whale or humpback whale or humpback. The species of the Southern Hemisphere lives six months in Antarctica during the austral summer sea and dates back to the warm waters of the tropics during the winter to mate and give birth. These whales arrive in Mauritius waters in the month of June and leave in late October.

We lose track of time. Aboard adults swoon with cameras in hand, welcoming their images.

But we also want to dive, and to do our first dive without much delay we head to a site where we are told we will be able to encounter sharks! Yes, SHARKS!

Our sailor was the one who introduced the famous Shark Tank, then accompanied the worldwide TV crews and scientists who wanted to film the legendary pit which I was about to visit. One of the divers hesitate to get off, sharks are not friends, she apprehended. But everyone encouraged her and we know that if our specialist aboard are asking us to follow is that there is no risk. Subject to compliance with the instructions. Small pre-dive briefing , recommendations, and jump right into the blue.

The water is clearer here than near the island – it is of a beautiful silky blue and is clear and clean. Diving in Mauritius will allow you to contemplate colorful tropical fishes but also pelagic species. Here are scorpion fish, stone fish, lost of different eels, and you will see sharks here too: black tip reef sharks, bull sharks and Grey sharks. Pretty kaleidoscope of colors and materials.

Shark Pool, Mauritius

The Shark Pool in Mauritius is a new site in the form of arena in which grows the baby sharks and where pregnant females wait. We follow the teacher who leads us into a gully following the ebb and flow of reflux. We are less than 14 meters deep, and we enter a circular arena, circled round a pile of rocks, polished by millennia. Each is positioned as we had been recommended earlier, down on the rocks, slightly behind the arena.

Encountering Shark during a scuba diving in Mauritius.

Inside, two large females ready to give birth rotate in wide circles, belly full. With very fair skin, white belly, they seem to expect the time toiling like a pregnant woman.

Around them and in a happy mess, small sharks spree. A nursery of fifteen representatives of this species much maligned and therefore in danger. Loud, they pass under our noses without much noticing our bubbles, as if our presence was of no interest. Nothing substitutes the thrill of diving with sharks. You won’t feel it until you live it. In case you do not get that lucky, the Mauritian sea will still live up to your diving expectations with its wide variety of reefs and marine treasures.

In the meantime, tell me: you, would you go see whales? And who would be tempted by a special shark dive? Have you ever had, and where? You tell me!

Have a nice dive!

 

Diving Seychelles: Praslin

diving seychelles   Marianne island, near Praslin, in the Seychelles remains one of the best diving spot in the world. The island of Praslin is famous for its beautiful beaches and the Vallée de Mai, an ecological reserve with numerous endemic species, especially five species of palms including the famous “Coco Fess”. The site have been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.

On the island of Coco Fess!

One can reside in luxury hotels or simply rent a villa, anyway you are sure to spend idyllic holiday. You are surely going to be caught by the indolent charm that emanates from these islands with lush vegetation: Seychellois are of great courtesy and they willingly undertake the conversation. On the other hand, these little green gems planted in the middle of turquoise lagoons do not let themselves be overwhelmed by tourism: this industry is properly being controlled since the beginning of its development. Indeed, it has not marred the landscape of coasts and beaches, all hotels and villas have perfectly been integrated into the vegetation.

With water temperatures that varies between 27 ° and 29 ° C all year roun. You will be spoiled when it comes to diving spot. The various sites offers diverse wildlife from huge nurse sharks that rest, sated, on sandy bottoms, to turtles dancing languorously around you, eagle rays that pass through the blue shrimp who play their pincers as an artist on his harp. At night, the red parrots explode before your eyes, octopus play hide and seek and you will race with sea urchins.

Diving near Marianne Island

There is a site that will really interest both photographers and divers: the Marianne Island, less than two hours off Praslin by boat. This uninhabited island is very little and far from being a crowded island. And when you go under the surface you will discover a beautiful landscape of huge granite cliffs carved to the sickle and planted on a sandy bottom at 25 meters that reflects light. With crystal clear waters that offers excellent visibility, this spot remains one of the best. It is a must visit if you are staying in Praslin.

Diving near Marianne Island will prove to be a very rich dive with several types of sharks (gray, white tip, nurse …), eagles and stingrays, turtles, barracudas, plataxs, tight schools of blue trevally, snapper benches, sergeants major banks, etc … Besides the beautiful white or pale pink sea fans, bouquets of Alcyonarians and hard corals await you.

Other dives around Praslin

In Seychelles, you’ll come across almost all species found in the Indian Ocean: barracuda, tuna, dolphins, turtles, stingrays, mantas, sharks and even the whale shark, accustomed to these waters almost constant temperature. In all, 850 species counted in the archipelago. But probably the most surprising is that in a single dive, you’ll see most of them! Each dive is like a visit to an aquarium!

Here, the dives are limited to 30 meters deep and beginners are welcome. For lovers of thrills, sharks that roam around the main islands can be their main motivations. If you want more, you can ask for a trip to Aldabra Atoll to be organizd. It is a UNESCO protected site with an awesome aquatic life.

Enjoy your Diving around Praslin!

Mauritius: Flic en Flac to Port Louis

Beautifully contrasted and blessed with never-ending sunshine, the western coast of Mauritius is the perfect place to spend your holidays. This side of the island is lined with some dazzling white sand beaches like Flic en Flac. The small coastal village of Flic en Flac is ideal for those looking to discover Port Louis and its surroundings. Other than its beaches, the west coast of Mauritius has a lot of natural attractions and sights.

Flic en Flac

flic en flac

Flic-En-Flac

Flic en Flac is known to be the best beach resort of Mauritius. Along its beaches, you will find a series of hotels following one another. Unlike other regions of the island, Flic en Flac records very little rainfall throughout the year. The sun always shines on its dazzling turquoise lagoon.

Flic en Flac climate

Sunset Flic En Flac

Sunset-Flic En Flac

Like Port Louis, Flic en Flac is sheltered from the South East Trade Wind of the Indian ocean and is one of the hottest places in Mauritius. Here the temperature never drops below 26°C and it easily reaches up to 35°C. The temperature of the lagoon varies from 26 to 28°C depending on the season. The beach itself is very spacious and is lined with Casuarina trees which help provide some shade. The climate of Flic en Flac is reflected in its lagoon, crystal-clear warm water contributing to a fabulous aquatic life.

Snorkeling & Diving in Flic en Flac

Diving-Flic en Flac
The beach of Flic en Flac is nearly two kilometers long and you can swim, snorkel or dive all year round. In fact, the beach is a paradise for diving with its numerous caves and wrecks like Cathedral and Rempart Serpent. Divers and snorkelers will really appreciate the lagoon of Flic en Flac as the current is nearly inexistent while visibility is at its best. So get your snorkel and diving equipment ready for the wonderful coral reefs and colorful underwater life of Flic en Flac. Its is advisable to wear protection shoes or snorkel fins to protect yourself from sea urchins and corals.

Around Flic en Flac

Casela
Other than its beaches, hotels, and villas, Flic en Flac has everything for the well-being of visitors. The village is equipped with numerous facilities like spas, clinic, beach restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets and shopping malls. Nightlife there is much appreciated by locals and tourists alike. Few kilometers away from the village you will find the Casela Nature Bird Park, one of the oldest attractions of Mauritius.

Hotels in Flic en Flac

Beach villas Flic en Flac
Over the last years, Flic en Flac has seen a lot of development. Many hotels and villas settled to level the increasing number of tourists. There are more than 10 large hotels along its coastline. But beware that some hotels are better placed than others in view of front beaches. Pearle Beach, Hilton and Villa Caroline are the better placed for bathing and snorkeling. Nevertheless, you can still stroll along the beach and find your own bathing spot.

Port Louis

Port Louis

Port Louis at night

Mauritius isn’t just a beach destination, its capital city Port Louis is a living proof of that. With nearly 150, 000 inhabitants, Port Louis and its old streets is the liveliest city of Mauritius. The city is home to the major administrative and financial institution of the island.

Enclosed by a mountain range and the sea, Port Louis is the hottest city of Mauritius. When visiting Port Louis, it is very easy to spot the ancient buildings, Creole houses, and religious monuments. It is common to see a mosque, a temple, and a church just streets apart in Port Louis. This is the result of the great ethnic mix of the Mauritian society.

Port Louis is representative of the island’s colonial past. Alley after alley, the city of Port Louis reveals more and more about its culture and authenticity. You just have to stroll art and history will be everywhere around you.

The Port Louis Market

Mauritius Market
Also referred to as “grand bazaar” by locals, the Port Louis Market is the oldest market of Mauritius. It is the best place to find anything that the island has to offer. From exotic fruits and vegetables to tastiest Mauritian street foods, the market is a delicious food trip. Amongst the many street foods you will find there, the Dholl Puri is certainly the most famous of them all. In the case of thirst, we recommend you visit one of the many stalls of the market to taste the Alouda, a typical local milk-based beverage.

The market is quite crowded and loudly on weekdays, but this curiously adds to its charm. You will discover attaching and welcoming characters at the stalls. It is so nice to amble and ferret out the beauties of Mauritius in this market. In addition to the food, you will find the best handicrafts and souvenirs of Mauritius in the extended section of the market. Souvenirs like miniature musical instruments, clothing, spices, scents, original sculptures and many more.

Port Louis attractions

Port Louis Attraction

Fort Adelaide in Port Louis

The city of Port Louis is a must-see attraction in Mauritius especially for travelers who want to get soaked in the beautiful mix of culture and traditions. Place d’Armes, Champ de Mars, Fort Adelaide Chinatown, Jummah Mosque or Saint Louis Cathedral are charming religious architectures worth visiting. Port Louis is also the ultimate place for shopping in Mauritius, the Port Louis Caudan Waterfront is one of the biggest shopping malls of Mauritius. The waterfront has it all, hotels, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, live music and events, you can really a good day there.

Driving in Mauritius

Port Louis and Flic en Flac are just minutes away by car and a little bit longer in by bus. While the bus is inexpensive in Mauritius, it tends to be time costly. The easiest way to get around the island is to rent a car. This requires bringing a valid license, but you will be able to visit the different attractions at your own pace. Car rental tariffs are fairly competitive across the island and the price of fuel is fairly low. Driving is on the left and road signs are mostly displayed in English. The only downside of Port Louis is its regular traffic jams, especially from 8hrs to 9hrs in the morning and 16hrs to 17hrs. So plan your trip to Port Louis accordingly.

Have nice holidays in Mauritius!

What to do in Maldives?

Wondering what to do when you are in the Maldives? Here is the guide to the top nine.

Holidayers from all over the world crave long for pampered nights in Maldives luxurious resorts scattered like pearls over the 1,102 islands that make up this wonderful archipelago. Your tropical wishes are sure to be granted on one of the 87 resort islands of the Maldives. The islands of the Maldives straddle the equator like over a total area of land 820 kilometers long and 120 miles wide. An unseen air of peacefulness enveloping the archipelago makes the Maldives the perfect place to discharge excessive stress caused by the fast paced world. The Maldives offers you an escape from the real world to a palm-fringed wonder.

The Maldives Islands seems to be protected by an abysmal blue sea. Lagoons are of shades of turquoise blue with great reefs, white soft sandy endless beaches, and luxurious fauna. With its paradisiacal picturesque sceneries, it is of no wonder holidayers can spend long days to just chill and relax.

Maldives is great when it comes to diving, snorkeling or just underwater exploration. Its protected coral reefs are home to thousands of species of fish.

It is a great spot for diving, snorkeling or just exploring the waters with thousands of different fish swimming around the corals.  The Maldives are always open to visitors.

9. Utheemu Ganduvaru

 Utheemu Gunduvaru


Utheemu Gunduvaru

Number nine of the top places is a historical place – Utheemu Ganduvaru. It is the place where the Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan used to live. As it name suggests, the site is located in Utheemu which is an inhabited island in the north of the archipelago. The sultan is regarded by the population as one of the heroes of the Maldives. He earned a high esteem and respect from the Maldivians for saving them from the Portuguese conquerors.

8. Visit Mulee-Aage Palace

The Mulee- Aage Palace is situated just in front of the Friday mosque (Hukuru Miskiiy). The palace was built in 1906. It was constructed by the sultan Mohamed Shamsuddeen III for his son before the First World War. The Sultan was however overthrown later in 1936 and the palace declared as a government property.

As the country became a republic in 1953, the palace became the President’s official residence. It is not still the case today as it is used as the president’s office where meetings are often held.

7. Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

hukuru miskiiy

hukuru miskiiy

Also known as the old Friday mosque, Hukuru Miskiiy is the oldest mosque that can be found on the island of Maldives. The mosque’s interior displays a wonderful architecture with different varieties of Arabic calligraphy and patterns carved in its coral stone walls. The Islamic art inside it is simply wonderful. The mosque also houses some tombs have been erected for the memory of some saints. The calm and quiet place would be great for people to discover the Islamic culture the Maldivians follow.

6. National Museum

The National Museum of Maldives is one of the best places to visit in the archipelago. It places number 7 out of the 10 top places to visit. Located at Male, the edifice houses a lot of diverse kinds of past objects that reflect the history of the country. The actual museum is a reconstruction of the old museum which was the royal palace. The new one has been constructed by the Chinese government and is where eventually the artifacts from the old museum would move to. It was declared as the official National Museum on July 26, 2010.

5. Hulhulé island

Let us go back to the amazing waters and reefs of the Maldives. Situated in the north of Malé, it is one of the most beautiful island of the Maldives. The island also house the international airport of the Maldives, Ibrahim Naser Airport. To reach hulhulé island from male, you can simply hire a ferry. Departure takes place every ten minutes. The ticket costs about 1$ which is very cheap. You can enjoy a ferry ride and the splendid beaches of Hulhulé. Place not to miss in the Maldives.

4. Banana Reef

Also located at the North Male Atoll, is the Banana Reef, which is the most wanted diving site in the Maldives. As it names indicates, the reef is called Banana Reef because of its shape which extends 300 meters from north to south. The reef has one of the most flourishing fauna and flora. You can find Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and the rare Bannerfish. There are countless amount of fishes of different colors and sizes. Banana reef has the reputation of being the best diving site in the whole Maldives.

3. Manta Point

Still talking about the best diving sites, at number 3 is Manta Point. Manta Point is a diving area where you can enjoy seeing a large numbers of manta rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses.  Nature is sometimes amazing. In fact, Manta point is a type of cleaning station for mantas just like they exist for cars and other vehicles. Manta rays circle several large coral rocks, and wait for their turn to be cleaned. After being cleaned, they swim gracefully to the reef feeding on shallow water full of plankton. Whether you are a novice or experienced diver, you will surely enjoy this unique and exciting diving experience.

2. Snorkeling

Snorkeling in the clear waters of the Maldives

Snorkeling in the clear waters of the Maldives

The abundant marine life of the Maldives is a source of admiration and attraction for marine life enthusiast. Maldives is one of the best places to snorkel in the whole world. More than 70 species of coral and about 700 species of fish make the flourishing fauna and flora.

1. Watch an amazing sunset

You probably have been to a huge amount of different places in the word known for their beautiful sunsets but none of them even come close to the wonderful sunset in the Maldives! It is a truly amazing sunset!

Sunset in the Maldives

Sunset in the Maldives

The amazing shade of orange and red create a real relaxation space.The colous are incredible Alone or with you partner, sit on the beach or in your bungalow balcony, grab a drink and enjoy it. You will surely have some great moments you will never forget!

Diving In Seychelles

background1-600x375

The Seychelles, one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world, offers a true year round diving opportunity with excellent visibility. The Islands surrounded by amazing diving spots, packed with a lively marine environment, offers many opportunities to take perfect photos or record a memorable travel video.

Continue reading

Diving In Mauritius

Diving-Kinasi-6

Mauritius is home to numerous, amazing, diving sites. It is a world within a world holding wonderful secrets underneath the water lapping the shores and coral reefs. The diverse range of diving sites, each unique in its own way, will drift you back into your sweetest dream.

Continue reading