Diving and snorkelling here is among the best on the island.

Feature: Diving in the North

Northern Mauritius is one of the best places in the country to dive, whatever your level. The following are our favourite locations, and can be accessed through the dive centres in Mont Choisy.

  • Carpenters Excellent site for drift diving; depths of up to 22m.
  • Djabeda Dive to a depth of 30m to 35m with both a reef and a 1998 fishing-boat wreck.
  • La Fosse aux Requins A bowl-shaped basin carved into the cliff is home to an eerie concentration of blacktip sharks, perhaps because the waters are rich in oxygen thanks to the swell. Good news for novice divers in search of excitement: this shallow dive (12m) is accessible with an Open Water certificate, though the current can be tricky. Shark encounters are probable but not guaranteed!
  • The Wall This dive is like looking down from the top floor of a skyscraper and wondering what it would be like to jump – and now, you can! You soar right over an incredibly vertical face. Also impressive is the amount of healthy growth on the wall. The site has tuna, kingfish and black coral.
  • Kingfish A splendid drop-off down to 28m, embellished with black coral and seafans. Small reef fish are plentiful, as are jacks and snappers. Watch for grey reef and leopard sharks.
  • Stella Maru This Japanese freighter, scuttled in 1987 and resting upright at 25m, is a not-to-be-missed wreck. Over the years it has become nicely encrusted and has attracted a host of colourful species, including stingrays, moray eels, parrot fish and leaf fish.
  • Waterlily & Emily Dive in 15m to 26m of water to wrecks that include two tug boats and a sunken fishing trawler.