Hike up Lion Mountain, dive or snorkel out on some of Mauritius' best stretches of reef or take a boat excursion to an outlying island: the southeast is one of the most satisfyingly active corners of the country.

Feature: Diving in the East & Southeast

Off the southeast coast the main highlight is the dramatic underwater topography – expect various drop-offs, tunnels, boulders and caves and, if you're lucky, a few marauding pelagic species, such as sharks, tuna and barracudas.

Further north there are excellent, strong-current sites off Belle Mare and Trou d'Eau Douce.

There are very few dive centres in the island's east and south, but most major resorts can put you in touch with one. Otherwise, check online at www.msda.mu for a list of licensed and insured dive operators. The following are fabulous places to dive.

  • Sirius, off Mahébourg: 18th-century wreck at 20m to 25m.
  • Colorado, off Pointe d'Esny and Blue Bay: dive down 35m in shark-rich waters.
  • Roches Zozo, off Pointe d'Esny and Blue Bay: dive down 40m where reef meets open ocean.
  • Belmar Pass, off Belle Mare: strong currents; good for sharks and barracudas.