It is probably known worldwide that Mauritius is an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts. In order to learn even more about this facet of the Island and report on, I threw myself into the depths of the Indian Ocean. Since I had no experience, the first dive gave me a little queasy feeling – equipment which I never used, the vastness of the sea and the ”unexplored” depths, creatures which I only saw in a zoo or aquarium and of course the steady ulterior motives, which I owe to the movie industry. Thank you Hollywood for the great white shark, Open Water, Flipper, Free Willy or countless ‘scary’ movies. Nevertheless, my curiosity was much stronger and after I already experienced so many fascinating aspects of Mauritius, I also wanted to get to know the underwater world. In conversations with friends who are experienced divers, they recommended the same diving school all over again. As we all know, it relies on the opinion of your friends, so did I and the decision was more than correct in the end. With the probably best instructor in hand and the determination to dive – two conditions that were met; it could begin.
Immersed in the Indian Ocean and its graceful underwater flora and fauna, a whole new world opens up. You forget all the thoughts that you had previously and you find yourself in a colorful, lively surrounding. Biodiversity is instantly recognizable even for the untrained eye and from dive to dive, I knew more and more what it is worth to pay attention to. Small and big fishes in almost every imaginable color and a variety of shapes, stone fish, lion fish, terrifying and yet totally peaceful moray eels, sea snails, which shine in neon colors, starfish, rays with a wingspan of up to one meter, sea turtles and actually I saw a seahorse during a dive. Already after the first dive I wished to remain in the water.
The fascination of the underwater world had completely taken me, on which my decision was based to get my ”divers permit”. As part of the course, the technical methods of diving will be trained, which allow a dive to depths of up to 40 meters. A thoroughly interesting aspect because we could explore a wreck, which seemed to tell its own story. Another highlight was the night dive, in which sleeping parrot fish and nocturnal underwater animals such as crabs and lobsters are observed. The reef life is as active as during the day, only completely different creatures were shown. Just great!
Somehow it makes me proud to have gone this step and I’m glad because I’ve discovered a new hobby, which I love! Mauritius also offers a variety of attractive diving spots, which makes it a “dream diving holiday”. Those who shied to take the plunge into the cool water, should try to overcome and to experience the grace and fascination of such an inspiring underwater world.