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If you wish to explore the underwater Mauritius' western coast, a scuba diving holiday in Flic en Flac is a must. Not only are the beaches amongst the best of the world, protected by coral reefs, but some of the best dive sites are minutes from the shore.
Mauritius' western coast, which stretches from Black River to the north of Flic en Flac, boasts the most beautiful beaches on the island, but it is also famous for its excellent diving sites. Undersea caves, archways, shipwrecks, dolphins and a rich diversity of other marine life are just some of the highlights to discover if you book a scuba diving holiday in Flic en Flac.
One of the most famous diving sites around Flic en Flac has to be Cathedrale, an impressive underwater cave that begins at the top of an underwater cliff at a depth of 18m, dropping steeply to 27m to a sandy bottom. The site's unique topography makes it a beautiful place for underwater photography, particularly as the light filters through a crack in the ceiling, making it feel as if you are in a cathedral – hence the name.
The sea life at the Cathedrale dive site is also incredible, and you will find all sorts of creatures residing in the cracks and crevices of the rock. Look out for giant morays eels and a myriad of colourful fish and various crustaceans.
Rempant Serpent is also an interesting dive site to explore. Resembling a large snake moving across the sand, it houses an impressive and unique range of tropical fish including several types of stonefish, lionfish and scorpion fish as well as leaf fish, yellow-mouth and yellow-edged moray eels, reef sharks and the occasional hammerhead shark.
Tamarin Bay is famous for its pods of dolphins, which shelter in the calm bays here mainly between May and August. They are happy to perform tricks and acrobatics for spectators, so this area of Mauritius' west coast is worth a visit if you want to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
There are also several shipwrecks to explore around Flic en Flac, providing exciting underwater exploration for divers of all levels. These include Kei Sei 113, a converted barge that was sunk in 1988 to form an artificial reef, and Tug11, which was also sunk around 1981 to form an artificial reef. Both wrecks are teeming with fish and other marine life.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, Mauritius' incredible underwater world has much to offer adventurers. Training and certification from professional dive centres in Flic en Flac will enable you to enjoy further challenges and experiences, making your scuba diving holiday even more memorable.
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