Phil Bradley and his partner Dawn travelled to Mauritius in January of this year, here is his trip report. SPOILER ALERT – it will make you yearn for the Indian Ocean!
My partner Dawn and I booked a holiday and headed for some sun on the beautiful island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Our expectations were high as our only other visit to the Indian Ocean (the Maldives) was fantastic.
We had booked into a small boutique hotel in Pereybere, on the northwest side of the island, with the most beautiful beaches on the island. We settled into our room with a courtesy bottle of champagne on the balcony overlooking the ocean.
The following day we went in search of a dive school. We found a professional looking school almost opposite our hotel (http://www.basediving.net/en). The school was indeed very professionally run (and owned) by a friendly and very experienced PADI course director Barlen. Joined by his wife Fi, who ran the shop and administration side of the business, Berty the dive instructor and Madlen the dive guide and boat driver.
Our first dive was a reef dive ……….. the water was warm and clear but compared to the Maldives it was disappointing, the reef was small and the fish life was both small and scarce. Over the following days we dived every other day, getting in two dives before a nice lunch overlooking the ocean.
Once our expectations had been recalibrated, we thoroughly enjoyed the diving, the reefs were colourful and we found some excellent subjects for our camera lenses.
Surprisingly there are not many wrecks around the area, but we did dive on one that was a 20 minute boat ride away.
On the reefs we found many beautiful coloured leaf fish, morays. On one particular dive site we regularly found turtles resting amongst the coral beds and we were able to spend considerable time observing them and taking copious photographs.
Over the course of the holiday we did 14 dives which we thoroughly enjoyed as well as spending many hours touring the beautiful island of Mauritius. Whilst we are in some of these beautiful places we privileged to visit it is nice to take in some of the local culture. At the time we were visiting the locals came to the end of their fasting period and had a festival to celebrate, which we visited in the adjacent village.
The Mauritian people of a mixture of cultures, Indian, French and….. but are exceptionally friendly and very welcoming of the English, due to our colonial history.
Not only is Mauritius beautiful below the water but also on top, it had many areas of beautiful mountains and forest.