An underwater sea walk in Mauritius.
In my opinion the Underwater sea walk in Mauritius is one of the most unique experiences when visiting the island. It is a great opportunity for people who have never dived before, or who are claustrophobic like me, to experience magnificent marine life, fauna and corals in the ocean.
I was terrified to go on this excursion. First of all I get seasick and I am very claustrophobic. I cannot imagine putting my head down in the water and not being able to breath on my own. My friend really wanted to go and although the guide explained the whole procedure, I was still not convinced. I really wanted to do it but I was scared. In the end I decided to go and see if I could conquer my fear. I am so glad I did!
We were transferred with a motorboat from the centre of Grand Baie to a platform situated inside the lagoon at the North of Mauritius. The water was very calm and luckily I didn´t get seasick! We were fitted with a diving suite, shoes and a weight belt. We received a pre departure lecture about the gear, safety procedures, the local marine life and the walking trail itself.
It was time! They put a helmet with a glass screen over my head. It is open at the bottom and you can put your hand inside. From the top oxygen are pumped into the bowl (you always stay connected to the boat) and you can breath on your own once down in the water. I had to climb down the ladder and that was when I started to panic! I refused to go down and used all my strength to hold onto the boat. The guide quickly grabbed me and took the fish bowl (that is what I called it) of my head.
The guide was so good. He talked to me and told me that pregnant women can go down and even little children. I don´t have to be afraid. The second time round it was easier. I went down.
At first I did panic! I started to breath heavily and once I realized that I could breath on my own I was fine. In any case by this time I didn´t care any more because what I´ve seen in front of my eyes was spectacular! I have never seen anything so beautiful (apart from when my little girls were born!).
Here time stops, worries fade and breathing underwater becomes possible!
You actually walk on the bottom of the ocean. It is not very deep +- 3 to 4m. They say this is what it must feel like to walk on the moon. I couldn´t believe all the fish, corals and fauna. We bought an underwater camera and the guide took photos of us while we were admiring everything. These guys are really good. They show you interesting plants and they give you bread to feed the fish.
This was amazing! When you hold the piece of bread in your hand the fish flock around you and eat from your hand. The walk lasted about 25 minutes. It was one of the best excursions I have ever taken in my life.
Back on the boat I couldn´t thank the guide enough. He smiled proudly and told me I gave him quite a scare. I highly recommend an underwater sea walk in Mauritius to travellers who are looking for an adventure.
Information about the Undersea walk in mauritius:
• Total time of the excursion is approx. one and half hours (walk itself takes about 25 minutes).
• The underwater walk is suitable for all people aged from 7 years old.
• Wetsuits and soft underwater shoes are available and provided free of charge.
• Glasses or contact lenses may be worn during this excursions (you will not get your head wet).
• Participants do not need to know how to swim.
• The underwater sea walk is offered several times a day during the following times: 9:00 / 10:30 / 12:00 / 13:30 / 15:00.
• What to bring: swimming costume and a towel.
• The Underwater Sea Walk is not offered on Sundays
Extras for the underwater seawalk in Mauritius.
• Non – Diving participants can join onboard the underwater sea walk diving platform and accompany their diving partners for a charge of 12 Euro/person.
• DVD of your entire underwater sea walk experience are available for 45 Euro.
Prices for the underwater seawalk in Mauritius:
• Price per Participant: 38 Euro
• Price per Non-Diving Participant: 13 Euro
• Price for DVD: 45 Euro
Where: Mauritius Island
When: June 2004