Southern Corsica, alongside the porphyry cliffs
The Scandola reserve offers a preserved seabed, but don't bring scuba tanks, they are prohibited there. However, snorkelling in the transparent water will allow you to see the coral. If you want to extend the experiment, head towards the small village of Pianotolli, in Southern Corsica, where the diving center will take you to incredible sites. Among them, do not miss the Cathedrals: enormous granite plateaus dotted with heads, faults, canyons, and screes with a "drop” South and West. You will also like the Two Dragons, two beautiful rocky mounts that rise 10 and 12 meters high, facing each other, where the faults hide morays and grouper fish. Finally, even though the club offers more than ten spots in the vicinity, experienced divers will particularly enjoy being shown to the “Tête Percée”, magnificent peak with a hollowed cap where anemones and blue gorgonas drop vertically to a white sandy bottom 37 meters down.
Scandola Nature Reserve
Hôtel U Libecciu
Route du port
Mauritius, ocean floors with rainbow lights
How about you head for the North-western part of the island to explore three outstanding sites suitable for divers' levels, depending on your PADI certificate.
At Peter Holt's rock, you will dive between the rocks revealing parrotfish and clownfish dancing around pretty lobsters that you will have to leave behind of course. If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the giant (two meter long!) moray eel hiding behind the basalt rocks.
For a nice adrenalin rush, you may then dive into the shark pit, 15 to 20 meters. Right behind Flat Island, the harmless black tip sharks are attracted by the motion of the waves and million tiny bubbles. Coin de Mire Island, Round Island, Flat Island, Gabriel Island, and Serpents Island - which you reach after the pass - are sheltered from the swell of the open sea and draw a lot of fish. You may explore a natural coral arena to admire triggerfish as well as typical reef fish and maybe meet turtles, hammerhead-shark and impressive leopard moray eels.
Nosy Be, magical sight in the depths
The wild side of Madagascar and its clear water are quite a draw. The most adventurous of travellers will appreciate a little detour to the coastline of tropical island Nosy Be. Here, the coral is very much alive and divers will come across incredible schools of fish each time: fusiliers, nasons, trevally, or barracudas. Learn to tell them apart before diving 30 meters down (PADI certificate) because they are very different from the ones you usually see at the market… Turtles, groupers, grey sharks, or leopard sharks also come around along with impressive manta rays. Where can you find them? On the marine sanctuary of Nosy Tanikely, for instance, twenty minutes from Ambatoloaka beach, or Nosy Iranja two hours from Nosy Be, a true underwater heaven with pure white sand and perfectly clear sea beds. Snorkelling amateurs will not feel left out, they will be treated to a magnificent aquarium only a few meters deep.
Costa Rica, a unique biodiversity
Change of scenery guaranteed! The diversity of the coral formations is such that divers will forever be amazed. While the sites are varied, some, such as Cocos Island (a national park declared Natural heritage of mankind by UNESCO) or the central Pacific areas are highly sought after. For an unusual dive, we recommend the South Pacific, in particular the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, 45 minutes from Bahía Drake, in the Osa Peninsula. On the way, you may come across dolphins or humpback whales, a common sight since it is one of the few places in the world where these whales gather, whether they're coming from the Northern hemisphere or the Southern hemisphere. In the bottoms, you will swim with hammerhead sharks, white-tipped sharks, whale sharks, and manta rays, including the famous clownfishes!
Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
Guadeloupe, wonderful playground for divers
Divers' paradise, Guadeloupe offers multiple renowned sites. Start with the Cousteau Reserve, West, in the middle of Basse-Terre. The flora and aquatic wildlife are marvellous, and waters rather warm. Within the Reserve, around Pigeon Islands, you will most probably hear about must see sites, such as La Piscine, Pointe Barracuda, L'Aquarium and Les Sources d'Eaux Chaudes, where coral roses bloom among gorgonians and sponges.The Cousteau Reserve extends from the village of Bouillante to the entrance of Pointe-Noire –make sure you insist on exploring the entire zone. Indeed, you will discover the Franjack wreck, 20 meters deep at the tip of Malendure bay, or the Gustavia, 40 meters deep between the islets and the coast. Other sites will enchant divers looking for unusual sightings. Head towards Jardin Japonais, on the North coast, or Pointe Lézarde. In Guadeloupe, diving enthusiasts will be like fish in water.
Plage de Malendure
After this breathtaking aquatic travel, and for your safety, we invite you to respect the recommended period of time between your last dive and your return flight.