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Dive Clubs in Mauritius

Hi

I'm a keen diver & have just arrived in Mauritius. Can anyone advise of any dive clubs to join? I know there are loads of dive centres but these all seem to be focused on the tourist sector & I'd love to find one where I can dive with the same people on a regular basis

thanks - Lisa

Try Ticabo Diving Centre in Flic en Flac. I know they have a bunch of happy local divers (regulars).

That's great. Thanks Nadeem

Hi Lisa,
  I'm a keen diver too and would love to get some regular dives in. I'll be arriving in June, so I may message you sometime then to see what your views are by that time.

Cheers,
Lisa

Hi,

In Flic en Flac as well, I strongly recommend Abyss, especially if you want to get PADI or CMAS levels. They are known all over the island for the quality of their trainings. The club is a bit small and "handmade" but the level of professionalism is higher than everywhere I have been in many places.

Good dive :)

Hello to both Lisas,

Mauritius Underwater Group (MUG) is the only proper dive club on the island that I know of so far where you get to dive and socialize with the same regular divers and definitely not run like the more usual "dive shops" for tourists.

Just google it or look out for their facebook page.

Yes go for abyss, I try to dive with them every 2 weeks.

Hi Lisa

yes please do that would be great.

Had my first dive today with Blue Water dive centre - just by where i'm staying. And am planning to try out a couple of other places i've been recommended to contact so will hopefully have a better view by the time you arrive

cheers

Lisa

Thanks Ashtangi

Dropped MUGS an email earlier this week but not heard back yet. Assume i will do next week as I know they have a club night on a Tuesday

cheers

Lisa

Thanks Taps & Rodney

will give Abyss a try too!

Lisa :-)

I am not a diver but cannot help worrying about sharks for all you guys. I was reading a shark lover was killed by one just a day or two ago near a beach on  Reunion. The article said Reunion was the most dangerous place in the world for aggressive sharks - so does that also apply to Mauritius?

bingo12 :

I am not a diver but cannot help worrying about sharks for all you guys. I was reading a shark lover was killed by one just a day or two ago near a beach on  Reunion. The article said Reunion was the most dangerous place in the world for aggressive sharks - so does that also apply to Mauritius?

Hi, Reunion has a problem with bull sharks indeed. They usually bite surfers and swimmers, very rarely divers: they are very rarely seen underwater and they seem not to be interested in this kind of prey.
There are some sightings of bull sharks in Mauritius from time to time, but there's been no accidents for a very long time (the island is almost completely protected with the coral barrier, which is not the case in Reunion).

Can only confirm what Taps wrote. We haven't had a shark attack for decades here in Mauritius but true that the situation in Reunion is slightly different.

Reef sharks are more common here but unlike their cousin the bull shark, they are not aggressive at all. And in case you guys want to do some shark dives, head towards the North of the island. ;)

Hi Lisa,

I would also warmly recommend Abyss in Flic en Flac. Christophe is one of the most competent and safe diving instructor in Mauritius, and I fully agree with the description made by Taps. I started diving with Christophe and his team since 1998.
Mauritius Underwater Group is quite a friendly group of divers, they stick to the BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) rules, no problem in fact. The club house is in Phoenix, opposite/between the Indira Gandhi Institute and Jumbo (barbecue every Tuesday night). They dive all over the island but you should preferably be fully equipped, the cost of your dives will then be minimal.
About tourists, you will find some of them at Abyss (with quite  a number of returners), at MUG you will mostly find mauritians and expats established in Mauritius.
You may also dive with Abyss, and start being social member of MUG, and later decide about arrangements convenient to you.

Cheers
Etienne

HI Etienne

that's great - thanks for the info. I'm away next weekend but will definitely try to get down to them in the next few weeks. I do have my own equipment which is helpful.

cheers

Lisa

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