Timings : Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday – Closed
Dodo Divers, Mauritius Overview
The endless stretches of the vast turquoise blue ocean lingering on the white sandy beaches of the paradise island of Mauritius is a breathtaking view, or we may say, an entire experience in its own. It not just feasts your eyes with but also soothes your mind and soul as you comprehend the calmness it can bestow you with. Are you tempted to explore what's beneath the crystal-like layer of the ocean? Do you wish to find yourself amidst the vibrant aquatic life? Well, there is a way your wish can be fulfilled – Dodo Divers!
Situated in the northern part of Mauritius, a beautiful place known as Calodyne in Grand Gaube, Dodo Divers is an award-winning diving centre which provides you with facilities like guided dives and various courses, both for Recreational and Technical Divers. From the moment you visit the centre, you are under a safe and professionally supervised environment which allows you to get rid of all your anxiety and stress, especially if you are a first-timer, and lets you learn this unique art in a relaxed manner while enjoying your dive.
One of the fascinating memories that you'll take back from your visit to Dodo Divers is the interaction with the very cooperating and friendly team. They make sure you have an overall unique diving experience while keeping an eye out for your safety as well. Anthony, their Technical Instructor and Director, is a very intelligent and friendly Mauritian local and is right for his designation with his balanced sense of authority without making things uncomfortable for the participant and letting them learn the things with ease. He is also a talented photographer. All the other members are very helpful as well namely Rose, the Managing Director and Diver Master, Nadeem and Pascal who are a Dive Master and an Instructor respectively.
The Dive Centre
Dodo Divers enjoys a beneficial location from where the access to numerous dive sites is relatively easy. Towards the northeast, some of the famous sites are Merville's Patches, Grand Baie Aquarium, Anemone Garden and the amazing Silver Star Wreck. The main build stands on the beach inside which you can find wash tanks, changing facilities and a large table along with other features like a teaching room, a soundproof compressor room, equipment storage rooms and washing vats and a shower and bathroom. The dive boat is a 39 feet newly built ?Legend? with two powerful 300 horsepower engines and features a sun shelter, echo-sounder and GPS along with toilet and fresh water amenities. Before setting off to the waters, it is perfectly arranged with ample amount of room for keeping the equipment and putting the kit on. It can hold up to 14 people, and it is still comfortable for everyone, and you can enjoy a laidback ride. The equipment that is available in Dodo Divers is the Bauer air compressor, Nitrox mixer, aluminium and steel tanks (single or double). You can also rent recreational, technical and sidemount equipment.
The Dive Sites
There are some diving sites for you to choose from; however, we have listed some of the best ones that you should check out and here are they:
1. Merville's Patches - Grand Baie and Pereybere Reefs
In this dive, you will find a series of coral reefs and numerous fishes. This site is unique for housing a large mass of Moray eels, which can be seen almost under every rock. Other rare aquatic species that you can find here are the magenta coloured Leaf Fish, the black Anemone Fish and the Anemone Crab.
2. Shark Safari - Round Island and Snake Island
Unlike as the names suggest, the Round Island isn't round, and you wouldn't find any snakes in the Snake Island; although you find some snakes in Round Island. Both the islands can be reached from the northeast coast after an hour of the boat ride. However, what is interesting about the waters surrounding these islands is the abundance of sharks, namely the White Tip sharks and the Grey Reef sharks are seen to be cruising in the waters dominated by the giant corals. If you have a knack for scuba diving, then you mustn?t miss this at any cost!
3. Silver Star Wreck - Grand Baie and Pereybere Reefs
Known to be the only shipwreck to have retained its integrity up to a great extent, the Silver Star can be found at a depth of 42 meters under Mauritian waters. This dive is special on its own because of its historical significance and en route the dive; you can see the giant propeller of the ship, abundance of aquatic species on the deck and the hard coral formed on the mast and the lines of colourful fishes rushing inside-out of the windows is just mesmerising to see.
4. Grand Baie Aquarium - Grand Baie and Pereybere Reefs
It is a comparatively a shallow dive with a depth of 13 metres. The sunlight creates a beautiful translucent setting, helping you to discover the species like Trumpetfish and baby Crocodile fish and the most vibrant looking purplish red Anemone is the major attraction of this dive which are barrel-like huge creatures with a silky smooth, velvety body.
Other Significant Diving Sites are at:
Coin de Mire Island
Round and Snake Islands
Grand Baie & Pereybere Reefs
Another significant highlight about the Dodo Divers is that it is the first dive centre in the Indian Ocean to offer Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) courses which are renowned for training highly skilled technical divers along with emphasising on exploration and conservation work.
Single Dive (Afternoon only) - INR 3622
Coin de Mare/ Grand Baie 2 dives - INR 6037 4 dives - INR 11672 6 dives - INR 16904 8 dives - INR 21734 10 dives - INR 26162
Snake Island and Round Island - Full Day Trip 2 dives - INR 12678