Mauritius is rightly known for its pristine sapphire blue coloured beaches, with golden sands, and how can one not talk about the luxury resorts that provide a heavenly view of the vast Indian Ocean. You could either spend your day lazying around on the beach or in your hotel room, you could even take part in various beachside activities and water sports the island has to offer.
One of the most popular activity to indulge yourself in is the underwater solar sea walk. What is it? You may wonder.
First off, let me clear your mind by stating that the solar sea walk is entirely unrelated to scuba diving. As the name suggests, solar sea walk is walking on the seabed, in shallow waters, using solar powered helmets. The helmet provides a free flow of air supply. This means that there's a constant volume of oxygen present in your helmet, unlike in scuba diving, where air supply is delivered only when demanded.
This is also where technology comes into play. The helmet that you will be wearing will have electric compressors powered by solar energy, assuring a readily available supply of oxygen, for the ease of walking on the sandy sea bottom.
What to Expect?
Going for the solar sea walk is like going on a tour of the sea. Walking into the reef, between corals and playing with schools of fishes in the crystal clear water is what this activity is all about. You won't be able to hear any other sounds, except your breathing. That's the best part of the activity as it distances you from the real world and welcomes you to the other, magical one. The activity will surely leave you high on excitement and joy.
The underwater solar sea walk is conducted at Grand Baie (Grand Bay). Grand Bay is famous for its enchanting emerald waters and exotic marine life. The place also offers other water sports like windsurfing, sailing and water skiing.
A 1-hour duration package would cost you around INR 3000. But prices vary according to the duration.
The activity is usually conducted between 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM
Things to Carry
You only need to carry a swimsuit and towel. You need not carry a camera as your operator would be doing all the camera work (charges may apply).
1. A package duration of 1 hour would mean total excursion time of 1 hour. The sea walk would last for about 15-20 minutes. 2. Anybody over the age of 10 (except pregnant women) is eligible to participate in this activity 3. Soft underwater shoes are provided free of cost. 4. As your head won't get wet, you are free to wear contact lenses and spectacles if you wish to. 5. You don't need to know swimming to participate in this activity
Instead of spending your day lying on the beach, indulge in this rejuvenating activity. Discover marine creatures, play with them, feed them and click pictures too! The underwater solar sea walk will surely make you fall in love with the underwater world.
There are no direct buses that will take you to Grand Baie from the airport. But fret not, because there are cheap and effective alternatives. You could either change buses at Port Louis (usually, this is provided by hotels) or you could take a taxi. A taxi would cost you around INR 2000 from the airport.
There are express buses too, which run directly between Grand Baie and Immigration Sq in Port Louis every half-hour.