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Are there any sharks in Mauritius?!

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by LauraSeward, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. LauraSeward

    LauraSeward Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Cheltenham, UK

    My boyfriend and I are planning to dive in Mauritus next April, does anyone know how likely it is that we'll bump into a shark or two? We are DESPERATE to see some sharks after 4 years of diving and I have heard that there are sharks in mauritius, I just wondered if anyone had any shark experience in Mauritius. I know it's impossible to guarantee sightings but a 'good chance' is good enough for me!

  2. Brad Robertson

    Brad Robertson Marine Scientist

    Hi Laura,
    Sharks are amazing creatures mate!!!I have had the pleasure of working and diving with sharks in Australia for many years.Awesome!!!
    I now live in Mallorca, Spain running a small business with my wife Bea. Ondine Escape S.L. is the name of the business.
    If you are interested in sharks and more so than simply seeing them in the water, then check out our website and have a look at the PADI distinctive specialty I made last summer...its pretty cool.
    As for Mauritius I suggest you go to sharksaver.com or sharkangels.com and ask the team there...very cool people!!
    Enjoy and happy shark searching
  3. bunks

    bunks Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Mauritius
    Hi Laura,

    I moved to Mauritius about two years ago and dive here regularly, but rarely see any sharks. That being said, there is a dive site called "shark pit" on the north side of the island that was renowned for the number of sharks there, but due to a number of factors this is no longer the case. You can dive there and you will have a good chance of maybe seeing a shark or two, but not in the "large" numbers that people experienced in the past.

    Good luck!!!
  4. LauraSeward

    LauraSeward Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Cheltenham, UK
    Hi Bunks,

    Thanks very much for your post, it's good to get some insider info! It's a shame that there aren't the large number of sharks in Shark Pit that I presume used to be. In all honesty we would just love to see A shark of some sort, we've had the worst luck after diving numerous times in Egypt and Mexico (I know neither of these places are renowned for shark diving in particular but we thought we may be lucky enough to see at least one or two as heard reports in the past that they can frequent the areas) so if we're lucky enough to just see one in Mauritius then we will leave satisfied!

    We're hoping to dive Fiji next year so if all else fails then we'll always have that - although am beginning to think they are avoiding us wherever we go!!

    If you can recommend any dive sites you think are worth visiting whilst we're there that'd be great.

    Many thanks,

  5. sumDude

    sumDude Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Currently in the Middle East
    Egypt seems pretty good for shark spotting at the mo :dance3:

    I really enjoy diving the south east side of Mauritius - sharks or no sharks, still some good dives and Mauritius is small enough to get around quite a bit
  6. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver Tech Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    There's one way you can definitely see sharks in Mauritius:

    Mauritius Cuisine
    Happy Valley Seafood and Sharkfin Restaurant Mauritius
    Happy Valley Seasfood & Sharkfin Restaurant | Mauritius Restaurants

  7. Sunny13

    Sunny13 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Spain
    Hello! my husband and I are traveling to Mauritus next October. We have dived in different places in the world (Similan islands, Hawaii, Red sea, Sumatra, Spain, Croacia...). I know there are a few places recommended (i can't remember now the names..) but I would like any recommendation from people who have been there. We don't have any special intereset about seeing sharks ( in fact I wouldn't like to..but hey, im in their habitat, it that happens I will try to enjoy..lol) but general marine life and not hard divings, we prefer relaxed dives with small but plenty of fishes rather than big currents and big fishes. Any advices from you the experts? Thanks!!!!!!
  8. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    Try Just Diving around Grand Baiie - my 2 cents - avoid the flic En flac area all together unless you are into crowds. I liked being based around Mahebourg for the mellow vibe topside - the tiny sampling I got of Mauritius diving and pics from friends who spent more time and found Rhinopias etc...lots of small fish and little current inside the lagoon at the commonly dived spots. Easy diving in general.

    Ironically the op I dived with in nearby Reunion had not seen a shark in 6 years. A quick Google will show you why I find that ironic as you should stumble across the doco about reunions attacks. All beaches in Reunion have shark warning signs..but no sharks.

    I did see a leopard shark in Madagascar....if you absolutely positively have to have sharks..go to Rangiroa in French Polynesia etc.

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