Shipwreck Diving in Mauritius

Shipwreck Diving in Mauritius

It is estimated there are more than 100 wrecks registered off the coasts of Mauritius.

The Stella Maru, a Japanese trawler, was deliberately sunk in 1987 to create an artificial reef. Located right across the town of Trou aux Biches, the wreck lies on the sandy ocean bottom. The wreck is in great shape and there is remarkably little sea growth on the vessel apart from algae, small soft corals and other marine organisms such as anemones and sea urchins. It is inhabited by a horde of blue triggerfish, which a couple of giant morays feed on.  Depth is 25 metres and there is excellent visibility and is an ideal site for diving all year round.

Shipwreck Diving in Mauritius

The Djabeda wreck is a Japanese fishing boat lying upright on a sandy bottom at 34 metres. The wreck is located just off the Coin de Mire Island. The wreck has been damaged slightly over the years and debris can be seen strewn across the sandy floor. Djabeda is approximately 44m long, 10m high and 5m wide and stands upright in maximum of 34 metres depth.

The Azuma Maru was once an old fishing boat. After being unusable for fishing campaigns she was sunk on purpose in 1999. This is a shipwreck for the more experienced diver. The Hassen Mian is a wreck in the waters of Balaclava in the north of Mauritius.

The creation of artificial reefs in Mauritius goes back to 1981 with the sinking of 2 barges, the Water Lily and  the Emily, in the waters off Trou-aux-Biches. They lie at an angle to each other on a sandy bottom at a depth of 26 metres. Both wrecks are close together and can be reached in one dive. This is a small compact dive site that hosts a large concentration of fish and moray eels.

Shipwreck Diving in Mauritius

Today there are 14 shipwrecks along the Western coast, due to the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society. The most recent wreck, immersed in the waters of Ile aux Bénitiers, is the fishing ship the Hoi Siong. This now lies on a sandbank, at a depth of 27 metres. Other sites for shipwreck diving in Mauritius are the Silver Star in Grand Baie, an old fishing boat which sank in 1990. The Sirius, which was a 36 gun fifth rate British frigate. The wreck lies in some 20-25 metres of water, and although the wreck has been broken up, the site is of great archaeological interest, with many of the cannon lying exposed.

In 1615, during a violent storm, one of the first maritime catastrophes occurred. Many ships of the fleet, commanded by the Dutch admiral Pieter Both sunk. Among them was the admiral’s ship, Banda, which was wrecked off the beach at Flic-en-Flac in south west Mauritius.

Wrecked in 1744 in the waters along the stretch of coral located near Ile d’Ambre. The “St. Géran, won an everlasting fame in the novel Paul et Virginie. The ship’s bell had been found among the remnants and is now on show in the naval museum of Mahebourg.

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