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Dive Review of Jardin Maore in

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Jöst, D, Germany
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5102
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
25   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Since I heard of that fossil fish (Latimeria) they found alive in the deep
blue of the Comores Islands more than 2 decades ago this dive destination
is on my mind. However the chance of catching Malaria and later some
political riots kept me away, my travel agent took this area off  his
program. This year however I made that idea come true. Comoros, Mayotte is
far north in the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and the east cost of
Africa.  11 h flight from Paris on Air Austral via Reunion which is really
worth a stop over for at least a week to see the diversity of that
beautiful island and it´s nature. Another 2 h got me to Mayotte, both
islands still or again belong to France, so the currency is Euro.
It´s an island with beautiful nature, plenty of baobab trees, Ylang
Ylang and the nearly tame Maki half monkeys you´ll find everywhere
around. Tourism is still in it´s first steps. Only a few smaller
hotels and restaurants can be found. Few Europeans and even French tourist
seem to know this destination.  Choose a nice bungalow accommodation with
Jardin Maore, a place in a lovely setting right on a sandy beach with
it´s own bay. A nice house reef for snorkelling invites right on
arrival to have a first look at what´s waiting for you. On my way out
I already encountered 13 green turtles feeding on sea grass, a big surprise
to find that many around. But you got used to this, nearly every day I
counted more than 10 and every week we had around 6 animals nesting at
night time on the beach. These turtles did not mind swimmers close to them,
only their buddy remora got chased away or went underneath it´s
transport vehicle. During low tide you sometimes can´t swim in the
bay but have to walk through shallow water to the edge of the house reef. 
The dive school normally offers 2 dives a day, going to the outer reef in
the morning, doing a lagoon dive in the afternoon. Nitrox 32 was for free,
maybe to keep European divers in the limits of 40 m max., they use 12 + 15
l steel cylinders. Water was around 26 degrees C, vis on the outer reef had
a stunning vis of 30  40 m, inside it was sometimes much less due to tide
changes or else. For a 10 dive package with your own equipment they charge
340 Euros. Diving at the outer reef was fascinating as we often met schools
of dolphins already on our way and twice even had humpbacks with a baby. We
went snorkelling with dolphins, they were curious and came real close and
two times on safety stop we had similar encounters. Reefs are like
Maldives, lots of small colourful reef fish, Fueselliers etc.  . Mostly we
went down slopes or drop offs to around 40 m where a ledge started after it
went down into endless blue. Different to the Maldives we had plenty of
huge Gorgonia already in around 20 m, some areas with black coral, fields
of pastel coloured soft coral and huge barrel sponges. Pelagics only few,
some eagle rays, sharks only way down below us, some barracuda, a school of
jacks, big groupers. Some places showed damage due to cyclones (?) running
and slopes  had partly sand on the hard coral. You could dive your own
profile or follow the guide. It was European style diving, 1 hour or 50 bar
and you are on the surface. Along the walls we had often a bit of a
current, so it was an enjoyable drift dive.
Inside the lagoon I was happy to find amazing good healthy coral growth
after El Ninjo, staghorn I couldn´t believe to grow to that size in
only a couple of years. There are boulders with breathtaking coral cover of
all kinds, only fish sometimes seemed to be rare around.
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