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Dive Review of Paradis Resort Diving in
Other Locations/Mauritius

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Graham McGregor, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 5231
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean (various), Galapagos, Spain, Hawaii, Florida,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
25   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 tank advanced dive each morning. Relatively square profile 25 - 30m.
Small group led by dive master  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No rinse or other facilities in the dive centre or dive boat. Dive masters
sensitive to needs of UWP, finding critters and allowing time for
photography while leading the small dive groups
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Paradis Diving is set within the resort of the same name in SW of
Mauritius. It is an upmarket resort with great golf course, tennis, spa
etc. Food reasonably good and service also. Not cheap.
The dive operation is in the resort. Friendly, helpful staff. They run two
one tank dives each day - at 8.30am for advanced divers. This is normally a
reasonably square-profile dive to around 25 - 30m. Mostly these are reefs
and small drop offs in the 15 to 40 m range. There is one nice upright
purpose-sunk wreck in the 30 to 20m range.
Most dives are relatively short because of the average depth/square
profile. There are two stand out sites Lion Fish Reef (a tiny piece of reef
at around 22m, with more Lion Fish per square meter than I've ever seen and
some great critters, including leaf fish) and Pass St Jacques (a ripping
drift dive out through the pass which is highly weather dependant but great
fun - we saw eagle rays and glimpsed a bull shark!. 
There is a 10.30 one-tank dive aimed at open water divers and beginners.
These are shallower reef dives wich are pleasant. We encountered a large
dolphin on one dive.
I dived in groups of 1 (me) to 4 plus a divemaster.
They run a two-tank morning dive trip roughly once a week for advanced
divers, depending on demand. Sometimes a 1.30 one tank dive is scheduled.
The dive centre equipment is fine. 12 litre steel tanks are used, which
takes some weight off the belt. I dived in 2.5mm shortie and vest in 25
degree C water. I was fine but everybody else used 5mm full suits, some
with hoods.
It's a long way to travel but id you are combining diving with a family
holiday it's a decent alternative to the Seychelles and has more vaiety of
non-diving pursuits than the Maldives (although diving is better in the
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