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Experience the Indian Ocean in Mauritius

The blissful, volcanic island of Mauritius is surrounded by alluring cobalt blue ocean, and it won't be long before you snap up the invitation and jump in.

This island is a paradise for water lovers and along the beachfronts of the main resorts you'll find a selection of exciting watersports including parasailing, waterskiing, stand-up-paddle boarding and wind surfing.

Here are just a handful of ocean-based excursions available for people of all ages and persuasions to enjoy.

Kayak to Ile D'Ambre

Located a 40-minute drive north of Belle Mare on the northeast coast of Mauritius, you'll find an array of tour operators offering sea kayaking adventures to the beautiful islet of Ile D'Ambre.

Suitable for those as young as eight years old, paddle through tranquil mangroves, visiting the ruins and forests of this fascinating marine ecosystem.

Here, you can experience the clear water and rich vegetation of the lagoons and the vast open waters of the Indian Ocean. There's a stop off at Bernache Island for a quick swim before sliding back into your kayak and soaking up the spectacular views of the surrounding islets.

Make like a pirate

From the tropical resort of Anse La Raie, you'll find plenty of boat trips off the northern coast of the island. For a fun-filled day on the Indian Ocean, hop on board a tailor-made pirate boat tour and explore the spectacular northern islands with panoramic views of the sun-drenched coast.

One of the best swimming spots in Mauritius, the underwater world of Casita Bay is yours to explore.

And you can snorkel in key sites along the blue lagoons, spotting tropical fish among the colourful coral reefs. Perhaps enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on board, soak up the sun on the tranquil top deck or simply relax, surrounded by fluorescent blue water.

Underwater sea walk

Arguably one of the most unique ways to experience the diverse marine life in Mauritius, the underwater sea walk departs from the resort of Grand Baie on the north coast and offers visitors over the age of 10 the chance to, quite literally, walk underwater.

Likened to walking on the moon, you'll be kitted out with a helmet complete with transparent visor and supply of oxygen, and a trained lifeguard to guide you.

Once you arrive at the departure platform off the coast, walk between the colourful corals on the ocean bed in a breathtaking lagoon location. You'll be able to admire tropical fish up close without so much as getting your hair wet.

Dolphin spotting and whale watching

Come face to face with these remarkable sea creatures as you immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime. Suitable for everyone over the age of seven, boat excursions depart year round from the west coast giving you the chance to observe sperm whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

As you locate a pod of playful dolphins, your captain will invite you to enter the water with a snorkel for a closer look at these curious creatures before voyaging further out to the open water in search of the larger sea mammals.

Sperm whales are resident all year round but humpback whales only grace the waves between July and November as they migrate to warmer waters.

Glass bottom boat trip

The south-eastern coast of Mauritius is home to the Blue Bay Marine Park, one of the best places on the island to observe the vibrant underwater world.

Edged by white sand beaches and extending a kilometre out to sea, the lagoon boasts brilliant blue, transparent water and an abundance of mangroves waiting to be explored.

Hop on the glass bottom boat at Pointe Jerome and enjoy a 20-minute voyage to the marine park. Once within the lagoon, passengers are invited to snorkel among over 50 types of colourful coral and spot a wide variety of fish from fluorescent damsel and surgeon fish to the peculiar trumpet fish.

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