Reunion Island has just as many marvels below the sea as it does on the land. All you have to do is put on a mask and immerse yourself in a veritable natural aquarium. Fish and corals dance in a kaleidoscope of colours and forms that are accessible to everyone: children, snorkellers, beginners who are doing their first dive, experienced divers who want to pass all their certificates and amateur deep sea divers. Enjoy a moment of pure escapism by diving in the warm, clear water of the lagoon or sharing an adventure off the coast of this treasure island. The poetic names and images of diving spots offer an irresistible year-round invitation to an underwater odyssey.
The west coast of the island is a real haven of tranquillity, which will impress you with its fabulous abundance.
Opposite Boucan Canot beach are sites with intriguing names such as Maharani, La Piscine and La Tour de Boucan which make up a coral reef flat that is rich in coral and rifts. The sun penetrates through the water like the beam from a projector, bringing the most stunning festival of colours to life, and creating darts of light that glisten on the white sand of the seabed. A breathtaking show !
The relief is also very varied at Pain de Sucre, which attracts turtles and trevally fish and at Cap Lahoussaye where the colonies of softly curved corals cohabit with a cave and a small coral wall, populated with crustaceans and multi-coloured fish. The latter can be found in the l'Ermitage corridor, a veritable highway that connects the lagoon to the open sea: they are swimming in all directions, at all speeds, skirting pass the astonished divers who have no desire to act as traffic police... No more than they do at Pierre du Préfet! The formality of this title does not intimidate the clown fish, shrimps and moray eels, who frequent this huge rock covered in coral. A safe refuge, when turtles and great barracudas are on the prowl. Finally, experienced divers can explore shipwrecks, such as that of the Haï Siang, a boat that sunk in the 1980s: the wreck remains completely upright in spite of the constant ballet performed by groupers, stone fish, sting rays, tuna and dorades, which is enough to make your head spin.
From Saint-Leu :
The Jardin des Kiosques offers a very cinematic diving experience, with tubular or branch corals, which have colonised former reefs that are covered in lava. The relief is also spectacular at Arches, where the leaf fish, experts in camouflage, hide out, and at Bosy's Canyon where the crystalline waters shelter an aquatic display of fireworks. Experienced divers appreciate the unmissable site of Pointe au Sel. The coral reef flat, where parrot fish, angel fish, grey triggerfish and barracudas abound, overhangs the mind-blowing wall dive where manta rays and eagle fish appear to fly through the water, and where whale sharks and hammerhead sharks sometimes make an appearance. As regards the more "nocturnal" divers, they go out after sunset to join the Antonio Lorenzo wreck, to admire the numerous lobsters and sea cicadas.
From l’Étang-Salé :
The Tombant aux Oiseaux and Pointe du Portail can be visited by diving into the drift, carried along by the currents created by the volcanic cliffs as far as the mysterious caves. Hardened divers weave in and out of the caves, in a labyrinth of cavities and canyons inhabited by sea fans, rays, groupers and turtles.
From Saint-Pierre :
Some thirty sites are accessible from this spot, in general made up of large basalt walls, that are the result of former lava flows. Ideal for spectacular diving excursions!
The EastFrom Sainte-Rose :
Off the coast of the magnificent Anse des Cascades, the volcanic arch is imposing but open to divers of all levels. A must-see for amateur underwater photographers wanting to capture superb images.
A Natural Marine Reserve...
This underwater ecosystem is very fragile. Therefore we must preserve it by trying to avoid touching the coral with flippers, treading on it or pulling it up; even when it is dead, it serves as a refuge and constitutes the raw material for the white sand beaches of the future!