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Diving in the Indian Ocean

Paradise islands, pristine beaches fringed with swaying palms and crystal clear lagoons: welcome to the Indian Ocean. Diving these gorgeous reefs and atolls is a dream come true.

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Quick facts

The islands of the Indian Ocean are a varied collection, including many of the smallest territories in the world. Many hug the coastlines of continents; others must be sought out hundreds of miles from any other land. The most well-known destination in this region is of course the Maldives, composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and world famous for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. Overall, the Indian Ocean offers diving for all levels, a varied underwater topography from vast underwater volcanic mountain ranges to huge granite boulders covered with soft corals and sponges.

Where to dive

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  • The British Indian Ocean Territory

    As one of the world’s last scuba frontiers, the British Indian Ocean Territory has perhaps the best diving in the world. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to dive this colorful underworld.

  • The Keeling Islands

    Stop and stay a while on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a little known tourist destination where scuba diving is at its prime. Warm white sand and crystal clear waters await, so don’t miss out!

  • The Maldives

    Scattered pearls in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives’ warm waters are a great place to see mantas rays, whale sharks and an incredible rich array of colourful reefs and fish.

  • Mauritius

    Mauritius is an island where life is as sweet as the sugar cane fields and the water is warm teeming with tropical fish and larger predators on exquisite coral reefs.

  • The Réunion

    Dive the volcanic depths of Réunion to explore beautiful coral reefs, interesting seascapes shaped by lava and maybe visit a live volcano.

  • The Seychelles

    Pelagic fish, rare tortoises and towering fan coral are the irresistible draw cards for divers to the Seychelles.


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