We’ll let you into a little secret today: Even though we love beaches, Vid and I are not the best swimmers and are always a little apprehensive around deep waters. So when we found out that it is possible to go deep into the sea and walk on the sea bed, with no one but fish for company, we resisted…errr…NOT. Who doesn’t love a good challenge? Here’s the lowdown on our epic undersea walk:
Undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Mauritius, the undersea walk is offered by quite a few operators. We booked our undersea walk with Solar Sea Walk with great excitement. Early one morning, we arrived at Grand Baie, Mauritius to partake in this madness and willingly surrender ourselves to the sea – aah!
We were put into a boat and taken to a diving platform in the middle of nowhere. Let me tell you something – the feeling of being surrounded by water for miles can be exciting and scary when you know you are to be submerged under that water in the moments to come.
A short briefing later, we were ready to be accompanied to the bottom of the sea by professional divers. Giant visors were fitted onto our heads to ensure constant supply of oxygen. Before we knew it, we were being thrust down a ladder to the bottom of the sea.
I won’t lie – at this point I had a serious case of goosebumps and my heart was in my mouth. Unwilling to get go of the last step of the ladder, I even thought of backing out. Moments later, Vid’s smile and a friendly school of neon-coloured fish put my momentary doubts to rest.
Once both of us had found our footing, we began to look around at the corals, dozens of patterned fish, and other gorgeous sea creatures. The crystal-clear waters of Mauritius ensure excellent visibility, so there’s never a dearth of spectacular visuals. We couldn’t hear any sounds inside the giant visors except the sound of our own rhythmic breathing. Thus distanced from the world, we felt lightheaded. It was almost as if we were floating, high on happiness and excitement. Both of us remember being awestruck by the fascinating marine life on display.
The next 20 minutes seemed to pass within seconds. Soon the instructor was signalling us to go up the ladder to the ‘real’ world. But we didn’t want to leave this magical world behind.
That day travel taught us something important – sometimes it is important to take that leap of faith and plunge headlong into whatever scares you the most. You never know, you just might fall in love with it 🙂
Want to know what it felt like? Here’s a short video from down under – Notice the complete lack of worldly noise, the aggressive waters, and watch Vid feed fish in Mauritius
- You don’t need to know how to swim to experience the Undersea Walk
- The Undersea Walk is aided by specially designed helmets that receive a constant supply of fresh air from the surface
- There is always one trained diver with the participants
- Solar Sea Walk’s diving equipment is operated using solar power – Nice!
- The Undersea Walk costs aprox. GBP 20 (as of September 2013)
- More information and photos on Solar Sea Walk’s website
diving helmet which receives a constant supply of fresh air from the surface, y
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