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Written by Savi, 37 Comments

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:

 

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Vid got VERY excited πŸ˜‰

 

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.

 

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Diving platform in the middle of nowhere

 

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.

 

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Vid all set to go for a walk under the sea, as you do

 

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.

 

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Happiness under the sea

 

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Feeding Fish

 

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Undersea Walk, Mauritius – One helluva experience

 

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 πŸ™‚

 

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Vid coming back to the ‘real’ world

 

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

 

 

 

Fact File

  • 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 websiteΒ 

diving helmet which receives a constant supply of fresh air from the surface, y

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37 thoughts on “We went for a walk under the sea, no really!!

  1. That astronaut-like underwater helmet is ridiculous! And yet, you guys managed to look so cute in them LOL. I’d love to walk under water one day — looks like fun!

  2. My husband and I are off to Mauritius in July this year staying at the Heritage Awali. Is this available near there or is it on the other side of the island? It looks absolutely amazing! Well done in doing it guys.

    1. Jean,

      If I’m not mistaken, Heritage Awali is in the south, isn’t it? This particular walk was in the North (Grand Bay). I’m not sure if there are any in the south, but do know that there is one in the East (Belle Mare).

      You could probably combine this with a trip to Port Louis /day trip to the North πŸ™‚

      Are you renting a car?

      Cheers

    1. Hi Jasleen,

      As far as we know, the undersea walk in Mauritius can be enjoyed throughout the year. Just pray that the day is sunny because that improves the visibility. We did it when it was cloudy but still managed to see everything clearly πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Aparna – no you don’t need to know how to swim. Please check the ‘Fact File’ section in the article above for more information πŸ™‚

  3. Hi guys, got 16 days to go until i visit Belle Mare woop for our first visit to Mauritius! Love your articles, is it something we can book through our holiday reps or just through local salesman etc when we are there?

    1. Hey Matt – so glad you found our posts useful. You can definitely book the undersea walk on getting to Mauritius. However we would suggest going to the actual booth in Belle Mare and booking it. Holiday reps usually charge a premium for being the middlemen πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Savi,

    Thank you for the wonderful post. We are planning our honeymoon in Mauritius in December. I was very sceptical about the under sea walk thing but your post has motivated me enough to try it out ! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Isha – hope you guys have an amazing time in Mauritius. You’ll definitely love the undersea walk πŸ™‚

  5. Definitely want to try this when we go to Mauritius, we would love to capture this moment to, Did you have your own under water camera or did they film the experience for you and you had to pay for it?

  6. Thanks for this story, which has inspired me to take the Undersea walk for sure in my upcoming trip next week to Mauritius. My wife doesn’t know how to swim, but I will take her along and I am sure she will love it. We are going to celebrate our Silver Jubilee together there.

    Thanks for all the information and photo.

    1. Hey Vinod that’s awesome. We’re SO happy to hear that. Happy Anniversary to you – do send us photos from your undersea walk, we’d love to share them with our readers πŸ™‚

  7. Woaaahh This looks amazing…We are planning to go Mauritius for our honeymoon…Would love to try the Undersea Walk..!!!

  8. How much does it cost for the under sea walk ? For trip to Mauritius with Kids is it better to rent a care or go through a travel company ?

    1. Hi Jyoti,

      From what we can remember it was around 35 USD but best to check the latest prices with the company directly. We’d always suggest renting a car πŸ™‚

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