Diving in the Indian Ocean

Warm seas, calm waters and superb visibility make the Indian Ocean a diver’s paradise.

At our hotels and resorts in Maldives, Madagascar, Seychelles and the Maldives, you’ll find dives to suit an absolute beginner through to wreck dives and night dives. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Diving at Constance Halaveli

Swim with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Swim with turtles at Constance Moofushi

Diving in the Indian Ocean - An explosion of colour

An explosion of colour

Explore the vibrant reefs

Explore the vibrant reefs

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

But don’t get too close…

Diving in the Indian Ocean

Schools of fish

Manta rays at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Manta rays at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

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When to go: a seasonal guide to the Indian Ocean

Whether you dream of winter sunshine or warm summer sun make sure you choose the perfect Indian Ocean destination for the time of year you want to travel.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Sailing at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Indian Ocean is a year-round holiday destination with consistently warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, and each has its own unique seasonal variations worth bearing in mind.

Consider what you want to do on your paradise holiday – sunbathe, scuba dive, snorkel, surf, windsurf, big game fishing – then all you have to do is pick the island and season that’s right for you.

Mauritius

Lap up the sun in Mauritius from October to April when the island is at its hottest and the days at their longest. This may be the wettest season but rainfall is usually short and sharp, clearing to reveal blue skies and warm seas. This is also the best season for diving and sports fishing as the warm water attracts an abundance of marine life, especially large game fish.

The Mauritius winter which runs from May to September is cooler and drier with temperatures ranging from 20ºC–26ºC perfect for those who prefer gentle sunshine without too much heat. The tranquil weather conditions make this the perfect time of year for activities on and off the water from hiking to water skiing.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Stroll along the beach at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Seychelles

Wet season or dry the Seychelles has plenty of sunshine on offer all year round.

The archipelago is governed by two opposing trade winds each bringing their own unique weather patterns.

If you dream of warm, dry days with no wind then visit during the calm periods when one trade gives way to another, April/May and October/November. At these times the waters are calm and clear making it the optimum time for swimming, snorkelling and diving with visibility reaching up to 30 metres.

December to March is the Seychelles’ summer, which falls under the influence of the gentle north-westerly trade winds. This is the warmest season but also the wettest, although sunshine is still frequent. By February the rainfall begins to reduce.

From May to September the brisker south-easterly trade wind takes over during the Seychelles winter bringing cooler, windier conditions, although temperatures even at this time of year range from 24ºC–28ºC. This is the perfect season for fun on the ocean with sailing, windsurfing or surfing – the Seychelles Sailing Cup takes place in January.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Relax at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Maldives

Enjoy year-round warmth in the Maldives with average temperatures consistently between 27ºC and 30ºC.

The Maldives’ climate is divided into two monsoon seasons but don’t be fooled by the name, they don’t necessarily bring rain. In fact, the north-eastern monsoon from December to March is the Maldives’ dry season with low rainfall and lots of sun. The ideal time for sun worshippers to visit, this is also when the beautiful manta rays pass through the waters of the Ari Atoll, a stunning treat for divers and snorkelers.

The wetter south-western monsoon from May to November brings with it slightly windier conditions making it the perfect time for sailing, windsurfing and surfing. It is also a great time for divers to see whale sharks and grey reef sharks and for fishing some of the larger game fish.

April, which falls in the transition between the monsoons, is predominantly dry with hot temperatures and warm clear waters making it the optimum month for a wide range of water sports including diving and snorkelling.

Guide to the Indian Ocean

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar

There is so much to do and see in Madagascar all year round that there really is no good or bad time to visit, just different things to see and do.

For those wanting to explore the island’s beautiful interior and extraordinary wildlife the cool, dry winter months from May to September are the ideal time to visit as the roads are good and the conditions are perfect for hiking.

If you’re looking for warm, dry conditions for a relaxing beach holiday then September to December is when the island begins to heat up after the cool, dry winter months but before the increased heat of the rainy season kicks in. Another great month for sunbathers is April as the cyclones of January – March recede but the summer warmth continues.

September to December is also the time on Madagascar when much of the wildlife becomes more active after the winter months. This is the breeding season for many birds as well as many species of lemur.

For divers and snorkelers the months of October to December and April and May are the best with the highest visibility. Those hoping to catch sight of a humpback or sperm whale, however, should visit during July and August.

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Luxury diving holidays in Mauritius

With its stunning variety of coral islands, dramatic volcanic formations and granite reefs the Indian Ocean is a mecca for divers.

Diving with turtles

Diving with turtles

In the first of our guides to luxury diving holidays in the Indian Ocean, we take a look at what’s on offer for divers in Mauritius.

Mauritius

With its variety of reefs and lagoons Mauritius is a divers’ paradise where you are likely to encounter a wide range of marine life from the small reef dwellers such as clown fish, stingrays, angel and butterfly fish to the larger snappers, groupers, turtles and sharks when you venture further.

Choose how you want to explore the vibrant underwater world at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage with a range of different dive options available.

Underwater safari

Explore the teeming waters off the north, west or south-east coast with a diving safari led by an expert diver who will help you identify the fascinating marine life found in these waters.

Wreck diving

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

Experience the thrill of investigating a wreck and the creatures who have chosen to set up home there.

Swimming with sharks

Discover more about these beautiful creatures with a dive to a ‘shark pit’ where you can feel the exhilaration of swimming alongside reef sharks and others.

Night dives

Uncover the secret world of the ocean at night by flashlight. See creatures normally dormant during the day and see the ocean colours in a whole new light.

Other diving options in Mauritius include:

• Beginners dives
• Refresher dives
• Single dives

Find out more about diving in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice

Top 5 underwater cameras

Take amazing photographs whether you’re on the beach or in the water with our round-up of the top 5 underwater cameras.

Manta Rays at Constance Moofushi

Manta Rays at Constance Moofushi

1. Olympus Tough TG-2

This tough compact underwater camera creates sharp, bright underwater pictures as well as shooting HD movies and include GPS. It is 12MP, has a 4x optical zoom, a 3” display and a CMOS sensor combined with a TruePic VI image processor for beautifully clear results.

2. Panasonic Lumix FT5

This 16.1MP camera with HD video and 3” display incorporates the very latest technology including wi-fi connectivity and NFC which allows the user to transmit images by simply touching it to another NFC device. It can also be upgraded with extra apps to allow remote usage and GPS. Picture quality is great largely thanks to its optical image stabilisation and underwater mode which compensates for red tones often lost underwater.

3. Nikon Coolpix AW110

This Nikon camera is the best all-rounder and offers built-in GPS and wi-fi for sharing or uploading photos instantly as well as enabling the photographer to use the camera remotely. The 8-frames-per-second continuous shooting option is great for capturing fast moving marine life and its underwater images are crystal clear. Features include full HD video, 16MP CMOS sensor and 5 x optical zoom.

Diving at Constance Moofushi

Diving at Constance Moofushi

4. Canon PowerShot D20

Large buttons make this 12MP camera easy to use underwater and the 5 x optical zoom brings marine life much closer to hand. Although the continuous shots at 1.9fps are slower than some of the other cameras its picture quality is good and the GPS and full HD movie shooting are useful.

5. Pentax WG-3

This 16 MP camera has the bonus of having six LED macros lights around the lens to illuminate objects close at hand while you’re underwater. It’s funky design and rubberised grip make it easy to use in water. Other features include a 3” screen and full HD movie recording.

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Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Win champagne, fragrance and wine with Constance.

We need your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures below. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives.

Come up with the best name (winners will be chosen by us, so be creative) and you could win.

To enter, just comment on this blog post, or on our Twitter feed with the name or names for one or both of the below sea creatures.

Bonus: there’s a bonus sea creature to name on the Constance Hotels Facebook page – name this one and you can also win a Magnum of Deutz Champagne. Enter as many times as you like.

We’ll be choosing a winner next Friday 22 July, so get creative. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Name the Sea Anenome and win a Serge Lutens Fragrance

Sea anemone

Sea anemone in the waters off Constance Halaveli, Maldives

2. Name the Stingray and win a bottle of Art De Vignes wine

Ray in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jenkin's Whiptail Stingray

Why not send us your underwater photos from the Maldives or tell us about your experiences of diving and snorkelling in paradise. You can get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Also, don’t miss our blog post about snorkelling paradise: the Maldives.

Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.

Below are our dive masters at Halaveli who took these shots. Lucky, aren’t they.

Dive masters from Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Dive masters from Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spotlight: Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

All of our luxury hotels are unique, situated in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is ideal for anyone wanting a romantic and secluded getaway. You’ll find yourself immersed in a place that oozes refined and relaxed luxury.

Take a look at some photos of the overwater villas at Constance Le Prince Maurice on our Facebook page.

Accommodation is spread along the beach or on stilts above the lagoon.

There are:

  • 76 junior suites with private terrace or balcony
  • 12 senior villas complete with private pool and outdoor soaking bath
  • a princely suite made up of two Junior and one Senior Suite with garden, two swimming pools and three private terraces.

This five star luxury hotel is inspired by Prince Maurice of Orange and Nassau, who pioneered the discovery of spices in theIndian Ocean.The spice route theme is infused through the décor of the hotel and the wood, stone and thatch creates a mood of tranquillity.

Fine dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Fine dining at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

There are three restaurants offering gourmet food. Unique to the island is Le Barachois, Mauritius’ only floating restaurant. Le Barachois enjoys a breathtaking setting on the lagoon with panoramic views of a mountain range. Diners enter along a gangplank that meanders through the mangrove trees. The restaurant is open for dinner and offers daily specials including grills, seafood and Mauritian delicacies.

Other highlights at Constance Le Prince Maurice include the spa offering Guerlain and Spa de Constance products. Treatments soothe even the most tired bodies and minds, and include:

  • a range of Ayurvedic massages
  • shiatsu
  • Thai massage
  • natural body wraps and exfoliation
  • the deliciously tempting afternoon of massage for two on the beach, including champagne and sweet macaroons.

There’s even a spa for children and teenagers offering fun treatments such as the Little Prince (includes bubble foot bath) and Little Mermaid (includes flowers in your hair).

The fitness centre offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and squash courts, as well as yoga and t’ai chi classes. The Fitness Bar serves vitamin cocktails for an extra health boost. The beautiful infinity swimming pool has views across the ocean, while the most recent addition to the hotel is a helipad where guests can take a ride in an Air Mauritius helicopter over the lagoon.

Add to this superb diving and snorkeling, and free access to two championship 18 hole golf course, and you have a world class luxury hotel in one of the finest resorts in Mauritius.

See some of the celebrity guests who have stayed at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Check out some of our other resorts too: our latest luxury experience in the Maldives– Moofushi, the Jewel Island, and the Constance Halaveli, floating on the North Ari Atoll in the Maldives.