Scuba Diving With Teens: Travel Made Fun And Easy – Forbes

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A sea turtle swimming over coral reef in Mauritius.

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Any parent knows that traveling with teens can be fraught with tension, arguments and challenges. Teenagers at home aren’t the easiest bunch and that’s no different on the road. However, one thing that can really help make traveling with teens easier, is to find an activity that can be done together, but minimize the amount of talking (arguing) that can take place. Enter scuba diving.

Scuba diving is an ideal activity to do with challenging family members (like teens) because it’s an activity that is done together (great memories), but each person (parent and child) has their own experience. Also, even if the teen wanted to argue and complain, there’s no talking under water. Therefore, it’s the perfect teen/parent activity—everyone has fun and nobody fights.

The underwater visibility in Mauritius makes it ideal for scuba diving

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“I believe it is incredibly beneficial for kids to learn how to dive because it gets them away from their electronic devices, immerses them in nature’s beauty, and encourages physical activity,” says Gideon Malan, Director of Diving World in Mauritius. “Diving as a family offers a wonderful opportunity to bond in an active yet non-competitive way, reinforcing the importance of sharing special experiences.” What makes Mauritius particularly special for family diving certification is the water’s calm and safe conditions.

Malan is also seeing the trend of families that are going on trips and creating unique experiences to celebrate milestone birthdays or graduations for teens. “Getting certified in scuba diving in Mauritius is the ultimate gift for a milestone birthday like graduation or sweet 16,” says Malan. “A scuba diving certification is more than just a present—it’s a rite of passage, a passport to another world that must be earned through conquering fears with newfound skills and knowledge. This certification opens the door to a lifelong passion that can take one around the globe, exploring the breathtaking beauty of nature beneath the waves and connecting with incredible like-minded individuals.”

Mauritius also caters to families with a host of amenities such as specialized clubs for babies, kids, and teens, along with a wide array of activities. This makes it an ideal place for families to celebrate and embark on a shared adventure. “In Mauritius, the gift of scuba diving certification becomes not just a singular experience, but a gateway to a lifetime of exploration and wonder,” says Malan.

He notes that there is a noticeable rise in families choosing to dive together, a trend that has been boosted by the availability of all-inclusive packages including diving. Plus, he notes that there is a concerted effort to engage younger divers by leveraging technologies such as online learning platforms and dive apps. Says Malan: “This approach aims to make diving more accessible and appealing to the tech-savvy generations.”

Scuba Diving in Mauritius

Divers learning how to scuba dive in Mauritius.

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“Scuba diving in Mauritius offers a truly unique experience due to its blend of diverse dive sites and ideal sea conditions,” says Malan. The island’s North West region stands out for its tranquil waters, renowned for being some of the calmest and clearest in the world, making diving easily accessible and enjoyable. This area boasts a wide array of dive sites suitable for various skill levels, including beginners.”

For novice divers, Mauritius provides an exceptional environment with numerous dive spots less than 30 feet deep, featuring gentle waters devoid of waves or strong currents. These conditions create an almost pool-like setting, perfect for exploring vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish life.

“For the more adventurous divers, Mauritius offers opportunities to explore wrecks and engage in Tec deep dives,” says Malan. “Whether you seek a serene introduction to diving or crave thrilling underwater adventures, Mauritius caters to all preferences with its diverse and easily accessible dive sites.

Best Time to Go Diving in Mauritius

Scuba diving is a great family activity because it’s experienced together, but there’s no chance of … [+] arguing.

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“The optimal times to visit for exceptional marine life sightings are during the March and September equinox,” says Malan. “During these periods, we observe heightened activity among many of our reef species, with a particular abundance of octopus. Interestingly, we also witness mating behaviors, especially around the time of the new moon.” In September, divers may see the green and hawksbill turtles. This is a truly special experience, as both species are considered endangered.

Fortunately, even if you don’t visit during the “peak” diving seasons, you can still encounter turtles and octopus year-round in Mauritius. Additionally, the wrecks remain easily accessible throughout the entire year, ensuring that divers can enjoy these highlights regardless of when they visit.

Where to Dive in Mauritius

Once teens get certified, it’s a passport to a whole new world.

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“The premier diving locations on the island are undoubtedly found in the northern region of Mauritius,” says Malan. “Compared to the east and south, where conditions can sometimes be less than ideal for beginners, and the west, which may experience sediment runoff from nearby rivers affecting visibility and coral life, the north stands out as a diver’s paradise.”

One of the standout spots in the north is the Coral Garden. This reef complex lives up to its name, boasting an abundance of diverse coral formations that serve as home to a myriad of tropical fish species, mollusks, and marine reptiles. Exploring this expansive reef, which stretches from depths of 10 meters to 65 feet, can take multiple dives to fully appreciate its beauty and biodiversity.

Divers can expect ideal conditions at the Coral Garden, with little to no current and consistently excellent visibility. This makes it perfect for both beginners and experienced divers alike, providing a serene and captivating underwater experience. For those seeking a bit of added excitement, the northern region also offers a handful of fascinating wreck dives.

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