Renowned for the beauty and richness of its underwater world, the Southwestern Indian Ocean has a wide range of contrasting islands. You can choose between Réunion Island’s shallow lagoons, teeming with life, the coral reefs of Mauritius or the vast lagoon of Mayotte, where green turtles abound and where, if you are lucky, you may come across a manta ray or a dugong. One thing is sure: whatever island you explore, you will come back home with unforgettable underwater memories.

Snorkeling destinations in the Southwest Indian Ocean


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Pristine white-sanded beaches fringed with swaying palms and crystal clear waters... welcome to Mauritius! Bathed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, this idyllic island is surrounded by 100 miles of coral reefs. Although fishing and tourist frequentation has strongly contributed to the deterior (...)

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Mayotte is the hidden gem of Southwestern Indian Ocean. This small French island is surrounded by a 1,500 square kilometers lagoon, the largest in Indian Ocean. Home to dolphins, whales, manta rays and dugong, it is considered one of the most beautiful snorkeling destination in southwestern Indian O (...)
Réunion Island

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It is true that Réunion Island, a volcanic and mountainous French island located in southwestern Indian Ocean, may not compete with other tropical destinations in terms of idyllic picture-postcard beaches. Even so, 15 miles of the island’s western and southern coastline are fringed by lagoons shelte (...)

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Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is located off the southeast coast of Africa, in the western Indian Ocean. The coral reef stretching over 450km along its southwestern coast (the fifth largest reef in the world), but also the numerous islands and islets scattered along Madagascar (...)