Scuba diving in Bitter Rock

From Boat
Diver level
Average: 17 m
Maximum: 30 m
moderate to strong
Average: 20 m
Maximum: 30 m
The Bitter Rock dive site is located somewhere in the middle between the islands of Mahe and Praslin. The dive site features a series of oval-shaped granite boulders at different depths, from 17-30m/56-98ft. Divers can explore the many swim-throughs, overhangs, and sheltered places at this site for a chance to see some reef shark species. The dive site is exposed to the current, because for hundreds of miles there is nothing but the open sea. However, and as it often happens, the stronger the current, the more pelagic fish it brings.

When to go

It is possible to dive at Bitter Rock all year round, because the water temperature fluctuates very little throughout the year and averages 28C/82F. However, because of its exposed location, this dive site is sometimes not accessible. That is why it is advisable to come here from March to May or from October to early December when the sea conditions are typically calm.

What to see

While exploring the interesting topography with numerous overhangs, divers will have good opportunities to see some species of rays and reef sharks. Shoals of barracudas, trevallies, snapper, and tuna are also frequently seen at this dive site. August-October is the season for schooling grey reef sharks, mantas and whale sharks.

Reachable from

Baie Sainte Anne

Liveaboards with trips to Bitter Rock

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