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Best Diving Destinations in La Reunion
The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in La Reunion
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Haï Siang Must see
About La Reunion
La Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island. There are 150 species of coral and 500 species of fish in the nearby waters. The main diving area on Reunion Island is the reef slope and drop-off on the West coast, between Saint Pierre and Saint Paul. There is a variety of tropical marine life: clownfish, trumpetfish, angelfish, parrotfish, bannerfish, triggerfish as well as lots of different hard corals, big anemones, turtles and sometimes even dolphins. The best dive sites are Hai Siang, The Chimney, Le Cirque des Aigrettes, Le Grand Tombant de la Pointe au Sel (The Salt Head Big Drop-off), Le Sec Jaune (The Yellow Pinnacle), The Canyons, Passe de l'Ermitage (The Hermitage Passe), The Antonio Lorenzo Shipwreck, Saliba and Boucan's Tower. The Hai Siang is a 49m/161ft Formosan boat that has sank in the 1980's and is lying on a sandy bottom. The average depth of the site is 52m/171ft. This dive site is suitable for experienced divers only. The wreck is a home to lobsters, rays, tunas, groupers, barracudas and moray eels. La Pointe au Sel is an underwater coral formation ranging from 25m/82ft to 60m/197ft depth. The huge drop-off starts around 25m/82ft and ends at 71m/233ft, and is considered the best dive site on La Reunion. The schools of trevallies, tunas, barracudas and sometimes even manta rays or whale-sharks can be seen. Experienced divers will love The Antonio Lorenzo shipwreck. It is lying down at 40m/131ft depth, not far from 'Le Grand Tombant de la Pointe au Sel' dive site. Divers can observe trevallies, manta ray and an occasional whale-shark at this site.
When to go to La Reunion
Weather conditions are excellent all year round and the water temperature varies between 24-30C/75-86F. The visibility is exceptional. The average air temperature in March is 28C/83F and in September 23C/74F.