Things you need to know.
Where is the reception or shop for boarding located?
Blue Safari Submarine operates in the northern part of Île Maurice, in Trou aux Biches. Our installations are located near the Le Pescatore gourmet restaurant and the Le Grand Bleu Hotel. Our diving sites are located offshore from the Mon Choisy beach. You can enter the following coordinates in your GPS, if you have one: S 20° 1’31.4724″ – E 57° 33’2.5776″.
What is the minimal age to come aboard
For the submarine, we recommend that only children ages 2 and older board the ship. It is really important that, at the end of the dive, before the pilot opens the subs airlock, you give a lollipop to your baby to facilitate the equalization of the pressure in their ears. You can ask one of our hostesses to hand out candies to your children.
Only children ages 8 and older can use the subscooter.
Is there a maximum age for the dive?
For either the submarine or the subscooter there is no age limit. To our great pleasure, we often welcome passengers over 80 years old in our submarine. However it is essential to be able to move with some ease, either to transfer from one boat to another or to climb down the submarine’s ladder (1.5m – 4′ 11”)
Is there a maximum weight?
For the submarine, only a Sumo wrestler could possibly encounter difficulties passing through the airlock.
For the subscooter, the maximum allowable weight is 150 kg (330lb) if you weight more that 110kg (242lb) and are over 1.9m (6′ 3”) tall we recommend that you rent only one subscooter.
What are the height limits for these activities?
The submarine and the subscooter aren’t recommended for anyone over 2m (6′ 7”) tall, unless they are yoga masters.
The minimal height for the subscooter is 1,1m (3′ 7”).
What should I wear and/or bring to the activity?
Bring your smile and your enthusiasm!
For the submarine, you’ll need to wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move from one boat to another with ease. Long non-slit dresses and sari are not recommended. Also, to reduce the risk of slips and falls, we recommend that you wear flat-soled or sport shoes.
For the subscooter, please bring your bathing suits and towels. Showers and change rooms are available. If the need arise, we can supply wetsuits and shoes to keep you warm.
Can I dring and eat before the dive?
Of course, but we recommend a light meal if you suffer from seasickness. Consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden before a dive.
Will I be able to fly afer the dive?
Yes, you can fly right after the dive whether you boarded the submarine of used a subscooter.
What will I experience during my underwater trip?
Let’s start with the submarine, you’ll experience an extremely rare machine, you’ll be able to observe how the ballasts system works and you’ll discover the beauty of the seabed. When the submarine lands on the sandy seabed you’ll have a feeling similar to landing on the moon. The gradual ghost-like apparition of the Star Hope’s wreck is an amazing sight. The handling of our submarines and the abilities of our expert pilots is impressive.
The feeling from driving your own submarine in the subscooter is simply amazing. The freedom to speak with your teammates, to laugh and share your experience is unique to this type of diving.
Schedule and Transport.
What are your business hours?
Blue Safari Submarine is open 7 days a week including holidays except Christmas Day (December 25th) and New Year’s Day (January 1st). The submarine dives hourly. The meeting for the first dive is at 8:30 am and for the last is at 3:30 pm during the winter (May to August) and 4:30 pm during the summer (September to April). The subscooter dives are also hourly; the meeting for the first one is at 9:00 am and for the last is at 3:00 pm during the winter and 4:00 pm during the summer.
How can I reach the boarding point
If you booked your dive using a DMC, you can organize the transfer with them directly. They will be happy to offer you other activities during your visit to the North, to make your day unforgettable. Hotel staff can assist you with the taxi services. You can also rent a vehicle from Make Travel & Tours or another car rental company.
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
Rain or strong easterly winds are rarely a problem. In fact, when the sky is grey or rainy, we can see more fish thanks to the reduced light level. Under these conditions, we can often see predators hunting (Trevally, Barracudas, etc.). On Mauritius, the dominant winds are easterly, by diving on the west coast close to the reef; we are protected from winds as strong as 70 to 80 kph (43 to 50 mph). However, the waves can sometimes be problematic. Waves coming from South-South-West to North-North-West can impede the safe boarding of the craft and alter the visibility. You can always call us in advance to get relatively reliable weather reports. To avoid last minutes cancellations we recommend that you book your dive as soon as you arrive on Mauritius, this will allow you to have more flexibility to account for bad weather. Even though weather forecasting is not an exact science, we will contact you on the eve of your dive if the weather doesn’t look good, we’ll offer to either cancel your dive or reschedule it to the limit of our availability. Cancelled dives are not a common occurrence. However, a strong high pressure system can prevent us from diving for 1 to 3 days. During the summer, cyclones can prevent dives for 3 to 5 days, exceptionally 7 days, until proper visibility is restored.
What are the most favourable conditions to have great underwater visibility
Generally, the visibility is excellent under 30m (100″) of water for the submarine. Visibility is usually better when the tide is coming in. However, it is greatly reduced when the tide is going out and the waves are crashing on the west coast’s reef, but that is relatively rare.
How deep do you dive?
In the submarine we dive to a depth of 35 meters (114 feet), they are both certified annually to 50 meters (164 feet).
In the subscooter we go down 3 meters (10 feet) and hovering at less than 6 to 7 meters (20 -23 feet) over the seabed.
How long is the dive?
You’ll stay in the submarine for 40 to 45 minutes.
In the subscooter you’ll be underwater for about 40 minutes.
Is there any medical restrictions o diving in a submarine or subscooter?
There are no special restrictions to dive in the submarine but it is not recommended for people with sever claustrophobia or heart problems. Pregnant women are welcome to dive in the submarine.
Subscooter dives are not recommended for pregnant women or people suffering from severe eardrum diseases, asthma or cardiovascular diseases.
Will the pressure differential affect my body?
In the submarine the internal pressure will remain stable regardless of the depth. The pressure differential between the inside of the craft and the one outside on the surface is extremely small, roughly the same change as when you go down a small hill in a car.
In the subscooter, you are not in an enclosed craft so the water pressure will affect your body and increase as the depth increases. This is why we only go down to 3 meters (10 feet) and why we’ll teach you proper ear decompression techniques.
Can I eat or smoke during the dive?
It is forbidden to eat inside the submarine and for obvious safety reasons, smoking is also forbidden. However, there are smoking sections on the operation platform where you’ll disembark from the craft after your dive.
How many and what type of fish will we see underwater?
Whether you dive in the submarine or the subscooter you’ll be able to see different species of fish. However, the rare experience of diving in a submarine or the thrill of riding a subscooter should be what motivates you to book your dive. On average, you’ll be able to observe over a hundred fish in the submarine, if you pay attention. Mostly you’ll see: Trevally, Rays, Turtles, Clown fishes, Parrot fishes, Threadfins, etc. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t encounter sharks, they prefer turbulent waters with strong currents which are not safe dive conditions.
You’ll also meet a lot of fishes in the subscooter but being closer to the reef and not as deep, the number of different species of fish you’ll see will be less than it would be in the submarine.
Can I come to the boarding platform with my family even if I’m not diving?
Of course, it’ll be our pleasure. We only require a small fee to cover the shuttle boat to and from the platform and the complimentary after-dive drink.
Was there ever a diving accident?
The company was created in 1998 and we never had a serious accident. Safety is always our priority. The worst accidents we ever had were during ship to ship transfer when the client didn’t respect the safety rules, none of those injuries were severe enough to require hospitalization or cause serious or permanent handicaps.
How can you be sure that your operations are safe?
Safety is a philosophy and always comes first, even before satisfaction. This is why, when the weather or the technical conditions are not good enough, we never hesitate to cancel or shorten a dive. Our entire staff, specially our submarine pilots and safety divers for the subscooters, is regularly trained to respond to emergencies. Checklists are run daily and before every dive. Our gear is always kept in perfect working order. Our submarines are inspected yearly by the proper authorities in full compliance with the international regulations. In our submarines, all the life-sustaining systems are equipped with a double redundancy system so that if the main system fails the backup automatically comes on-line. Finally there are 8 different and independent safety systems that can be used to surface the submarine in less than a minute. 6 of these 8 systems are inspected after each and every dive.
Pictures and Videos.
Can I bring along my camera?
Yes, on the submarine there are no problems, but you need to turn the flash off if you take a picture of a fish to avoid light reflecting off the porthole’s window.
In the subscooter you’ll need a waterproof camera. If you don’t have a camera, we offer paid video or picture souvenirs.
What are the types of picture or video souvenir you offer?
For the submarine we offer individual, couple or family pictures capturing the moment you board the craft, either printed or as a digital file.
For the subscooter, we offer series of 30 HD pictures including 10 to 12 personalized pictures. We also offer a 9 minutes video, 6 to 7 of which will be personalized.
Are the prices on your website in Indian or Mauritian Rupee?
The prices on our sites are in Mauritian Rupee and guaranteed. The prices in Euros are only there as an indication.
Is it possible to book a dive without a credit card?
If you do not have a credit card, we suggest that you either book your dive with a DMC or send us a prepayment of at least 50% of the cost, our website is completely secured. While we are on the subject of credit cards, we accept Visa and Mastercard.
What happens if I decide to cancel my dive at the last minute?
If you cancel your dive at least 48 hours before it was scheduled, there is no penalty and you’ll be fully refunded. If you cancel the day before the dive, we’ll refund 50% of the price. If you cancel on the day of the dive, we will require full payment of the price because you’ll have taken someone else’s place, except in the case of properly documented force majeure.
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