Guided adventure dives in Saint-Gilles les Bains

Guided adventure dives in Saint-Gilles les Bains
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Intermediate
  • Spoken languages: French, English
  • Fitness level: Intermediate
  • Minimum age: minimum 12 y/o
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    6 Rue des Arums, Saint-Gilles les Bains, Réunion (park your car at the parking lot near the church) Then walk in direction of the harbor and cross the bridge. Then on your right you'll have the scuba diving center ! feel free to call your instructor after you've booked
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Philippe offers you to go scuba diving on the west coast of Reunion Island, a breath for sea life with 20 of the island's best diving sites located between the two cities of Saint Paul and Saint Leu.

All participants must have at least their FFESSM, CMAS, PADI, SSI... certification.

You will explore the ocean and discover the aquatic fauna and flora in this guided adventure dives that lasts 2.5 hours! Don't forget to keep your eyes open you might be able to see a manta ray, whale-sharks and even green turtles!

The activity

The dives last roughly 50 minutes with a group of 4 or 6 divers. You are free to choose the spots, depending on the weather condition. Your guide will take you to the spots using a boat that can hold 11 people. Before every dive Philippe has a short and effective briefing with the group about the activity and the safety rules.

Drops
La Pointe au Sel
It is the biggest drop of the Reunion island and one of the most popular diving sites. Divers should not miss out on the opportunity to explore this magnificent spot full of surprises!
This drop has more than 70 meters of staggering depth. The dive consists of going down along the 25 meters cliff to reach the 71 meters deep zone.
The underwater wildlife is really diverse, you will be able to observe butterfly fish (Heniochus), triggerfish,  (Balistidae), atlantic lizardfish (Synodus saurus), fusiliers (Caesionidae), moray eels (Muraenidae), barracudas (Sphyraena), lobsters, octopus, 2 meters long dogtooth tunas or white tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor), school of 200 caranx, sea turtles and even rays. If you're lucky enough you might see manta rays, dolphins, whale-sharks and hammerhead sharks.
Level: FFESSM 1,2,3.

Shipwrecks
The Navara
It was a former lobster boat which drowned in 1993, broken in half. It is now a beautiful artificial reef that lays down at 50 meters underwater. You can find Giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), Caranx, Tunas.
Level: FFESSM PA 60 or level 3

The Hai-Siang
This Asian fishing boat drowned in the 80s. You will have the moment of your life discovering this wonderful wreck and the sea life. It is now in a depth of 58 meters with water current.
Level: FFESSM PA 60 or level 3

La Barge de SaintPaul
This beautiful and small shipwreck is an artificial reef for the sea life. While diving you will see batrachoididae, ghost pipefish (Solenostomus), Guitarfish (Rhinobatidae). Because the island is volcanique, the sandy bottom is black.
Level: FEESSM PE 40 minimum

The Antonio Lorenzo
The Chilean longline fishing boat lays at 40 meters down in the water. The boat was drowned near La Pointe du Sel drop in 1999 because it was fishing off the Kerguelen islands illegally. The Antonio Lorenzo  is one of the most gorgeous dives, you might see whale sharks, caranx and manta rays.
Level: FFESSM level 3 minimum

Shallow waters
Le Cap de Lahoussaye 
It is located in the marine natural reserve of the Reunion island. The setting is very beautiful and diverse. There is a colourful coral reef full of sealife and a small drop with gorgeous caves. During the activity you can green turtles, lobsters and catfish.

La Pierre au Préfet
La Pierre au Préfet is located on the barrier reef. It is a gentle slope of 10 to 25 meters depth. This magnificent rock is a shelter for moray eels, red lionfish, green turtles and even common stingrays.
Level: FFESSM level 1,2,3

Others: La Tour du Boucan, la Vallée aux Mérous and les Gorgones Merveilleuses.

Passages
La Passe de trois bassins
This passage is between 4 and 25 meters depth is home to an impressive aquatic fauna and flora. The ravins are pure white sandy bottom and corals. Keep an eye for the platax and emperor angelfish.
Level: level 1,2,3

Others: Passe de l'Ermitage.

Offer Description

This adventure dive is the perfect way for you to discover the island's magical spots. The activity lasts 2,5 hours.

The scuba diving equipment is included in the activity.

The meeting will take place at the Saint-Gilles harbour. You will then put on your equipment and have a short and effective briefing about the activity and the safety rules.
The journey to the diver's spot is a 20 minute boat ride. You will then go scuba diving for 50 minutes in the water and explore the depth of the ocean! Beverages are on the house!

The equipment
Le Cinquième Elément uses top quality scuba diving gear by Scubapro. It is adapted to beginners as well as experts. Among the high quality technical products you can find; regulators equipped with an octopus for level 1 divers, shorty wetsuit for the summer, a 3 mm wetsuit for the summer and a 5 mm wetsuit for people who get cold easily. The wetsuits used are adapted specially for men and women to help maximize comfort.

Here are several scuba tanks with different capacities : 7L (for children), 10L, 12L, 15L.

Activity requirements

All participants must at least have their FFESSM certification or equivalent. 

Special terms

Please note you are not allowed to fly for up to 24 hours after your last dive.

Included
  • All necessary diving equipment
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
Meeting point
6 Rue des Arums, Saint-Gilles les Bains, Réunion (park your car at the parking lot near the church) Then walk in direction of the harbor and cross the bridge. Then on your right you'll have the scuba diving center ! feel free to call your instructor after you've booked Get directions

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