[LogBook] Corals & Canyons – La Reunion – France

[LogBook] Corals & Canyons – La Reunion – France

[LogBook] Corals & Canyons – La Reunion – France

Ahoy Sailors & Mermaids! Let’s dive together this time, in France, and more precisely around a French island located on the east coast of Africa: La Reunion! Known for it’s warm climate, gorgeous tropical landscapes, and also for it’s lagoon, this cute island has a lot to offer. Spicy food, refreshing drinks on the beach, beautiful sunsets, outdoor activities such as beach sports, hiking, paragliding, whale watching, and of course, scuba diving! Follow me underwater to discover these blue waters, canyons, and tropical fishes! Ready? Let’s dive!

#Le Petit Canyon, Indian Ocean

Oh, a video!

Water Temperature: 26°
Sightings: Common Green Turtle, Porcupinefish, Chinese Trumpetfish, Lagoon Triggerfish, Turkey Moray, Undulated Moray, Honeycomb Grouper, Fire Goby, Shortnose Unicornfish, Moorish Idol…
Notes: This 1st dive around Saint Gilles les Bains will be under a dark sky and light rain, as the afternoons are usually stormy because of the high mountains in the center of the island. You can definitely notice the daylight difference between the beginning and the end of the video! The rainfall just got heavier, but it really doesn’t change the beauty of the canyons! It also adds an amazing, dramatic atmosphere to the site. Even so, the ocean is really calm today, and water temperature is still perfect!
Extra bonus from this really good dive center Corail Plongée, a (small) glass of Punch after the dive with the team! 😉

#Pain de Sucre, Indian Ocean

Oh, a video!

Water Temperature: 25°
Sightings: Map Pufferfish, Turkey Moray, Bluespotted Cornetfish, Dusky Angelfish, Clown Fish, Domino Damselfish, Eyestripe Surgeonfish, Scorpionfish, Barred Thicklip Wrasse, Moorish Idol…
Notes: Look at the colour of the water when the sun shines! A very nice spot with large sandy areas and huge rocks covered in corals. It looks completely different than the previous one and it’s dark canyons! Due to the weather conditions, visibility wasn’t at its best (thermocline hello!) but I can easily guess that usually, water is crystal clear. And if you’re lucky, you might be surrounded by shimmering Flyingfish, on your way back to Saint Gilles les Bains!

#Le Jardin des Kiosques, Indian Ocean

Oh, a video!

Water Temperature: 25°
Sightings: Giant Clam, Snubnose Grouper, Whitespotted Boxfish, Turkey Moray, Painted Sweetlips (juvenile?), Sea Urchins…
Notes: I highly recommend you this incredible diving spot located around Saint Leu (close to Kelonia, the turtle care center)! How lucky we were to be escorted by a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins to our diving spot!! Underwater, an incredible abundance and diversity of corals. This spot is indeed aptly named: « jardin » means garden in French! I also met the cutest fish ever, my new favourite, the White-Spotted Boxfish! Unfortunately, due to the hurricane (1 or 2 weeks before), the water was similar to a wall of dense fog, with a visibility below 5 meters, a constant vigilance is necessary if you don’t want to lose your buddies!

#La Passe de L'Hermitage, Indian Ocean

Oh, a video!

Water Temperature: 26°
Sightings: Bluespotted Grouper, Snubnose Grouper, Turkey Moray, Batfish, and a Turtle! (I couldn’t write down everything because we were in a rush unfortunately!)
Notes: Last dive, this time in the company of my friend Ophélie and our favourite center: Corail Plongée! This diving spot is excellent, a gold nugget as we say in French! An amazingly blue water, a feeling of complete freedom and very nice fishes! To see over and over again!!

This is the end of this logbook at La Reunion! If you liked it please feel free to let me know in a comment! Sea you soon for more bubbles!

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