Our most frequently dived dive site, Magic Rocks, earns its name from the two enormous coral covered bommies home to myriad
of marine species. This protected dive site has a sandy area where students can refresh their skills,
shallow reef ideal for snorkellers and a drop off to 20m for the more confident divers.
Located just a 10-minute boat ride away from Laka Lodge, its proximity to a beach allows divers to explore one of the uninhabited islands during their surface interval, look out and learn for nesting turtle tracks and maybe even spot a hatchling emergence. While usually there is no current, 20m visibility, occasional a light flow turns this relaxed site into a mild drift dive. Mantis shrimp, Green Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, Lionfish and even a Sail Fish have been spotted here.
This is also the dive site most regularly used for night dive, where the Magic Rocks truly come alive. Cuttlefish, sleeping turtles, Cleaner shrimp, Ornate lobsters, Sponge crabs, Decorator Crabs, Spanish Dancers, Saddle Shrimps, Sleeping Parrot Fish and Slipper Lobsters. It’s the time of the crustaceans!
Mchaco, or the bird island, a huge white tainted rock in the middle of the ocean is an exceptional site of the marine park
laying at eastern tip of the island and giving way to the open seas of the Indian Ocean. It is populated
by plenty of sea birds nesting in and around it.
During the dive we will come across harmless white tip reef sharks and grey sharks, Napoleons and many schools of Tuna, Trevally and Barracuda. The coral that grows on its rocky surface is mostly populated by colourful fish: coachmen fish, parrot fish, wrasses, fusiliers, etc. Strong currents make this dive technically challenging.
The abundance of life and the average depth also makes it a difficult dive because you will have to pay attention to air consumption and decompression parameters. Combined with observing the giant green turtle laying eggs at night, this diving excursion is certainly a must in Moheli.
Opposite the hotel, a meadow covered with algae and small corals extends until the first descending plateau. Morning and
evening, turtles come to eat there in the middle of schools of surgeons, scorpion fish, bat fish and
coachmen fish. At night, the tray is filled with an abundant and varied life of crustaceans, molluscs,
octopuses, squid and others who share the space with the most unusual species such as crocodile fish,
conger or fork beards.
At the descent we will meet turtles resting, the strangely looking camouflage crab and all sorts of gripper or shells that will delight photographers. Life is so present that you will need to be wary of uncontrolled contact with the reef as it is not uncommon to see road scorpion fish including the poisonous stone fish.
Undoubtedly, you will not be bored on the house reef.
Our partner Ultramarina is the biggest travel agency for diving in Europe.
Ultramarina can also organise your entire diving adventure to Laka Lodge, including international and domestic flights, transfers and overlays, full board accommodation, diving package, insurance, etc.
Tel: +33 240 89 34 44
Tel: +41 22 786 14 86
Tel: +32 4 344 34 30
We organize two dives per day of which possibly one evening/night dive. Night dives are of an exceptional beauty, however incur a small surcharge.
To guarantee availability, dives and the rental of equipment need to be booked in advance.
A valid scuba diving insurance is mandatory. You can eventually subscribe a DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance online before your arrival. We cannot accept divers who are not insured. Certified divers will need to present their certification cards. It advisable to have a medical certificate.
PADI certification courses up to Divemaster level are offered during the high season between July and December.