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François and Christelle Besson, directors of Diving World : “They aren’t just clients anymore – they are friends who come to visit us every year.”

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Theirs is a world of silence. When they are in the ocean, François and Christelle Besson, the directors of Diving World, are in their element. The only sounds are of your own breathing, the crackling of small stones and fish crunching on coral. Here, in the deep blue, they teach clients staying at Beachcomber hotels – with whom they have worked exclusively since 1993 – to dive.


François and Christelle Besson are the directors of Diving World, a specialist diving company founded in 1993. They are both PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)-certified instructors and run dive centres at the Mauricia, Canonnier, Shandrani and Victoria Beachcomber hotels. They work exclusively with the Beachcomber group.


François started diving at a very young age. He has been a professional diver since he was 18. He has extensive teaching experience and has devoted 28 years of his life to training other divers. Christelle, for her part, has been in the diving business for 25 years.


François’ favourite dive sites are two shipwrecks located in Trou-aux-Biches bay, the Emily and Water Lilly. "These are my favourite sites, because they offer very relaxed diving. I actually call those the "yoga dives". They offer quiet dives with lots of colours and fish. They are my favourite dives here in the north of Mauritius."


"Our team is our greatest asset, our greatest strength. "

As for Christelle, her favourite site is "a reef in Péreybère. There are so many details to look at and we always see rare species, amazing colours and really extraordinary sea life there."


"We are fortunate to have escaped El Niño, unlike other destinations such as the Seychelles and Maldives…"


They used to dive together often, but now devote themselves to their customers. "We don’t dive together very often anymore," says Christelle. "Not as often, but it does happen once in a while," adds her husband.


"We dove together much more frequently at the beginning, when François was training me. Then I came into my own, and nowadays I dive with our customers more often than with François. But yes, it does happen occasionally," laughs Christelle. Diving continues to be a shared passion, one they have passed down to their two daughters.