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Bassas da India is an uninhabited, roughly circular atoll about 10 km in diameter part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. It is located about half-way between Madagascar and Mozambique in the S Mozambique Channel, W Indian Ocean, and 110 km northwest of Europa Island, on the edges of an underwater volcanic mountain that rises 3000m (6000ft) from the ocean floor of the Mozambique Channel. The outer walls or rim of this seamount provide the base for the narrow fringing reef, which is approx. 100 m wide and encircles a shallow central lagoon approx. 11-km in diameter and of depth no greater than 15 m.
Bassas da India Coral Atoll:
The atoll comprises of ten barren volcanic rocky islets emerge from a circular reef, with no vegetation totaling 0.2 km² (.077 sq mi) in area. Those on the north and east sides are 2.1 to 3 m high, and those on the west and south sides 1.2 m. The reef is normally under the sea water that rises up steeply from 3000 meters, that is awash at high tide exactly from 3 hours before to 3 hours after high tide. The coastline of the reef measures 35.2 km. The atoll is vast and has contrasting sides which offer an extremely diverse range of dives and marine life. This region is subject to cyclones and a well known graveyard, it has been the site to over 150 shipwrecks where many came to their peril in what was thought to be deep ocean in the middle of nowhere, countless pieces of treasure and Jurassic sized fish.
The Bassas da India was first recorded by Portuguese explorers in the early sixteenth century as the “Baixo da Judia” (“Shoal of Judia “). The Judia (“Jewess”, in Portuguese for the ancestry of its owner Fernão de Loronha a Jewish trader from Portugal.) was the Portuguese ship that discovered the feature by running aground on this reef on it in 1506. The name became “Bassas da India” due to transcription errors by cartographers owing to mistakes in their writing theword “Judia” by confusing letters while copying former maps(Capital “J” changed to “I” and “u” to “n”). The Santiago broke up on the shoal in 1585. It was rediscovered by the Europa in 1774, whence the name “Europa Rocks”. The Malay was lost 27 July 1842 on the Europa Rocks in Mozambique Channel. In 1897, the shoal became a French possession; later being placed under the administration of a commissioner residing in Reunion in 1968 and has been left to its own devices for centuries Madagascar continues to claim sovereignty over the islands.
Bassa da India – Scuba Diving Expeditions:
Bassas is rated as a top 10 destination in the world, a destination absolutely worth the travel time for the well traveled international divers – Professional Anglers who had dived the world’s top spots and is now looking for the ultimate experience to catch their own trophy fish. Bassa da India is one of the world’s wildest and most beautiful dive sites. It is one of few well known and unique prime dive locations in the world such as Galapagos and Cocos. If you want to travel in a true adventure, Bassa da India is truly a paradise within reach, a haven for marine life and is a once in a lifetime destination for the diver who has a taste for adventure.
This is one of the last untouched natural phenomenon’s left in this world, one that Africa can be proud of as one of the top five wild dive destinations in the world and dubbed the 7th wonder of the world!