Diving in Mauritius features almost exclusively reefs as the island is virtually surrounded by coral and over 100 sites to select from. The depths range from 23 feet (7 meters) to depths of up to 147 Feet (45 meters) for those who hold the necessary qualifications. The water temperature is bath-like most of the year round but due to the trade winds, the best time of year to dive is between November and May.
On the Southern coastline, the Blue Bay Marine Park offers divers staghorn and cabbage corals and a host of damsel, butterfly and angelfish that swarm the reef. If you are in search of that heart-stopping moment that only the bigger species can provide, then the drift dive off the Pass St. Jacques is where bull shark, barracuda and grey and whitetip reef sharks are often spotted.
The intricate and mysterious spaces inside the many artificial wrecks are another of the islands great diving attractions. The Le Sirius, Tug 11 or the Djabeda are spread out around the island’s shorelines and house lion fish, eels and rays.
On the list of ‘what to see in Mauritius’ is an extensive list of treasures of the sea. Vast coral beds extend almost all the way around the island and form part of the intricate ecosystem between turtles (5 different species), shrimp, octopus, sea grass gardens and a range of shellfish in amongst the schools of tropical fish species. Bull, white tip and grey tip reef sharks and barracuda are amongst the larger game species that feed on the buffet of smaller fish and take care to avoid the lionfish.
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The quaint, former French colony, of Mauritius, is a volcanic island that is one of Africa’s rising economies and an attractive foreign investment destination. The island from 1810 until 1968 was a strategic naval base for the British after Mauritius was seized from the French and played an important role in the second world war for antisubmarine activity.
The former home to the dodo, before it became extinct, the island’s primary trade has been agriculture evident in the large sugar cane fields that cover the land that can be farmed. It has only been since independence in 1992 that the country has grown its tourism and financial sectors in leaps and bounds. It is ranked as one of the easiest places in the world to do business and one of the world’s most luxurious holiday destinations due to the warm tropical waters that surround the island and it’s islets as well as the friendliness of the multilingual residents.
Water sports are the order of the day in the resort lifestyle of Mauritius and for a day outing, a trip to the market of Port Louis is always an experience. Parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing and a canoe are all readily available on the beach either from the resorts or private suppliers only too happy to help. There are also packages to the outlying islands from tour operators also to be found selling their services from their sandy offices.
The national airline has daily direct flights to London, British Airways has 3 weekly flights to Port Louis and Austrian Airlines flies nonstop from Vienna once a week. Cruise ships touring the Indian Ocean often dock in Mauritius.