Intro to Mauritius - “Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius” – Mark Twain (1896).
Its remote location in the Indian Ocean, white sand beaches, turquoise water, mountainous jungles and wonderful creatures in unexplored places, make Mauritius truly worthy of its title as "heaven on earth." The remote location led to the evolution of a diversity of endemic flora and fauna which makes Mauritius excellent for diving and hiking.
Water Temperatures: Ranges 21 C/70 F (November to April) to 30 C / 86 F (March to October). Generally, a 3 mm wetsuit is recommended, and possibly a 5 mm for winter months.
Visibility: Excellent, often exceeds 40 metres/140 feet.
Depth Range: 12 - 10m (39 - 33 ft)
Coin de Mire - Possibly the best diving in Mauritius. Excellent visibility, with wall and wreck diving. Large pelagics such as marlin might also be spotted here.
The highlight here is the Djabeda wreck dive, which is completely covered in stunning pink soft coral. Octopus, scorpionfish, stonefish, lionfish, and many reef fish are common here. Other creatures that can be found here include Barracuda, dolphins, and sting rays.
Grand-Baie and Trou-aux-Biches - Grand-Baie’s the perfect place to start most dive trips. While nearby Trou-aux-Biches offers best macro critter diving. The various species of morays, peacock mantis shrimp, and schools of small striped eel catfish are common here.
Tamarin Bay - Many operators offer morning snorkeling tours with wild spinner dolphins that depart from Tamarin.
The Shark Pit - Strong currents and rough seas make it more suitable for advanced divers. Bull sharks, gray reef sharks, and silvertip reef sharks are frequently spotted.
Belle Mare - The best diving on the east side of the island. It is usually drift diving and more suitable for advanced divers. The main attractions here are pelagics and sharks.
Best Time to Dive - The visibility during summer (November - April) is usually great and the warm water brings a higher diversity of marine life. We recommend diving in Mauritius from October to December and March to April if you want to avoid cyclone season. But Mauritius is a year-round destination and the weather is not likely to affect your dive trip.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities
✓ Beaches and Watersports - The public beaches are excellent, but resorts will offer you some exclusivity. Water sports like stand-up paddle boarding, banana boats, kite surfing, sailing, kayaking, fishing and more are also offered at these resorts.
✓ Hiking - Mauritius offers some of the best hiking in the Indo-Pacific with Le Pouce and Le Morne Brabant being 2 most popular hikes.
✓ The Outer Islands in the North - The most popular trips are to Flat Island and Gabriel Island.
✓ The South of Mauritius - The Black River Gorges National Park, the seven colored earth of Chamarel, and Ganga Talao (a Hindu holy site) are among Mauritius’s best topside attractions that can be found in the south.
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Languages: Mauritians speak Mauritian Creole and French fluently. Many also speak English and derivatives of Indian languages.
Main Airport Code: MRU
Time Zone: UTC+4
Electricity: 230 V/50 Hz
Transportation: Taxis are reasonably priced if booked beforehand, but a rental car might be a good idea for short stays. The public buses are recommended for longer stays.
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