Mauritius is an island nation in the southeastern Indian Ocean, this territory is geographically related to East Africa. Despite its volcanic origin, it is now a tranquil region that boasts an almost uninterrupted coral reef forming warm lagoons near the islands. Igneous rocks abound in caves and grottoes. Mauritius is one of the best places for scuba diving thanks to the crystal clear waters of the ocean, an abundance of marine life and many interesting dive sites. There are ideal conditions for any diver, from a beginner to a professional. Beginners will be offered diving in the shallows of the island, and professionals — mysterious underwater caves, rocks, reefs and more than 20 sunken ships.
Most dive shops are located on the east coast — in the popular resort of Puant-de-Flack. More than 30 registered dive shops successfully operate on the country. Many dive shops are located at hotels and offer diving training, equipment rental, dive tours and instructor-guide services.
In the Spring (from September to November), it is peaceful and quiet here. Because of the cool weather, there are very few tourists. At this time there is minimal rainfall, so it is well suited for diving. The air temperature is +23-28 ° C, water varies between +24 and 25 ° C.
Summer (from December to February) is the beginning of an active diving season. The country is dominated by hot weather with short rains. The air temperature is standing at +30 ° C, the water temperature is approximately +26-28 ° C.
Autumn is the time of changeable weather. You will find the heat and the short rains chase after each other. May is the most favourable month for diving. It is a dry and warm month. The air temperature fluctuates between +26 and 30 ° C, the water temperature is steadily standing at +26 ° C.
Winter (June to August) is considered a cold time and is characterized by a small number of tourists. Strong winds are blowing and it is often raining at this time of the year. The air temperature is +22-25 ° C, water temperature does not exceed +24 ° C.
Popular dive sites with wrecks are located in the north and the west of the island, near Grand Bay, Grand Bay, Flic en Flac and Troux aux Biches. Near Grand Bay and Pereybere are the Whale Rock, the Water Lily, Emily, Silver Star, and Coral Garden. Also, the Bella Mare lagoon, the Cathedral, the Rosh Zozo, Colorado, and the Sirius wreck are quite attractive.
In Mauritius, the level of medical services is fairly satisfactory, emergency medical care is provided around the clock. Prior to your visit, the following vaccinations are recommended: diphtheria, tetanus and yellow fever. The crime rate is relatively low, follow the usual precautions.
It is relatively safe in Mauritius. Standard precautions should be taken while diving. Dangerous sharks are very rare here. Most beaches are completely safe: there haven't been any cases of shark attacks. There is a small chance to stumble on a deadly poisonous flower urchin that live near corals.
The local cuisine has absorbed many traditions: Creole, French, Indian and Chinese. We recommend you to try Dholl puri — thin tortillas with peas and spices that are reminiscent of Indian dishes. As on all islands, seafood dishes are common, and you should not miss the opportunity to try them. Each island has its own recipe, and even fish dishes, such as Vindaye, may differ from island to island.
A slightly tart tea made from natural vanilla, which is collected here on the islands, is an ideal drink. Since tap water here may be unsafe to drink, it is advisable to consume only bottled water.