Diving in Mauritius features almost exclusively reefs as the island is virtually surrounded by coral, with over 100 sites to select from. Depths range from 7-45m for those who hold the necessary qualifications.
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.
Diving in the North is an undiscovered secret, and exceeds expectations. Pristine wrecks in tact with beautiful soft corals, schools of fish, exquisite coral reefs, and a wide array of marine life including reef sharks, guitar sharks, rays, turtles, dolphins grace the area of Trou Aux Biches & Grande Baie.
The island of Mauritius is lucky to enjoy diving all year round. Depending on what you're after, the 'Summer' months between October and April/May will yield warm waters with temperatures of 27-28 degrees, minimal to no currents, a sea like glass and the chance to enjoy some incredible visibility and lots of marine life.
The 'Winter' months run from May to September. Temperatures drop to 25 degrees, but this doesn't put us off! The humpback whales migrate through the Indian Ocean from June to late September, with a peak of breeding activity observed in August. There's also the chance to see more pelagic marine life that come in on the some of the currents.
Mauritius' national airline has daily direct flights to London, British Airways has three 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.