covers an area of 1,865 sq. km. (720 sq. mi.), about the size of
Rhode Island, and is located about 500 miles east of Madagascar,
in the Indian Ocean.
Rugged mountains cover more than 75% of the country. The vegetation
is diverse and rich comprising tropical and subtropical species,
from mango and palms to hardwoods. About half the country is still
covered with primary forests.
The peak summer season and best time to dive is October
to April. The remainder of the year is good but the visibility and
temperature drop somewhat. But if you visit in summer, make sure
to check the weather as this is the time when tropical storms are
the most active in this part of the world. Cyclones can last for
over a week !!!
The sea is calmer and warmer on the west coast throughout the year.
The east coast is blown over by the Trade Winds which makes it colder
and rougher. The east coast however, has some of the best dive sites
Sites include cliffs, caverns, reefs, pinnacles and wrecks. Many
species of marine life inhabit Mauritius' waters, including sharks,
barracuda, tuna, red-snapper, rays, eels, bass, whales, dolphins,
turtles, over a hundred species of coral, octopus, crabs, squid,
lobsters, gorgonias, lionfish, angelfish, parrotfish, grouper, seargent-major
fish, ancientship wrecks, cliff faces, caverns, coral reefs and
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