Mauritius is an island of unmatched beauty, and under its clear blue waters are some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs, teeming with a plethora of colourful marine life. Scuba diving is the best way to take in the natural, underwater paradise, which has made the island famous as a diving and snorkelling destination. Travellers can look forward to white sandy beaches, lush greenery and beautiful lagoons, not to mention luxury accommodation in Mauritius. 5 star resorts are conveniently located near the coastline, such as the InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, for example, thus providing easy access to divers.
Divers are spoilt for choice as the green lagoons that surround the island are protected from the open seas by the world’s third largest coral reef. There are hundreds of dive sites spread out across the lagoons; plus, 49 uninhabited islands, some of which are used as natural reserves for endangered species. Novice divers can begin in the shallow waters off the coast whilst experienced divers’ can head further out into the more exciting sites, which include caverns, reefs, cliffs and even 22 shipwrecks.
There are an estimated 430 different species of fish living among the coral reefs, along with over 200 types of coral, bursting with a combination of enticing colours. Commonly seen fish include tuna, marlin, wahoo and the more exotic parrot fish, sweetlips, angelfish, trumpet and clown fish and many more. Some of the most popular diving sites are Roche Zozo and Colorado, which are located along the southern coast near Blue Bay Marine Park. The medley of bright colours and life, both above and below the water, friendly culture and diverse landscapes, make Mauritius the perfect holiday destination. If you love the ocean and want to get up close to captivating coral reefs, this is the place to be.Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+