Mauritius might not be huge, but it is quite diverse, with North being more geared towards mass-tourism and South more genuine. For this reason we decided to split our visit into two halves – first in the South, in Flic en Flac, second in Grand Baie area in the North.

This diversity is slightly different from what we are used to, as on Mauritius people of different origins and religions live next to each other and it is not uncommon to see Hindu temple next to a mosque. This has it’s roots in Mauritius’ interesting history, having been ruled by the French and the Britons before achieving independence.

Mauritius doesn’t make any “best diving destinations” lists, but this actually makes it more attractive. Less divers usually means reefs and wrecks are much better preserved.

Our wish to have six dives over two days was a little unusual for both diving centers we contacted (one in the South, one in the North). Most people dive there once or twice. This is not a surprise, as six dives is more than enough to see most interesting sites in the are, some of them more than once.

Outside of diving we did also explore the island a bit.

In Filc-en-flac we hired a car with a driver and went to Ganga Talao, Rhumerie de Chamarel and Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth.

In Grand Baie we went to Port Louis by the bus and on another day to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden and Cap Malheureux by scooter. Scooter was a lot of fun, even more so because of the left hand traffic.

4-17 December 2017