Although the Arabs knew of the existence of the island in the 10th century, it was officially discovered in 1505 by Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas. Since then it has been successively occupied by Dutch (1598-1712), then the French (1715-1810) before being handed to Britain through the treaty of Paris in 1814..
Mauritius is a volcanic island situated 3000 km from the south-east coast of the African continent in the south-west Indian Ocean about 900 kilometres east of the island of Madagascar. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, become independent in 1968, and a republic in 1992, is also a member of the commonwealth. The climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds. There is a warm, dry winter from May to November, hot, wet, and humid summer from November to April. The island covers an area of around 1,865 km2 and has about 330 km of coastline almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.The official language is English but French and Creole (a local dialect) are widely spoken .The island’s capital and largest city is Port Louis in the northwest is also the main harbour. Other towns are Curepipe , Quatre-Bornes, Rose-Hill and Beau Bassin.
- Electricity: 240 Volt 50 Hz AC mains supply
- The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee
- Main credit cards used are VISA / Master cards / American Express
- Time Zone +4 GMT
- Visa formalities . No tourist Visa required for eu countries , South Africa , Australia , Russia but a valid passport is required.
- No tourist visa is required for most European countries, South Africa, Australia…( check the formalities on passport.gov.mu)
- A 5mm wetsuit is recommended in winter – a shorty in summer
- Health . Malaria free area and no vaccination required.
- All of our tanks are International and DIN fittings
- Mauritians seem to know that a tip has to be earned, and they will naturally do their utmost to make you happy, whether it’s for service in a hotel, restaurant or taxi. However a good trip is well appreciated by them.
- There is only one decompression chamber in Mauritius, which is located at the Victoria Hospital in Vacoas.
- Direct flights to Mauritius from Europe and Africa
Diving has always been present in Mauritius but it is only in the past 20 years or so that it has become a substantial tourist attraction. The majority of the hotels all have dive schools on their properties ensuring that the divers have a safe and enjoyable experience. The local diving federation ( MSDA) started off as a predominantly CMAS federation but this has given way to the PADI system of diver education. Each year sees new PADI dive schools or new instructors integrating themselves in the diving industry. Today the island boasts 43 Padi Dive schools of which 5 of them are Instructor development schools and one is a PADI National Geographic school. In total there are about 3000 various certifications done in Mauritius each year.