At the thought of Mauritius, the only pictures that conjure up are those of its sandy beaches, palm trees and azure lagoons. Pictures are never enough to describe the beautiful and incomparable landscapes of this picturesque tiny piece of paradise.
Arab sailors who navigated the Indian Ocean in the 9th century already knew about the Seychelles archipelago. A document dating from 851 already mentioned the Maldives and “some islands further away”.
The Mauritius Underwater Group (MUG), the first official SCUBA diving club of Mauritius came into existence in the month of May 1964 and was affiliated to the “British Sub-Aqua Club” (BSAC). At the time, only a handful of enthusiasts explored the lagoons of Mauritius
Mauritius forms part of the Mascarene Archipelago which also includes Réunion and Rodrigues. This archipelago is the result of underwater volcanoes.
Mauritius enjoys a sub-tropical climate where temperatures vary between 25°C and 35°C with regular winds blowing from the South-East. Temperatures are highest during the humid season from November to April, which corresponds to summer in the Southern Hemisphere,
On the 30th of January, the Municipality of Port-Louis organised a parade on the occasion of the Chinese New Year. In true Mauritian fashion, the event which was advertised to start at 16h30 really started at 17h00 with a short speech from a random municipality official. Even though some officials from Réunion Island had made the effort to attend, the newly elected Lord Mayor was nowhere to be seen.