Mauritius tends to be high end tourism, with a focus on coastal resorts and diving.
Its tourist attractions are its environment, with white beaches, sea, and warm climate; the friendliness of the Mauritians; and its political and social stability. Mauritius is surrounded by 33 km of coastline. It has excellent beaches, climate, and marine life. There are submarine dives for tourists and an undersea walk.
It is a world class diving destination. It is surrounded by 150 km of fringing coral reefs, with two breaks in the west and south. The lagoon between the shore and the peripheral fringing reefs has an extent of between 0.2 and 7 km. The lagoon’s depth is between 1 and 6 m. There are about 340 species of fish, many of them endemic. About 160 species of Scleractinian corals have been identified around the country.
Diving conditions are best in the summer, from December to March. This period is generally hot, wet, and humid, and there are occasional cyclones. The average air temperature is 30°C. There are a large variety of dive sites for people of all abilities in Mauritius. The main dive centres are located in and around Grand Baie, Flic en Flac, Blue Bay, and Belle Mare.
Undersea walks are an unusual tourist activity where participants wear a diving helmet and weight belt so that they walk along the sea bed and feed the fish. Oxygen is piped down from the surface to the participants. The prime locations for this activity are Grand Baie and Belle Mare.