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Exploring the coral reefs of Mauritius
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Coral reef and fish of Mauritius
With over 100 miles of coral reefs with many different types like fringing reefs, patch reefs, atolls, reef flats and barrier reefs though majority are fringing reefs in shallow waters, offering great beach protection and perfects for water sports, swimming, snorkeling or diving.

The Coral Reefs of Mauritius:
Mauritius to the east of Madagascar is especially known for coral reefs and over 340 species of fish. The coral reefs in Mauritius are found encompassing most of the pristine beaches of Mauritius making it ideal for water activities in the gentle surf. The coral reefs bespeak of the invigorating and soul elevating beauty of Mauritius with a rich biodiversity and hundreds of species of fish, algae, seaweed, gastropods, echinoderms and corals. The exquisite lagoons with a greenish tinge are created as a result of these coral reefs. The lagoons provide a mesmerizing beauty by virtue of their amazing colour. With protection from sea waves, the gentle surf reaching the golden sands of the beaches create a sparkle which shines with a scintillating brilliance.

The coral reefs contain a plethora of marine flora and fauna. Tourists can even witness the labyrinth of marine life by a submarine and glass bottom boats. The coral reef is divided in many zones of Mauritius and exude a mystic, soulful and enticing beauty. The 100 mile of reefs around Mauritius is dotted with beaches and lagoons creating a beach environment for tourists to indulge in water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc. The exquisite beauty of the reefs adds a romantic aura to it where you can explore the aquatic flora and fauna by communing with the marine milieu. The coral reefs are also a breeding ground for a vast array of aquatic life. The clown fish, butterfly fish, dolphins, sharks, eels are some of the aquatic species thriving in the coral reef.

Preservation of the Coral Reef:
While the reefs of Mauritius largely escaped the bleaching effect in the late 90's, they were affected in 2020 when a cargo ship broke up on the southern coast of Mauritius spilling tons of oil along the pristine beaches and corals.
Mauritius Government has adopted special steps to prevent damage to the endangered reefs. They submerge old vessels under water to protect the endangered coral reef. Ship wrecks are transformed to corals within five years which creates a rich biodiversity attracting the fish.

The serene and the unadulterated ambiance of the reef elevate the soul of the tourists and provide them the golden opportunity to be engaged in adventure sports. The marine flora and fauna which flourish because of the coral reefs are instrumental in maintaining the ecological balance of the island.

Read our other pages about Mauritius.
ABC Guide to Mauritius: East Mauritius Beaches: Entertainment: Grand Port District: Mauritius explored: Markets in Mauritius: Cuisine in Mauritius: Airport in Mauritius: Black River District: Central Mauritius: Coral Reefs: Mauritius Culture: Mauritius History: North Mauritius Beaches: Pamplemousses District: Pereybere: Port Louis: Savanne District: Shopping in Mauritius: South Mauritius Beaches: Sport in Mauritius: Travel Seasons and Transport:: West Mauritius Beaches: Why Mauritius:
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