Mauritius is a small pearl in the Indian Ocean surrounded with fine coral reefs situated to the east of Madagascar. Once the home of extinct dodo bird, Mauritius boasts of its extensive sugar cane plantation. The majestic tropical mountains tailored into turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.
Tourists visiting the island are enthralled by the splendor of unspoiled sparkling beaches and its lagoon. With 160 km of shoreline, Mauritius is an idyllic place to relish water sports activities. Spot angelfish, butterflyfish and clownfish hovering around the corals. Sharks, dolphins and rays patrol the outer reef. These coral reefs house several colorful and delightful aquatic species of flora and fauna.
The reefs provide abundance of marine species and idyllic place for scuba diving, surfing and snorkeling. Large moray eels swim in caves. The reefs provide abundance of marine species and idyllic place for scuba diving, surfing and snorkeling. Large moray eels swim in caves. The barrier reef offers home to various species of fishes and invertebrates. The sandbank and mud offers shelter to green algae, mangroves and sea grasses.
The overexploitation of the coral reefs or coral breeching is resulting in the damage of reef. The Mauritius Marine Conservation Group is formed to spread awareness about the damage that has been done and consequences. The organization is working hard to improve the condition of the reef. Since 1980, ten vessels have been sunk deep inside the blue water by the organization to create artificial reefs. These shipwrecks provide shelter to algae, corals and colorful fishes. Within the span of five years, the wreck will be covered by soft corals and will further act as a magnet to draw fishes.
The turquoise water of the island provide home to 36 kinds of corals and about 90 distinct species of fishes. The coral reefs of Mauritius offer perfect atmosphere to tourists to immerse themselves in adventurous water sports activities.
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