|A pearl set in a sapphire sea is the image that comes to mind when one considers this cosmopolitan paradise isle. Mauritius has been influenced by very different cultures, resulting in a marvelously diverse and effusive population who speak French, spend Rupees and drive on the left. The people are welcoming, warm and friendly. Fishing boats set out daily beyond the string of coral reefs that stretch from one beach to another, to return at sunset with their daily catch. Mauritius is a year round destination, with moderate temperatures almost guaranteed. The clear calm waters off the coast make conditions ideal for all kinds of water sports. On offer is some of the best game fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities to be found, not to mention the wonderful sun-bathing as well. Mauritius lies like a rich green emerald in the turquoise velvet of the Indian Ocean.