Metal detecting in Mauritius
A tropical island paradise ringed with luxury resort hotels, with the number of visiting tourists exceeding the population of the country each year, Mauritius is one place you should put on your bucket list if you are a beach and water metal detectorist.
I have been to Mauritius a couple of times to metal detect in the water, flying in from South Africa on both occasions. The first time I had no idea what to expect, what the local conditions would be like, or whether I would find anything at all. I brought a lot of gear to be prepared for anything.
On my second trip metal detecting in Mauritius I had a familiarity with the island which helped my treasure hunting. I brought even more gear than I did on the first trip; to evaluate how the gear performed in Mauritius conditions, to see what worked best.
Here are some things you should know if you want to go metal detecting in Mauritius.
Metal Detecting in Mauritius – an overview
The most important thing to know about Mauritius is how beautiful the country is: Mauritius Island is absolutely stunning! As a result tourists from Europe and South Africa have been flocking here for years. Increasingly, tourists from Asia have been coming to Mauritius. Many people come to Mauritius to honeymoon or get married. On some beaches I have seen one wedding gazebo after another, as far as the eye can see, so happy couples can get perfect wedding pictures with awesome tropical paradise backdrops.
The next most important thing to know about Mauritius Island is how friendly Mauritians are. Consider for a moment all the transient strangers passing through their country… Yet in spite of this, Mauritians are friendly, relaxed, and helpful. They speak English, French, and Creole so communication is easy, for the most part.
Mauritius is very safe compared to other African countries and has a stable government.
All the beaches on the island are public, and for a person interested in metal detecting in Mauritius, this is very important. What ‘public’ means is that even in front of the most luxurious hotels and resorts, any beach area below the high tide mark is considered public space. While some of the hotels have situated themselves in a way to block access to beaches with fences ending at the high water mark, at low tide you can access any of them on foot or even from the the sea. Most beach areas on the island are easily accessible from coastal roads, however some beach access points may be unmarked or concealed between private properties.
Part 2 What gear to bring