An islander once told Mark Twain that “Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius”. You’ll have to discover it first and then decide yourself.
Mauritius is an island located off the southeast coast of the African continent in the Indian Ocean. A volcanic island it’s blessed with crystal-clear lagoons, miles of palm-fringed and sandy beaches enveloped by coral reefs. A tropical haven famous for its spectacular beaches, Mauritius has so much more to offer. Whether it’s skydiving out of a plane, hiking through the mountains and National Parks or soaking up the culture, this is truly a destination with something for everyone.
The islands’ Dutch, French and British legacy is reflected in colonial mansions and botanical gardens, while hospitable locals of African, Indian and Chinese heritage give the island an authentic feel, with colourful markets and temples, fusion cuisine, and the alluring sashaying séga.
The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital, Port Louis, has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
7 Coloured Earths Waterfall – enjoy the 360-degree views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano while taking a stroll around the crater. This dormant volcano stands at around 600 m above sea level, and on clear days offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the island.
Tamarind Falls – also known as 7 Cascades is a must-see for nature lovers, Instagrammers and fitness enthusiasts who will delight in the hiking experience. Complete your adventure with a swim with dolphins in Tamarind Bay.
La Vanille Crocodile Park – nestled in the wild South of Mauritius which more than any other part of the island, has retained its authenticity. Home to Nile crocodiles, monkeys, lemurs, iguanas, bats, deer, geckos and eels.
Blue Bay Marine Park – arguably the best location for snorkeling in Mauritius. Enjoy a glass bottom boat trip and discover the abundance of colorful tropical fish, including the trumpet fish, diverse coral formations and other marine creatures that call this park home.
Climbing iconic Le Morne Brabant – This majestic basaltic mountain with a summit of 556 metres (1,824 ft.) above sea level, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears enormous cultural significance for the islanders.
Black River Gorges National Park – a magnificent park located in the southwest of the island. The rainforest is home to nine species of rare and exotic endemic birds, over 300 species of flowering plants and a notable population of the remarkable giant fruit bats. Considered one of the rarest forests in the world.
Visiting Mahebourg – The city of Mahébourg invites visitors for a walk in its beautiful cobble-stone waterfront, where local fishermen spend their days on their wooden pirogues. On Monday’s bazaar, you’ll find local handicrafts, fresh produce and limitless street food. The Naval History Museum is well worth a visit too.
GOOD TO KNOW
Capital of MAURITIUS
A mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year. The country has two seasons: a warm humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September. The month of October and May are commonly known as the transition months.
A multi-ethnic society, drawn from Indian (mostly of Biharis and a minority of Tamils), African, Chinese and European (mostly French) origin.
English and French
GMT +4 hours
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