The volcanic island of Mauritius, anchored off the south east coast of Africa amidst the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, packs a big punch when it comes to spectacular beaches, luxurious hotels and underwater adventure.
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The east coast is pure white sand bliss, with spectacular sunrises and trade winds that are ideal for parasailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. On the northern coast the sugary sands of Trou aux Biches melt into turquoise seas, and thanks to an unbroken coral reef the diving here is superb, with a kaleidoscope of butterfly and lion fish gliding through crystal clear waters. The golden sand beaches and the shallow waters of the west coast make it popular with families, and lighter winds and the spectacular sunsets draw couples and honeymooners too.
We know from experience how hard it is to tear yourself away from such blissful surroundings, but inland you’ll find a stunning natural paradise of lush hills and valleys, home to endangered pink pigeons and brightly coloured parakeets. You can walk with lions at Casela Nature and Leisure Park, drive to the rim of the dormant volcanic crater at Trou aux Cerfs, go rafting through the forest at Black River Gorges National Park, and visit the most sacred Hindu site on the island, Grand Bassin’s crater lake. Golf lovers meanwhile are spoilt for choice, with a series of remarkable courses including the Bernhard Langer designed 18-hole Île aux Cerfs, set on its very own island.
Mauritius is a vibrant mix of European, Creole and Asian culture, and this is reflected in the distinctive cuisine. We recommend getting out and about and acquainting yourself with the superb street food scene; you’ll find sizzling hot curries, Chinese fried noodle dishes and succulent fruit served with fiery mazavaroo chilli paste. The resorts themselves offer both casual and fine dining, and many a Michelin-starred chef has given their name to a restaurant on the island over the years.
Explore the island...
Wild Colours Tour
This unique tour brings the vivid natural colour palette of the Mauritian landscape to life, so whatever you do, don’t forget your camera! Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the green slopes around the extinct Trou aux Cerfs volcano; visit the sacred Hindu lake of Grand-Bassin, with its towering statue of Shiva; admire the magnificent flora and fauna of the Black River Gorges National Park, where spectacular waterfalls cascade down the cliffs; and gasp at the seven coloured earths of Chamarel, a mesmerising geological phenomenon.
A cruise along the coast
A catamaran cruise is the perfect way to see the beautiful east coast. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the chefs on board, before disembarking at the idyllic Île aux Cerfs, a stunning island with white sand beaches and a crystal clear lagoon, perfect for snorkelling. If the tide’s out it’s worth wading to the smaller Île de l’Est, where you can find a quieter spot to sunbathe.
A day at the races
Watching the horse racing in Port Louis is a great day out. Champ de Mars, built in 1812, is the oldest race course in the Southern Hemisphere and sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains. It’s a fantastic place to people watch and try to win your fortune. Races take place on Saturdays or Sundays during the months of April - November and attract a regular crowd of up to 30,000 people.
Casela Nature & Leisure Park
Nature lovers and thrill seekers will love this wonderful park in the west of the island, home to a variety of wildlife including lions, cheetahs, zebras, monkeys and giant tortoises. Explore the park by quad bike, buggy or Segway, enjoy a bird’s eye view from the zip line, or get up close and personal with the majestic big cats through a walking with lions experience.
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