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Mauritius Travel Guide
Holidays to Mauritius, the small tropical Indian Ocean island are nothing short of a visit to paradise on earth. The natural beauty of this volcanic island, covered with lush forest, streams and waterfalls, and fringed with palms, dazzling white sands and teeming coral reefs is simply breath-taking. In most cases, Mauritius attracts holidaymakers who come for the pristine sandy beaches and deep blue waters. Holidays to Mauritius also offer a host of attractions, day trips and activities for tourists to enjoy.
Mauritius covers just 720 square miles (1,864 sq km) and lies east of Madagascar just south of the Equator. Most of the tourist resorts in Mauritius are situated along the 205 mile (330km) coastline, with the capital Port Louis, on the west coast, being the preferred destination for visitors. The bulk of the local population live around Curepipe, the island's other major town.
Although holidays to Mauritius centre around the sandy beaches and blue lagoons, most visitors are delighted to discover that the island has plenty of other attractions too, from stunning waterfalls, to dormant volcanoes or dolphin watching. No holiday would be complete without good food and entertainment and Mauritius offers both, with some delicious local cuisine that makes use of tropical fruits and vegetables.
Holidays To Mauritius – Things To Do
Mauritius is the perfect holiday destination if you want an idyllic paradise island with sandy beaches, warm water and blue skies. This tropical island paradise in the Indian Ocean has more than beaches to offer with plenty of cultural activities, and stunning natural attractions to explore. Our travel experts have some great suggestions of things to do in Mauritius, all based on their own experience of visiting the island.
One of the most striking things about Mauritius is that its natural beauty is so well protected. With untouched landscapes and crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius is well known as an Island paradise. A visit to the Black River Gorges National Park is well worth a day trip, whether organised for you or if you choose to venture out on your own. The park is quite elevated and humid - here fast-flowing rivers and abrupt terrains often give rise to waterfalls. The highest waterfall in Mauritius at 127 meters is Cascade Chamarel. This mesmerising waterfall has 2 viewing points. Chamarel is also home to the unique Seven Coloured Earths. This relatively compact natural geological phenomenon is made up of sand dunes with seven distinct colours (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). No place on earth of a similar geography is known so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Rent a bicycle and pay a visit to Cap Malheureux, a fishing village located at the Northern tip of Mauritius. The name means Cape Unlucky due to the number of shipwrecks in the bay. Here you will find the ‘red roof church’, the most photographed church in Mauritius. Don’t forget your camera to capture it and the stunning views out over the tranquil turquoise waters to the Island of Coin De Mire.
Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from Trou-Aux-Cerfs, the dormant volcanic crater with a well-defined cone and crater. It is 605 m high and located in Curepipe, towards the centre of the island. Curepipe, also know and the ‘City of Light’, is a bustling town with lots of shopping options.
Mauritius is home to some of the world's most spectacular coral reefs, teeming with marine life, including hundreds of brightly coloured fish. There are several ways to discover the vast and unspoilt underwater marine world. Take a glass bottom boat trip, go snorkelling at Coin de Mire or dive down to the world below the waves in a submarine. A holiday to Mauritius would not be complete without an underwater adventure of some kind.
Mauritius – Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
The tropical island of Mauritius is an idyllic getaway, the perfect romantic honeymoon destination. Blue lagoons, magical reefs and pretty beaches are all famous hallmarks of Mauritius. Venture a little further into the island and you will be greeted with waterfalls, forests and stunning hiking trails.
Luxury is the first word that springs to mind when thinking of accommodation options in Mauritius. Famous poet Mark Twain once said, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’, he couldn’t have been more right! From large five-star spa resorts to smaller boutique hotels, no matter where you stay in Mauritius, you will be treated to luxurious surroundings and impeccable service.
Those that want to be right on the beach should consider a stay at LUX* Belle Mare in Belle Mare. This five-star resort is close to the famous Water Leisure Park and boasts a fabulous honeymoon suite. If would prefer a private villa, then take a look at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa in Flic-en-Flac. Located close to Casela Nature and Leisure Park and Barachois Shopping Center, this resort is great for couples that want to get out and explore their surroundings.
Best Time To Visit Mauritius
Located in the south-west Indian Ocean, Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall. The most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December. The weather is hot and humid between November and April, with peaks in temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and February. The best time for scuba diving and for deep-sea fishing is between December and March.
Holiday To Mauritius - Offers
The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Mauritius. Our travel experts have all visited Mauritius and have personal experience of the accommodation, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of holiday packages to Mauritius choose from. Why not call us today and get your idyllic beach getaway to Mauritius started!