Mark Twain once wrote, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. Do you think he was right? There’s only one way to find out. You must visit. But first, a little glimpse into what you can expect.
Mauritius has a wonderful reputation for its sapphire-blue waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts. It boasts some of the most magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. Its resorts are places of the utmost refinement, of impeccable service, of facilities that range from pampering spas, designer rooms and extensive watersports options to dreamy swimming pools and world-class restaurants. Visit once and you are bound to visit again.
So is Mauritius just for the beaches? No way! You can enjoy the wonderful range of activities on offer. There’s not much you can’t do here on the water – highlights include kitesurfing, boat excursions to the beautiful islands of the lagoon, and many paddling activities offered by hotels and beach operators. But the diving and snorkeling here is terrific, as Mauritius is encircled by shallow waters, a coral reef, sublime underwater topography and a dramatic ocean drop-off. On land, you’ll need to decide between fabulous hiking, horse riding and even championship-standard golf courses. When visiting Mauritius you are sure to benefit from an amazing selection of almost 200 activities, attractions and places of interest all waiting to discovered. From more traditional museums, parks and reserves, to extreme activities, sea cruises, island trips and many more, you will find it all!
Wildlife tourism in Mauritius is rapidly gaining in popularity. It has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country on earth, with the result that you can now see two of the loveliest birds of the Indian Ocean – the pink pigeon and the Mauritian kestrel – at various places around the island. Giant tortoises – in captivity in their hundreds, or roaming free – are another attraction, while dolphins, whales and sharks are just three highlights of the island’s richly biodiverse marine environment.
The Mauritian Table
Mauritius is winning praises for the excellence of its food, and that goes for fine-dining restaurants at five-star resorts as well as beachside shacks serving fish just off the boat. Curries, seafood and their famous octopus salad is owed to their presence to influences from Mauritius’ Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities.
What to wear
When visiting Mauritius it is advisable to take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months (June -September), carry some light woolen clothing for the cool evenings. Please show due respect when visiting religious places. Wear appropriate clothing (and remove leather shoes and belts) when entering religious premises.