Mauritius is home to platinum white sands and lush green interiors. Sometimes cited as the blueprint for paradise itself, this may be just the perfect tropical island.
Where to go
Bask on the beautiful beaches. A favourite spot is Trou aux Biches, shaded by tall Casuarinas trees. At Mount Choisyn, a 2 km stretch of white sand curves from the north, while between the Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux lies the small cove of Pereybere.
The island’s fantastic landscape and climate has ensured the creation of some incredible golf courses. Its Gymkhana Golf Club, founded in 1844, is the oldest in the southern hemisphere.
Explore the Moka Range by quad bike, horseback or a 4-wheel drive. See magnificent 360 degree views of Port Louis. For the more energetic traveller take the two hour climb up Le Pouce, Mauritius’ third highest mountain.
Looking to get an adrenaline fix? Go to Grand Baie a seaside village with a beautiful beach and emerald waters. Try a variety of water sports including parasailing, underwater walks, submarine excursions, also available are semi submersible scooters. At La Cuvette, a long silky beach with crystal clear waters welcomes sailors, windsurfers and water skiers.
What to do
Photograph the coloured earth of Chamarel an extraordinary natural phenomenon. The famous coloured earths are believed to have been formed by various rock strata cooling off at different speeds following volcanic activity here millions of years ago. They are a beautiful sight and another reason to take this trip is the picture perfect waterfall nearby.
Take to the water at Blue Bay. Swim, snorkel or take a glass bottomed boat out to see the fish and more than 50 species of coral in Blue Bay. Mauritius’ only marine park. Better still take a luxury excursion to the private island, Iles des Deux Cocos, just off the coast to explore the park from there.
Whilst there is no shortage of things to do in Mauritius, your visit wouldn’t be complete without tasting the variety of rums on offer. Mauritius is a secret rum paradise. Produced on site of the expansive sugar cane fields, an amazing selection of rum comes from these delightful distilleries and an amazing variety on offer.
Absorb yourself in the Mauritian culture, it’s a fascinating blend of varied cultures. The rich diversity manifests itself in traditions and languages. The main language is English but Creole, Hindi, French and Bhojpuri are widely spoken.
With many churches, mosques, temples and Chinese pagodas scattered across the island. Make sure you explore the carved Mauritian temples and participate in the Sega dance. Immerse yourself in the culture of this island and you will fall in love with it.
When to go
The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. The island’s climate is classically tropical with warm weather year -round. We don’t recommend visiting Mauritius during the wet cyclone season from January to March and avoid the east coast in July and August when the wind is at its strongest.
Mauritius is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination who wouldn’t want to tie the knot on this paradise island.