The island paradise of Mauritius, set in a turquoise ocean, offers an oasis of peace and tranquillity.
Beyond the sand-rimmed lagoons and picturesque beaches, Mauritius also offers historical sites, cultural diversity and a wealth of activities for those looking to get away from the beach and pool. It has varying landscapes – from the central plateau with its forested mountains, to national parks filled with indigenous flora and fauna.
Mauritius is a real paradise for those who want to soak up the sun or enjoy the sea and there are many opportunities to discover the country's hidden sea treasures including wrecks dating back to the 17th century, colourful coral reefs and a multitude of fish.
However, the island’s greatest asset is the relaxed charm of its people – the beat of their music and the fusion of the cuisine make this a perfect holiday destination.
The cosmopolitan capital of Port Louis has plenty of character, with wonderfully preserved colonial buildings, a lively market and colourful Chinatown. A range of shops sell everything from local handicrafts to designer jewellery and the city’s restaurants and food stalls offer a magnificent variety of cuisine from Creole and Indian to Chinese and European.
Primarily known as a beach destination, few people are aware of the walking opportunities around the island’s interior. Black River Gorges, the islands sole national park, is a wild expanse of thick forest, home to over 300 species of flowering plants and 9 endemic bird species as well as waterfalls, volcanic lakes and a number of nature trails. The best time to visit the park is during the flowering season from September to January.
Mauritius is the ideal destination for those seeking rest and relaxation. Most of the leading resorts and hotels in Mauritius have spa centres and offer spa therapies ranging from Ayurvedic and Indonesian treatments to traditional methods based on the theory of healing through the powers of thermal water. Shanti Maurice, The Oberoi, Le Prince Maurice and The Residence are amongst the famous spas in Mauritius.
Much of Mauritius’ 160km coastline has idyllic white sand beaches that gently slope into the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean. From Grand Baie in the north and Blue Bay in the south to Flic en Flac in the west, visitors will find many areas to relax, with plenty of activities nearby for those who are more adventurous.
The island protects its natural resources and endangered species and is home to some of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel and the pink pigeon. Watch these endangered birds that live amidst the vegetation of the Domaine des Grand Bois, alongside stags, boars and monkeys, or explore the Yemen Reserve, home to many species of Mauritian fauna. Discover the waterfalls, nature trails, native forests and endemic plants of the 6,574 hectare Black River Gorges National Park and visit the Ganga Talao volcanic lake.
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