Mauritius beams with endless beauty and downright soul enriching charm that draws in tourists from across the globe. Located in a tropical region, hence the term gemstone of Africa, the island is primarily a flamboyant paradise full of a fragrant bouquet of everything a staunch holidaymaker cherishes. Are you planning to go on a family vacation, honeymoon, or even a recreational trip? This glamorous getaway has something special for you. Once a rendezvous for pirates the island is currently a nirvana featuring volcanic mountains, luxury hotels situated on sandy beaches and much more. Here is a complete guide with everything you need to spend quality time in Mauritius.
Where to go in Mauritius
The Island’s arguably main appeal is a 177 km shoreline, the better part of which oozes with a fantastic palette of coxcomb hues. Thanks to an outlining coral reef, much of the coastline is protected by clear, tranquil lagoons. This natural feature of the Mauritian landscape creates perfect scenery for diving, snorkelling and a collection of water sports. Notable beaches include Trou Aux Biches (ideal for swimming and snorkelling), Belle Mare Plage (best for early risers), Pereybere (for lovers of deep-sea diving) and La Cambuse (for anyone who fancies adventurous sports). Most of these beaches have ample parking spaces, toilets, and many other amenities.
Shopping and restaurants
The north of the island is full of well-stocked shops, restaurants besides having Grand Baie, a resort town. Previously, a sleepy fishing area, the latter has over time evolved into a flourishing tourist destination without losing its charming small-town feel. An excellent collection of restaurants, hotels, and clubs lines the lovely horseshoe-shaped bay. The fact it is only about 25 km from the capital city, Port Louise, means it is the ultimate place to go for a definitive resort holiday. Find time to sample local and international cuisines on world-class restaurants.
On the Southwest of the island, a few miles from the coast lies 60 kilometres of natural forest with waterfalls and diverse birdlife. Bird species in the national park, named Black River Gorge, include the legendary Mauritius Kestrel, endangered pink pigeon (endemic to the country) and cuckoo-shrike. Rushing Riviere Noire dissects the forest providing a steady supply of clean water to the varied animal and plant life. Pathways which are quite well-trotted, and hence easy to navigate, crisscross the National park creating the best routes for nature walks.
Mauritius, a sparkling jewel off the south-east of Africa is a marvellous tourist destination. With sunny skies, warm Indian Ocean climate and sandy beaches, this paradise is indeed an irresistible travel destination with something special for everyone. So, whether you cherish a quiet nook for hiking and bird watching or a lively resort town with bubbling nightlife head to the paradise, you will not be disappointed.