Year after year, Mauritius island continues to attract more than a million tourists from all over the world. Thus, it is not surprising that the island is dotted with a wide array of hotels, bungalows, luxury villas and even small inns to cater for every type of tourist that may set foot on its soil.
Most tourists who choose to stay within the perimeter of their luxury hotels will certainly have a very good time, but they will probably never be able to appreciate all that Mauritius has to offer to its visitors. The others, the lucky, knowledgeable ones, know that their holidays on this exotic land will never be complete if they don’t mingle with the local population and go out on adventures across the island. Let us see why Mauritius might be a unique destination worth traveling to and exploring for tourists seeking a little adventure.
Beautiful white beaches
The first reason that people choose to go to the island of Mauritius during their holidays is because of its white sandy beaches. Almost everyone has seen those postcards showing pictures of the blue sea, the sunset, palm trees and white sandy beaches of the island of Mauritius. Mauritius has a good selection of beaches along its coast where people will not only be able to relax during their holidays but also practice sports such as sailing, wind surfing, surfing and kitesurfing in its lagoons.
The magnificent landscapes of Mauritius
Although the mountains are not as rugged as those of nearby Réunion island, Mauritius has quite a few breathtaking mountainous regions such as Chamarel, land of seven colored earths, or the Black River Gorge, as well as Le Morne which is a World Heritage site and Pieter Both. During your stay in Mauritius you be able to find people or agencies that will give you the opportunity to go on walks on the mountains or even go up Le Morne on horseback. Places like Casela Nature Park and La Vallée des Couleurs will even let you zip line across deep ravines and over the trees.
Its multicultural population
The Island of Mauritius has a diverse culture. The Dutch, French and British occupied the island at some point in the past bringing along either slaves or indentured laborers from Africa and Asia to work the fields. Nowadays descendants of all those people make up the population of Mauritius and the effects of such diversity can be seen in the local language as well as in Mauritian cuisine and street food.
Beautiful natural parks and reserves
Mauritius is also known for its nature. All over the island you can find gardens, lush green parks and nature reserves. Some examples of those places are: Les Vergers de Labourdonnais in Mapou, La Vallée des Couleurs, Domaine des 7 Vallées, Casela Nature Park, Vallée de Ferney, Black River Gorges, le Val Nature Park, La Vanille Crocodile Park, etc.
The rich lagoons
One more reason why Mauritius attracts a large number of tourists each year is because of the exciting wealth of its marine area. The waters off the coast of Mauritius are rich with exotic fish such as dolphin fishes, marlins, tunas, sailfishes, swordfishes, trevallies, and even sharks. Cetaceans such as dolphins, porpoises and whales also cruise off the coasts of the island. All this diversity has given rise to the creation of many companies that offer whale and dolphin watching excursions, big game fishing trips as well as diving centers.