Mix a perfect blend of diverse ethnicities, languages, cultures and cuisines. Add some stunning beaches and lush mountain ranges. Sprinkle in picturesque villages. The result is Mauritius, a concoction for a perfect travel destination. Located off the southeast coast of Africa, the beautiful island of Mauritius was created over 8 million years ago from underwater volcanoes. Throughout its history, people from all over the world have been drawn to its charms, producing a modern society of warm, hospitable locals. Check out all that awaits you in Mauritius.
Gorgeous beaches and deep sea fishing
Surrounded by calm, shallow waters and beautiful coral reef, Mauritius offers visitors a wide range of water activities. The island’s waters teem with abundant fish species like blue marlin, sharks and yellow tuna, making it a paradise for deep sea fishing. In fact, Mauritius boasts several world fishing records that include the largest blue shark and largest white tuna. If you are interested in deep sea fishing at Mauritius, most of the island’s hotels will help you make arrangements.
The stunning beaches on Mauritius are a must do. With crystal clear water, soft white sand, nearby restaurants, shops and pubs, what more could you ask for in a perfect vacation? Pereybere, Blue Bay and La Cuvette are a few of the popular beaches where you can enjoy water activities like wind surfing, water skiing, snorkeling and more. Day trips are available for yacht cruises around other parts of the island where you can swim, snorkel and stop for a delicious lunch. Sunset cruises are available also with a lovely dinner on board.
Golf, tennis, biking, horse riding and other land activities
With lush green landscapes and mountains, Mauritius offers many land activities as well including tennis, mountain bike riding and ATV riding. Golf lovers will be delighted with the island’s excellent golf courses that feature white sands, lakes, mountain backdrops and ocean views.
Mauritius also offers horse riding services where you will discover gentle horses and helpful guides. Whether you are a beginner or experienced horse lover, you can canter through sugar cane fields and over bridges that cross beautiful waterfalls. Climb to the cliff tops overlooking the picturesque ocean and get a glimpse of a whale.
Everyone loves to eat, and with its multicultural cuisine, Mauritius offers a smorgasbord. Tourists have many scrumptious choices whether it be fresh seafood in Grand Baie, pizza in an Italian trattoria, Indian sweet snacks in Port Louis or authentic Chinese in Chinatown. For a real treat, visitors can find all sorts of different delectable foods in Port Louis’s Central Market like crepes, octopus curry and smoked marlin.
The diverse culture of Mauritius enriches its shopping experience offering a wide variety of temptations from fine textiles to baskets, embroidery, pottery, spices, teas and rum. Grand Baie is a shopper’s paradise with some of the island’s best shopping choices. Port Louis boasts its famous Central Market where visitors can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, herbal medicines, seafood, crafts and souvenirs. With its vibrant colors and lively activity, Chinatown presents the likes of medicines, teas, home decorations and porcelain as well as authentic Chinese foods. Shoppers can also enjoy visiting the boutiques and leather shops at the Sunset Boulevard Shopping Complex.
With so many historical, natural and adventurous attractions, visitors may never want to leave the island. Some of Mauritius’s historical attractions include the Domaine Les Pailles, a heritage center that was once a sugar plantation. The center offers a day excursion where visitors can choose to tour the old plantation by a train, jeep or by a horse and carriage ride. In Pamplemousses, visitors can check out the museum at L’Adventure du Sucre, a former sugar factory, and learn the history the island and its process of turning sugar cane to crystals. At the end of the tour, guests can sample the rum that is made from the sugar. Another of the island’s interesting museums is the Blue Penny Museum which displays some of the world’s rarest postage stamps.
Mauritius features many natural attractions as well like the highest waterfall at Chamarel and the volcanic lakes at the Black River Gorges National Park. Lion Mountain is a must see. Overlooking Vieux Grand Port, the mountain’s profile resembles a sphinx. Hikers can spend half a day climbing up the “back” of the lion and finish at the incredible viewpoint at the “head.”
So, if you are looking for that perfect travel destination for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, look no further than Mauritius!