Well, you are still wondering whether you are going to spend your 2015 in Mauritius or not?? Here are the reasons why Mauritius is THE ISLAND to visit this year! Whatever you dream of in a holiday, Mauritius can offer it. You can go for the natural beauty, brilliant sunshine and endless beaches, but there are so many more reasons to visit Mauritius. It’s island life is teeming with culture, history, adventure, natural wonders, sports, spas and shopping. There is definitely a lot more to Mauritius than just swaying palm trees and soaking up the rays.

Golden Beaches

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Every beach on the island offers magnificent scenery. Mauritius might be a small island, but each of its beaches has its own uniqueness. The west remains the calmest, with less wind. Venture south for hidden, rocky coves or east if windsurfing is your thing. All beaches are public so you can easily hop from one inviting stretch to another. Blue Bay is THE beach not to miss. It is surrounded by a protected marine park with first-rate snorkeling. In the north, you can enjoy a swim at Trou aux Biches which is picture-postcard perfect or Mont Choisy which is a long, curving bay backed with casuarina trees. Discover the liveliest of beaches, Flic-en-Flac, with its beachfront bars, which remains a great spot for sundowners. There isn’t a single bad beach on the island.

Discover a Beautiful Historical Background

There are quite some fascinating chapters of Mauritius’s past to explore. The Chateau de Laboudonnais is a Colonial mansion turned into door towards the past of Mauritius, giving a glimpse into the daily life of inhabitants during the colonial period. There you will be able to taste traditional Mauritian food and at the same time visit its wonderful gardens. In Port Louis there’s an ancient dodo skeleton in the natural history museum – the flightless dodo only lived on Mauritius – and the Blue Penny Museum is solely dedicated to stamps but also offers an overview of the island’s history through its art. While visiting the island, don’t miss Le Morne and Aapravasi Ghat, two UNESCO world heritage sites that tells the moving story of the slaves escape and the indentured labourers sent from India to replace the slaves working in the island’s sugar plantations, respectively.

Mauritian Cuisine

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Mauritius’s unique cultural amalgam finds its ultimate expression in the island’s cuisine. Request a typical local dish and you might get a succulent Mauritian Curry. You can dine to Michelin-star standard at the resorts or villa you are lodging at. You can also wander around street food stalls in Port Louis; stop off at a roadside kiosk for anything from Rotis to Dholl purees or Boulettes and mine Frire! You can also enjoy a lobster dinner cooked by a celebrity chef on the beach but, after all, whatever you choose, you won’t go hungry and your taste buds will be amazed!

Natural wonders

Mauritius boasts some of the world’s most unique natural wonders—from untouched forests to scenic craters and crystal clear blue watered marine parks, the tiny island is full of rare beauty that is truly worth exploring. Rent a car and enjoy visiting the island at your own pace! Mauritius’s volcanic interior reveals a very different side of this tropical island, with its rainforest-clad gorges and plunging waterfalls. You should definitely not miss the Seven Coloured Earths at Chamarel, a Mars-like landscape of multi-coloured sands that mysteriously never mix or wash away.

Rum

Where you can find sugar, you are sure to find rum, and you can’t leave Mauritius without sampling some. Visit either the Chateau Labourdonnais or the Rhumerie de Chamarel for a distillery tour and exquisite tasting experience.

Wildlife

Mauritius Wildlife

In Mauritius Nature Reserves/ Parks you will come across Nile crocodiles, giant tortoises and even lions. Visit the island’s forests for a chance to see the rare pink pigeon and the Mauritius kestrel in the wild, without forgetting its endemic Fruit Bats. Take a boat trip with Caro and Dino to spot the pods of dolphins that play in the waters and enjoy a magnificent trip to Ile Aux Aigrettes to see endemic species of the Indian Ocean.

Golf

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From Bernhard Langer’s course at Le Touessrok to the Ernie Els-designed course at Four Seasons, there are several championship-standard greens on the island with spectacular views at every turn. You will definitely enjoy a great game of any golf course offered by any hotels on this piece of paradise!

Adventure

Bored of the sunloungers? Head inland to enjoy zip-lining, quad biking and hiking through the intact rainforest. You can also enjoy canyoning in the waterfalls or the various Water Sports offered around the island – Parasailing, Surfing, Paddle Boat and many more. And if you are into some fishing, you can enjoy some big game fishing in the north of the island and try to catch a Marlin while sipping on a Blue Marlin Beer! Mauritius is one of the world’s best big-game fishing destinations and holds many international competitions to prove it.

Have great holidays in Mauritius!