It is easy to run out of adjectives when attempting to describe the natural beauty of the small tropical Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius. The volcanic island Republic, covered with lush forest, streams and waterfalls, and fringed with palms, dazzling white sands and teeming coral reefs, is the dream destination for an idyllic holiday, equipped with modern resorts that have been carefully developed to preserve the island’s beauty and ecology.
‘Mauritius was made first, then heaven was copied from it’, and anyone who has experienced the island would no doubt agree with it.
When to go
The peak holiday season is from October to April, when temperatures are at their highest. Humidity is higher too, but never unbearable with constant gentle breezes. Winter is June to September, when temperatures are cooler, but still very warm with plenty of sunshine. There are slight regional variations depending on where you visit and it’s exposure to the trade-winds. All-in-all, Mauritius really is a year-round destination.
Top ten things to do
- Taste the Mauritian Street food in Port Louis & Grand Baie
- Belle Mare Waterpark. Thrilling slides and a fantastic place for the kids to cool off.
- Quad Bike Safari. A great way to explore the Yemen national park with all the natural sights along the way.
- Black River Gorges. Picnics, hiking and scenic drives this spectacular national park is a must see for lovers of nature.
- Seven Coloured Earths. A magical sight of multi-coloured sand-dunes. A little understood but fascinating lights.
- Bel Ombre. With it’s turquoise lagoon, this area is renowned for it’s colourful coral reefs, and safe bathing and snorkelling.
- Port Louis. Enjoy great shopping in this bustling port and see local traders at work in the Central Market. A real flavour of local life.
- Try the local Mauritian “Rum”
- Kite-Surfing. Give it a go in the best destination for it with reliable breezes and superb sea conditions off the fine beaches.
- Casela Bird Park. 150 species of birds and animals. Getting around is an adventure in itself with zip-lines, segways and hanging bridges.
Food & Drink
Mauritian food is a delightful blend, from all the different cultures who have ever settled here, so you’ll fiund a unique mix of Creole, French, African, Indian & Chinese.
Treat your sweet tooth at L’Aventure du Sucre, the sugar museum.
Visit Rhumerie de Chamarel for rum tasting sessions, valley views and a unique meal at L’Alchimiste restaurant.
Hit the island’s best bars and nightclubs on Royal Road, Grand Baie.
March: Immerse yourself in an explosion of colour for the Hindu Holi Festival.
May: Top golfers head to the island for the AfrAsia Mauritius Open golf tournament.
For Indian nationals travelling to Mauritius. Air Mauritius will accept passengers with confirmed booking for a return flight within 60 days. If passengers hold a ticket for a stay beyond 60 days, they must apply for a visa from the Mauritius High Commission in Delhi prior to departure.
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