Exhilarating mountainous landscapes, rolling valleys, a dormant volcano and easily accessible waterfalls are just some of the treats in store for the adventurous visitor. Add to this the stunning beaches and the idyllic weather, visitors can thoroughly experience this tropical island. Mauritius may sound like just another island country with its sandy beaches and blue waters, but it is so much more than that. A small country, just about 1.2 mn people, you’d be amazed at what all one can experience here.
Whether you are into history, nature, adventure, food, travelling with friends, family, or looking to plan your honeymoon; the island will not disappoint. Here are ten reasons why you should be booking your next holiday to Mauritius.
#1 Water Sports Adventure
Mauritius offers an amazing diving experience. When you dive here, you enter the world of bright corals, multi-colored marine life, and ship wrecks dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. If you are not a certified diver you can either get your certification here or opt for one of the uncomplicated dive sites. Of course, there are some sites only accessible to the advanced divers. Mauritius offers a lot of options for those who want to sail the sea. Choose from one of the speed boat tours, catamaran tours or hop onto a traditional boat to spend a romantic day island-hopping.
#2 Shop at Le Caudan Waterfront
Facing the harbour, Le Caudan Waterfront offers upscale shopping and a range of entertainment options, including a casino. Shop in one of the 170 boutiques for brands like Gucci, Mango and others, and later, rest your tired feet at the cafes.
#3 Port Louis
Port Louis, the bustling capital of Mauritius boasts of French colonial architecture and offers exciting shopping and entertainment venues. You will also find world-class hotels and restaurants in this area. Visit Champ de Mars, the oldest race course in the Indian Ocean region where the official flag-raising ceremony marking the independence of Mauritius took place in 1968.
#4 Tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes
Declared a Natural Reserve in 1965, the secluded island of Ile Aux Aigrettes is made up of coral limestone and has been devoid of human presence for a long time. You will find the most exotic species of flora and fauna here, including the famed giant tortoise of Mauritius. Keep a look out for the Pink Pigeon, a bird which has been rescued from going extinct.
#5 Take a Dip in the Grand Bassin
Head over to Grand Bassin, which is a natural lake within an extinct volcano crater. According to mythology, the water here is sourced from the sacred Ganges river in India. Taking a dip in this lake during the Shivratri festival is considered auspicious. At the northern side of the lake you will see a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva, which is the second largest statue in the world.
#6 Visit Chamarel Colored Earth
Chamarel is a small village in Mauritius and a major tourist draw. What makes this place unique is the seven colored layers of sand! Climb up the observation deck and marvel at the hue of colors, ranging from yellow, red, brown, violet, purple, green and even blue. Buy test tubes filled with the seven colored sands of Chamarel as a souvenir to carry back home. On your way back, stop by the Chamarel Waterfalls for another great photo op.
#7 Swim with Dolphin
Mauritius is popular for its dolphin cruise, which ideally starts early in the morning, just a little before sunrise. You are taken to the open sea where you can spot dolphins and even enjoy a refreshing swim with these magnificent creatures. Tamarin Bay or Flic en Fac are the best beaches for this activity.
#8 Coastal Road Trip
Perhaps it doesn’t matter where you staying in this beautiful Island but if you are staying in Le Morne on the island’s south west corner, then you’re moments away from the B- 9 coast road – one of the loveliest stretches of highway in Mauritius. Whether you hire a chauffeur driven taxi, rent a car or choose the healthy option and go by bike, this is an unspoiled, less-visited part of the country you will be pleased to discover and explore it’s aura.
#9 Mountains and Valleys
No visit to Mauritius is complete without some exploration of its breath-taking landscapes – verdoyant mountains and lush tropical valleys. Since Mauritius is located near the Tropic of Capricorn, it enjoys a tropical climate. While the cliffs are rugged, the mountain peaks are dense with tropical flora and fauna. Sugarcane grows on the plateaus and the valleys are filled with attractive botanical growth. A naturalist’s dream, Mauritius seems designed for scenic explorations. The Black River Gorges National Park is a good starting point to experience all this. It is situated in the southern central part and is high up on the plateau.
#10 Romantic destination
The quiet and exclusive nature of Mauritius makes it a perfect place for honeymooning couples. There is a very romantic feel to this location and a newlywed couple will find that married life gets off to the best possible start with this sort of break. With luxurious hotels, stunning beaches and plenty of spa options, a holiday in Mauritius with Best At Mauritius can provide a trip that will live long in the memory.