Mauritius is a little slice of paradise. With its deep azure waters, white coral beaches and luxury resorts, it’s one of the finest destinations on the planet for a beach break. Embrace the laid-back atmosphere and genuine warmth of the local population.
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History and Culture
The island nation floats in the Indian Ocean. In the past it has been colonised by the Dutch, French and British, gaining its independence in 1968.
All these influences have fed into Mauritian culture and left their mark on the island. Despite its tiny size, people here are from different cultures; they practice different religions and even speak different languages – this makes it an incredibly exciting and diverse place to visit.
Nature and wildlife
Mauritius also offers unique opportunities to see very special wildlife. Hiking through the dense, green vegetation of the Ebony Forest Reserve, near Chamarel, is an exhilarating experience. The reserve is home to an array of unusual wildlife, including pink pigeons and giant tortoises, and incredible sites such as the Seven Cascades.
And along the island’s coastline, the coral reefs are an explosion of colour and you might well see dolphins, whales or sharks as you swim or snorkel.
Food and drink
Mauritius is also great for foodies. The cuisine reflects the country’s diversity, with a mix of Indian, Chinese, French and Creole influence – and of course, being an island nation seafood is extremely popular (and incredible!).
Grand Baie, in the far north, is a fabulous town to visit for an evening meal and a few drinks. Mauritians are very proud of their food, and with good reason, a wonderful way to immerse yourself in local culture is to try a cooking class.
Adventure and experiences
Mauritius is a one-stop destination for relaxation, adventure, exploring wonderful ‘Mother Nature’ and exercise.
The island is dotted with elegant and sophisticated resorts, the stunning views of the Indian Ocean, the spas, palm trees and more, make it a truly sumptuous destination. However, beyond the headliners, there are plenty of options to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes – including quirky beachfront boutiques and mountain retreats.
You can lounge on the beach all day in Mauritius. A natural coral reef encircles almost all of the island, so there are countless bays, coves and sandy stretches, all with calm waters to choose from. Le Morne, Belle Mare and Pointes Aux Piments are among our favourites!
However, you can also opt for a more active holiday. Watersports are common place, with kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, diving and snorkelling all readily available.
Experience an aerial adrenaline rush through a thrilling zipline adventure at the Vallée des Couleurs reserve situated in the beautiful Southern region of Mauritius!
Plan your trip to Mauritius today.
- Capital city: Port Louis
- Language: French, English
- Currency: Mauritian Rupee
- Time Difference: UTC + 4
- Flight Time: 11h from London Gatwick
- Visa: Stamp on arrival (UK passport holders)
- Peak Season: Spring & Autumn
Did you know?
In 1896 Mark Twain wrote, "Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius."
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