Travel in Mauritius
Mauritius is a culturally diverse beauty spot located off Africa’s east coast. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is famous as one of the world’s most amazing destinations, Mark Twain described this island as heaven on earth and, with its white sand beaches and subtropical rainforests, it’s not hard to see why. Mauritius may be the sun lover’s dream destination but there is a lot more to this 788 sq km island than just stunning beaches. Mauritius is home to 1.3 million people, boasting a cultural mix of Africans, Europeans and Asians with Mauritian Creoles accounting for almost a third of the population. The island was first claimed by the Dutch in 1598, then by the French in 1715 and finally by the British in 1810. Now a republic, culturally-diverse Mauritius offers plenty of opportunities to become involved with the community and experience its popular attractions.
Mauritius Travel Guide
Top Things to Do in Mauritius
There’s fun in store for the everyone at one of the islands many resorts. An all-inclusive holiday package paves the way for a worry-free vacation. Families will be free to enjoy the fantastic scenery around them while residing in luxury, where fun activities abound and the food is delectable and fresh. Activities like golf, snorkelling and touring the sea in a glass-bottomed boat, are a just part of the resort experience. Moreover, accommodations are sumptuous and the service is world class. Travellers will find a wealth of wonderful activities within the Island's resorts - many with activities designed especially for children. On the other hand, getting out into the island is also enjoyable for everyone. You will never forget their glimpses of volcanoes, waterfalls, and lush tropical valleys. Mauritius is a pristine world that travellers will fall in love with and have memories to never forget!
Go Scuba Diving
Mauritius is known as one of the world’s best diving spots, especially on the west coast of the island. Experienced divers can explore the famous Cathedral, which is an immense cave, 35 metres down, accessible only by a small opening. Other dive sites include the Silverstar wreck as well as the wreck of the 19th-century Sirius, a sunken British frigate that lies about 25 metres under the ocean.
Visit Port Louis
You will be delighted when visiting the capital city of Port Louis. The city is rich with history and culture. Though English is the official language of the island, French, Creole, and even Asian languages are spoken throughout the country. The city contains a myriad of family-friendly attractions that include its Chinatown, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden (with its giant lily pads!), the Central Market, the famed Port Louis Racetrack, Citadel Fort Adelaide and the Natural History Museum. Port Louis is a delightful capital—warm and friendly—and filled with a myriad of attractions.
Island Hopping to Remote Beaches for Sightseeing and Watersports
The beaches are some of the island’s best features. Outlying islands like the Ile aux Cerfs is also world-famous for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. Many families visit this small island, which can also be walked around in roughly three hours. It’s the perfect day trip for anyone seeking a spectacular beach excursion. Mauritius boasts many renowned beaches that are ideal for water sports, such as scuba, snorkelling, and boating. It’s even possible to swim with dolphins in Mauritius and many vacationers have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of whales.
Visit the Naval Museum of Mahebourg
The Napoleonic Age and its epic sea battles come to life at this naval museum, which is a captivating attraction for all. Why not learn about the famous battle that took place at Mauritius between the French and the Royal Navy? It’s a great venue to get the children interested in world history.
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