Mauritius, a Culturally Diverse Beauty Spot
Culturally rich and scenically unsurpassed, the island nation of Mauritius is the ideal setting for an exotic family holiday. Located about 2000 kilometres from the east coast of Africa and 6000 kilometres to the west of the Australian city of Perth, Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean. One of its nearest neighbours is the much larger island of Madagascar. With its tropical landscape and pristine waters, Mauritius seems designed for holiday seekers but there are lots of rewarding and meaningful ways to experience this island too. Everyone will fall in love with Mauritius and the way it embodies paradise on earth, read on for more information about visiting this destination.
Located off Africa’s east coast, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is famous as one of the world’s most amazing beauty spots. 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.
Check in at a World Class Resort
There’s fun in store for the entire family at resorts, which plays host to three resorts in Mauritius. 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 the children will never forget!
Get back to Nature
If you are looking to experience nature at its best then take the time to explore Mauritius’ Black River Gorges National Park. This protected reserve accounts for approximately 2% of the island and trips through the winding jungle roads will bring such rewards as the Alexandra Waterfall at Chamarel and the amazing Seven Coloured Earths sand dunes. The island’s beaches are, of course, a major attraction and the white sand Grand Baie beach is one of the most beautiful. Île aux Cerfs should not be missed as the beaches on this little island are the best in the world.
Go Scuba Diving
One of the benefits of volunteering in Mauritius is that you will have plenty of free time to experience a number of popular island activities. 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.
Mauritius Travel Guide
- Capital - Port Louis
- Currency - Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
- Population - 1,230,602 (approx)
- Language - English + Mauritian Creole + French + local languages
- Dailing Code +230
- Country Size - 2,040 km2