Mauritius is a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Madagascar, and is a tropical paradise with a colourful past, thriving culture and countless beaches. Once a pirate bay, Mauritius is nowadays a luxury tropical escape famous for its cosmopolitan mix of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese cultures.
Mauritius Holiday Factfile
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Top Resorts and Hotels
Aside from white sand beaches, Mauritius is also a diverse natural beauty with volcanic mountains, coral reefs and plenty of relaxing resorts on offer.
As the island’s capital, Port Louis has a rich history surrounding the French and British occupation. You can still see evidence of their rule in the city’s architecture, museums and historical attractions.
To the north, Grand Baie is the major tourist centre and the island’s main shopping, entertainment and nightlife district. Grand Baie is also considered to be the culinary capital, boasting restaurants serving a fusion of several different cuisines.
Blue Bay has managed to retain much of its authentic Mauritian charm and has been largely untouched by tourist development. Blue Bay and its surrounding areas are home to some of the wildest scenery – diving in the clear coral reef is one experience you’ll never forget.
Attractions and Things to Do
Swimming, sunbaking and snorkelling are the main attraction in Mauritius. The Blue Bay Marine Park is protected by the government and boasts rare coral, fish and sea creatures and there are a variety of ways to see the reef, whether it’s swimming, diving or taking a tour on a glass bottom boat.
Ile aux Cerfs is arguably the most beautiful beach in Mauritius, and the perfect spot to try some watersports. There is also a 5-star hotel with its own golf course and fine dining restaurants if you’re looking for a bit of a splurge.
Nature lovers should definitely head to Black River Gorges National Park, the island’s only remaining rainforest. The National Park is home to over 300 different plants, as well as local birds and animals that are only found in Mauritius.
For something a bit more cultural, check out the Bazaar of Port Louis, a huge market selling fresh fruit, cheap food and handmade souvenirs. Another more authentic market is in Flacq, an important Mauritian village and close to Ile aux Cerfs.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Mauritius enjoys a fairly mild climate – April to June, and September to December are the best times to visit. Summer (November – April) is hot and humid, with an abundance of rain and the risk of tropical cyclones. The average high temperature is 32°C in the summer and 26°C in winter. Sea temperatures can get to a very pleasant 28°C.