Paradise Found in Mauritius
Mauritius is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands, but that doesn’t mean to say you won’t find your own nirvana. As well as the picture-perfect white sand beaches and azure seas, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Grand Baie is the island’s party town, with the best shops and restaurants and a high-spirited nightlife. Pay a visit to the capital Port Louis for its colonial buildings and popular daily market. There are waterfalls, volcanic lakes, wild monkeys and scenic hiking trails through the virgin forest of the Black River Gorges National Park or you can take in magnificent views from Le Morne Brabant, the highest peak on Le Morne Peninsula. If you get bored of sunbathing and swimming in paradise, try watersports like windsurfing, deep sea fishing, water skiing, sailing or surfing. And don’t forget to sup the local beer which goes down well with the island’s Creole cuisine.
Go for the beaches and the watersports, the nightlife and the food. There are beaches for everyone from wide family-friendly shores to blue sand-circled lagoons. Expect a warm welcome – the locals love to party and you’re sure to be won over by the lively rhythm of their Sega music.
When to Go?
Mauritius is a year-round destination with a tropical climate. The most comfortable months are between May and early December and the busiest (and often most expensive) times are August and Christmas/New Year. Watersports enthusiasts should avoid the cyclone season (Jan-Feb).
How to get there?
Mainland Mauritius is served by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (Mauritius Airport). Scheduled and charter flights fly direct from the UK’s main airports. Buses and taxis run regular airport transfers but make sure you negotiate a fixed fee at the start of any taxi journey. Helicopter trips can also be arranged between islands.
Don’t leave Mauritius without spending time in Trou D’Eau Douce, a laid-back town with great restaurants, surrounded by some of the best beaches. Enjoy the bustle of the busy garment markets in Quatre Bornes and Curepipe or slip across to the neighbouring island of Rodrigues for unspoilt beaches and the country’s best diving.