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Mauritius, famous for its tropical azure water and palm-framed, bright sand beaches, is one of Africa's greatest resort destinations and an unrivaled beach escape. The island is located around 2000 kilometers off the southeast coast of Africa, and while a fantastic destination on its own, also makes a great add-on to a safari
holiday in South Africa. Mauritius' social stability makes it a safe and relaxed destination for families and honeymooners. Tourism is the island's primary economic engine, and yet its beautiful resorts are well spaced and retain a sense of tranquility and low tourist numbers. Mauritius strikes a perfect balance between authentic island atmosphere and well-developed infrastructure.
Attractions & Activities
A closer look at what your holiday could be.
Port Louis, Mauritius' capital lies on the north west coast. Visitors in search of lively nights out, exploring ethnic quarters, shopping and plenty of restaurant choice should pay a visit to the capital and Caudan Waterfront in particular. The oldest racetrack in the Southern Hemisphere can also be found in Port Louis, and horse racing fans can watch races on Saturdays and Sundays from March to December. This is a great way to experience a favorite local pastime first hand and mix with locals.
However, Mauritius' greatest asset is undoubtedly its 330km of palm-fringed, sandy coastline. Because Mauritius is surrounded with coral reefs, lagoons have been naturally created all around the island, providing plenty of calm inlets with great swimming conditions and warm water. Trou aux Biches Beach is one of the best, featuring 2km of powder-like sand, a beautiful coral reef for snorkeling, and great sports facilities. Mont Choisy is another gem, about 4km west of Grand Baie, and consisting of 3km of beach fringed by lush casuarina trees.
Grand Baie, a small fishing village in the north, has become easily the most well-known seaside resort on the island. The village holds essential services like supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors, post office and a police station, but the main attractions are the great restaurants, bars and nightclubs which provide for a lively nightlife. Shopping in local markets is another highlight, and there are local tour guides aplenty.
Ile aux Cerfs, an offshore island located near the east coast of Mauritius, is known for its picturesque lagoon, beaches and lush vegetation. The island also boasts great restaurants and a wide selection of water sports from water skiing to glass-bottomed boats. Definitely worth a day trip.
The Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel is a geological wonder, and well worth a visit. This descriptively-titled spot is a small area of dunes made up of 7 distinct color sands, formed from volcanic rock. Chamarel Park also has a beautiful waterfall, made up of 3 distinct plunging streams falling 100 meters - popularly considered one of the best on the island.
When to Visit Mauritius
Mauritius has a classic tropical climate with warm sunny weather virtually all year round. Temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year, however the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.
The weather is hot and humid from November to April, with December, January and February being the hottest. The highest rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March. The summer season is also the best for scuba diving.
May to October is known as the winter months. Even the lowest temperatures in August only reach a minimum of about 20 degrees Celsius.
The official cyclone season in Mauritius covers the period between 1 November and 15 May. Cyclones however rarely make landfall in Mauritius. Many tourists still travel to Mauritius during this time.
"For me Mauritius is the best family holiday in the world. If you are looking for complete relaxation then this is the place to go to. There is a wide range of resorts catering from honeymooners to golfers to families. "
Owner & Founder - Alexandra von Knorring
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