Mauritius is known for its glorious beaches, clear ocean waters and warm climate. It’s a popular choice for a relaxing holiday on a paradise island.
Mauritius is a popular destination for a relaxing warm, sunny holiday for both couples and families alike. Whilst beaches are definitely the big drawcard here, there is also plenty to do and see inland if you wish.
The north is the centre for watersports, sailing and deep-sea fishing. Those wanting stunning sunsets and romance seek out the shallow waters and beaches of the west coast. The east of the island is wild with nature reserves, shady coves and lagoons while the south-east has dramatic high cliffs creating a craggy coastline as the waters from the open sea break through the reefs.
- Beach life: A holiday in Mauritius is synonymous with life on the beach and there are plenty to choose from with many resorts having sections of private beach.
- Water sports: Both motorised and non-motorised water sports are offered on the island. Choose from windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing, jet skiing, it’s all offered here. Some may be included in your stay with others attracting extra charges.
- Hiking: The island's interior is well worth a visit, with various hiking trails ready for you to explore.
- Other activities: There is so much on offer on the island that you are unlikely to be bored. There’s deep-sea fishing for that once in a lifetime sailfish, golf courses, markets, tea plantations, nature walks, quad biking, horse riding and even ziplining. Something for everyone.
- Nature reserves: Black River Gorges National Park is the most famous park on Mauritius. It protects a large tract of rainforest and some rare examples of flora. Throughout the park there are some stunning panoramic viewpoints to enjoy. Bras d’Eau National Park is another favourite. Criss-crossed with trails for hikers and bikers this is the home of the Mascarene paradise flycatcher. Birders should flock to Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary, home to around around 14 migratory species.
- Towns: Grand Baie is the main tourist town on Mauritius. It’s a lively hub, well known for its nightlife. You’ll find great bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. This is the main harbour and business centre on the island with echoes of French and British history dotted throughout the streets. This is also home to the Natural History Museum, where you’ll find everything you wanted to know about the dodo.