Encompassed by the Indian Ocean and miles of white sand beaches, Mauritius is one of the planet’s most idyllic holiday destinations. While some holidaymakers find it difficult to tear themselves away from the coast, there are plenty of fun things to see and do in Mauritius including national parks, historical attractions and scuba diving.
At the top end of the accommodation spectrum there are a number of five-star hotels with every creature comfort needed for a luxurious stay. These include international chains as well as locally owned hotels.
Although Mauritius has a reputation for being a destination for the rich and famous, there are some cheaper accommodations available, usually in the form of midrange hotels, small guesthouses and self-catering apartments. In addition, there are some great bargains to be had in Mauritius if you plan your trip outside of the peak season.
What to Do in Mauritius
Undeniably, the island’s principal draw for holiday makers is its beautiful beaches. Many of the best beaches are found on the island’s western side and many of them are in close proximity to St Louis, the capital city. Flic en Flac has a long sandy beach lined with restaurants and bars and has great diving opportunities as here divers will find underwater caves and shipwrecks to explore.
Casela Nature & Leisure Park is a popular destination for families and animal lovers alike. The park is spread across 14 acres and is home to a varied collection of flora and fauna including black ebony trees, wildcats and giant tortoises. In addition, the park has more than 1,500 birds, the most famous being the pink pigeon. The La Vanille zoo on the south coast of Mauritius is another great destination and has an impressive collection of giant tortoises, insects, crocodiles and other creatures.
Created back in the 1700s, Pamplemousses Gardens are one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and one of Mauritius’s most-visited attractions. The gardens are home to a varied selection of plants and flowers from around the world, including some very rare palm species.
The Eureka Mansion is a 19th century mansion and another popular destination for holiday makers. The mansion used to be the colonial residence of aristocrats from Europe and is now a museum-style attraction which explores what life was like during the colonial period through a range of photographs and interesting artefacts. Once you have checked out the house an museum, be sure to take a look around the surrounding gardens where you will find four waterfalls and an interesting selection of flora.