Stunning beaches, lush forests and a melting pot of cultures make Mauritius an enchanting destination. Whether you’re looking for luxury, adventure or a bit of both, Mauritius delivers the goods. The island nation is set in the Indian Ocean and captivates visitors with its colourful markets, beautiful colonial mansions and mouth-watering local cuisine.
Things to do
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Mauritius is a paradise for sunseekers. Lay down your towel and bask on sugar-white sand, cool off in crystalline water and snorkel with colourful tropical fish just offshore. Boat trips whisk you to postcard-perfect islands dotted with swaying palm trees.
Mauritius is synonymous with luxury and harbours some of the most exclusive resorts in the world. From breezy overwater bungalows to sumptuous villas set in flower-filled gardens, Mauritius will satisfy your appetite for luxury. Sip cocktails by the pool, treat yourself to a beachside massage and dine at world-class restaurants.
Beyond gorgeous beaches, there’s plenty of history and culture to discover in Mauritius. Step back in time at handsome colonial plantation houses such as Château Labourdonnais and Eureka, which are two of the most beautiful estates in the country. At the National History Museum, you’ll find colonial masterpieces, dodo skeletons, Spanish coins and other treasures.
Mauritius treats visitors to tantalising local cuisine influenced by the French, Europeans, Indians, Africans, Chinese and Creoles. Savour spicy fish curries, fragrant biryanis and fluffy “dholl puri” pancakes. Breakfast usually features colourful pineapples, papayas, mangoes and other tropical fruits.
Guided tours of Île aux Aigrettes offer a unique chance to spot some of the rarest species in the world, including Aldabra giant tortoises. Head to Vallée de Ferney to explore forested nature trails and spot the endangered Mauritius kestrel.
Renting a car or hiring a private driver is an efficient way to get around Mauritius. Taxis are ideal for short distances and local buses are useful for budget travellers. Catamarans sail to the outer islands and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is a 45-minute drive from Port Louis.