Best time to travel:
- Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy.
- The summer months are from December to April, when it can be extremely humid
- The winter runs from May to November when it is cooler and drier.
- The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers.
Mauritius is an exclusive island getaway in the Indian Ocean only a four hour flight from South Africa. The white sandy beaches, turquoise sea and excellent resorts on the island make Mauritius one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations. The people of the island are a mix of Indian, African, European and Chinese nationalities, making it a truly cosmopolitan island. Protected by a coral reef, the emerald lagoons are ideal for safe swimming and water sports.
Mauritius is an excellent choice of vacation destination for families, honeymooners, golfers, divers and anyone wanting to get away and completely relax. Plentiful watersports, world class spas, top-flight golf courses and gourmet cuisine make it hard to leave the hotel, but Mauritius has plenty to see and do – from French colonial houses and imaginative animal parks to nature walks, quad biking, zip-lining and horse riding.
The tourism hub is in the north around Grand Baie, which has the greatest concentration of hotels, beaches and entertainment. The east coast is most renowned, with the most celebrated hotels and stretches of arguably the most beautiful white sand beaches, while the flat, calm beaches of the west coast are favoured by families. The “green” south is the islands wilder, but perhaps more interesting side. There are clutches of hotels in the southeast and more to be found on the calm stretches near pounding surf and cliff top walks in the southwest.
Areas to visit
- Pamplemousses Botanical gardens with its giant water lilies and countless species of plants and trees
- Domaine du Chasseur, roughly 1977 acres of tropical forest in the south east. Home to Javanese deer, wild boars, monkeys and rare species of birds.
- Riviere Noire, home to Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, the highest mountain on the island with superb views of the west coast
- Grand Baie –a popular resort area on the north- west coast and the main yachting port.
- Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park with its fauna, flora, waterfalls and coloured earth.
- Port Louis –the capital city, with a casino, cinemas, shops and restaurants.
Activities to enjoy
- Catamaran excursions
- Lazy days relaxing on white beaches
- Deep sea fishing
- Snorkeling and scuba diving
- Submarine excursions
- Sunset yacht cruises
- Undersea walks
- Swimming with dolphins
- Golfing on the 11 different golf courses on the island
- Quad Biking
- Zip Lining
- Mountain Biking