Mauritius is undeniably the jewel of the Indian Ocean. Almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs, the island boasts some of the world’s most stunning scenic vistas – from waterfalls to spectacular views from the mountains in the interior to its miles of pristine beach. Mauritius is a paradise for deep sea fishing, even hosting the Marlin World Cup. But there’s more than just beach and ocean activities. The island is full of historic sights and cultural diversity. Mauritians are a mixture of Chinese, Africans, Asians and Eurasians, all coming to the island at different times of its history. The exploitation and growth of the sugar cane industry has been an important element in creating this cultural mix and is reflected in religion, language and even cuisine.
Where to Go
East Coast – Exquisite coves and emerald lagoons dot this coastline. The East Coast is also characterized by charming villages with poetic names like Petite Julie, and is also home to some of the country’s best beaches, including Belle Mare.
When to Go
Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.