Why Visit Mauritius?
Mauritius is an island country located east of Madagascar. From the African coastline, the island lies within the same latitude as southern Africa, almost directly aligned with the Mozambique channel.
A holiday in Mauritius could take on so many forms. From a fun-filled family getaway, to an adrenaline-packed adventure, Mauritius is an idyllic place to experience new things and make lifetime memories.
While Mauritius is a favourite among families and adventure seekers, it’s also a great place for a romantic holiday packed with exciting activities.
Nicknamed Paradise Island, Mark Twain famously quoted one of the locals who told him that “Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius”. With that said, holiday goers should need little more explanation for why Mauritius appears on many a bucket list. After all, there’s no other place on Earth to see an underwater waterfall!
From a historic perspective, Mauritius has a diverse background. First being discovered by the Portuguese in the early 1500’s and later colonised by the Dutch during the 1600’s. Dutch rule gave way to French governance in the early 1700’s and in the early 1800’s, Mauritius became a British colony. After change in rulership at the turn of each passing century, Mauritius finally gained independence in the mid twentieth century and was declared a republic in 1992.
The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. Expect some of Africa’s best beaches, fresh seafood and long, sun drenched days on a Mauritius holiday. The island has a classic tropical climate with warm weather year-round. Even in winter, from May to October, the temperature drops from hot to balmy. During summer, from November to April, the days are hot and humid. We don’t recommend visiting Mauritius during the wet cyclone season, from January to March, and avoid the east coast in July and August, when the wind is at its strongest.
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What to Do in Mauritius
From relaxing on the picturesque beaches, to adventurous water sports or underwater explorations, Mauritius can offer its visitors countless ways to enjoy every moment of an unforgettable getaway.
Mauritius is the best island holiday destination for adventure seekers looking to partake in water sports. Water skiing, parasailing, kayaking, wind surfing and deep-sea fishing are only a few of the many water sports activities to enjoy.
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing can be viewed as a water sport, but in Mauritius it’s a favourite among visitors worthy of its own mention. The variety of fish that live in the waters are any big game fisherman’s envy. Mahi-mahi, wahoo, black marlin and tuna are some of the main fish species that recreational fisherman hope to catch during their time on the island.
Whale Watching & Dolphin Spotting
Mauritius is a popular destination for a variety of whale species during breeding seasons. Humpback, sperm and pilot whales have all been spotted in the island’s ocean territory.
Apart from whales, Mauritius is also popular for dolphin spotting. Bottlenose and spinner dolphins can be seen abundantly from the islands. Dolphin spotting excursions are common, and some resorts may offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with these friendly, fun-loving creatures.
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling
Amazing coral reefs surround the main island of Mauritius. The reefs are home to a variety of colourful fish species, sea snails, eels, dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and certain shark species. This diverse sea life can be seen on scuba and snorkelling excursions.
In select locations, unique submarine excursions may also be available.
Mauritius serves as a surprisingly popular golfing destination. The relatively small island has world-class golf courses set in its idyllic island environment. There are few things more peaceful to do than playing golf under the island sun with perfect blue skies and birds chirping!
Some of Mauritius’ most celebrated golf courses include Ile aux Cerfs, Heritage Golf Club and Anahita Golf Course. A helicopter golf flight is also available, where holiday goers can enjoy flying to some of the best golf courses in Mauritius and enjoy the scenic aerial views.
Additional activities: boating, island tours, walking trails
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