Mauritius is so small it’s easy to overlook when choosing a holiday destination – but don’t be fooled. A tiny volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is known for its stunning beaches and abundance of sunny weather. When planning your itinerary, here are three things not to be missed on the island.
Top Things to Do in Mauritius
Blue Bay Beach and Marine Park
Mauritius is home to hundreds of beaches, making it incredibly difficult to narrow down the best. While Grand Baie is undoubtedly the most famous and is home to many restaurants and bars, at peak time it can be too busy to enjoy properly. Blue Bay by comparison looks postcard perfect: a long stretch of white sand meeting dazzling turquoise water. The beach itself is fairly quiet, making it the perfect setting for some sunbathing or a relaxing stroll in the sun. However, to really make the most of your Mauritius experience, it pays to get up close and personal with the sea life in the brilliantly clear waters, where you can take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, or enjoy a day of snorkelling or diving.
Find out a little about the islands varied and turbulent colonial history through a visit to Eureka – a creole mansion dating back to 1830. The museum perfectly preserves its former style, and offers a great insight into the fusion of cultures you now recognise on the island. You can also enjoy wandering around the lush green grounds with beautifully designed gardens. If you fancy a little walk, you can take a 15 minute trail to the Rávin Waterfall at the back of the grounds. Be sure to make a day of your visit, as at lunchtimes a traditional price-fixe creole menu is on offer at the restaurant, offering you a taste of bygone days.
Le Case du Pecheur
Mauritian cuisine is terrifically underrated on the world map – with fusions of Indian, African, Chinese, French and Portuguese influences, the chefs manage to strike a brilliant balance between flavourful and spicy. Le Case du Pecheur is one of the best eateries on the island, making the most of the wonderful fresh seafood available nearby. The menu changes daily, and you can amuse yourself afterwards in the on-site shell museum.
It’s prime location, paradise-like scenery and the abundance of exciting activities on offer, make Mauritius ideal for those looking for a luxury getaway with a huge range of quality resorts to choose from.