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The island nation of Mauritius is Africa's secluded tropical paradise, surrounded by crystalline lagoons that fade into the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean
Mauritius' beautiful island landscape is renowned for its white, sandy beaches and coral-rich lagoons, its 5-star beach resorts offering a luxury getaway for both couples and families alike. For those on a luxury family holiday to Mauritius, the sheltered west coast of the island is ideal, offering a selection of family-friendly resorts that are set on tranquil beaches. Spend your days paddleboarding, kayaking, or lounging by the swimming pool, before dining in a selection of world-class restaurants. For couples, enjoy a stay on the north of the island, with the village of Grand Baie famed for its lively atmosphere, with a thriving nightlife, dining scene and the Grand Baie Bazaar.
Almost entirely encircled by the world's third-largest coral reef, Mauritius is one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving destinations in the Indian Ocean, with the Blue Bay Marine Park offering sightings of many tropical fish including butterflyfish, parrotfish, and damselfish. Beyond the coastline, travellers can experience Mauritius' vibrant Creole culture in the capital Port Louis, the dramatic natural beauty and waterfalls of the Black River Gorges National Park, and hiking on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Le Morne Brabant. Mauritius is also a great destination for golf, with several dedicated golf resorts located across the island.
Less developed than its western counterpart, Mauritius' breezier east coast is dotted with a number of nature reserves and exclusive luxury resorts that reside on pristine beaches and beautiful lagoons, particularly ideal for honeymoons to Mauritius. For those interested in the island’s history, travellers can visit the original Dutch landing site in Mahebourg and the island's oldest settlement in Vieux Grand Port, nestled at the foot of Lion Mountain. Domaine de l'Étoile, one of Mauritius' largest sugar estates, provides a fascinating insight into the country's most common agricultural practices. It's also a fantastic location for outdoor adventure, with activities such as quad biking, ziplining and guided nature walks through the estates' ebony and cinnamon trees on offer.
Our luxury Mauritius holidays are tailor-made to suit you, with our experienced Indian Ocean specialists are on hand to personally design each aspect of your trip. If you’re looking to have a combined safari and beach holiday, we recommend combining South Africa with Mauritius, with direct flights between Johannesburg and Port Louis.
Mauritius enjoys a warm, sub-tropical climate all year round, however, temperatures are driest and warmest between September and October, making this the best time to visit the island.
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May to December are the best times to visit Mauritius due to the warm temperatures and sunny climate, however travel is not advised between January and March because of potentially heavy downpours and strong winds.
Mauritius is known the world over for its pristine powdery sands and bright topaz warm waters, and it’s sincerely hard to top the stunning beaches that this gorgeous island has to offer.
There’s a beach to suit everyone who visits, Grand Baie’s golden sands are perfect for water sports enthusiasts and those looking for a bit of buzz, while Trou aux Biches’ beautiful turquoise waters and nearby reef are perfect for snorkelling. Belle Mare is considered the most beautiful white sand beach on the island, and boasts a wealth of nearby restaurants and bars to choose from.
Blue Bay Marine Park boasts absolutely stunning crystal clear turquoise waters, making it the perfect destination to head to if you crave more than an afternoon of sunbathing.
There’s plenty of exhilarating and thrilling water sports to enjoy that make the most of Mauritius’s paradise-like seascape, however one of the best ways to view the marine life and soak up the sun at the same time is on a glass-bottom boat trip around the dazzling bay. Another fantastic way to get up close and personal with the colourful fish and coral garden is with an afternoon of snorkelling.
It’s not all beaches and turquoise oceans in Mauritius, there’s also plenty of opportunities to experience the cultural heart that beats throughout this warm and welcoming island.
Head to Port Louis and you’ll experience Mauritius through the eyes of the locals. Watch as a melting pot of dynamic cultures come together around lively restaurants and colonial buildings, it’s truly mesmerising. The best way to experience the culture is with a walk through their many colourful day and night markets - be sure to try to delicious fresh fruit!
Get a break from the island’s gorgeous surrounding waters with an adventure further inland, and a great way to experience Mauritius’s lush landscape and unique wildlife is with a trip to La Vanille National Park to visit the giant tortoises!
Years ago, giant tortoises were abundant on all of the islands, however as time has gone by the population numbers have dwindled. La Vanille set up a nature reserve to help offer the remaining tortoises a suitable habitat and further research into these beautiful animals, some of the tortoises are over 100 years old!
This truly unique and unforgettable experience is a must-do in Mauritius. Walk among the dazzling corals and say hello to the marine fishes that live in the reefs around the island’s beautiful northern shores on an Underwater Sea Walk.
The journey begins with a short speedboat journey across the turquoise waters until you reach the reef, where you’ll then have a bubble helmet worthy of an astronaut placed on your head, and then your tour begins! Spend your afternoon wandering through kaleidoscopic coral beds, discovering a variety of native marine life and seeing the ocean from a whole new perspective.
Thrill seekers will love this one; what could be more exciting than flying above the island’s gorgeous lush forests, winding rivers and powdery beaches on a zip-line?
There’s plenty of opportunities to hop in a harness and zip-line across Mauritius’s gorgeous landscape, whether you want to team it with a hiking trip through a gorgeous park or prefer to take in the views as part of a romantic adventure, everyone can experience this fun and thrilling activity. Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin as you cruise above the island and take in enviable views worthy of a postcard.
For a hike unlike any you've experienced before, a trip to the Black River Gorges National Park in Mauritius is a must.
Thriving with lush verdant landscapes, an abundance of beautiful wild animals and a picturesque river and waterfalls that rival even the dreamiest of paradises, we defy you to find a more perfect location for an invigorating trek. Walk amongst nature's finest creations, including monkeys and giant tortoises, on any one of the many available marked trails, and we guarantee that you'll be blown away by the beauty and tranquility of these gorgeous surroundings.
Fancy yourself as the newest Tiger Woods? Think you could out swing the brightest and best golfing stars at the next Masters tournament? Mauritius offers you ample opportunity to step up and prove it.
Boasting stunning courses set within idyllic coastal surroundings and lush verdant forestry, Mauritius is world-renowned for the myriad of courses available. From standard 9-hole courses to incredible championship 18-hole courses that have been specially designed by leading experts, there is an astonishing selection available on this wondrous island, and we're sure budding beginners and golfing enthusiasts alike will find everything they desire here.
Best Time To Travel:
May - December