A Mauritius vacation is like a visit to paradise on earth, which is why Mauritius is at the top of the list of dream destinations for travelers from all over the world. Miles and miles of sandy beaches, palm trees swaying gently in the wind and the turquoise blue sea are just one of many reasons why a visit to the island is an unforgettable experience.
Port Louis, the capital and the economic and cultural center of the Indian Ocean island, offers shopping, bars and restaurants as well as architectural sights. The Mauritians are known as a hospitable and lovable people who will gladly welcome you to their paradisiacal home.
The Chinese New Year is also celebrated here. A few days later, musicians and dancers parade through the streets for the Dragon Festival.
In August, sports fans get their money's worth when Kiteival, the largest kite event on the island, takes place.
The Hindu festival Divali turns Mauritius into a sea of lights at the end of October.
At the end of October or beginning of November, the Opera Festival delights culture-loving travelers.
During the summer months, the traditional firewalk of the Tamils takes place, in which people walk over glowing coals to the temple.
The small islands of Île Plate and Îlot Gabriel, both protected, are located in the north of Mauritius and are surrounded by a common coral reef. Inside the reef a fascinating underwater world with meter-high corals and colorful fishes awaits you. A real paradise for snorkelers!
The Île aux Cerfs, the deer island off the east coast, even tops the Mauritian dream beaches: fine, white sand and shimmering, turquoise water await you here. The uninhabited island can only be reached by boat and invites you not only to swim and snorkel but also to play golf.
The largest of the three national parks in Mauritius is home to a variety of endemic plants and animals. The largest hiking area in the country is also located here. Admire butterflies, macaques, the Mauritius kestrel and 300 of the 700 plants native to Mauritius, while you hike on well signposted and maintained paths to the Plaine Champagne waterfall, for example.
The wide, kilometer-long beach of Flic en Flac is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful on the island and also flows into a paradisiacal lagoon. On the weekends, many locals come to the beach and with a little luck you can attend a spontaneous séga performance or make contacts during beach volleyball.
The mountain Le Morne Brabant almost reminds of a lighthouse and rewards hikers who are not afraid of the ascent with a magnificent view of the beach of Le Morne and the underwater waterfall. Since 2008 the mountain has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The bay of Tamarin is the only place on Mauritius without an offshore reef, which is why the waves are higher than on other beaches. Nevertheless, you can swim without hesitation and, above all, surf wonderfully. The Black River coming from the highlands flows into the sea here and divides the beach into two parts. Less
Mauritius is a volcanic island and therefore awaits you with a variety of spectacular mountain peaks and picturesque valleys to explore on foot. There are numerous hiking trails in the parks and nature reserves of the island, along which you can enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery and admire the rich fauna.
But not only on land Mauritius is a real paradise, also the underwater world around the island will enchant you. The coral reefs, which surround almost the entire island, are home to fascinating plants and sea animals, such as eagle rays, turtles, morays or sharks. Divers and snorkelers can look forward to pleasant water temperatures between 70°F and 80°F in addition to an excellent infrastructure and short distances to the dive sites. In the west as well as on the north coast there are several wrecks which are just waiting to be explored by you.
Mauritius has also long been considered an El Dorado among golfers. On the whole island there are well-kept and beautifully arranged 18 and 9 hole golf courses, sea view included. Most of them belong to luxurious hotels and can be used by the guests free of charge. On many courses, beginners and advanced golfers alike can improve their handicap, as there are separate tees for beginners further ahead. Less
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