Mauritius is a beautiful tropical island to the east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Here African and Asian cultures blend easily with the Creole influence of the colonial years.
There is plenty to explore on the island, with mountains, the Black River Gorges National Park, rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife. Most visitors are drawn to Mauritius by the amazing luxury hotels and resorts to enjoy the beach, waterports, spas, golf courses, excellent restaurants and impeccable service but there is more to this fabulous island.
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- You will see cascading waterfalls, spectacular gorge scenery and over 300 species of rare and unique plants in the ecologically rich Black River Gorges National Park.
- Look out for the endemic Mauritius flying fox, this large fruit bat is so important to island ecosystems as pollinators and seed distributers.
- The capital, Port Louis has some great places to visit including the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and the 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
- Snorkelling and scuba diving are hugely popular and most watersports are available on the island including kayaking.
- For those wanting to enjoy the ocean’s wildlife at a slower pace, there are glass bottom boat trips available.
- Mauritius has a warm coastal climate with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures, although they are generally slightly lower inland, with more rain on the plateau.
- Cyclones may occur between December and February.
- Sea breezes blow all year, especially on the east coast. June to September are the winter months and it is advisable to bring slightly warmer clothes for the evening.