Mauritius may be a tiny island but it certainly packs a punch, offering luxury, beauty, culture, adventure and tranquillity all within 2,040 square kilometres. Just the mention of the island nation is bound to conjure up vivid images of clear, glistening waters, white sand beaches, tropical wildlife and extravagant resorts and spas.
When visiting an island bursting with so much beauty it can sometimes feel overwhelming, leading to time wasted on your holiday figuring out what to do instead of actually going out and doing. Luckily, we’re on hand to help with some of the best tips and guides on what to do when visiting this island located deep in the Indian Ocean.
Where to stay
Arguably the most important factor that could make or break your holiday to Mauritius is where you lay your head at night. Staying on a beautiful island is all well and good but staying at a gorgeous resort on a beautiful island is what will turn your trip into a holiday to remember.
The 5* St Regis in Mauritius is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay on the island and what’s more, we’re currently offering 40 per cent off all stays at this luxurious hotel from the 12 August –22 September. Located on the south-western side of Mauritius, the St Regis Resort offers unbeatable views of the island and ocean as well as extravagant dinning venues, private pools and superb service.
If the St Regis is not for you then why not take a look at some of our offers for other Indian Ocean destinations. The Maldives offers a vast selection of great resorts, including the Rangali Islands Resort which is home to the famous underwater restaurant which also doubles as an intimate and unique honeymoon suite.
What to do
Once you’ve got your sleeping arrangements out of the way it’s time to think about what to do when you reach the tropical paradise. Those of you looking to get your hands on some Mauritian handmade crafts should head straight for the Gran Bair Bazaar, where you can try your hand at haggling and grab yourself a bargain.
Keen divers will be spoilt for choice in Mauritius with dive areas located all around the island. Novices can have a go too at one of the many dive schools found in the Trou Aux Biches area and Brand Bair area
If you fancy taking a trip out to sea then head to Grand Baie to take a tour on one of the glass-bottomed boat trips offered throughout the day. Also found in the same area is the Isla Mauritia, a boat which was built in 1852, and is claimed to be the world’s oldest active schooner.
Visitors looking for adventure should trek to Tamarin Falls to witness one of the most beautiful sights on the island. Though awkward to reach, the falls offer a peaceful and cool getaway within the island, best visited with a local guide.
Those seeking spiritual guidance can visit the stunning Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir in Grand Bair. This vividly coloured temple is an absolute treat for the eyes and visitors are welcome all day provided they remove their shoes first.
Finally, one of the best things to do on the island of Mauritius is water sports. Try your hand at kite surfing on the coast line or observe the pros from the safety of the sand.
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