‘Pristine sandy beaches with a backdrop of lush green tropical forests’
The tranquil shores of Mauritius have been drawing travellers seeking a picture-perfect paradise for years. The island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches with a backdrop of lush green tropical forests and tall rocky outcrops. However, Mauritius can provide so much more than a lazy beach holiday, which is why so many people return again and again.
Many holidaymakers choose the location of their accommodation according to the proximity of local beaches so it is important to understand the changing nature of the islands regions to enjoy your perfect holiday in Mauritius.
The northern shores of the island provide calm waters and sheltered lagoons, making a popular choice for many tourists seeking relaxation and last days by the sea. The beaches of Péreybère and Mont Choisy are probably the most popular, but don’t expect to enjoy them alone.
By contrast the winds to the south of the island blow most of the year, creating bigger waves perfect for watersports such as sailing and windsurfing. The backdrop of the impressive basalt rock cliffs make this an iconic destination within Mauritius and the beach at Blue Bay forms part of a protected Marine Park that is well worth a visit.
Although windy, particularly during winter months, the eastern coasts of Mauritius boast the longest stretches of beautiful sandy beaches on the island. Perhaps the longest is the beach at Belle Marie whilst the sand island at Ille aux Cerfs, surrounded by the lagoon is reached by boat and has become one of the must visit places on the island.
The west coast and the south-west region in particular enjoys warm temperatures and a dry climate. It is popular with divers, snorkellers and surfers. Le Morne beach, at the foot of the mountain with the same name is featured on most postcards from Mauritius and it is perfect for a swim in the warm ocean waters all year round. The panoramic views from the top of the mountain are rewarding for those able to climb the mountain to view the beach below.
For those wanting to take a break from the sunbathing, there is plenty to see and do away from the beach in Mauritius. Inland you will find lush green forests with rocky outcrops and tall waterfalls. The coloured sands at Chamarel are evidence of volcanic activity as are the sulphurous smells.
The Mauritian capital Port Louis shows the cultural melting pot of the island. It is a mix of African, European and Asian communities. The local cuisine reflects this too and some of the best street food is found in Port Louis. The food is generally spicy, but it is worth trying the local dholl puris and chilli cakes.
Mauritius has a lot to offer every visitor, so speak to us now about planning your stay.
- We recommend that a stay on the island of Mauritius should be 7 – 14 days
- Although hottest between December and March, these can also see the most rainfall. Some of the best beach conditions are in April and May or September to November.
- Calm waters of the northern shores
- Le Morne mountain overlooking the beach
- Great diving sites and snorkelling reefs
- Amazing wind-surfing and kite-surfing locations
- Visit Port Louis to see the old town and street cuisine
- Step back from the beach to venture in to tropical forests
Choose to include:
- Return International flights
- Deluxe beach-side accommodation
- Watersport activities or a guided-tour of the island
- Airport transfers
- Stay independent with a hire car