When considering an island holiday to Mauritius, a few standard images will come to mind: endless stretches of white sand, turquoise water bursting with coral life and colourful fish—all topped off with that easy-going island hospitality. Mauritius does, without a shadow of a doubt, hold true to its idyllic island image.
The sheer diversity of the island can be baffling. The northern and western coasts thrum with activity, proffering a kaleidoscope of shops and restaurants, touts and nightclubs. The eastern coast is quieter, home to some of the most luxurious resorts on the island and the iconic Blue Bay Marine Park, while the southern coast remains an unspoiled retreat of rugged and rocky shoreline, wild forests, and towering cliffs.
There are endless opportunities to connect with the culture and history of the island: the day-to-day dealings of sugar production, towers and forts built in the 1800s, and mysterious shipwrecks that are scattered amid the islets. Mauritius speaks to the adventure-seeker, beach-lover and honeymooner, boasting trails through pristine forests, around tumbling waterfalls, and up mystical mountain paths. The island’s crystalline waters surround coral-studded coasts that explode with life, offering some of the best diving and snorkelling in Africa.
- Mauritius is easily accessible by direct flight from Johannesburg
- The diversity of the island lends itself to travelling couples or families
- It transcends a simple beach escape offering a host of interesting experiences
- Mauritius is a small island, making sightseeing easy
- The island has good weather all year round, especially on certain parts of the coast