Mauritius is an island nation located off the East African coast, in the Indian Ocean. The country is so beautiful, it was even named a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It is comprised of several islands, so you have much to explore when you visit.
Mauritius is known for its white sand beaches, untouched nature, stunning blue water and mountains. It is also rich in history and culture, so it’s the perfect combination for a relaxing holiday that won’t get boring.
Visit Port Louis, the capital, first. This will give you a nice feel for the country while giving you a chance to meet the people, learn about local cuisine and do some shopping around.
The central market bazaar is a great place to start. Check out the souvenirs and art that the locals produce and indulge in some native fruits for breakfast. Yum!
If you’d like to learn about the history of the city while you’re there, it is recommended that you take a full-day guided tour. This way you get to speak to the local tour guide and ask any questions you might have right at the start of your trip.
If you’re not a guided tour kind of traveller, go out by yourselves and head to the Caudan Waterfront.
This is the place where locals and tourists alike meet for entertainment, shopping, eating and hanging out.
There’s always street entertainment to enjoy, as well as a wide array of dining options and cute shops.
This is also a great place to go if you enjoy a good museum trip, as the Mauritius Natural History Museum and other museums are located here.
Overall, this is a great place to take in the local culture without the need of a guided tour.
If you’d like to get out of the city for a bit, visit Mahebourg. This part is less developed than the city and just as beautiful.
This area is less touristy since there is no beach, but this is also the reason why there is so much untouched nature to see and explore.
Get a glimpse of the true Mauritius as you take in the stunning scenery and go for a long hike. There are not many places like this left in the world!
Ile aux Aigrettes is of course also worth a visit. This islet is located in the southern part of Mauritius and is supported by an old calcareous coral reef. It is truly amazing!
The unique ecosystem that can be found here means that many of the plants that grow there are completely unique to this place and grow nowhere else. This is why it was declared a nature reserve in 1965.
There are also a number of rare birds that inhabit the islet, as well as the Aldabra giant tortoise and the Phelsuma gecko.
See if you can spot these protected magnificent creatures while you’re there!
If you’d like to discover the underwater world of this beautiful country, head to Blue Bay Marine Park. This is one of the best scuba diving spots!
Here you can get a glimpse of the rare sea life that inhabits the surrounding ocean.
Lastly, you don’t want to miss out on the nightlife. The best place to go for this is Grand Bay! This is where the locals go for a fun night out. There are many bars, clubs and restaurants to kick back and relax in.
There are so many things to see and do in this great country, that it deserves many more articles to be written about it.
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