The Indian Ocean has few holiday destinations that can compare to the island of Mauritius. Formerly a French colony, after being discovered by Portuguese and Dutch navigators, the island has been an independent republic since 1968. In 2012, Mauritius was awarded the “World Leading island Destination” for no less than the third time at the World Travel Awards. At also received an award for the globe’s best beach. So, as a holiday destination it really is hard to beat.
Most tourists to the island will arrive via the SSR International Airport which serves the capital, Port Louis. In general, flights to Mauritius are plenty and can be easily availed on a regular basis. This is most true with regards to cheap flights to Mauritius and other affordable travel packages. Nevertheless, the island markets itself as a luxury destination. And it is easy to see why, given the quality of accommodation the island has to offer. Despite this, affordable travel to Mauritius, as well as reasonably priced accommodation, is certainly possible to find.
Heading inland on the island is definitely a good idea. For first-time visitors to Mauritius a trip to the town of Curepipe, which lies on the central plateau, is highly recommended. The area is full of remarkable things to see, including the 80 metre deep Trou aux Cerfs crater, a dormant volcanic cauldron. For lovers of nature, the Curepipe Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit and afford some stunning views. Established in 1870, the gardens cover an area of about 27 acres and contain the rarest palm trees on the planet.
In the North of the island you can expect to experience some of the best known sights. This includes the wonderful red-roofed church that stands over the lagoon of Cap Malheureux. Don’t miss out on Mont Choisy beach which is justly famous for its arching curve and casuarinas trees. A visit to Triolet Shivala is also worth making in order to view the island’s grandest and brightly coloured Hindu temple.
Head East to discover a dynamic coast which is dominated by hidden away coves and emerald lagoons. Experience the slower pace of life among fishing villages that face the constant cooling breeze from the ocean. For beach lovers, Belle Mare is one that should not be missed out on. It is noteworthy for the high quality of the white sand that stretches along its entire length.