|As mentioned, the main tourist attraction with Mauritius is its beaches, and its location in the Indian Ocean means that it has a tropical climate great for holidays all year round.
In the north of Mauritius you’ll find the island’s original touristic area – Grand Bay. This area is well developed with everything you need whilst on holiday including nightlife, restaurants and bars. There are a number of different beaches here; the most notable being La Cuvette and Pereybere. The latter is very popular because of the facilities there, including shopping and restaurants.
If you want to have a day off the beach you can visit Mauritius’s longest village, Triolet, where you’ll find the largest Hindu temple on the island. And, being a small island, the rest of Mauritius is never too far away either!
In the East of Mauritius is the Waterpark Leisure Village which features water slides and other fun chutes and water games, or of you’re in to water sports one of the best locations is Ile aux Cerfs, described as a paradise for water sports and one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius. This is actually a tiny island just off the coast and as such, facilities are limited and pricey.
In South East Mauritius you can see ruins dating back to earlier occupation of the island by the Dutch. The Dutch Ruins at Vieux Grand Port was one of the oldest settlements.
Off the south east coast is the island of Blue Bay which can be reached by boat from Port Louis, the capital and largest city. This has the most amazing white sandy beaches and blue waters and is a good place for a quiet retreat, especially mid-week as the locals like to visit at the weekends! Part of Blue Bay is a Marine Park and snorkelling trips are available where you can see the local marine life up close.
In the West of Mauritius you have the chance to see more of the local wildlife and birdlife. Casela is the location of a bird park which contains over 140 different bird species who are not just local but come from all five continents. There are also tigers, monkeys, deer and tortoises here too. Alternatively, the Yemen Reserve lets you view wildlife and local fauna.
Inland, the Black River Gorges National Park is also well worth a visit. Here you can experience Mauritius as it once was, covered in dense forest, and this area was designated a national park in order to protect the remaining native forests. You may be lucky to spot some rare bird species here too and are bound to see some fantastic scenery.