23 Jul Meandering Around Mauritius: 5 Top Tips
The small volcanic archipelago, named the Republic of Mauritius, is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, some 700 miles from the shoreline of Madagascar.
The country’s main island of Mauritius is a fascinating and stunning paradise, filled with some of the best all-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches, and tropical canopy in the world. This tiny island is also home to a variety of historical sites, and wonderful activities that will keep you busy throughout your visit.
Here are just five of the top things to do on your holidays in Mauritius.
This national park covers nearly four percent of Mauritius’ total land area, and its dense tropical forest is home to a thriving variety of wildlife and plants. The park is also the best place for birdwatchers to try and spot the infamous pink-necked pigeon, which has recently climbed back from the brink of extinction.
2. Le Morne Brabant
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Morne Barbant sits on the southwestern tip of the island, and its noteworthy feature is the basaltic monolith that appears to rise up out of the surrounding waters. The peninsula where the massive rock is located was once an isolated refuge for runaway slaves, and now, each year on February 1st, there is a festival to celebrate the abolishment of slavery in 1835, and those who lost their lives on Le Morne Barbant.
3. Pointe d’Esny Blue Bay
This ultimate paradise beach and bay are home to the type of postcard landscape you dream about when planning a holiday vacation. The coastline is primarily residential, but the white sand and lagoon are some of the best-preserved stretches you’ll find on the island.
4. Iles aux Cerfs
If the main island’s wonderful beaches are still not enough to satisfy your search for the best surf and sand, this small set of islands located just off of Mauritius’ East Coast will have you searching no longer. Imagine every possible shade of ocean blue possible, sand bars and shallow lagoons, as well as spots to parasail, BBQ, and have a relaxing drink.
5. Grand Bassin
The crater of Grand Bassin, an extinct volcano, has become a lake that sits 1800 feet above sea level, and is home to the most sacred Hindu site on Mauritius. The local legend has it that the lakes were filled with the holy waters of the Ganges. Have a walk through the peaceful grounds, and visit the sacred temple and the 110-foot tall statue of Shiva.
If your ideal vacation is escaping to most serene of tropical paradises, the continuous beauty of Mauritius will in no way disappoint.
Author Bio – After conquering the financial world Bob decided to take early retirement and travel the world. It is his ambition to visit every continent before the time he’s 50 (he’s only got one left to go!). When he’s not living out of his suitcase Bob enjoys spending time with family, which more often than not these days consists of his niece telling him how severely uncool he is.