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Although its location in the Indian Ocean might make you think otherwise, Mauritius is so much more than a beach destination!

The destination

Visitors flock there year after year to enjoy an action packed island which really does have something to please every kind of traveller. From the stunning botanical gardens of Pamplemousses - one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and home to lots of exotic and beautiful plants, to the colourful sands of Chamarel, the island is fascinating and unique.

The local people are some of the friendliest and hospitable that you will meet and everywhere you go local people will stop and talk to you. This is especially true if you take the time to visit one of the many local markets which are a melting pot of smells, sounds and colours. Spices are an especially good buy which are bountiful and cheap. Mauritius is also a paradise for foodies with local flavours rich with Asian, Indian, Creole and Chinese influences which creates mouth-watering local dishes such as a Creole favourite; Rougaille, which is a popular a kind of tomato stew that is made with meat or fish, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and thyme. Pineapples grown in Mauritius are also some of the best we have ever tasted! They are smaller and much sweeter and best enjoyed on a hot sunny day at the beach!

For the thrill seekers and sporty types Mauritius is fantastic for scuba diving, wakeboarding, kite surfing and there are also many hiking and cycling trails that you can enjoy. There are also 10 golf courses, and even a horse racing track – which is the second oldest in the world, and was opened by the British in 1812. If you prefer to be the one doing the horse riding then there is nothing more exciting than a sunset hack along the beach.

Location

Top tips

  • Marvel at the dramatic waterfalls and coloured sands at Chamarel
  • Watch a traditional Mauritian sega dance
  • Visit the sacred Hindu lake - the Grand Bassin
  • Go horse riding at sunset along the beach
  • Visit the crater of the Trou aux Cerfs Volcano

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