What is Mauritius Known for?
June 13 2019
June 13 2019
Surrounded by seemingly endless stretches of cobalt-blue water, the stunning island of Mauritius is situated in the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa and just over 1 000km from Madagascar. Here, travellers of all kinds can enjoy a magnificent and unforgettable holiday on an island paradise unlike any other.
Travel brochures are known to showcase Mauritius’ glorious beaches, and for good reason - across the island, you can find silk-soft white beaches which unravel for kilometres, lapped by tropical waters that shimmer in blues and greens. But this dazzling island offers guests so much more than sublime tropical surrounds.
Interested to find out what Mauritius is known for? Here are some of the incredible things that will hopefully convince you to push Mauritius to the top of your must-see travel list:
The iconic beaches
Being one of Mauritius’ most alluring aspects, we had to delve into greater detail about the stunning beaches in Mauritius! No matter where you stay on the island, you are sure to find absolutely extraordinary beaches with soft, powder-fine, golden sands typically lined on the one side by tropical trees and on the other by amazingly temperate coral reef lagoons which are home to a host of marine life.
The breathtakingly clear waters are perfect for swimming (not to mention swimming with dolphins!), hours spent snorkelling, kite surfing, thrilling boat trips, and more, while the picture-perfect beaches are the ideal place for sun tanning, picnics and seaside games with the family - the beaches here are absolutely stellar.
Mauritius enjoys a temperate climate with very few differences between the seasons, which makes it perfect for travel throughout the year. The weather in Mauritius actually tends to be classified not so much in seasons per se, but wet and dry weather, with occasional cyclones which don’t tend to last too long. The hotels and resorts are also well equipped to deal with cyclones, so it’s not something to worry about.
Due to its chequered past and it’s multi-cultural influences, there are many languages spoken in Mauritius, the main ones being French, Creole, English and even some Bhojpuri. The “official” language here is actually English, though not everyone is fluent in it. The most widely spoken language is Creole, which is similar in many ways to French, and which is spoken by some 86.5% of the population.
The scuba diving
With crystalline waters and a variety of marine life, Mauritius is the perfect place to explore the awe-inspiring underwater world. Here, there are a number of dive sites, perfect for everyone from beginners to more advanced divers and in fact, there are even some excellent dive schools where you can learn to dive while holidaying in paradise - a bucket list activity for sure.
The land- and sea-based activities
If you are someone who likes to both spend time relaxing on the beach and engaging in thrilling activities, Mauritius is a fabulous destination for you! Here, there’s practically any type of land- or sea-based activity you can think of. From safaris at Casela and four-wheeling adventures to boat trips, jet skiing, glass bottom boat excursions, kayaking, SUP, daily activity programmes at hotels, world-class spas that offer a host of treatments and much, much more, there are more than enough activities here to keep you busy.
The local food
Foodie or not, you are sure to have an incredible time in Mauritius sampling the local delicacies and dishes. From aromatic curries, fresh seafood specialities and sublime street food to French-inspired delicacies, there’s something here to whet everyone’s appetite. There are also a number of international restaurants, specifically in the hotels, that serve up some sensational fine-dining and international fare. One thing is for sure, you won’t be going hungry in Mauritius.
Mauritius is known as having been the only natural habitat of the (sadly) extinct dodo bird, who apparently first came into contact with people when the Dutch arrived around 1598, and 75 years later, they were gone! The last sighting of the dodo - which is said to have evolved from the humble pigeon - is recorded in 1662. Today, you can learn more about this fascinating creature in the National History Museum in Port Louis.
The natural wonders
Mauritius is a wondrous place - created as a product of volcanic activity, this sensational island is filled with exotic natural wonders; from the coloured earth at Chamarel, the crater lake at Grand Bassin to the dormant volcano at Trou aux Cerfs and the iconic Le Morne Brabant (which is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Mauritius is also home to exceptional national parks, gorgeous waterfalls, ample hiking trails (many of which reward hikers with fabulous views) and an extraordinary botanical garden. It also has some fascinating neighbouring islets and is home to a wealth of endemic plants and some very rare birds - this is a nature lover’s wonderland.
The must-visit sites
For the avid adventurers and those that like to soak in every aspect of a destination, there is also a huge array of must-visit tourist hotspots and interesting sites to visit in Mauritius. Unique history museums offer insight into the island’s past, tea plantations and the famous rum distilleries are the perfect places for sensory experiences, a visit to religious buildings and shrines helps to understand the spiritual Mauritian landscape and places like Maison Eureka let visitors take a peek into what life was like for the colonialists. There is so much to do and see in Mauritius, all you need to do is choose the ones that most appeal to you.
The fact that it's a safe destination
Mauritius is known to be a wonderfully safe destination for tourists. As is the case with any destination in the world, it’s important that travellers exercise vigilance and practice common sense, especially when it comes to valuables and money, as there is some petty crime. But generally, it is known to be a very safe destination.
The exquisite golf courses
Unbeknownst to many non-golfers, Mauritius has quickly become an incredible golfing destination, coveted by many avid golfers. With a variety of absolutely outstanding golf courses, that boast amazing volcanic-island backdrops, it’s little wonder why it’s become so popular. And unlike many destinations around the world, there is a fabled golfing island - Ile aux Cerfs - which is made up largely of the course itself, designed by the famous Bernhard Langer. A round enjoyed at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club is certain to be memorable.
The incredible resorts
Mauritius is renown for having an array of world-class four- and five-star resorts that absolutely dazzle. Extravagant, all-inclusive resorts line the shorelines here and offer sublime services, activities and experiences, much like those in the Sun Resorts portfolio. From personalised services and signature offerings to luxurious rooms and unparalleled culinary experiences, you can’t go wrong with a stay at one of these properties for a holiday you’ll never forget.