If a tropical island adorned with white sand set deep within the Indian Ocean sounds appealing, consider a trip to Mauritius. It is superb for its deep lagoons, coral reefs, tropical fish, palm trees, aqua waters and rich history.
Where is Mauritius?
This paradise island is one of three islands that make up the Mascarene Islands. The islands of Rodrigues, Réunion and Mauritius lie together in the southwest part of the Indian Ocean, just south of Seychelles and due east of Madagascar.
Mauritius is the most developed of the three islands, which makes it the choice island for those seeking Mauritius Holidays. The island is more than just another beach destination. It is a fascinating place where smells and noises from nearby towns can be heard echoing through the night air. The island displays major influences from the French, Chinese, Indian and Africans. This has made it a spectacular place for holidays in the way of culture, nightlife, shopping, Creole food and island rum.
Holidaymakers who seek luxury also enjoy the island. Imagine the very best of everything in a tropical paradise then add to it a variety of activities and luxury hotels. The island offers limitless options of things to do.
What to Do
For those who enjoy deep-sea fishing, take a day to explore the open waters in search of yellow tuna, barracuda and black or blue marlin. This area holds several world-fishing records including that of a 1,115-pound Mako Shark. The best way to get in on a day of deep-sea fishing is to hire a boat from your hotel.
Golf is a very popular activity on the island as several hotels provide excellent golf courses. For the serious golfer, Belle Mare Plage offers guests their choice of two championship golf courses. There are three 18-hole golf courses and five nine-hole courses.
The most sought after golf course in Mauritius is the One and Only Le Touessrok Golf Course, which sits on its very own island. Surrounded by white sandy beaches with a green mountain backdrop and nine lakes, all 18 holes provide an ocean view.
The island offers extensive shopping opportunities that include products of a different nature. When shopping at Mauritius you will encounter models of old ships and textiles, especially knitwear and sweaters. It is also well known for its leading brands in dresses, suits, trousers, shirts, shorts and swimwear. Shopping areas will also be filled with stones, embroidery, basketwork and glass items as well as island made rum.
What to See
The nearby town of Curepipe has some great sites that include their Creole style town hall and Trou aux Cerfs, which is a volcanic crater. The town is also full of good shopping.
Mahebourg, which is the fishing port of Maurituis, is the perfect place to get away from the tourists. Here you can enjoy the Naval History Museum and their large market that is held each Monday. Grand Bay is the place to go for a night out on the town. It is also good for shopping. The newly renovated La Cuvette Beach is worth a stop.