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Mauritius has an otherworldly essence to its wildlife that's unique in the world, let alone amongst Indian Ocean destinations. Whales, dolphins, monkeys and giant tortoises all call Mauritius home, imbibing the landscapes with a sense of prehistoric mysticism unlike any other long-haul escape. Coupled with some of the world's leading resorts, ranging from boutique hideaways to grand luxury, Mauritius sees the Old World, the New World and times before memory coalescence into an island nation even greater than the sum of its parts.
- Flight time: Approx 12-14 hours
- Passport & Visa: No visa required for UK passport holders
- Currency: Mauritian Rupee
- Time Zone: GMT+4
- Language: Creole and French
A melting pot of African, Indian, European and Chinese cultures, Mauritius is overflowing with a rich and vibrant cultural scene. A visit to the capital city Port Louis displays a fascinating mix of personalities with the famous central market, Chinatown and the imposing colonial buildings offering an intriguing insight into the Mauritian way of life. Unleash your spiritual side with a visit to the Grand Bassin, a natural lake that is also a sacred Hindu site. As a haven of small fishing villages, it is not hard to witness the eclectic mix of everyday cultures in Mauritius as you wander past numerous colonial features from historic plantation houses to the breath-taking Botanic Gardens.
Coastlines around Mauritius area protected by coral reef which creates a spectacular coral lagoon, this, paired with the year-round warm waters makes for ideal diving conditions and the perfect excuse to explore the huge range of underwater sea life bursting out of the waters. Mauritius is home to some of the world’s finest coral reefs and is teeming with hundreds of brightly coloured fish. Catch sights of parrot fish, clown fish and many more alongside a variety of corals, sponges and sea anemones. Some of the most sought-out dive sights include the Colorado and Roche Zozo, just off the southern coast. The marine park of blue bay is famous for its wide variety of corals and kaleidoscope of underwater life.
Top sights in Mauritius
- Black River Girges National Park
- Île aux Aigrettes
- François Laguat Reserve
- National History Museum
- Rodrigues Coastal Walk
- St Aubin
- Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens
- Vallée de Ferney