An island of beauty and charm, Mauritius is somewhere that I have dreamed of visiting for years. Somewhere that is at the top of my bucket list, and somewhere that I fawn over when I see photographs.
Named after the Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau, Mauritius is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. It is like a tropical dream and so I thought I would write the 5 reasons why Mauritius is my dream holiday location.
The White Sandy Coastline
The island is surrounded by more than 93 miles of white sandy beaches and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef barrier, which encircles most of the island. The clear warm water of the Indian Ocean, and endless white beaches are a big pull to wanting to visit this tropical holiday destination.
Family Fun - Not Just For Adults
Mauritius is always portrayed as the place to get away without the kids but that's not true. This island is the ideal destination for a family trip. Children will love the 4x4 off road-trips at Espace Adventure and getting back to nature, visiting the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) Botanical Garden. The Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, has a fun train ride, children’s park and multiple games too so children will have a fun packed holiday.
It's not often that you'd be able to get up, close and personal with so many animals and marine life, but in Mauritius, there are many places that you can visit to see beautiful animals in their natural habitat. From giant tortoises and crocodiles at La Vanille Nature Park, watching dolphins from a catamaran launched at Tamarin, or a day with birds, monkeys and lions at Casela Bird Park. You can even go on a safari adventure to see lions inland.
Hotting Up In The Volcanoes
One thing I would love to do is go and visit the craters from the volcanoes on the island and see how the rugged mountain area, deep in the heart of Mauritius, differs from the outer coastline. Trou aux Cerfs is a dormant volcano with a well-defined cone and crater, located in Curepipe, There is also a beautiful crater lake called Ganga Talao where a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva sits on the banks. Situated in the south of the island, Trou Kanaka is an extinct volcano and is probably one of the most famous.
The Amazing Cuisine
Mauritian cooking is in a class of its own: a combination of flavours that have evolved through its different cultural heritages and cooking traditions. You will be amazed by the rich diversity of the Mauritian cuisine and just what they have to offer, a wide variety of cuisine from Creole, Indian, French and Chinese as well as their very own delights.