Mauritius is a jewel in the heart of the Indian Ocean, over a thousand miles from the romantic Seychelles and the tropical coast of East Africa. A Mauritius holiday will let you experience an island blessed with white powder beaches caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Although perhaps less tropical than some of its neighbours, being a relatively large island, Mauritius is more scenically diverse. Large towns and cities contrast with dramatic mountain peaks overlooking fields of gently swaying sugar cane and forested hillsides, where deer still roam, which in turn give way to miles of sandy beaches protected by coral reefs.
The contrasts are not only scenic. The Island’s natural beauty and charm are also enriched by a cultural blend of African, Asian and European heritage. Perhaps it is this that has given rise to Mauritius being world renowned for the friendliness of its people and their willingness to ensure visitors are truly welcome.
There is more to Mauritius than simply relaxing on the beach or taking part in the many sporting activities on offer. Our local agents on the island, have a variety of excursions available that will show you some of the island's treasures.
Take for example Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, an island in the bay of Mahebourg now managed by the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation. Here much has been done to restore and preserve near extinct birds, plants and animals. Among many others look out for the very rare Pink Pigeon or the colourful day gecko. All proceeds from your visit are reinvested in the Foundation's projects.
Other excursions include colonial houses, tea plantations and factory, and even a Crocodile Park. For the more adventurous, a visit to the Casela Nature & Leisure Park is a 'must'. Here you can see numerous species of birds as well as lions and zebra; while for the more active, there are zip wires and quad-biking! A visit to the capital Port Louis is not complete without seeing the bustling local market. Follow this with a cruise along the north west coast before stopping at the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens.
Elite Vacations can tailor-make holidays to Mauritius. Our staff have visited the island as well as the hotel's, so we'll help ensure you choose the right resort for your requirements.
Hotels can be a little isolated and outside resort complexes, restaurants are sometimes limited. Distances are greater than you think and hiring a car, though enjoyable, can be frustrating with the lack of road signs. Overall Mauritius offers high standards and although a holiday may seem expensive, it does represent excellent value. Our Mauritius holidays will allow you to experience a piece of paradise.
Why not combine your holiday in Mauritius with one of our other fascinating destinations and have a fabulous two-centre holiday? Contact our specilaist team and we'd be delighted to tailor a specific itinerary for you.
Our staff regularly experience the resorts and boutique hotels we feature, ensuring accurate local knowledge and information. Our tailor-made Seychelles & Mauritius holidays are individually tailored to your requirements.
Simply call our specialist team or ‘request a quotation’ and we’ll get to work creating an itinerary exclusively for you.
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