On Mauritius Island, you can interact with lions and other savannah animals during a guided wildlife encounter or Segway safari, swim with dolphins, ride a zip line through a rain forest or snorkel along pristine coral reefs before dancing the night away at a beach bar.
Explore the island’s busy capital Port Louis to see old colonial buildings, one of which houses the city’s Natural History Museum, alongside modern offices and boutique shops with a mountain backdrop.
From the multilingual restaurant menus, diverse range of architecture and multicultural festivals, it’s clear that Mauritius’ African, Indian, Chinese and European migrants have shaped this nation. Learn about some of the nation’s culture and history at the Blue Penny Museum in Port Louis.
Grand Bay in the northwest is popular for its resorts, swimming beaches, lagoons and craft shops. This is also where the best beach parties are and where you can join boat tours to the other smaller islands that make up the country of Mauritius. The beaches at Flic-en-Flac, the surf spots a Le Morne and the crater of the dormant Trou aux Cerfs volcano are other highlights.
The island’s mascot, the now extinct dodo, serves to remind that Mauritius’ animal species are truly unique. The locals are working hard to conserve the extremely rare pink pigeon and other rare species, including giant tortoises and long-tailed tropicbirds. To get close to exotic and native animals, visit the Mauritius Safari and Bird Park. Take a mountain hike in the lush rain forest of the Black River Gorges National Park to explore the real wilderness of Mauritius.
The best way to get around the island is by negotiating a fixed price for a licensed taxi trip to your destination and back, but you can also take a bus or rent a car.
With frequent direct flight connections to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including twice-daily connections from Dubai and Paris, hospitable locals and affordable but excellent resorts, this lush tropical island is one of the most relaxed ways to get a taste of Africa.