Eight Reasons You Should Visit Mauritius

Eight Reasons you should visit Mauritius


Mauritius is a small island country but there is so much more to the island than the sandy beaches and clear waters. You’d be surprised at how much fun you can have there, this is exactly why South Africans love to visit Mauritius again and again each year. Here are 8 reasons you should visit the place:


1.Engage in water sports

This island offers an incredible diving experience. When diving, you will get to see a diverse array of marine life, including bright corals and shipwrecks from the 18th to 19th century. If you are just learning to dive, you can enrol and get certified to dive in less complicated sites which will make it much easier. There are sites available for experienced divers though. Various alternatives exist for those interested in sailing as well and you can opt for catamaran, speed boat or yacht tours.


2.Dolphin spotting

Mauritius holiday packages are famous for its dolphin cruises which start before sunrise. You can look at these amazing creatures or even swim among them in the open sea. Tamarin bay, and flic en flac are the best places for these services.


3.Visiting Chamarel Coloured Earth

Chamarel is a tiny town that has seven layers of sand that are coloured as a unique feature. To see the sand at this hue of colours namely; – red, yellow, purple, violet, brown, green and blue, you need to get on the observation deck. You can buy viles full of the coloured sand as a souvenir here if you like. Be sure to stop at the caramel waterfall to take photos.


4.Swim at the Grand Mauritius

Visit the Grand basin, Ganja Talao; this lake is located in an inactive volcano crater. It’s said that water here comes from the sanctified Ganges River, in India. According to mythology, dipping yourself in the lake during shivratri is believed to be auspicious. The lake’s northern side has a statue of Shiva, the 2nd largest statue of it’s kind worldwide.


5.Ile Aux Aigrettes

In 1965, Ile Aux Aigrettes, an isolated island, became a national reserve. It is composed of limestone, and with no human living there for ages. It’s home to many rare species, be it animals or plants, like the giant tortoise and the nearly extinct pink pigeon.


6.Visiting Port Louis

This is Mauritius’ Capital City, designed by colonial French architects. It is a place to go for entertainment and shopping. Also, the world famous restaurants and hotels are found in this area. For instance, visit Mars de champ, Mauritius’ oldest race course.


7.Shopping at a waterfront known as Le Caudan

Le Caudan faces the harbor and is a perfect place for entertainment and upscale shopping. Approximately, there are about 170 boutiques where you can find the latest brands. When tired, you can take a rest at the numerous cafes.


8.Eat some Dholl-Puri dish

This would be considered the national food of Mauritius. It is a mixture of dal kachor and Parantha. Basically, it is flat bread filled with yellow powdered split peas. Another favourite is the Mauritian chilli paste splattered on all local dishes, known as Mazavaroo.

Mauritius is truly a spectacular place to visit at any time of year, and with the island being so close to South Africa it is the perfect destination for families, couples and solo travellers alike.

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