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Named after the Dutch prince Maurice Van Nassau, Mauritius is one the world’s most beautiful island nations. The turquoise waters, beautiful landscape, and amazing cultural heritage make this country unlike any other in the world. Mauritius's location in the southwest Indian Ocean, some 500 miles east of Madagascar, gives the country a unique history that includes both African and Asian elements, not to mention lasting European colonial influence. Mauritius is certainly a top destination for anyone looking for a taste of secluded paradise, and the country boasts a diverse population, including English, African, Indian, and Creole elements.
The Top 10: What to Do in Mauritius
1. Tamarin Falls:
The journey to reach this beautiful series of seven falls is an experience and an adventure in itself but definitely worth it. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, it should be seen by anyone visiting Mauritius.
2. Domaine du Chasseir:
Covering about 2,000 acres, this beautiful site is the island’s heart. It also is a lively natural hunting ground with about a thousand deer and hundreds of wild boar. If hunting is not your thing, you may opt for a relaxing and tranquil walk, observing all the various trees, some of which are protected species.
3. Mauritius Aquarium:
This aquarium allows tourists to view about 200 indigenous species, including corals, sponges, and invertebrates. It also offers an opportunity to view the fauna and flora of the Indian Ocean, all in one spot.
4. Colored Earths of Chamarel:
Thanks to the weathering of volcanic rock, seven different-color dunes have grown from the soil of Mauritius. The Colored Earths make for a sight you’ll have trouble surpassing while you’re in the country.
5. Black River Gorges National Park:
With one of the most exquisite hiking trails in the country, the park features indigenous wildlife and plants and the highest mountain in Mauritius. On your way back from the mountain, make sure to check out the park’s amazing gorges.
6. Rodrigues Island:
This northeastern part of Mauritius is also referred to as “the antistress island.” Very small and volcanic, it has a large Creole population. This part of the island has much to offer, from deep-sea diving to delicious native Creole dishes.
7. Domaine Les Pailles Nature Park:
Take a tour of the Moka Mountains by four-wheel drive, horse, or quad bike. While on the exciting tour, traverse the Domaine Les Pailles Nature Park andhead to the sugar mill. At the end of your journey, enjoy one of the four restaurants you will pass during the tour.
8. Pamplemousses Gardens:
One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, this one was created in the 18th
century and is home to an impressive international collection of plants, including massive lilies and tailpot palms, which are very rare, as they flower only once every 60 years.
9. Cable Rides:
Do Something Different, an adventure sports company that operates in many parts of the world, has organized cable car rides
in Mauritius. Take in a splendid view of banana plantations, beautiful forests, and waterfalls. Halfway through this fantastic journey, have a relaxing swim and rest in a natural pool. Native Mauritian dishes are also a part of this package: savor a delicious lunch with fresh ingredients that will boost your energy level.
10. Northern and Eastern Island Sailing:
Choose either the northern or the eastern sailing route. Take a ride aboard a spacious catamaran, and discover the islands’ beaches and underwater beauty.
When to Go
Mauritius is blessed with a very mild climate: temperatures usually remain stable throughout the year, and rainfall is only occasional. The temperature in Mauritius usually remains around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 27 degrees Celcius.) The best times to visit the island are between April and June and between September and December. Stick to those months, and you’re almost guaranteed sunny skies and great weather.