INTRODUCING

Mauritius

Mauritius is a dream holiday destination, with idyllic beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. Rich in history, there is a strong culture, food scene and natural wonders to explore.

The multi-cultural island was originally uninhabited before it was settled by the Dutch in 1598. Emerging from the seabed more than 8 million years ago, the volcanic island was once part of a land bridge between Africa and Asia. Today, the main island is encircled by coral reefs, with sandy beaches that are perfect for snorkelling and relaxing. It is an island of contrasts, with abundant sugarcane fields, deep green valleys, volcanoes and gorges juxtaposed with miles of white beaches and crystal-clear water. The people are friendly, and the food is fantastic. And that’s before you have even tried the rum…

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Highlights

  • Visit the island’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Le Morne Cultural Landscape and Aapravasi Ghat. The former is a wild mountain once used as shelter by runaway slaves. Aapravasi Ghat was the arrival point for half a million indentured Indian labourers, who came to work the sugar plantations as part of the British Government’s ‘Great Experiment’ to replace slaves with indentured workers from the Empire.
  • Dive to see the underwater waterfall, an optical illusion created by currents around the coast of the Le Morne Brabant mountain.
  • Meet the locals – Mauritians are laid-back, friendly and generous. Many go out of their way to help strangers and there is nothing they like more than a good chat.
  • Don’t miss Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, the oldest in the Southern hemisphere. You will find a riot of indigenous flora and fauna here, including turtles, deer and exotic birds.
  • Try Mauritian street-food. Try dholl puris, chili cakes, samoussas, dumplings, bryani and fried noodles – all part of the great mixing pot of cultures and tastes to be found here.

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A flavour of Mauritius

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