Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
The coastline of Mauritius is approximately 330 km long and nearly everywhere you can find the nice sandy beaches. Another big advantage of Mauritius is that the entire island is surrounded by coral reefs which have created big lagoons all around. These lagoons not only beautiful with crystal clear water, but also provide calm water conditions, ideal for swimming, bathing and snorkeling.
As its name implies, Silver Beach Hotel is set beside a wide, silvery-white sand beach. Compact yet comfortable, Silver Beach is a modern hotel with a swimming pool set in gardens leading to the beach. The good sized bedrooms are comfortable and simply furnished and either face the ocean or the lush tropical gardens. The attentive staff aim to exceed your expectations with their thoughtful hospitality.
La Morne Beach
The Le Morne peninsula is situated on the south west tip of Mauritius. The beaches of Le Morne are located on the west part of the Le Morne peninsula on the foot of the Le Morne Brabant.
Many of the Le Morne beaches are now the setting of a top class hotels, with that the public beach of Le Morne which is easily accessible from the main road, is a great beach in the same level of the other beaches in the area.
About halfway (1.5km) between the Terres de 7 Couleur’s entrance gate and the colourful sands is a scenic viewpoint over the Chamarel waterfall, which plunges more than 95m in a single drop. With a reservation, you can abseil with Vertical World from the top of Chamarel Waterfall all the way into the pool at its base.
Vallee de Ferney
Protecting a 400-year-old forest, this reserve is an important habitat for the Mauritius kestrel, one of the world’s most endangered raptors, and a visit here is far and away your best chance of seeing one. Guides take you along a 3km trail, pointing out fascinating flora and fauna. At noon (arrive no later than 11.30pm), staff feed otherwise wild kestrels at the trailhead. Bookings (which can be made by phone, online or at La Falaise Rouge) for the tour are essential.
François Leguat Reserve
In 1691, François Leguat wrote that there were so many tortoises on Rodrigues that ‘one can take more than a hundred steps on their shell without touching the ground’. Sadly, the Rodrigues version of the giant tortoise became extinct, but this reserve is recreating the Eden described by the island’s early explorers. Hundreds of tortoises (the outcome of a breeding program) roam the grounds, and 100,000 indigenous trees have been planted over the last four years. Cave visits are also possible.
Trou aux Cerfs
This volcano crater is found in Curepipe, a favourite sightseeing place for many locals and tourists. From the crater, you can have a 360-degree view of the town of Curepipe and the coastal plains stretching towards the distant horizon. According to volcano experts, this volcano is not yet dead but ‘dormant’ and can wake up in thousands year