Mauritius: Your dream holiday in the Indian Ocean
Seemingly endless white sandy beaches, beautiful reefs, the rustling of palm trees and turquoise-blue lagoons: a setting straight out of a picture book and the perfect place for your dream beach holiday! Here you can relax wonderfully after your Africa safari trip – and if that’s too boring for you, you can also get active and experience a lot on this island paradise.
That’s why Mauritius will inspire you with picture book beaches
An island straight out of a picture book, with white sandy beaches and fantastically beautiful diving areas. But not only that – here you can also go climbing and hiking and get to know the mix of Asian, African and European cultural influences. For example, visit the botanical garden in Pamlemousses (regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world!), enjoy the breathtaking underwater world or a fresh coconut by the water.
Where is Mauritius located and what are the special features?
Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, around 1,800 km from the African coast. Together with La Réunion and Rodrigues, it is part of the Mascarene Islands. The currency here is Mauritius Rupees. Mauritius was made famous by the long-extinct bird Dodo. The endemic bird was discovered over 300 years ago. It was unable to fly due to the abundance of food in Mauritius. Nevertheless, he died out around 1690. Today it is the symbol of the island.
The island’s ecosystem is unique in the world with many endemic plants and animals.
The best travel time: The climate and the best travel time for Mauritius
The best time to travel to Mauritius is from September to November and from March to May. The high season is during the winter and Easter holidays in Germany. If you want to go diving, the best time for your diving holiday in Mauritius is from December to April. The water temperature is 23 to 27° C all year round, so swimming and water sports are always wonderful. From December to April it is quite hot with high humidity, then it is very hot especially on the east coast. The dry season is from May to October, when it has a pleasant 25° C here, which is also an ideal travel time.
Who lives there in Mauritius?
The population consists of about half Hindus and half Christians, plus there are also some Muslims. The turbulent history made Mauritius a multi-cultural island. Mauritians have their roots on three continents of the world and brought many traditions and beliefs to this island. Many religious festivals are celebrated throughout the year on this island in a peaceful atmosphere. Creole is the main language spoken here today, but most people also understand English and French. Official language is English. The capital of the island is Port Louis with about 170,000 inhabitants.
Travel Tips and Sights: The Highlights of Mauritius
- Fantastically beautiful beaches
On the east and west coast you will find heavenly beautiful beaches, such as Belle Mare, Blue Ray, Grand Gaube and Tamarin.
- Black River Gorges National Park
In the highlands to the west, you can hike and explore numerous trails in the Black River Gorges National Park. Original forests, gorges and a diverse range of animals await you.
- Wild sea and raw beauty
You can’t go swimming in the south of the island, but you can admire the wildness and the rough sea, an impressive natural spectacle! The protective coral reef is missing here and therefore foaming waves crash against the high cliffs.
- Alone in paradise: Ile aux Cerfes
You can only reach the uninhabited island by boat, a lonely paradise.
- Port Lous, the bustling capital
Immerse yourself in the multicultural flair of the island’s capital, go on a shopping tour or stock up on great souvenirs, such as a vanilla bean. You can stroll on the promenade, visit one of the many restaurants and visit the central market and enjoy fresh fruit here. The Jummah Mosque from the 1850s is also beautiful!
The heart of Port Louis – the palm-lined Place D’Armes – connects the capital’s harbor with Government House. This magnificent building from 18th Century is one of the oldest in Port Louis. Also the “Theatre of Port Louis”, a city theater in the classic style of a London theater from the 19th Century, is one of the oldest theaters in the Indian Ocean and is a must-see for tourists.
- Weekly market in St. Paul
Every Friday and Saturday there is a market right by the sea. Local fruits and vegetables, colorful clothes, souvenirs, you can shop to your heart’s content here.
7. The south of the island
In addition to steep cliffs and high waves, there are also beautiful white beaches, resorts and hotels. If you still feel like doing something, you should definitely take a look at the Mahébourg Market – of all the markets in Mauritius, it is the most traditional and mostly frequented by locals. And those who like to observe animals typical of the country should definitely visit the ” Ile aux Aigrettes” nature reserve. Here tourists immerse themselves in the original Mauritius: Remains of the dry ebony forests or endangered animal species find a safe home in this nature reserve. The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is relocating endangered plants and animals to this protected site. If you want to experience reptiles up close, you can experience it at “La Vanille Reserve Mascareignes” . This recommended park is home to over 2000 crocodiles, around 1000 turtles and an endless variety of butterfly and insect species.