It is easy to run out of adjectives when attempting to describe the natural beauty of the small tropical Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius. The volcanic island Republic, covered with lush forest, streams and waterfalls, and fringed with palms, dazzling white sands and teeming coral reefs, is the dream destination for an idyllic holiday, equipped with modern resorts that have been carefully developed to preserve the island’s beauty and ecology.
Mark Twain is quoted as having said that ‘Mauritius was made first, then heaven was copied from it’, and anyone who has experienced the island would no doubt agree with him.
All visitors come for the beaches, the high-quality accommodation, the great food and impeccable service, but most are delighted to discover this island offers so much more, with rocky gorges, volcanoes, waterfalls, great shopping at Port Louis, and a lively night scene at Grand Baie.
When to go to Mauritius
The peak holiday season is from October to April when temperatures are at their highest. Humidity is higher too, but never unbearable with constant gentle breezes. Winter is June to September when temperatures are cooler but still very warm with plenty of sunshine. There are slight regional variations depending on where you visit and its exposure to the trade-winds. All-in-all, Mauritius really is a year-round destination.
Millington Travel’s Top Ten
- Taste the Mauritian Street food in Port Louis & Grand Baie
- Belle Mare Waterpark. Thrilling slides and a fantastic place for the kids to cool off.
- Quad Bike Safari. A great way to explore the Yemen national park with all the natural sights along the way.
- Black River Gorges. Picnics, hiking and scenic drives. this spectacular national park is a must see for lovers of nature.
- Seven Coloured Earths. A magical sight of multi-coloured sand-dunes. A little understood but fascinating sight.
- Bel Ombre. With its turquoise lagoon, this area is renowned for its colourful coral reefs, and safe bathing and snorkelling.
- Port Louis. Enjoy great shopping in this bustling port and see local traders at work in the Central Market. A real flavour of local life.
- Try the local Mauritian “Rum”
- kitesurfing. Give it a go in the best destination for it with reliable breezes and superb sea conditions off the fine beaches.
- Casela Bird Park. 150 species of birds and animals. Getting around is an adventure in itself with zip-lines, Segways and hanging bridges.
Food & Drink
Mauritian food is a delightful blend, from all the different cultures who have ever settled here, so you’ll find a unique mix of Creole, French, African, Indian & Chinese. Each dish bursts with spices, colours and intricate flavours, to give you a culinary experience you’ll remember. Mauritian’s serve up a little-known cuisine but nevertheless one of the most exciting you’ll ever taste.
Mauritius is one of our favourite destinations and no less than 14 of our staff have taken holidays or visited the island at some time, many returning again and again. We consider ourselves to be specialists, and there is no better place to come for independent advice and the best prices around, so call Millington Travel when planning your dream holiday to this wonderful island paradise.