Not more than a little speck in the vast Indian Ocean, Mauritius (map) is a tropical island that’s perhaps most famous as an upscale honeymoon and beach destination. Its coastline, characterised by stunning lagoons, pristine sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise water, is the main attraction for many, but take a closer look and you’ll find a fascinating island with ancient volcanic peaks, diverse and colourful cultures, bustling markets and warm, welcoming people. I’ve had the privilege of visiting Mauritius several times and though I’ve seen many parts of the island, there’s still a lot more to explore. Here are my impressions of Mauritius in 30 photos, which I hope will inspire you to visit Mauritius one day.
Mauritius from above
Seeing Mauritius from the air is an incredible experience. The vast lagoons with its blinding white beaches and turquoise water is just spectacular!
Lagoons and beaches
Mauritius is famous for its stunning lagoons and beaches, and rightfully so! Around the island, you’ll find stretches of fine white sand and crystal-clear water that are simply mesmerising!
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And the sunsets on the west coast are absolutely magical!
Countryside, nature, heritage and towns
It’s hard but if you can tear yourself away from the beach to explore the hinterland, you’ll find lofty peaks, colourful communities, bustling markets, beautiful heritage buildings and lush, verdant landscapes.
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And last but not least the food! Mauritius cuisine is a mix of Asian and African influences. From the freshest grilled seafood to fragrant curries, Mauritius food is just delicious!
Mauritius is, as you can see, a beautiful and safe country to visit. The roads are good, making it easy to explore the island with a rental car. The friendly people speak English and French, and are always eager to help should you lose your way.
Air Mauritius flies from London, Paris, Johannesburg and various Asian cities to Mauritius. Other airlines such as Emirates, BA and Air France also fly to Mauritius.