Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is best known (as you might expect) for its beaches and reefs. They’re wonderful, to be sure, but there is more to Mauritius than just the coastline.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with visiting an island as beautiful as Mauritius and spending all your time within earshot of the waves. Mauritius has truly beautiful beaches, each one seemingly more appealing than the last. If warm sand, warm water, and fresh seafood – with perhaps the occasional cocktail – is what you’re looking for, then you can probably stop reading here!

However, you might also want to hop on a boat to visit some of the more remote (and therefore quieter beaches) – not for nothing is Mauritius a very popular destination for couples on their honeymoon! While you’re at sea, it’s definitely worth throwing a line over the side. Mauritius boasts some of the world’s best deep-sea fishing. Even if you don’t hook a monster marlin, you could well catch the freshest and best sushi you’ll ever try!

Mauritius is an incredibly multicultural place, so it’s worth spending some time soaking up the vibey atmosphere in the capital, Port Louis. Mauritius has absorbed influences from many countries, which makes it a diverse and fascinating place to eat, dance or shop.

The interior of Mauritius provides quite a contrast – it’s actually rather mountainous, which means that there are great hiking opportunities. Perhaps the best place to put on your boots is Black River Gorges National Park, where you can trek up mountains and through an indigenous rainforest. While you do, be sure to keep a look-out for Mauritius’ rarest birds, all of which can be found here.

Also check out Chamarel, a small village in southern Mauritius which attracts visitors thanks to its waterfalls and the ‘seven colors of the earth’ – unique and beautiful sand dunes in seven distinct colors, formed by ancient volcanic activity. They’re just one representation of how colorful and diverse Mauritius is – an island that’s well worth visiting!

Gateway city: Port Louis

Best time to travel: Year-round

Highlights: Le Chateau de Labourdonnais, Grand Baie, Le Morne Brabant, Chamarel Village, Black River Gorges

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