Mauritius holidays

Mauritius, where spectacular coastal scenery changes at every bend

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From giant water lilies, bustling bazaars, beautiful temples, monumental cliffs and extinct volcanoes to unique wildlife—such as rare giant tortoises, flying foxes, and crocodiles form the different facets of Mauritius—this island is the jewel of the Indian Ocean. Scenic jungle preserve hosts many endangered species and traditional island plantations still produce tea in the time-honored Mauritian manner.  Below sea-level the island is also a mecca for divers and features countless mysterious shipwrecks to explore. A visit to the romantic Chamarel the Tamarind Waterfalls, where a crystal river cascades 240 meters over seven steps. Finish with a dip in the refreshing waters at the base of these falls, and you will truly know what exhilaration is all about!and pristine beach of Le Gris Gris is a must. (If truth were told, the sensational beaches are only a small part of the many natural attractions of this island).

The friendly residents of Mauritius island hail from Britain, France, Denmark, India, China, Sri Lanka, Africa, Madagascar, and Malaysia. They migrated to these islands to harvest ebony, grow sugar cane, and seek adventure during their time in Mauritius. As a result, today’s Mauritians represent a rainbow of cultures and cuisines. French influence on these islands, just off the coast of Madagascar, has resulted in a profusion of gourmet restaurants and top-tier hotels. Fine wines pair wonderfully with classic French dishes that take advantage of the bounty of both sea and land. On your Mauritius holidays, be sure to try Civet de Lievre, or rabbit braised in red wine, as well as a chargrilled fresh octopus salad. The influence of India has brought the aromatic flavors such as saffron, cinnamon, and cardamom to the table, whilst Creole cuisine heats up the menu with its spicy curries. British influence is evident in the tradition of afternoon high tea, served in classic old world style at every fancy hotel. There is truly an epicurean delight for every palate throughout the island so be sure to grab a foodie-map and seek out the panoply of chic, worldly restaurants.

Located near the tropic of Capricorn, the island enjoys longer days of sunshine than anywhere else. What’s interesting about Mauritius is its micro-climate; if it happens to be raining and your agenda is to hit the beach, do not worry, a couple of kilometres away the sun will be shining with not a cloud in sight. Generally though the North and West of the island have the most sunny days throughout the year, and the months from June through to November will have the least amount of rainfall; a time of balmy subtropical weather ideally suited to bathing suits, sunscreen and breezy linens.

Mauritian residents are known for great religious tolerance, even sharing in the observances of other cultural groups as they observe Mauritius holidays. Locals primarily practice Hinduism, Islam, and Catholicism, celebrating more than twenty national holidays that bring color and excitement to the islands year ‘round. The holiday of Cavadee is one unusual spectacle featuring pierced and tattooed islanders participating in twilight fire-walking ceremonies. On Father Laval Day, a procession honours a French priest of St. Croix, and on Chinese New Year, firecrackers and colourful dragon puppets dominate the festive street scene.

So be sure to throw on a sarong and dance through the dappled shade, past orchids and beneath a blooming tropical bower to a gently swinging hammock. Laze the day away, sipping a heady Mauritian concoction of passion fruit, pineapple, rum, coconut, or any flavour you choose. The soothing waters of every inlet and bay stand ready to welcome you on an unforgettable honeymoon, or a romantic getaway, and—who knows?—you may just find a golden relic washed up on the shore from those mysterious shipwrecks of old.