Holidays to Mauritius drop you on an Indian Ocean island, with that winning beach-adventure-culture combo.

Tropical treasure

This island’s a winner with honeymooners, but you don’t need a partner to pick Mauritius. It’s got a rainforest full of waterfalls and zip lines, peak-filled national parks with unreal views, and no end of breathtaking beaches. Plus, you can dive down to see coral reefs or dive into a hefty plate of French-Creole cuisine by the water’s edge. What’s not to love?

East to west

Mauritius is ready for your post-holiday photo dump. The most talked-about beaches can be found along the west and east coasts and they’re primed to picture-perfection with crystal sands and reef-sheltered lagoons. Belle Mare and Flic en Flac battle it out to be the best of the best. And Trou d’eau Douce goes big on watersports and beachfront bars.

Wild south

The south is a sure spot for both sunbathers and hikers. Take Bel Ombre, whose huge, sandy beach is parked in front of a thick forest. There’s a nature reserve just behind it and the Black River Gorges National Park beyond that. It's the best of both worlds. And that’s not the only green you’ll see – it’s got an 18-hole golf course, too. Meanwhile, nearby Le Morne is another win with its watersports and off-shore reef.

Bubbly north

The northern tip of the island is known for being a bit of a tourist trap. But for good reason. The main magnet’s Grand Baie and its massive beach, posh hotels and cracking nightlife. The rest of the north has taken a chill pill. Calodyne and Balaclava give you a taste of the real Mauritius. Think nap-friendly coves and sleepy sands.

At a Glance

  • Snorkel the clear waters of Ile-aux-Cerfs
  • Get your beach fix in Grand Baie
  • Go chasing waterfalls in Black River Gorges National Park

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