Mauritius is the corner of paradise I’ve been dying to visit for a while now and when the opportunity came by I grabbed it without hesitation. If you ask me, this island is a piece of heaven here on earth; you will understand why the moment you step on its ground. It is really very difficult to get bored over here. After coming across some photos of the beaches and landscapes of Mauritius, I put this island on my bucket list. Now, after I visited it, I would like to share the amazing experiences with you.
1. The weather in Mauritius
Mauritius is an island that belongs to the region of East Africa, is located on the Indian Ocean. It has gorgeous beaches and lagoons, which make one-time visitors come back here. As you can imagine, this exotic island enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. Only two seasons exist in Mauritius, summer, and winter, but, even so, the differences in temperature are not significant, as you will never see snow and frost here. Also, the island is a microclimate area, which means that it is possible for rain to occur in one part of the island while the rest of it enjoys plenty of sunshine. While you may be tempted to believe that the summer months are the best to visit Mauritius, think again. You should visit the island between November and April, as the weather is warm and pleasant. During summer, there’s a lot of rain, thunderstorms, and even cyclones. Plus, you will avoid days with scorching heat. If you’re not sure what month is best for you check Mauritius Inside-Out, it’s full of great tips and information about the Island to help you finalise your trip.
2. Beaches of Mauritius
When it comes to beaches, Mauritius is surrounded by them. But, if you want to enjoy the best beach experiences, there are 10 stunning beaches to choose from. They are the Trou aux Biches, Belle Mare Plage, Ile aux Cerfs, Pereybere, Flic en Flac, Blue Bay Beach, Mont Choisy, Le Morne, La Cuvette, and La Cambuse. Le Morne is literally the beach that stands out in the crowd, due to an impressive basaltic monolith, which bears the same name, located near the beach. This natural monument changes the entire décor of the beach, as the large rocky formation goes well with the surrounding palm trees and turquoise water. You can come here to sunbathe, swim, kiteboard, surf, and windsurf.
3. Take a swim with the Dolphins
If you ever dreamt about swimming with dolphins and whales in their natural habitat, Mauritius gives you the chance to do so. The island is called home by two species of dolphins, the Bottlenose, and Spinners, so there are high chances to enjoy a close encounter with these gracious mammals, especially on the west coast of Mauritius. But, if you want to be part of this, be responsible. Bear in mind that you are an intruder on their territory and that your arrival can be stressful for the animals. So, take such a trip only through a responsible and reliable tour operator and, while in the water, keep your distance from the dolphins. Also, if you want to do something for them, do not visit zoos and aquariums that keep dolphins captive, as they don’t belong there.
4. Go for a dive
Besides beaches and a great weather, Mauritius is also famous for its coral barrier reef. If you want to see underwater chimneys, canyons, and caves, formed by the action of water, then you should dive in the south-west coastal area of the island. Also, as you approach the Morne Mountain, the coral reef is more brightly colored and you can even come across dolphins. Just, make sure to have proper equipment and training before diving. Plan your diving endeavor in detail and stay calm no matter what happens. Keep an eye on the weather and water currents, but, in order to be sure, it’s best to opt for the services and guidance of a diving tour operator.
5. Crocodile and Giant Tortoise Park
I will talk about a park apart from others, as it focuses on the conservation and re-population of Mauritius with its native reptile species. Thus, while in Mauritius, I ended up visiting the La Vanille Nature Park, where several species of tortoises live and breed in a peaceful environment. If the island was once heavily populated by tortoises, the man-introduced pigs, and rats, among others, destroyed their nests and led to the significant decrease in their population. Now, this park is trying to save them, including the Aldabra giant tortoise, so that the future generations of Mauritius can still enjoy their presence. Also, besides tortoises, you can also see crocodiles and other species of reptiles that are specific to this island.
If you don’t have any vacation plans at the moment, then start planning your trip to Mauritius as it will be an experience you will never forget.