“You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven was copied after Mauritius” - author Mark Twain.
When Mark Twain made this comment, he was not far off. With it’s sapphire blue waters, white sandy beaches, luxurious resorts, and stunning views of the Indian Ocean, it is hard to believe that Mauritius is anything but a little piece of Heaven. Labelled as one of Africa’s top destinations, Mauritius holidays offer a little bit of everything. From watersports, to work class spas, to professional golf courses, to animal parks and gourmet cuisine, activities in Mauritius have something to offer for everyone.
Located on the SouthWestern part of the Indian Ocean, the Island of Mauritius lies north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The Island was named after Prince Maurice of Nassau by the Dutch who settled on the island in 1598. At this time the island was popular for sugar cane and Java deer. Fast forward to 1968 and Mauritius achieved independence on March 12. The years afterwards were difficult, but after 15 years of hard work Mauritius finally achieved political and economic stability. Its status changed to a Republic in 1992.
One of the biggest attractions of Mauritius holidays today are the luxurious resorts that are scattered throughout the island. Whether you are looking for a spa to pamper yourself, impeccable services, elusive swimming pools, high class rooms, or world class dining - the resorts in Mauritius offer nothing less than extreme comfort and luxury.
And as for activities in Mauritius resorts? Water based activities are at the forefront of any oceanside resort. Popular activities range from kitesurfing to boating excursions to the lagoon. And if you’re up for it, the snorkelling and diving is Mauritius is some of the best in Africa. Large schools of dolphins present themselves from May to September, and its not uncommon to see humpback and sperm whales.
Of course, water isn’t the only attraction on Mauritius holidays. Mauritius has over 20 beautiful mountains to trek, as well as a variety of local artists and crafts vendors to be found in most villages. Deep sea fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, and cycling are also all popular activities in Mauritius.
The current population of Mauritius is over 1.2 million people and it holds a land area of over 784 square miles. January is the hottest month in Mauritius with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F). Yet even in its coldest month (July), the island still maintains an average high of 21°C (70°F).
With temperatures like these, there is no bad time to visit Mauritius. The best thing about the island is that it offers a little bit of something for everyone. For those who like to be pampered, the resorts offer you nothing less than treatment for royalty. And for those who prefer to be adventurous with nature, there is never a shortage of activities in Mauritius that involve the two.