This volcanic island nation is considered a bucket-list destination by many because of its heavenly beaches and turquoise waters. Visitors to this paradise on earth can swim amid technicolour reefs, hike through verdant national parks brimming with wildlife and stand atop rugged mountains overlooking sparkling lagoons. Yet, this small but mighty gem in the middle of the Indian Ocean hides far more treasures than first meets the eye. Also compelling are its warm and friendly people, rich history and culture, and delectable local cuisine of rich curries and sweet pastries. It won't be long before you get hooked on the irresistible rhythm of life on the East African island.
Black River Gorges National Park
Mauritius' biggest and best national park, this 6,574-hectare expanse of unspoilt nature is the last stand for the island's indigenous forests and many native species, such as the critically endangered Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon. Feel at one with nature by embarking on a hike through this vast wonderland of rolling hills, deep valleys and spectacular waterfalls - there are so many trails to choose from, whether you prefer a hardcore climb to the top or a gentle ramble through the forest. The park also offers activities such as birdwatching for those who are looking for a memorable experience in this tropical paradise.
Casela Nature Parks
This highly popular leisure and attraction park offers a variety of fun and thrilling activities to individuals, families and corporates. It spans over 350 hectares and is divided into five zones, each with its own unique characteristics. Highlights include the Tulawaka Gold Coaster, a unique summer luge running on a 760m track. It also includes a cable lift hill as well as vertiginous descents and bends, that will give thrill-seekers an exciting ride with a breathtaking view of the west coast of Mauritius.
Adventure and excitement are also guaranteed on the one-hour safari quad tour. Whether you choose the double quad or the single one, you are sure to be amazed by the experience of driving on the rugged terrain among various African animals with a view of the magnificent Rempart mountain.
Mauritius is an absolute mecca for those in search of some water adventure. Whether you want to take a deep-dive into the wondrous underwater playground teeming with corals and sea life off the coast of the island, or take it all in from a glass-bottom boat or up above in a heli, there are plenty of ways to get a dose of Vitamin Sea on your holiday. Or, get your adrenaline pumping with a host of water sports such as kayaking, stand-up paddling, wind surfing, sailing on a Hobie Cat and parasailing. You can also go on a catamaran outing, submarine ride, undersea walk or scooter - the list is limitless! Don't miss deep-sea Big Game Fishing and you could haul in prized catches such as blue marlin and tuna.