Mauritius, is an idyllic island with crystal clear waters, powder soft white sand, fringed with palm trees and has gorgeous weather. It was ranked among the top 10 countries to visit in 2018 according to Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2018. It has been popular as a honeymoon destination, as well as a great place for water sports enthusiasts, or those wanting a relaxing holiday on a slice of paradise.
Mauritius was known as the ‘Star and Key of the Indian Ocean’ during the colonial days. This was due to its strategic position in the Indian Ocean. Today it is still a gem and has stunning beaches, lush rainforests and natural wonders, a fantastic temple, clear waters perfect for water sports or catamaran trips, and fantastic food.
Here are 10 photos from my trip to Mauritius, which will spark your wanderlust and make you add Mauritius to your travel radar.
Le Morne Beach, Mauritius
The stunning beaches in Mauritius look like they do in brochures.
Just off the south west coast of Mauritius, about 200 meters from the shore, you will find this rock in the middle of the ocean. It is called the Crystal Rock of Mauritius and is a place where you can dive and rest on this beautiful wonder of nature.
Whilst in Mauritius, a Catamaran trip is a must, and some even offer a BBQ whilst sailing! It is a wonderful experience.
The tea tasting experience at Bois Cheri Tea Plantation is a must, especially with this incredible view!
A scenic and beautiful place to visit is Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao), where you will find a natural lake within an extinct volcano crater. According to mythology, the water here is linked to the sacred Ganges river in India. Many Hindus visit here and it is considered that taking a dip in this lake during the Shivratri festival is auspicious. Here you will also find a famous Hindu Temple with beautiful statues standing tall from the lake, and stunning views. You can go inside the temple for blessings and it is really worth visiting to see the architecture and the gorgeous statues.
Within Chamarel, a small village in Mauritius, is the unique seven colours sand. These were formed naturally and have hues of colours, ranging from yellow, red, brown, violet, purple, green and even blue. As you walk around the area you can get diverse views of the sand, as well as one from an observation deck.
Sunsets in Mauritius are pretty spectacular, seeing the sky with its array of red, orange, pink and yellow hues.
Mauritius has an abundant supply of sugar cane due to the sugar cane fields visible throughout the island. If you get a chance, definitely drink some sugar cane juice as it is so refreshing and delicious.
Now a historical world heritage site, Le Morne mountain, which is 550 metres high is a majestic mountain that stands as a cathedral for freedom, as it was where many runaway slaves sought refuge and hid. As the tale goes, the day that slavery got abolished, some slaves hadn’t heard about it yet and thought that some soldiers they sighted on the mountain, who were actually coming to give good news were actually dangerous and so they jumped to their deaths to avoid being captured. You can see Le Morne from various points of the island, but you can also go up it!
If you w0uld like to read more about the ‘Things to do in Mauritius,’ I have a post all about it here.