8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mauritius


Mauritius is a unique holiday destination, seamlessly blending different cultures into a rich melting pot of beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and exciting tourist attractions. This island in the Indian Ocean has over 330 kilometers of coastline, surrounded by coral reef. We visited before starting the blog and I’m sharing my memories and 8 reasons why you should visit Mauritius as part of #Throwback Thursday.

1 – Beautiful Beaches
Mauritius is famous for its crystal clear water and sandy beaches. The East coast where we stayed is less developed than the North coast and the beaches tend to be less crowded. There’s a pleasant breeze as you’ll see from my photo of Long Beach below.

Long Beach Mauritius beachThe Ile aux Cerfs is located inside the East coast lagoon, so the water is very calm and the views towards Black River Peak are impressive. The North coast beaches are also very popular and there are lots of water sports on offer including water skiing and windsurfing.

Mauritius fisherman beach2 – Black River Peak
Also known as Le Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, this is the highest mountain in Mauritius. The peak is 828 meters high and the hike up is of average difficulty, though its best to use a guide as it’s steep at the top. We didn’t have time to climb it but admired the views from a distance – apparently you get a 360 degree panoramic view of the whole island so it’s well worth the effort.

Black River Peak Mauritius3 – Chamarel Waterfall
Situated very close to Black River Peak, Chamarel is a village with two natural wonders. The first of these is the highest waterfall in Mauritius, at 83 meters high. The lush vegetation makes a stunning backdrop and you might even spot some monkeys scampering around. The second phenomenon is the Seven Coloured Earths, of which more later.

Chamarel Waterfall Mauritius4 – Ganga Talao
This holy crater lake is also called Grand Bassin, and is considered the most sacred Hindu place in the whole of Mauritius. During the Shivaratri festival, pilgrims walk barefoot to the lake from their homes.

Grand Bassin MauritiusAt any time of year, you will see people leaving offerings to the Gods, and you can admire the many statues of the deities including the huge 33 meter high statue of the god Shiva.

Grand Bassin Mauritius5 – Luxurious Hotels
Mauritius has some fantastic hotels and we stayed in two of them – firstly the world renowned Le Touessrok, reopening as Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa in November. Located on stunning Trou d’Eau Douce Bay, it overlooks the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. We had a great time exploring the resort’s two islands, Ilot Mangénie and Ile aux Cerfs, with its 18-hole championship golf course.

Le Touessrok Mauritius poolLong Beach was our second port of call, a five star spa hotel with an urban beach chic vibe. Also located on the East coast, all the rooms have sea views and some like ours are seafront villas. We particularly loved the activities on offer at this hotel – not only did we cycle to the nearest village but we also tried out the climbing wall and enjoyed the nightly entertainment in the plaza.

Long Beach Mauritius Hotel6 – The People
One of the things that makes Mauritius so great is its people – there’s no official religion here and Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists all live in harmony. The cuisine is a tantalizing combination of Indian, French, African and Chinese influences, with many dishes that are specific to Mauritius. There isn’t an official language either, but Mauritian Creole is a French based language which borrows a number of words from English, African and Asian languages. In the hotels and restaurants, everyone speaks English fluently.

Mauritian women7 – Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel
This particular attraction really has to be seen to be believed! A geological formation with seven different shades of earth, it’s thought that they resulted from molten volcanic rock cooling at different external temperatures. Visitors can observe blue, brown, green, purple, red and yellow shades. It’s not possible to walk directly on them but you get a great view from the observation points.

Seven Coloured Earths8 – Trou aux Cerfs Volcano
Thankfully this volcano is dormant, although it could become active again one day. It’s name means “Hole of the Deers” in English and it’s 80 meters deep and between 300 and 350 meters in diameter. It’s best to admire the view from the top, as the sides are incredibly steep.

Trou aux Cerfs Mauritius volcanoAll in all, Mauritius is so much more than just a beach holiday, although it’s equally good for those who want to just kick back and relax.

Have you been to Mauritius or the Indian Ocean? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Many thanks to Hosmark, the leading hotel representation company and Air Mauritius  for our comfortable flight.

  • wow, I would love to go there

    xo

    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • Patricia Blaj

    Do you even need eight reasons? It’s beautiful as hell and that’s the perfect reason, haha! Would love to visit one day 🙂

    Fashionably,

    Patricia

    http://www.wingsforliberty.com/

  • AdventureHan

    wow! Those beaches!

    • They’re fantastic beaches and the coral reef makes it a diver’s paradise

  • Catherine Lux

    I’d love to go to Mauritius one day, it looks absolutely beautiful! Years ago my Dad was friends with a guy who’s family own a lot of the island, and stupidly when he offered us a free stay there Dad said no because my brother was quite young at the time and didn’t think he’d like the long flight! I was horrified!

    C x | Lux Life

    • Oh what a shame, I hope you do get to visit one day, Catherine. We were surprised with how many things there were to do there

  • No need to convince me, I am dying to go there, especially for diving 😀
    It’s a paradise indeed, and I love all the reasons you mentioned <3

    Stunning photos!

    • We didn’t do the diving at the time but I’d love to go back and try that!

  • Aggghhh take me back there! We went in November last year and had THE most wonderful time, though spent most of it on the beach/in the sea so didn’t see most of the above!!!!
    Rosie xx

  • I’ve heard amazing things about Mauritius it’s just out the coast from South Africa, which is cool! those beautiful waters wow ..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • It’s quite easy to combine a safari in SA with a beach break in Mauritius apparently

  • nicoleta buru

    Mauritius is the great place to spend your Holiday. Been there and love it ♥♥♥

    Kisses,

    Nicole

    Reinvent Yourself Guide

    http://reinventyourself.guide/

  • I want to visit immediately- what a gorgeous corner of the globe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • It’s really gorgeous Ashley, the people are so friendly too!

  • I always get Mauritius mixed up is Mauritania…and they really couldn’t be more different! Great post – this really makes me want to visit!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

    • The two do sound very similar but they are so different – a bit like Dominica and the Dominican Republic

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I can’t help having a nose at a nice hotel and I took a look at the website, both of these look stunning! the volcano looks incredible too!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • There are some really great hotels on the East coast and I can’t wait to see what the revamp of Le Touessrok will be like

  • I’ve always LOVED the idea of Mauritius – my mum’s company has a resort there (or was it Seychelles? Geography fail…) – thank you for reminding me of how gorgeous it is! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Whether Mauritius or Seychelles, both are stunning! Hope your store opening went well

  • Would love to! Looks gorgeous!

  • I would love love love to visit Mauritius! The photos are amazing! You are so lucky to have visited this beautiful place.

    http://www.LUXESSED.com

    • I know, extremely lucky! Would love to return and see the other side of the island, it’s supposed to be lovely too

  • Andrea

    Mauritius looks beautiful, it´s definitely in my bucket list now!

    https://mythoughtsthroughthelens.wordpress.com/

  • This place looks amazing Suze! I’d love to go to Mauritius one day and see it for myself. Your pictures are beautiful.

    • Thanks very much Carmen, it was before the blog so I didn’t get any food shots but the cuisine was pretty good too

  • I saw some of these pretty photos shared on your Twitter and instantly fell in love – the entire post certainly doesn’t disappoint and in fact, quite the opposite.. I’m determined to visit Mauritius now! The ‘Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel’ seems spectacular 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

    • Those earths are amazing, never seen anything like it before! You can even buy the sand from the gift shop

  • This is definitely one of my dream destinations. It’s so beautiful.

    http://www.girlcandress.com

  • Coco Cami

    Stunning photographs, this is such an inspirational post. I would happily jet off to Mauritius tomorrow after reading this. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Best Wishes,

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you Camille, that’s very kind – it really is a beautiful island

  • Though I love luxurious places in the cities, I love nature too. That waterfalls look magnificent. The greens and the blues in those photos are just breathtakingly beautiful.

    • The waterfalls are lovely and the whole island is so green

  • stylentonic Constantinos
    • It’s definitely a dream destination, wishing you a lovely weekend Constantinos

  • Ellie Adams

    Ow wow, I definitely didn’t need 8 reasons to go, the photo’s alone are enough to tempt me. So stunning!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • It is a gorgeous place isn’t it, have a great weekend Ellie!

  • Omg! That waterfall! Those beaches! I would love to jet off this very weekend, it looks like heaven!!!

    • I’d love to swim under that waterfall though I don’t think that you can, we just admired if from a distance!

  • Valentina

    Great post. I really need to visit it someday.

    XoXo
    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

  • Oh my God !! Such a lovely place. I love beaches <3 <3 Very very nicely written !

    http://www.elegant365.com

    • Thanks Sindhura, that’s very kind – there are some great beaches in Mauritius

  • No I’ve never been! To be honest, I thought before reading this that Mauritius was ‘just another beach resort.’ Don’t get me wrong, nothing against people who love your typical luxury beach holiday, but I need that mix of culture and nature to keep me happy during my travels. Lying on the beach just isn’t me 😉 So glad to see that there’s so much more to do here!

    • Same here, I can’t lay around for long when there are things to visit! Have a great weekend Maaike

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I’ve been to quite a few of the Indian Ocean islands and found they all have their own perks but there was no beating the culture and the natural beauty as well as the friendliness of the Mauritan beaches! I’d love to take my husband to see the place one day!

  • Lucy

    This is on the list, such a beautiful country and wonderful culture. Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel Look breathtaking Lucy x

    • The culture is such an interesting mix, Lucy! Have a great weekend

  • A stunning island – a real variation from the Maldives, similar blissful beaches and views, but with lots to explore too

    • I’d also like to visit the Maldives but worry that I would go stir crazy which you won’t in Mauritius

  • Ivana Džidić

    I want to visit this place so bad!!!!!!! This island is a paradise:)

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

    • You’re right Ivana, it’s a real paradise – happy Sunday

  • Wioletta M.

    awww! I would love to go there! now! just now! <3

    http://www.fashion-utopia.com

  • I can’t believe that I’ve been to Mauritius on holiday three times and not seen any of the above! Mind you we do play a lot of golf when we’re there! I have been zip-lining there – that’s great fun!

    • I know there was a zip line near Chamarel, apparently it’s closed until further notice. We should have fitted it in whilst we were there but there was so much to see!

  • Oh god I’m in love!! Mauritius has been my dream destination for so long and I keep hoping Mr Ayla will take me for an anniversary/birthday/second honeymoon etc but it hasn’t happened yet! After this post I want to go even more!

    • Fingers crossed that he reads this and takes the hint, you could “accidentally” have him see the page 😉

  • Your photographs look so beautiful Suze. I haven’t visited Mauritius before but I would love to go one day. It looks stunning. An old college friend grew up there, certainly not a bad place to grow up 🙂 I would happily move to sunnier destinations anytime and live by the sea, it really soothes me!

    Laura x http://www.shehearts.net xx

    • I’ve since made a couple of Mauritian friends in London – it does sound like a great place to grow up and to live!

  • Your photos are absolutely stunning! It makes me want to visit Mauritius right about now. 🙂
    The waterfall looks like quite a hike to get to.

    • Thanks very much, the waterfall was surprisingly accessible but then again we didn’t go right to the edge

  • SafariOnTheBlog

    Beautiful Photos Suze. It looks stunning. Never been to Mauritius. Can’t wait to visit x

    • It’s definitely one of those places that you visit once and you want to return to!

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