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It’s also a natural adventure playground covered in mountains and forests, where even the shortest road trips are dotted with historic sights and tall tales – though sometimes as true as they are fantastic. Dozens of towns and villages, from the north to the south, mix up traditional Creole culture with resort-style fun. And the multicultural island also cooks with a passion and has a reputation for hospitality that’s as warm and welcoming as the weather.

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Why holiday in Mauritius?

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Good for: sheltered, safe beaches and water and lively resorts.


Good for: Black River Gorge, nature parks, luxurious beach resorts and spas.


Good for: Golfing resorts, watersports, luxury beachfront properties and beach BBQs.


Good for: Best-value accommodation, lively and local, close to the airport.


From Port Louis to Grand Baie, the island’s north-west is the Mauritian holiday coast. Sheltered from trade winds and sunny year-round, it’s the place for calm and safe waters, big beaches and lively resort towns.

  • Family-friendly resort hotels, good-value guesthouses, self-catering apartments and villas.
  • Coast for watersports, sailing, island-hopping boat trips, deep-sea-fishing charters, dive schools and underwater adventure.
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Defined by the huge bulk of Le Morne Brabant and famous for its waves, surfing beaches and dramatic interior, the south-west of Mauritius is generally thought to be the loveliest area on the island. It’s also home to Flic-en-Flac – the island’s longest and best-loved stretch of sand.

  • Beautifully designed boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, spas and spacious holiday villas.
  • The magnificent Black River Gorge National Park, Casela nature park and Le Morne Brabant are all in this area.

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Strong winds and pretty offshore islands are the north-east coast’s attraction for sailors during Mauritian winter months. But it’s also the area for some of the island’s most prized beaches, the powdery white sands of Belle Mare and cute little fishing villages like Grand Gaube.

  • Several golfing resorts, smaller guesthouses and hotels and luxury beachfront accommodation at Belle Mare and Trou aux Biches.
  • Good area for watersports, sailing, island-hopping, beach barbecues, sunbathing and swimming.
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The dramatic south-east coast is the place to find geological marvels like Lion Mountain. But it’s also popular for tranquil bays, gorgeous sands and calm, clear waters. Wildlife-spotting doesn’t get any better on the island than here, and pretty towns like Mahébourg have fabulous markets, local street food and intriguing customs.

  • Best on the island for good-value guesthouses, family-run B&Bs and international brand-name hotels.
  • Lively and local, close to the airport with easy access by road to the rest of the island.

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Educational value for kids

With its rich history, Creole heritage and unique natural environment, Mauritius is an effortless learning experience for kids.

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  • From kite-surfing to diving, there are watersports all along the coast.
  • Most family resorts have kids’ clubs and teach everything from traditional Sega dancing to local arts and crafts.
  • There are hikes and walks all over the island to discover wildlife, rare plants and birds.
  • Marine adventures include everything from dolphin- and whale-spotting to island hopping and fishing trips.
  • Mauritius has several good museums, a wide range of living-history experiences, heritage towns and villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Most islanders speak English, but picking up Creole words and phrases comes naturally to curious kids here.

Getting around with kids in Mauritus

Apart from the most rugged parts of the island interior, Mauritius is easy to explore by road, and self-drive is the option most families choose. Bike hire is inexpensive and widely available, and there are many safe, quiet and well-signposted cycle routes.

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