When you think of Mauritius what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The beaches. With their white sand, warm sea and palm tree coastlines, it’s no wonder Mauritius is a major tourist destination for people seeking a beach holiday. However, there is more to Mauritius than meets the eye. This small African Island in the Indian Ocean has even more to offer. Below are our top tips for activities in Mauritius (which don’t have to involve lying on a sun lounger).
Nature is Everywhere
Wildlife, mountain trails and nature hikes; Mauritius has it all. Mauritius is home to a vast array of rare African animals, so where better to see them than at a National Park? The Black River Gorges National Park is home to beautiful forests and a hiking trail. Visit here to spot macaque monkeys or trek to the highest point of the island!
If you want to see the whole animal kingdom, the Casela World of Adventures in West Mauritius is the place for you. Once home to the rare pink pigeon, this attraction is home to over 100 African animals including lions, zebras and giraffes.
A rich history
Mauritius is characterised by a real fusion of cultures including French, Indian, Creole and Chinese. Given that the densely populated island had been settled by immigrants from Africa, Europe and Asia, Mauritius has a lot of history to offer. See the Blue Penny Museum to see the world’s first colonial stamp or the Natural History Museum in Port Louis for some ancient animal history. Speaking of animals; Mauritius is famous for the dodo, which was endemic to the island until it became extinct around the 1700’s.
Under the Sea
Get up close and personal with the creatures under the sea. If you are qualified, Mauritius is an unmissable place to go deep sea diving. With its warm and transparent water; scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and ship wreck diving are experiences that you will never forget – not to mention the vast diversity of marine life.
If you are not qualified, or a bit scared of the scuba, then try snorkelling in the reefs. Mauritius is home to the third largest coral reef in the world, so there will be plenty to see in the water!
These activities are all well and good, but with its all-year-round hot weather, what on earth are you going to wear? Emma Willis has the answer. Her latest spring collection with Next has everything you need for your spring/summer holiday wardrobe (and for when the weather eventually gets warmer at home too!)
Shot in Mauritius, the edit contains over 50 pieces that are stylish, comfortable and don’t break the bank. From flowing beach dresses in bold and bright colours of red and blue, to the staple tan sandal perfect for those beach activities, Emma has you covered.
If you are completely sold on the idea of going to Mauritius, then you should have the wardrobe to match your beautiful surroundings! Emma’s spring edit comes in a range of sizes from 6-22. For perfect beach style and bright pieces to compliment the sunshine, shop the collection in store and online now.