A slice of Indian Ocean idyll, Mauritius draws visitors world-over to dive, snorkel, beach comb, fish, swim, parasail and waterski. But the hinterland gorges and mountains shouldn't be overlooked if the beach 'grind' gets stale...
East of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles, Mauritius was discovered by Arab sailors in the 9th century and has since been colonised by the Dutch, French and British before gaining independence in 1968. Beyond the picture-perfect beaches, there are 700 species of indigenous plants spread across the island's 65 kilometre length and 45 kilometre width. Its varied past has left a blend of culture, architecture and influences on food and most people are equally fluent in English and French.
Here's the rough guide to making the most of your Mauritius stay if you want a beach break plus a little more:
- Try glass-bottomed boating at Blue Bay – partly designated marine park, it's quietest during the week.
- Visit the Hindu temple at Triolet – built in 1819 to honour the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Brahma, Ganesha and Muruga.
- Hike in Black River Gorges National Park – enjoy the fresh air of the virgin forests.
- Surf at Tamarin Beach – the bay also has a dolphin pod and dramatic views to an extinct volcano.
The only caveat with island paradises is a watch on cyclone season: it's December–March. So if you're hankering for a little slice of paradise, grab a flight to Mauritius or check out the Mauritius holiday packages to keep your plans simple.
Mauritius Airport (MRU)
Flights from Singapore to Mauritius will disembark at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), known as SSR Airport or previously as Plaisance Airport, is located 48 kilomtres southeast of Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. Named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first Prime Minister of Mauritius, the airport serves as the hub of the country's national airline Air Mauritius.
Airlines that fly to Mauritius
For more information on Mauritius holidays check out our Mauritius travel guide.