An important stop on the trade routes, the pristine shores of Mauritius have been attracting foreign visitors for centuries. Its varied history is evident in the colonial plantation homes and Creole cuisine. Nature abounds in the volcanic island’s interior with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking and mountain bike trails. Our Travel Experts love the Black River Gorges National Park for wildlife spotting and the reef sheltered lagoons that cater for both the abundant sea life and the water sports enthusiasts.
Popular Mauritius Holidays
Hidden in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a jaw-dropping botanical garden, reef-sheltered lagoons and hilly coastal plains. Our Mauritius holidays range showcases the best of the island and its neighbours through a collection of hand-picked 4 to 5-star hotels, free transfers, flights and a range of exclusive extras. The below holidays are just an example of what we can arrange for you. Our Experts are available to book your idea holiday whether it be staying in two hotels, upgrading your flights or staying in Mauritius as a stopover. For more information, talk to our Experts today.
Mauritius Holiday Types
The resorts and hotels on Mauritius are amongst some of the most beautiful in the world with beachside views and poolside bars. These resorts however, do vary based on the type of holiday you’re looking for, whether it be a honeymoon or for group of friends, a luxurious no expense spared, or a more budget-friendly all-inclusive stay. For more ideas, see our Mauritius holiday types below.
Mauritius Holiday Ideas and Advice
Things to do in Mauritius
Flic En Flac
On the West coast of Mauritius Flic en Flac has developed from a small fishing village to a tourism hotspot, and for good reason. Here you can find an 8km stretch of pure white sand ripe for relaxation. The beach, finged with Casurina Trees, is protected by a reef and is, therefore, a safe area for swimming, water sports and exploring the underwater world.
Grand Baie is the most famous resort in Mauritius. Located on the North coast of the island, the area is typified by azure seas and beautiful secluded white sand beaches and sheltered coves and a coast peppered with gorgeous hotels and charming restaurants. The waters around the area are calm and ripe for exploration.
Explore the underwater world
The coral reef that surrounds this island is the third largest in the world and protects the coast from the vast Indian Ocean, which drives so much of the lives of the residents of the island. It is also the perfect environment for Marine life and provides habitat for turtles and tropical fish, both of which can be seen easily from the islands beautiful white-sand beaches.
Swim with Dolphins
The best spot for swimming with Dolphins is Baie du Tamarin on the East of the island, located at the mouth of the Black river. There is a pod of dolphins who have chosen to make this corner of Mauritius their home. Best viewed in the mornings or early evenings, make sure that you don’t miss the chance to swim with dolphins on your holiday to Mauritius.
Take in a rum tour
The tipple of choice in Mauritius is rum, which is desperately unsurprising when you drive past the fields full of sugar cane and consider that so much of this islands population relies on the sea. Why not get better acquainted with the production of this liquor and taste some of the finest samples on the island. The best place to do this is Rhumerie de Chamarel, a rum distillery in the South West of the island.
Things to see in Mauritius
Ile Aux Cerfs
This privately owned island is on the East coast of Mauritius. The island has a winding coastline of inlets and sweeping white sand beaches perfect for exploration by boat. The Ile Aux Cerfs also has the largest lagoon in Mauritius.
Black River Gorge
A holiday in Mauritius may not scream “beautiful mountain views” but that’s exactly what you are treated to at the Black River Gorge. This national park offers brilliant views from the high central plateau down through the forested hillsides carved by the Black Gorges river to the sea.
Seven coloured earth
The Chamarel plains is a unique patch of dunes where the earth has been eroded and exposes beautifully multi-coloured earth. Standing at the side of this attraction you will be treated to purples, reds and oranges – definitely a must-see on your Mauritius holiday.
When to Go to Mauritius
As a tropical island, Mauritius experiences warm temperatures year round averaging between 17°C to 26°C. Where its weather does vary is in regards to rain. For dry conditions, May to December is the ideal time to visit while November to April sees humidity increase, particularly in January to March when the cyclone season hits.
More About Mauritius
Capital city: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee
Vaccinations: When travelling from the UK there are no vaccinations required. The Mauritius government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you have arrived from a country with risk of yellow fever. For more advice, we recommend visiting our Travel Clinic.
Flight time: The London to Mauritius flight time is around 12 hours direct
Airport: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa for stays of less than six months.