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Mauritius is an island country located in the Indian Ocean and exhibits a rich combination of African, Indian, European and Arabian cultures. It is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations and once you witness its paradise-like setting, you would agree too! The wonders of Mauritius extend beyond its celebrated white-sand beaches with its verdant forest landscapes and exciting underwater adventures.
The buzzing capital of Mauritius is also its main harbour and has served as the administrative centre of the island since the French rule. Champ de Mars, one of the world’s oldest and largest horse race courses, the British-built Fort Adelaide, Natural History Museum, The Blue Penny Museum and of course, the Caudan Waterfront lined with shops and eateries are the capital’s highlights.
Black River Gorges National Park: This is the biggest national park in Mauritius that spreads over dense forests housing a rich collection of wildlife. Here you can find all of the country’s nine endemic bird species including the pink pigeon, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius parakeet and Mauritius cuckooshrike. The park also holds a large population of fruit bats and around 300 species of flowering plants. For its visitors, the park offers beautiful trails that lead to stunning waterfalls and amazing viewpoints.
Seven Colored Earth Geopark: The Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, located in Chamarel, is one of those surreal locations that make you appreciate the grandeur of nature. The sand dunes here are coloured in seven distinct shades – red, violet, green, purple, brown, blue and yellow.
Chamarel Waterfall: The 82 metre long Chamarel waterfall that is formed by the St Denis river is another stunning natural sight in this region. The majestic waterfall is surrounded by dense greenery and believed to be the tallest waterfall in Mauritius. You can view the waterfall from the observation deck in the Seven Coloured Earth Geopark or directly head down to the waterfall and swim in its shallow waters.
The Le Morne Brabant peninsula is known for the UNESCO listed Le Morne Brabant mountain, which is a great hiking destination. The mountain also stands as a symbol of the freedom struggle of the slaves who took shelter here after escaping from the nearby countries in the early 19th-century.
Pamplemousses, which means ‘grapefruits’ in French is a laid-back aesthetic town popular for its French mansions and exquisite gardens. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, more commonly referred to as the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens grows an unbelievable collection of plant species. The garden’s beauty can be seen in its giant water lily pond, remarkable horticultural displays, rare and unique floral species and a colourful birdlife. The garden is over 300 years old and was developed by the French botanist Pierre Poivre, when Mauritius was under French rule. The Pamplemousses district is also popular for the beach-village of Trou aux Biches, which is a great spot to watch the sunset.
Tamarin, once a fishing village, is now a popular tourist spot with luxury villas and resorts. Its highlight is the Tamarin Bay, popular for surfing and dolphin spotting.
North of the village, lies the Flic en Flac beach, one of the longest beaches in Mauritius. This splendid white-sand beach is fringed by rich coral reefs and is perfect for snorkelling. The area around the beach has a vibrant atmosphere and is lined with bars, pubs and food stalls.
Trou d’Eau Douce, a lovely village, is the tourist hotspot on the eastern coast of the island. The waters here are perfect for snorkelling and in spite of attracting thousands of visitors, the village still retains its authentic charm and is a great place to experience Mauritian culture.
Mahebourg is a small coastal town with bustling markets and street food scene. The National History Museum, housed in a French mansion displaying the long maritime history of the island, the 19th-century Notre Dame des Anges church and its beautiful waterfront are the highlights of Mahebourg.
The idyllic setting, friendly locals, interesting culture and rich natural elements make this island country a perfect romantic getaway and an exotic holiday destination.
Mauritius is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations.