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Mauritius - the island that has it all

Mauritius will enchant you, uplift your soul and make you feel completely and totally relaxed. The island is a contrast of colours and tastes, perfectly set in its turquoise waters and white beaches. The beauty about Mauritius is that the island has just about everything you need to make your holiday truly unique.

Wildlife tourism in Mauritius has gained popularity over the last few years and it is no wonder as Mauritius has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country, meaning you can see two of the most beautiful birds of the Indian Ocean – the pink pigeon and the Mauritian kestrel. Mauritius is also home to giant tortoises, dolphins, whales and sharks.

If you are more of a beach-body, then you will love Mauritian beaches and with over 160km-worth, you won’t have to travel very hard to find one. In the north of the island, you will find the greatest variety and concentration of beaches, including small coves. Although, the famous long stretches of talcum-white sands are found in the east. The west has golden sand with shallow waters and the best sunsets. Why not spend your holiday beach hopping until you find just the right place for you.

But if you are looking for something a bit more active, especially water related, you really can’t lose as Mauritius offers kitesurfing, paddling, diving, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins and boat excursions to the beautiful islands of the lagoon. On land, you can also decide between hiking, horse-riding or even golfing (yep, they have championship-standard golf courses).

Last but not least, why not top off your day of indulging at a local Mauritian restaurant. The island has just about every type of cuisine and backdrop, from fine-dining restaurants to beachside shacks serving fresh fish. Curries and seafood are staples of the island. Look out for the local delicacies such as Creole fish rougaille (a spicy tomato sauce), daube (beef or chicken stew) and vindaye (deep-fried fish coated in turmeric, ginger, chillies and mustard seeds).