Until the 16th century, Mauritius was left alone my most countries. Except from a few Arab navigators who first put it on their maps, nobody knew about the island until the Dutch set foot on it.
Upon their arrival on this small island of the south-east of the Indian Ocean, they tried to build a settlement from which they exported precious ebony trees. They also introduced sugar cane, which has since been a pillar of Mauritian economy. However the Dutch left the island, to be later replaced by the French, who brought along African slaves. Later, after the Napoleonic wars, it was the British who took over the island and they abolished slavery and introduced indentured laborers from Asia.
Nowadays the island of Mauritius is quite multicultural and tourists can enjoy a bit of every culture, especially in the varied food that is served at luxury hotels and restaurants all around the island.
Over the years, the island has become a luxury destination for tourists all over the world. The numerous Mauritius hotels and luxury private villa rentals are proof of the success of Mauritian tourism. Tourists can partake in a wide range of activities during their holidays in Mauritius such as big game fishing in the tropical waters around the island, golfing on well-designed golf courses near the hotel resorts, kite-surfing and other water sports.
There are also a lot of activities outside of Mauritian hotel properties as well. There are several nature parks and reserves around the island of Mauritius that tourists can visit. The private-run ones offer activities such as quad bike riding, horse riding, via ferrata, hiking, walking with lions and cheetahs, zip-lining etc… The public ones will allow tourists to get to know the island’s fauna and flora better.
There are also a few museums that tourists can visit during their holidays in Mauritius. another interesting activity is visiting factories around the island, whether they make tea, rum, recycled glassware, or ship models.