Why Mauritius is even better than the Seychelles or Bora-Bora for your holidays

Why Mauritius is even better than the Seychelles or Bora-Bora for your holidays

Close to Le Morne by tomfellmann, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomfellmann/

Mauritius holds a particular place among the world’s island destinations. It may not be as exotic as the Tahitian island of Bora-Bora or as pristine or glamorous as the Seychelles, but it is not as far-flung as the former and it is certainly more developed than the latter, meaning that while you can enjoy very relaxing holidays in the luxury hotels in the rural areas of Mauritius, you don’t need to feel out of touch with the rest of civilization either.

In fact, holidays in Mauritius might actually be preferable to these more glamorous destinations because the level of development allows for a range of touristic activities that may not be available in Seychelles or Bora-Bora.

During your holidays in the island of Mauritius, not only you will get the opportunity to relax on the white sandy beaches, but you will also have the opportunity to try various activities in nature reserves and parks such as riding quad bikes, mountain biking, archery, zip-lining, buggy rides, sky-diving, horse-riding excursions, safaris, etc. Furthermore, a lot of different activities can be practiced out at sea, including kite surfing, windsurfing, big game fishing, whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving and even going on submarine rides and explore the ocean floor.

Some of the nature parks and reserves that you can visit during your holidays in Mauritius are:  Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary, Domaine de Lagrave, Domaine de l’Etoile, la Vallée des Couleurs, la Vanille Crocodile Farm, Chamarel Adventure Park, The Black River Gorges, Frédérica Nature Reserve, and Casela.

During your holidays in Mauritius, you will also have all the luxury to improve your golf scores at the numerous golf courses which dot the island. Some of the golf courses of Mauritius are : the Tamarina Golf Club, the Paradis Hotel and Golf  Club, the Touessrok golf course, The One 1 Only Saint-Géran Golf Club, the Belle Mare plage Golf Club, the Four Seasons Golf Club, the Golf du Château at Domaine de Bel-Ombre and the Mauritius Gymkhana Club.

Mauritius also has a rich culture, as you can find people of almost all origins living peacefully there. One of the ways you can discover the culture of Mauritius is through several museums such as The Martello Tower Museum in Black River, The Frederik Hendrik Museum in Vieux Grand Port, The Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum, the Mahébourg National History Museum, the Domaine des Aubineaux in Forest-Side, the Eureka House in Moka, the Chateau Labourdonnais in Mapou, L’Aventure du Sucre in Pamplemousses, the China Heritage Museum in Port-Louis, the Mikado Shell Museum, the Postal Museum, the Photography Museum, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture and the Blue Penny Museum, all in Port-Louis.

Spending your holidays in Mauritius also means that you will be able to go shopping and sight-seeing in its towns, so if you need anything during your holidays, you can be sure you’ll get it at reasonable prices. Finally, the range of accommodations available in Mauritius, from bungalows, to luxury villas and 5-star hotels will also ensure you can tailor your holiday experience according to your budget and that most of your hard-earned money won’t be spent on travel expenses alone.

 

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What to do on holidays in Mauritius: try the outdoor activities

What to do in Mauritius; visit the nature parks and reserves

Casela Bird Park, Mauritius by John Mauremootoo, on Flickr

The island of Mauritius can be found in the south-western part of the Indian Ocean. It is a small island where agriculture has always played an important part historically, although the tourism sector is becoming more important every year as well as the services and fishing sectors.

Every year more than a million tourists set foot on this quiet island for their holidays or honeymoons. Most of the tourists that come to the island of Mauritius are from France, followed by Réunion Island, South Africa, United Kingdom, India, Germany, Italy and others. As a result, a lot of hotels and resorts can be found in Mauritius.

Recently, more has been done to promote the island of Mauritius as a green destination. In fact Mauritius has beautiful and varied landscapes as well as a lot of nature parks, public or private, where tourists and locals can enjoy the best of Mauritian nature.

Some of these Mauritian nature parks and reserves are the Black River Gorges, the Casela Nature and Reserve Park, the Frédérica Nature reserve, La Vanille Crocodile Park, la Vallée des Couleurs, Domaine de l’etoile, Domaine de Lagrave, the Terre-Rouge Estuary, etc.

The island of Mauritius is also known for its plentiful ocean that surrounds it. Naturally, big game fishing is a huge touristic attraction with Blue and black marlins being prized catches among anglers. Mauritius is also a good destination for people who wish to go on mini-cruises and just watch whales and dolphins or those who wish to do some SCUBA diving.

There are also a wide variety of water sports that can be practised in the island of Mauritius including surfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddling, sea kayaks, among others. Most of these activities are available right at the luxury hotels of Mauritius.