Mauritius brings to mind scenes of the sweeping seashore, swaying coconut palms, the undulating waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at the shores and a sense of being on an eternal holiday. This beautiful island is a great vacation spot for vacationers, tourists and especially for couples wanting to celebrate their honeymoon.
But unlike other seaside holiday destinations where the only thing to do is to relax by the
sea and spend the entire holiday working on getting the perfect tan and making the most of the water and indulging in a variety of water sports, Mauritius offers all this and more.
Mauritius is a one stop holiday destination where the vacationer can get a slice of the sun,sand and sea; places rich in history; cultural heritage of the island, shopping opportunities galore and all this is only a small part in the process of discovering this gem in the cobalt blue ocean.
Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean close to Seychelles and Madagascar just off the coast of Africa. The long coastline that surrounds the island isalmost 330 kilometers and the coral reefs surround most of the island. The landscape moves from the white sands of the shore to the plateau region with the mountains Piton de la Rivière Noire and Pieter Both and La Pouce framing the backdrop. The islands of Agalega and Saint Brandon come under the authority of Mauritius.
Mauritius is shrouded in a history which has seen a number of settlers who came and stayed at the island briefly and then making way for newer inhabitants. The Arabs were the first to discover this uninhabited island sometime in the 9th century. The Portuguese came next but they stayed back on the island for a brief time. The Dutch were the first settlers who came and colonized this island for almost 150 years. They were followed by the French who had control of the island till the British wrested control from the French in the early 19th century and stayed on at the island till 1968, when the country became independent. The settlers left the island but left back their culture, traditions, food habits, religion and many more customs. The locals have absorbed each culture making it their own, and this evident even today in the everyday life of the local Mauritians.
Mauritius is one island where the visitor can come any time of the year and still enjoy their vacation. Mauritius sees a lot of sun and cool sea breeze all through the year. There is not much change in temperatures even in the winter months which last from May to November. The holiday maker can make the best use of this temperate climate to soak in the rays of the sun or go diving and treat themselves to the myriad water sport prospects.
A major chunk of Mauritius’ economy is dependent on the tourism industry which almost never slides. Most of the local people make their living based on the tourist influx. For the people living on the plateau, agriculture- mainly sugarcane growing was the main means of livelihood but this has all changed and today Mauritius is seeing a huge rise in the textile and garment industry with foreign investment making headway into the economy of the island. This has helped to stabilize the country and its economic condition.
The tourist is the mainstay of the economy in the coastal areas and everything is finely attuned to suit tourists who visit Mauritius. The hotel industry is completely in sync with the tourists and their needs and every effort is made to give the vacationer the most luxurious and plush service that can be made available. The tourist is spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing between small hotels for the budget traveler to attractive villas and plush resorts offering every luxury under the sun. Religion and culture are a huge
attraction in Mauritius. Africans, Indians, Europeans, Muslim and Chinese residents have their distinct cultures, traditions and festivals which merge together to form a wonderful blend of festivals, dance forms, music, cuisine, architecture, etc that can only be seen in Mauritius.
Keeping in line with its hospitality and service with a personal touch, the Spas and fitness centers offer world class treatments and body therapies to help the guest feel the serenity and calmness taking over the body and mind. The holiday maker can also spend time at the nature reserves on the island and explore the forests and experience nature at its natural best.
For the shopaholics and those wanting to take back a piece of Mauritius with them, there are myriad markets and shopping centers that have something for every tourist leaving no one dissatisfied. The tourist can also check out the local handicraft stalls at the Tourist village which stocks up on locally made artifacts and handicraft items peculiar to the region.
Extreme sport enthusiasts can take to the sky, water or both to experience the thrill of sky diving and see the wonder that is Mauritius from the skies or go diving among the coral reefs that stretch along the coast and see the beauty of Mauritius in the deep sea. There are various diving options for beginners or the professional divers who can go deep sea diving among the big fish of the sea.
Many of the top hotels like The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius, The Oberoi, Naiade Resorts Les Pavillons, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Shanti Maurice, etc offer their guests the luxury of snorkeling, deep sea fishing, glass bottom boat excursions, diving, windsurfing, kayaking and a whole range of sports to keep the guest entertained. The couples on their honeymoon are especially pampered with special packages and sports that they can enjoy as a team.
And when the day is almost done the tourist can sit back and enjoy the beautiful Mauritian sunset while relaxing with friends and family or if they want more action the pubs, nightclubs and restaurants that dot the area are welcome places to let one’s hair down and dance the night away to pulsating music. The Casinos on the island are a great place to try one’s luck at roulette, poker, slot machines, etc and spend the evening watching world famous live performances.
A Mauritius Travel is a vacation waiting to be experienced and enjoyed and the vacationer in Mauritius is sure to take back wonderful memories that will not be lost for a long time to come. And for the honeymooners, there is no better place than Mauritius to start a new life of togetherness and love.