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Mauritius Beach Holidays

A tropical heaven, home to some of the world’s best beaches, Mauritius is a fascinating mosaic of postcard views, rich jungles and cultural heritage. This island is adored by couples and families alike – anyone looking for a once-in-a-lifetime beach holiday will love Mauritius. Book your island escape with Travelbag today, and tailor every detail to suit you.  

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Beach Holidays in Mauritius

All parts of Mauritius are beautiful, so you don’t need to worry too much about where you stay. The most popular area is the Grand Baie region in the north – the white beaches came first, and the hotels and visitors naturally followed. Belle Mare Plage and Trou aux Biches are some of the most-loved beaches in Mauritius, as they’re perfect for snorkelling and swimming. The calm, shallow water and gently-sloping sands are great for families, too. The west coast is equally popular with families, thanks to its sprawling sands and calm waters. This side of the island also has the best sunsets – worth considering if you’re booking a romantic beach holiday. Flic en Flac is the crème de la crème on the west coast. This turquoise lagoon and its long stretch of sand are both protected by coral reefs, so the water is current-free and very safe for swimming. But the east coast has the most stunning beaches of all. You’ll find the most luxurious resorts clustered around Trou d’Eau Douce Bay, Poste Lafayette and Belle Mare. Take your pick.

Why is Mauritius the perfect beach destination?

Thanks to its Indian Ocean position, Mauritius has tropical seasons and bath-warm seas. This kind of climate is just what you need on a relaxing beach holiday. Temperatures average a minimum of 25-26 degrees Celsius in the Mauritian summer months, from December to April. Winter – June to September – is slightly cooler, but this is also the driest time of year to visit Mauritius. As well as glorious weather and knockout beaches, Mauritius has a rich, cultural heritage. There are lingering signs of its British colonial past, but the influence of French, African and Indian cultures is more prominent – particularly in the food. Mauritian cuisine is a unique blend of Chinese, European and Indian flavours. Unsurprisingly, seafood of every kind is always on standby. And, if you can drag yourself away from your sunlounger, there’s plenty to see and do across the island. Expect to find everything from spas and top-notch golf courses, through to wildlife parks and adventure sports. 

Things to do in Mauritius

Worldwide Recognition

It’s no wonder that Trou aux Biches on the northwest coast of Mauritius is a popular place for visitors. It’s been voted as the world’s best honeymoon destination several times, and in 2011, it was named the world’s best beach destination. Despite of this level of fame, the beach remains quieter and more peaceful than the busier resorts of Grand Baie. Even if you’re not staying in Trou aux Biches, it’s worth taking a day trip to visit. Mauritius is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is Aapravasi Ghat in the district of Port Louis, a site commemorating the labourers shipped to the island from India in the nineteenth century. The second is the spectacular natural outcrop of Le Morne Brabant. 

Natural Wonders

 Mauritius is home to one of the world’s newest and most impressive marine parks. The Blue Bay National Park is a protected area centred on the Blue Bay Lagoon, surrounded by coral reefs and unique coral gardens. You can take a glass-bottomed boat out to see 72 different types of coral and dozens of species of tropical fish. Or you could take advantage of the clear seas to explore the underwater on a scuba diving trip. Or go to the tiny little island of Ile des Deux Cocos, just next to the marine park. This is the best place to see local wildlife among the mangroves, such as damselfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, tiny pipefish and large trumpet fish. 

The Departed Dodo

 Mauritius is the only known habitat of the extinct dodo. This large flightless bird had a height of up to one metre tall and weighed approximately 25 kilograms. It first encountered in the late sixteenth century, when Dutch sailors went to Mauritius – within 100 years, it had disappeared. Dodo memorabilia can be found everywhere you go on the island, and it’s a major feature on the country’s national coat of arms. To find out more, visit the Mauritius Institute – also known as the ‘Dodo’ museum – in Port Louis. Old sketches and skeletons of the legendary bird are showcased in the museum, which has become very popular with tourists – and entrance is free.  

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