Off the eastern coast of Africa lies the island of Mauritius, home to incredible beaches, coral reefs that are a boon to scuba divers, and an ever-growing array of fabulous hotels and resorts. The main attraction of this gorgeous island is of course the beaches. Since Mauritius is nestled in the heart of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, you can happily visit the island virtually any time of the year.
Grand Baie Beach
Most of the island's most popular beach destinations are located on the island's western coast. Flic-en-Flac, Grand Baie and Mont Choisy are all popular beaches, each offering a variety of excellent accomodations from beach bungalows to four star resorts, as well as plenty of shopping. Water sports such as parasailing, waterskiing and canoeing are also popular activities on the islands. There is plenty of culture in Mauritius as well, and tourists always note how friendly and vivacious the people of the island are. Finally, food afficianados will love Mauritius. on the island, you can find restaraunts offering excellent Indian, Chinese, and French cuisine, and you will also encounter interesting fusions of the three genres.
When you visit Mauritius, be sure to spend at least a day at the Black River Gorges National Park. You can choose to drive or take a bus through the park, which is a good plan if you don't have much time. The park is huge, and there are plenty of places you will want to stop along the drive in order to take in the magnificent views the park offers. However, if you have a little more time, you should take one of many hiking trails through the park. The park is home to species of birds that live nowhere else on earth. By hiking, you may have a chance to see wildlife such as the endangered pink pigeon, wild monkeys or the Mauritius cuckoo-shrike.