7 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Mauritius on Your Next Holiday

Though Maldives and Seychelles are much hyped honeymoon destinations for those wishing to spend some quality time amid exotic natural exuberance, but nevertheless Mauritius with its panoramic gentleness, colourful landscapes, and pristine beaches offers an equally scenic backdrop to your photographs. No wonder if Mark Twain used hyperbole to acclaim beauty of Heaven to be copied from this “Island of Rainbows”. Once the home of extinct dodo, this tropical island, situated east of Madagascar with moderate temperatures, subtle winds and generous sunshine strikes a unique blend of different cultures, nature reserves and vivacious wildlife. A befitting familiarity to Indian Cuisine and Indian Festivals could be attributed to the ideal location of the Island in the Indian Ocean. Offering a plethora of activities for every kind of traveller to indulge into, there are certain facts that could be attributed to the worthiness of this stunning destination, which makes it a place worth visiting at least once in a life time.

1. Exotic Beaches

People can enjoy reposeful sunbath at the topaz shoreline of the Indian Ocean or engage into playful activities on the sensational beaches with sparkling powdery sand producing tingling in your toes. Sip fresh sugar cane juice or experience scuba diving as the warm temperature and clarity of the water makes ideal combination. One can also embark on an underwater trail around the sea bed and mingle with the marine life.

2. Aquatics with the Dolphins

Dolphin cruise is another stellar attraction of the place which starts early in the morning. Take opportunity to swim with these friendly fun loving mammals. Flic en Flac and Tamarin Bay are the best beaches for this activity. Mostly the dolphins don’t even care if you are around, sometimes they swim close to you or right under you but it’s enthralling activity altogether.

3. Rainbow Painted Chamarel

Chamarel is an unusual looking village which stands unique because of its seven coloured sand. The volcanic earth with different colours is an amazing sight that is protected and preserved for tourists. The sand hue ranges from red, yellow, and brown, purple, green and blue and it could also be brought back home in a tube, as a souvenir. About a stone throw away, one can also stop by the Chamarel Waterfalls to get some fantastic pictures.

4. Scuba Diving

Mauritius excels in offering outstanding diving experience. Plunging into the marine world brings us to the colony of multi-coloured marine life, gleaming corals and a large variety of reef life. Mauritius has a lot of options for those who wish to sail the sea, it is real fun to observe the deep-sea life in their natural environment and if you are apprehensive about encountering a big shark, do not panic as it is very rare to find one. For those who are a novice, diving can be experienced under professional guidance. The services for training are also available at most of the hotels.

5. Wondrous Wildlife

Some unique variety of wildlife will be ready on the way to alarm you which is quite thrilling altogether. Be it an ugly red bird, pink pigeon, a giant tortoise or the most long-lived animals on the planet. The ‘treetop canvas home’ is a bird spotting paradise and Mauritius itself is a home to more than 700 flowering plants which includes the astounding Pandanus. Many inhabiting reptiles are found in Mauritius. To preserve the natural flora and fauna of the place efforts are made involving captive breeding, habitat restoration and eradication of certain species.

6. Mauritius Cuisine

The cuisine of Mauritius is an exotic blend of Chinese, European and Indian flavour. French influence dominates the kitchen of Mauritius and seafood still makes up the major clod of the Mauritius food. Best seafood ranges from local fish Capitaine and Calamari to Crab Soup and lobsters. Eureka La Maison Creole is famous for its dry beef curry – a dish which should be savoured sitting on the open platform. Also, dessert of vanilla ice cream topped with grilled coconut is a must eat from the local restaurants.

7. Amazing Botanical Gardens

The oldest and most impressive garden among the others in the world, The Botanical Gardens lies in the Southern hemisphere of Mauritius. This imposingly tilted; “Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden” (commonly known as Pamplemousse) is occupied with deer, tortoise and more than 650 varieties of plants and giant water lilies in the lotus pond. Besides these, the garden also possesses spices, ebonies, sugar canes and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and islands around the Indian Ocean. The gardens are located in the village of Pamplemousse which lies around seven miles northeast of the capital Port Louis.

The Haunting Beauty of Lake Atitlan

Adventure-seekers yearn to experience heart-thumping fun mixed with stunning beauty and a touch of danger. Lake Atitlán in Guatemala deserves a place on an adventurer’s list. Arguably one of the world’s most gorgeous bodies of freshwater, the lake exists because of a long ago natural catastrophe. The hidden danger: The lake fills a massive caldera formed by one of the Earth’s most spectacular volcanic explosions, and the region remains volcanically active. Many adventure-seekers place an active volcano on their list. If you do that, then relish the heightened danger of seeing three active volcanoes from your lake-view hotel in a landscape over a super volcano (like the one in Yellowstone Park).

Guatemala designated the lake region a National Park to preserve the country’s natural beauty and to encourage tourism. Experience their national treasure of volcanoes, a lake, and wildlife, but don’t stop there. Meet the Mayans! Yes, I said Mayans, the native peoples who were part of the Mayan empire and culture that were “conquered” by the Spanish Empire between 1511 and 1697. Conquered means end of empire, not the end of the Mayan culture, which still exists for you to experience in small villages like the ones next to Lake Atitlán. Freshwater divers might arrange a dive on ancient Mayan villages under the lake.

As you consider planning a mix of views, hiking, diving, dining, wildlife, and experiencing the Mayan culture of people, languages, food, traditions don’t overlook the danger. Take precautions to avoid or minimize the effects of robbery, a greater risk than volcanic activity. Leave your expensive jewelry and any other possession that you will dearly miss at home. Any poor society contains a minority dark element that will prey upon, rather than support, the tourist industry. Take care to travel in large groups, especially by land from the airport to the Lake Atitlán region. A government or hotel-provided land transport with security onboard should ensure your safety. Once at the lake region, the local Tuk-Tuks (automobile rickshaws) should be OK to get you about beyond walking distance. Enjoy your adventure!