A holiday to Mauritius can be whatever you choose to make it - there is plenty to entertain sun seekers, hikers, nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, and family groups alike. Top suggestions include the Casela Bird Park which is home to vast numbers of bird species. Take on the zip line challenge, get up close to lions and tigers, or book a 'zoo keeper for the day' experience. If you're more interested in the industry in Mauritius, then find out more about all things sugar cane, and the important part plantations has played in shaping the islands' identity at the Sugarworld Museum, which has a host of sugar-related products and treats in its shop. You could then take some time for pampering at one of the first-class spas dotted across the island, including some with luxurious outdoor treatment areas.
Over 300km of coastline offers some spectacular options for beach trips while you're on holiday, including the family friendly Flic en Flac beach. Head to the east coast beach for windsurfing and kite surfing, or take an excursion to lle aux Cerfs from Grand Baie for underwater walks and parasailing. Away from the beaches, explore the stunning landscape of the Black River Gorges National Park Mauritius, with it's 50km of hiking trails, or take a catamaran excursion to view dolphins in Tamarin Bay. The nature theme continues on private island, Ile des Deux Cocos - during a day trip here you can take a glass-bottom boat to the Blue Bay Marine Park, which is highly regarded for it's snorkelling. Take a drive along the south west coast for some of the best photo op's, including Trou aux Cerfs crater and the Black River Gorges.
Mauritius is known for it's tropical climate, so while it's sunny year round, do be aware of the hot, humid, rainy weather that you may get from November to April, and possible cyclones between January and March. The landscape here is part mountainous and volcanic, part tropical forest, and part flat plains home to sugarcane plantations. Coral reefs and aquamarine lagoons surround the island, which are popular with snorkellers and divers. Flights arrive on the island at Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ragoolam International Airport, which is located 40km to the south east of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, and just over 6km from Mahebourg. It's easy to rent a car on Mauritius, you can do it on arrival at the airport. You can find out the latest Mauritius car hire rates from the well-known international operators from counters in the arrivals hall.
|Country||Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean|
|Language||English, French, Creole|
Mauritius is a year-round destination, with temperatures of 35°C in the summer months between November and April. It's popular with winter sun visitors and honeymooners, who enjoy the mix of cultures and tropical scenery. To rent a car on Mauritius you will have to be 21 years or over, and could have a young driver surcharge. Mauritius driving rules state you must carry your driving license with you at all times, and should not have more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in your system. Free parking is available in some areas, or you will need to purchase a zone 1 or 2 parking ticket, particularly in areas like Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill and Port Louis. Priority is given to motorists coming from the right, though you will drive on the left hand side of the road.