Sometimes beauty is in the eye of the beholder; other times there can be little doubt about the aesthetic qualities of a particular object, no matter the person viewing it. Mauritius is one place that certainly falls into the latter category. A shimmering sand-powdered coastline, serene cerulean seas and a host of natural exotic fauna and flora make this paradise island one of the most popular destinations in the region. Not that it is all about relaxing in the stunning Indian Ocean sunshine; there is much more to Mauritius than that.
Watersports in Mauritius
Like most islands, Mauritius tends to be surrounded by quite a bit of water. Unlike the UK or Ireland, where most water-based sport involves attempting to dodge the rain, the splendid Mauritian climate means outdoors pursuits are a must and often involve the surrounding ocean. In fact, even the most cursory Google check reveals dozens of scuba diving companies, beginner wind sailing lessons and guided boat trips around the island. Adrenalin junkies can get their adventurous fix by taking to the skies and parasailing or for those who merely want the briefest of visits to the air above there is always the less vertiginous but equally thrilling pursuit of kiteboarding to enjoy. The north-west of Mauritius or Ile aux cerfs in the east coast are both excellent for maritime pursuits but pretty much all of Mauritius can offer watersports to some degree.
Having been colonized at some points by the Dutch, French and British, Mauritian culture, like much of the Caribbean is a marvellous melting pot of sights and sounds. For lovers of colonial history there is plenty of it around Mauritius, from the British built Fort Adelaide in Port Louis to French Balaclava Ruins in Baie aux Tortues.
Of course, you don’t get the reputation for being a stunning tropical paradise without having quite a few natural wonders of your own and Mauritius has them by the sand dune full. Visitors should definitely take a trip to top of Signal Mountain. Standing at 1,059 feet it offers remarkable panoramic views of the island. The Chamarel Dunes are one of the its most popular attractions and quite a unique geological phenomenon too. The more you look at them, the more colours you see. The dormant volcanic crater in Tou aux Cerfs and the simply stunning Tamarind Falls (actually made up of seven separate waterfalls) are also a must see on any holiday to Mauritius.
OK, so after visiting the tourist sites, brushing up on Mauritian culture and soaking up some sizzling Indian Ocean sunshine, what else is there left to do? Plenty, that’s what. In fact, here’s a quick run through the many and varied remaining options: there’s the Anahita Championship Golf Course, visits to the Mauritius Safari and Bird Park, ziplinning in the Yemen Natural Reserve Park, safari quad-biking adventures or maybe even spot a few lions as you drive through the African Savannah. In fact, there are far, far too many things to do in Mauritius that it would be a futile exercise trying to list them all here. In fact, it’s probably best if you just check out Mauritius Attractions, your one-stop tour operator for all your Mauritian needs.
Sport in Mauritius
Aside from the mountainous number of watersports on offer around the island, Mauritius also has a positive myriad of options when it comes to land based sports too. Energetic visitors can wile away the hours rock climbing on the south-west coast, or perhaps pretend you’re an invading colonial superpower or JRR Tolkien character with a spot of archery set on a flourishing ten acres of Mauritian landscape. Horseback riding can also be found on the island and is an excellent way of exploring this most verdant of lands. And if all that sounds just a little too sedate, then there is one other option we haven’t yet mentioned. How about jumping out of plane 10,000 feet above the ground? Yep, if you are a true adrenalin junkie then a skydive is really the only option for you and Mauritius and Mauritius Attractions can most certainly take care of you.
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