Tropical Mauritius is famed for its postcard beaches. Sandy stretches such as Trou-aux-Biches are regularly voted amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it’s easy to see why: they’re quiet, relatively undeveloped and you can wander for miles along the sand without a care in the world.
There’s more to Mauritius than its beach resorts, however. There’s a concentration of native rainforest in the Black River Gorges National Park and hiking along the park trails, you can hope to see curious creatures such as the Mauritius flying fox. Birders will be enthralled by the number of endemic species: whether or not you have a life list, the pink pigeon, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul and the gorgeous red-headed Mauritius fody are a delight to behold.
The island’s population is multi-ethnic and they practice a fascinating mix of Hindu, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist traditions. Festivals such as Thaipusam are loud and colourful affairs, so if your visit coincides with a religious celebration, you’re likely to get swept up in the action.