Tweet Like Pin

Mesmerising Mauritius August 24, 2017

Rich in heritage, culturally diverse and ecologically varied, this small land mass, just east of Madagascar and sitting atop the Indian Ocean, has many distractions apart from the ubiquitous turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Here are our top reasons to venture beyond the beach and explore.

Be beguiled… by the bustling city of Port Louis, a cauldron for every race and creed, encircled by the ocean and an impressive mountain range. On the one hand it has a laid back air that is so reminiscent of the Caribbean, on the other it has a frenetic charge which is an assault on the senses and entirely engaging.

Be adventurous… with a drive along the south coast and get acquainted with a piece of Mauritius that is not so readily trodden. More rugged, mountainous and rich in vegetation than the rest of the island, with crystal clear, shallow lagoons and a wildness that is palpable.


Be dazzled… and island hop to Ile aux Aigrettes, a small floating ebony rich-forest, sitting jewel-like in the Indian Ocean. Filled to bursting with indigenous flora and fauna, this small nature reserve boasts the nesting site of the dodo’s cousin, the pink pigeon. Sadly not a dodo in sight!

Be amazed… by the coloured sands at Chamerel where a geological peculiarity has created a legion of bright colours, from saffron yellows to red ochres, marigold oranges to purples. Volcanic ash never looked so good.


Be seduced… by the Ylang Ylang flower, small but with a huge personality. Its heady and hypnotic scent pervades the plantations where it grows. Powerful and mythical, it is distilled for perfumes, sprinkled on newly weds' beds and has attained a reputation as a dexterous cural.

Be brave… and haggle with panache at the Flacq Market – the biggest bazaar on the east of the island, selling a plethora of items, from food to indigenous artifacts. Feel the buzz and vibrancy of Mauritius at its most active as tourists and locals mingle.

Be a winner… at the races. Somewhat curiously introduced in the 19th century to gain French co-operation, horse racing is extremely popular on the island and produces the most electrifying atmosphere as thoroughbreds compete to pip each other to the post.

Port Louis Racetrack

Be curious… and trek through the Black River Gorge National Park, bursting with thick forests of dodo and black ebony trees, wild guavas and over 300 native flowering plants – a truly spectacular sight to behold.

Be enticed… by the diversity of cuisine. Mauritius is an island that creates food that assails the taste buds at every level. The fusion of Indian, Chinese, Creole and European flavours means that, whether fine dining or sampling local fare, it’s unlikely you will be disappointed, and it will encourage the explorer in you.

Fish and Rhum Shack

Be romanced… by the beat of Mauritian Séga music – often improvised and utterly emotional, it is music that has an accentuated rhythm and a beat that touches your heart. Nightlife is as rich as the daytime scenery and it’s worth venturing to some of the bars where musical talents often convene.

Sun, sea, sand and so very much more – this is an island that appears on the surface unassuming and reluctant to shout about itself, but venture beyond the resorts and hotels and you’ll find a land that is beguiling, attentive and accomplished. This is not just picture book paradise, this is Eden with an edge and one that allows you to just be.

Discover more about Mauritius...

Sarah's Slice of Heaven

Recent weather in


Half Moon


"You’ll be following in some very famous royal footsteps when you check in at this iconic hotel - the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry have all enjoyed Half Moon’s legendary Jamaican hospitality."

"With 400 acres to explore, the best way to get around Half Moon is by bike - the pedal-back brakes take a bit of getting used to but they’re great fun once you’ve got the hang of it."

"At 65 years old, Half Moon might be getting on a bit, but she still likes to look her best - the Sugar Mill Restaurant and lobby area were refurbished last year and the soon-to-be-open East Cove will feature two new restaurants, three bars, an adult-only swimming pool, swimming lagoon and much more."

Read On

Call one of our specialists to help you create your dream holiday at Half Moon

0207751 0660

Create your perfect holiday

Choose your region

Choose your region

Choose your region



A member of our team will call you back shortly.



Subscribe to the Caribtours newsletter here.


Thanks for subscribing



We'd love to send you our latest brochure, simply fill in your details below and we'll send one out straight away.

First Name*
Email Address*
House Name or Number*
Address Line 1*
Address Line 2


If you would like to receive a quote via email, please use the form below. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 3393 8795.

First Name*
Email Address*
Preferred Date of Travel
Number of Nights
Number of People
Age of Children (If Travelling With)
Hotel (If Known)
Room Category (If Known)
Preferred Meal Plan
Additional Information


Enter your phone number and we will get in touch with you

Phone Number*