The volcanic island of Mauritius, anchored off the south east coast of Africa amidst the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, packs a big punch when it comes to spectacular beaches, luxurious hotels and underwater adventure.
The east coast is pure white sand bliss, with spectacular sunrises and trade winds that are ideal for parasailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. On the northern coast the sugary sands of Trou aux Biches melt into turquoise seas, and thanks to an unbroken coral reef the diving here is superb, with a kaleidoscope of butterfly and lion fish gliding through crystal clear waters. The golden sand beaches and the shallow waters of the west coast make it popular with families, and lighter winds and the spectacular sunsets draw couples and honeymooners too.
Inland you’ll find a stunning natural paradise of lush hills and valleys, home to endangered pink pigeons and brightly coloured parakeets. You can walk with lions at Casela Nature and Leisure Park, drive to the rim of the dormant volcanic crater at Trou aux Cerfs, go rafting through the forest at Black River Gorges National Park, and visit the most sacred Hindu site on the island, Grand Bassin’s crater lake. Golf lovers meanwhile are spoilt for choice, with a series of remarkable courses including the Bernhard Langer designed 18-hole Île aux Cerfs, set on its very own island.