Set in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is an ideal island retreat. Head along the west coast to the island’s capital, Port Louis, and discover museums, galleries, the central bazaar, and the stunning Jummah Mosque. To the north, is the Pamplemousses region, where you'll find the celebrated National Botanic Garden, as well as some lovely secluded beaches. The northern region of Mauritius offers several gateways to even small islets, like Serpent Island, where you can spend the day cruising the lapis waters. Whilst the south is home to some of the island's most dramatic scenery, such as the remarkable Black River Gorges National Park, and the picturesque Chamarel Waterfalls. However, if your interests lie below the water, you must first head to Blue Bay Marine Park, where you can scuba dive and investigate the rainbow corals and darting tropical fish. Along the west coast, you'll find some of the island's best beaches, such as the dreamy Le Morne Peninsula and its protected lagoon, where you can snorkel, swim, and work on your tan. Then there is the east coast, where many exclusive resorts have set down roots on stretches like Belle Mare, where emerald palm trees sway above powder-white sand and lapping turquoise waters.