This harmonious, peaceful island possesses a natural landscape both stunningly diverse and ruggedly breath-taking. The Black River Gorges National Park celebrates ancient forests and protected species such as the Pink Pigeon and the Echo Parakeet. Hiking trails make for challenging climbs and rewarding views while those looking for a laid-back break can enjoy the beaches of Péreybère and Mont Choisy. Here, you can simply relax on the beach or explore the colourful corals, fascinating fish and if you’re lucky, you might even see dolphins or hammerhead sharks.
There is more to Mauritius than just its natural splendour, however, and its people remain the beating heart of the island. A blend of cultures, religions and ethnicities means that you’ll find a tolerant, welcoming nation which shines through in the street food. Visitors should give both the chilli cakes and faratas a try if they’re feeling adventurous while the boulettes (dumplings) taste deliciously like Thai fish cakes.