Turquoise oceans, jade peaks and pristine beaches are part of everyone’s tropical island fantasy but Mauritius adds laid-back leisure and local haunts to this postcard-perfect vision
Island holidays predominantly consist of lazing on a beach lounger while soaking up the sun. However, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius comes packaged with a healthy dose of outdoor adventure and a solid serving of local culture to balance out the ‘rest and recreation’ component of a vacation.
At just over 65 kilometres in length and 45 kilometres wide, the main island is only slightly larger than the Cape Peninsula but a profusion of volcanic peaks and sugar-sand beaches ensure endless exploration. Imagine a heady blend of France, India and Africa, with a backing track of hooters, reggae music and cockerels crowing. The aroma of seafood, curries and Thai dishes blend with suntan lotion and sea air, creating an unmistakeable tropical island scent.
A version of this article originally appeared in Edition 3-2018 of Intrepid Explorer.