Mauritius is a tropical paradise island just off the coast of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean. Its beautiful turquoise coastline surrounded by coral reefs. With a unique blend of French, Indian, Chinese and Creole cultures, and a huge range of activities and experiences on offer, Mauritius is an ideal honeymoon location. The island hosts many world-class luxury resorts and fine-dining restaurants, alongside breathtaking natural scenery, sandy beaches, extinct volcanoes and coral reefs. The temperatures on the coast range from 22C in winter to 34C in summer, with sea temperatures in between 22-27C.
Things to do
Water sports feature highly in any Mauritius experience, including snorkelling among the beautiful coral reefs, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing and swimming with dolphins.
Inland, you can choose to take a half day hike up Lion Mountain, or a visit to see the 100m high waterfalls among colourful volcanic rock formations at Chamarel falls. Also a popular tourist attraction, Casela Nature and Leisure Park boasts a huge variety of tropical birds, giant tortoises, monkeys, lions and tigers and also offers quad biking and walking with lions. Black River Gorge National Park offers stunning scenery, travelling either on foot or bus. Mountain biking enthusiasts can experience some great riding, for example through the tropical fruit trees of The Labourdonnais Orchards.
Beaches for the sun lovers include miles of white sandy beaches at Belle Mare, Blue Bay for water sports enthusiasts and Le Morne & Tamarin for swimmers.
Venturing out to sea, the waters around Mauritius are a paradise for deep sea fishing, with species ranging from the blue or black marlin to yellow tuna and sharks.
Places to stay
Grand Baie is the main, cosmopolitan town with a selection of restaurants and bars. Pereybère beach is popular for its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs. On the eastern side of Mauritius, hotels are mainly full board and self contained. Hotels range from large chains such as Movenpick and Sofitel through to hotels run by the local population. Practically every hotel on the island will offer wedding and honeymoon packages.
As always, don’t forget your travel or honeymoon insurance. Your honeymoon is likely to cost you a few thousand pounds and you certainly wouldn’t want to be adding to that should something go wrong!