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Although the luxurious resorts and gorgeous beaches claim a sizable share of the limelight, Mauritius offers more than a simple fly-and-flop break. It’s also home to an array of flora and fauna, and the best place to discover the natural side of the island is at Black River Gorges National Park, in the south west. Here you'll be able to spot uncommon Mauritian birds, including the pink pigeon, Mauritius kestrel and the echo parakeet. In addition to the wildlife, you can marvel at huge waterfalls and hike the trails that criss-cross the forest.
Likewise located in the south west is the pretty village of Chamerel, renowned for its idyllic scenery. Visitors often come to this part of the island to enjoy Chamerel, but often stop at Seven Coloured Earths, an unusual area of stripy sand dunes which resembles something from a fantasy movie. The Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens are another place to witness Mauritius's beauty, with plants such as giant water lilies and lotus flowers being a particular highlight.
Of course, a holiday to Mauritius must include a good dose of rest and relaxation, so where better to rest than on one of the island’s picture perfect beaches? For escapism, try La Cuvette. It doesn’t have the facilities of some other beaches, but if all you need is sun, sand, sea and a good book, you’ll love La Cuvette. The beaches at Mont Choisy and Pereybere are livelier, particularly at the weekends as they’re popular spots with Mauritian families, too.
Whether you’re happy to get up close to the sea life by diving or snorkelling, or prefer to admire it from a distance in a glass-bottom boat, the chance to see the wildlife beneath the waves is unmissable. The waters around Mauritius are teeming with colourful fish swimming alongside turtles among beautiful coral reefs.
After days filled with exploring this island haven's natural beauty, you can return to any number of exceptional hotels to savour the warm welcome of Mauritian hospitality.
Located in Wolmar, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Flic-en-Flac Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cascavelle Shopping Mall and Casela World of Adventures. Tamarina Golf Club and Casela Nature and Leisure Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).
This family-friendly Port Louis hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Caudan Waterfront Casino and Caudan Waterfront. Immigration Depot is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Baie du Tombeau hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Immigration Depot, Caudan Waterfront and Turtle Bay Marine Park. Mauritius Postal Museum and Jummah Mosque are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Shandari Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Cambuse Beach. Mahebourg Museum and Blue Bay Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Blue Bay, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Blue Bay Beach, Ile aux Aigrettes and Mahebourg Museum. Shandari Beach and Cambuse Beach are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Located in the heart of Mahebourg, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Mahebourg Museum and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Ile aux Aigrettes. Blue Bay Beach and Lion Mountain are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Belle Mare resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Water Leisure Park, Belle Mare Beach and Belle Mare Plage Golf Club - The Links. Palmar Beach and Silver Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This Balaclava resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Turtle Bay Marine Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Trou aux Biches Beach and Mauritius Aquarium. Maheswarnath and Sugar Factory are also within 6 miles (10 km).