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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.
Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Rhumerie de Chamarel and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Chamarel Falls. Seven Coloured Earths is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.
Situated on a river, this lodge is 0 mi (0 km) from Mare Longue Reservoir and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Tamarind Falls. University of Mauritius and Quatre Bornes Central Market are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Le Morne resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Le Morne Beach and Le Morne Mountain. Heritage Golf Club and Chamarel Falls are also within 12 mi (20 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.
Located in Tamarin Beach, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Barachois Shopping Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tamarina Golf Club and Casela Nature and Leisure Park. Casela World of Adventures and Cascavelle Shopping Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Albion, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tamil Temple, Caudan Waterfront, and Immigration Depot. University of Mauritius and National History Museum of Port Louis are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the beach, this villa is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Flic-en-Flac Beach and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Cascavelle Shopping Mall. Casela World of Adventures and Casela Nature and Leisure Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Blue Bay, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Blue Bay Beach, and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Ile aux Aigrettes. Shandari Beach and Cambuse Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km).