It’s that time of year, when the temperature drops and we’re digging out the ugg boots, that a longing for sunny skies, swaying palm trees and balmy nights starts to set in.
We Aussies love a tropical holiday. Year after year, we head to Bali, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand and Hawaii in droves. More of us should consider our neighbour across the Indian Ocean – the tiny island of Mauritius – when we think about an overseas island holiday.
Aussies, it’s time to put Mauritius on your radar, because this slice of paradise has everything you could want from an island getaway.
Here are ten reasons why you should visit Mauritius for your next holiday:
1. You can fly there direct from Perth in just over eight hours.
You probably thought it was longer, right? Most Aussies don’t realise you can fly from Perth to Mauritius in the same time as it takes to get to New Zealand, and less time than it takes to fly to Hawaii. They currently fly twice a week, but come early July, Air Mauritius is launching a new Friday service that departs Perth at 1.10pm and arrives in sunny Mauritius at 5.30pm. Pre-dinner cocktail, anyone?
2. There’s an accommodation option to suit any budget.
Many people are under the impression that Mauritius is full of expensive resorts, but in reality, there are hundreds of resorts and accommodation options, all with different price ranges. You can easily find a place to suit every budget – from three-star properties, all the way up to six-star luxury.
3. It’s a legit tropical paradise.
With pristine beaches, epic sunsets, warm, balmy nights and palm trees to boot, it’s no surprise the main reason travellers flock to Mauritius is to soak up the sunshine and veg out on the beach. If you’re heading there for some serious R&R, you absolutely can not go wrong.
4. The scenery is diverse and breathtaking.
When it comes to incredible scenery, Mauritius is right up there with the best. Boasting the world’s third largest coral reef, stunning beaches and impossibly white sand, it’s truly the stuff tropical island dreams are made of. Throw in dramatic mountains, sugar plantations and extinct volcanoes, and you’ve got endless opportunities to explore nature at its finest.
5. It’s the land of the Seven Coloured Earths.
Speaking of breathtaking scenery, you’ll want to feast your eyes on the magnificent Seven Coloured Earths – a geological phenomena only found in the Chamarel Plain in south-western Mauritius. The soil is marked by technicolour swirls and stripes – red, green, violet, yellow, blue, purple and brown. Even more fascinating is the fact that geologists haven’t quite worked out what causes the consistent separation of the colours.
6. You can eat your way around the island.
Mauritius is a melting pot of ethnicities, so naturally, the food here is as varied and authentic as it gets. From fresh coconut water and tasty street food, to local eateries that serve authentic Mauritian produce, the list of delicious things to eat and drink in Mauritius is endless.
7. It’s the honeymoon destination of dreams.
Newlyweds or couples looking for a romantic getaway need look no further, Mauritius has it all. The place is humming with laid-back elegance and secluded, tropical bliss. Here, days roll into nights over pina coladas and delicious eats, while taking in the spectacular sunset. It doesn’t get much better.
8. There’s something for every adventure lover.
Not content to laze on the beach all day? Adventure seekers are spoilt for choice. Get out and explore the lush forests and spectacular landscapes by foot, quad bike, horseback or mountain bike. Many of the resorts offer windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or sailing. And no trip to Mauritius is complete without grabbing a snorkel and ducking below the clear blue waters to discover some of Mauritius’ most stunning marine life.
9. It offers a world-class golfing experience.
Golfers, this one’s for you! Most people don’t realise Mauritius has numerous 18-hole Championship golf courses and nine-hole courses dotted around the island. It’s the ultimate golfing destination and a must-visit for any golf enthusiast.
10. It’s the perfect stopover on your way to – or from – Africa.
Planning an African safari holiday? Mauritius is a short five-hour flight from Africa, making it a handy gateway destination for a pre or post-safari dose of island life!
Air Mauritius currently flies direct from Perth to Mauritius twice a week, three times a week from July 7 and four flights a week during the peak summer period. It also operates frequent services to to Amsterdam, Geneva, London, Paris and African destinations, with a free stopover of up to two nights if no same-day connection is available. For more information, talk to your travel agent, or visit airmauritius.com.
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