If a beautiful sandy beach and clear waters off the coast of Eastern Africa sounds like one of the places you want to see in 2017, look no further than the island nation of Mauritius. No matter what you’re into, you can find it here alongside some pretty great weather. From history, nature, art, food or good old fashioned exploration, there’s plenty to see and do while you’re here. With such amazing weather year round, there’s never a bad time to head there, but May to December will give you the warmest months of the year. Pack your Rise Gear bags and find out why you should visit Mauritius in 2017!
Mauritius offers some of the most breathtaking diving experiences in the world, bringing you into a world of brightly coloured marine plant and animal life and even ship wrecks from the 18th century. Some areas are better for advanced divers, but there are tons of places for novices as well. There are also some great sailing options for those who want to stay on top of the water too, and you can choose from a variety of speed boats, catamarans and traditional boats to tour around the various small islands and inlets.
Try The Grand Bassin
What could be more interesting than a natural lake inside a volcano crater? The water here is thought to have come from India’s sacred Ganges river, and you can even find the world’s second largest statue – a 108 foot representation of Lord Shiva – at the Lake’s northern side. Getting into the lake during the island’s Shivratri festival is thought to bring about good luck, so you might want to give it a try!
Tour Ile Aux Aigrettes
Mauritius is more than a single island nation, and there are a handful of other islands such as Rodrigues, Agaléga, St. Brandon and smaller inlets in and around it. One of them is the beautiful and secluded island is Ile Aux Aigrettes, which has been a natural reserve since 1965. It’s made up of coral limestone and you’ll find some of the most exotic plants and animals here, including the island’s famous giant tortoise and the Pink Pigeon which was rescued from the brink of extinction.
Explore The Capital
In the island’s capital of Port Louis, you can find plenty of French colonial architecture as well as some amazing shopping and entertainment options. This is the bustling part of the island, and you can find everything from the top hotels and restaurants on the island to the oldest race course in the region at Champ de Mars.
There are lots of shopping options on the island, from luxury brands to budget-friendly options. The best stop in town is at Le Caudan Waterfront, which faces the harbour. They offer upscale shopping options from brands like Gucci and Mango and over 150 other boutiques and retail shops, and even have tons of on-site entertainment like casinos and more.
The food in Mauritius is an eclectic mix of Indian, Chinese and French cuisines thanks to the variety of local influences. Thanks to this, you can enjoy plenty of highly seasoned and savoury meals while you’re here. You can try a dish called Dholl Puri, for example – which is a flat bread stuff with yellow split peas. Traditionally, you would eat this alongside Mazavaroo, a chilli paste with plenty of spicy kick.
No matter what you choose to do when you get to Mauritius, make sure you’re well prepared with great luggage like our Rise Gear system; made for the modern traveller. Happy Travels!