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You’ve likely never heard of the small island nation of Mauritius, but that’s precisely the point. Still somewhat off the tourist radar, this tiny country in East Africa is a blessed with beautiful beaches on every coast, a variety of underwater and above water activities, and a stellar climate year-round. If you’re looking for a new beach getaway to get off the grid, we’re letting the secret out on this piece of paradise.
There Are Beaches Everywhere
Contrary to popular believe, not all islands have shores that are safe to swim or dive. The sand may be rocky or the current may be dangerous. Not Mauritius. In fact, there are so many beautiful beaches for you to explore they’re divided into regions: the north, the south, the east and the west (which is the most popular). You could literally visit a different stretch of sand every day of your vacation. Wherever you go, you won’t be far from somewhere to work on your golden tan.
The Diving is Unmatched
The Little Mermaid said it best, “Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me.” It’s fun to explore above the water, but the world beneath the sea is truly magical. Some of the best dive spots include Trou aux Biches, Le Morne, Flic en Flac, and Mahebourg, where you’ll see everything from underwater caves to wrecks, coral gardens, and plenty of big marine predators like sharks.
You Can Explore Underwater Without SCUBA or Snorkeling
Just because you’re not SCUBA certified (or might not even know how to swim!) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to experience the incredible underwater world of Mauritius. Aquadventure offers anyone the opportunity to try the unique experience of undersea walking (also called helmet diving). Described as a sensation akin to walking on the moon it’s truly a trip. If that’s not for you, Blue Safari runs underwater submarine and subscooter excursions to explore the wrecks and fish habitats. It just may feel like you’re in a moving aquarium!
So Many Water Sports, So Little Time
Mauritius has all the usual suspects when it comes to fun on the water. For a thrill, try parasailing, windsurfing, or kitesurfing. If you just want to explore the idyllic landscape, grab a kayak or SUP board. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience you can’t do anywhere else, opt for a Seakart speedboat ride. These powerful vessels are unsinkable and easy to maneuver, making them one of the most exhilarating ways to zip around the tropical waters (and hopefully see dolphins at play!).
You Can Have the Catch of Your Life
Big game fishing is big business in Mauritius. The best time to go is July to October when the Skipjack tuna, mackerel, yellowfin tuna, barracuda, Dorado, sailfish, blue and black marlins come out in droves. These massive prizes can each weigh anywhere from 10-80 pounds, so virtually anything you catch ensures you’ll be eating well for days. There are also overnight expeditions available.
Dolphins and Whales, Oh My!
Pods of 20 or so bottlenose dolphins can often be found casually frolicking around Tamarin (on the west coast) early in the morning before heading toward Le Morne peninsula. Blainville's Beaked Whales, Gray's Beaked Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whales, and the largest species, the Sperm Whale all call this section of the Indian Ocean home. You can try to spot them on your own or embark on a whale-watching excursion that also takes you to swim with the wild dolphins.
Perfect Weather, Mild Temps
Mauritius is blessed with a mild tropical maritime climate year-round. The water temperatures range from 73 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit while the air temperature remains a comfortable 71 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether you’re keen on taking a dip in the crystal waters or parking it on the shore, there’s no wrong time to visit.