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Not more than a little speck in the vast Indian Ocean, Mauritius (map) is a tropical island that’s perhaps most famous as an upscale honeymoon and beach destination. Its coastline, characterised by stunning lagoons, pristine sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise water, is the main attraction for many, but take a closer look and you’ll find a fascinating island with ancient volcanic peaks, diverse and colourful cultures, bustling markets and warm, welcoming people. I’ve had the privilege of visiting Mauritius several times and though I’ve seen many parts of the island, there’s still a lot more to explore. Here are my impressions of Mauritius in 30 photos, which I hope will inspire you to visit Mauritius one day.

30 Photos of Mauritius

Mauritius from above

Seeing Mauritius from the air is an incredible experience. The vast lagoons with its blinding white beaches and turquoise water is just spectacular!

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The views of the beaches and lagoons are just astounding!
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Aerial view of the southern lagoons of Mauritius. The island in the lagoon is the Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve (image courtesy of Bo Saldana).
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Blue Bay seen from a helicopter
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Fishermen in the crystalline lagoon.
Underwater waterfall, an optical illusion that can be seen off the coast of Le Morne in southwest Mauritius (image courtesy of Twisted Sifter)

Lagoons and beaches

Mauritius is famous for its stunning lagoons and beaches, and rightfully so! Around the island, you’ll find stretches of fine white sand and crystal-clear water that are simply mesmerising!

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Le Morne beach in the southwest corner of Mauritius. It’s incredible isn’t it? (image courtesy of Greta Omoboni).
I could get used to this!

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The dazzling Le Morne beach at the St. Regis resort.
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The stunning colours of a lagoon in Mauritius.
Snorkelling in the crystalline waters of Flat Island in north Mauritius.

And the sunsets on the west coast are absolutely magical!

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A Mauritius sunset
Chilling on a pier at sunset.
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Countryside, nature, heritage and towns

It’s hard but if you can tear yourself away from the beach to explore the hinterland, you’ll find lofty peaks, colourful communities, bustling markets, beautiful heritage buildings and lush, verdant landscapes.

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Two ladies working in their vegetable farm.
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Chamarel Falls.
Cascades in the Black River Gorge National Park.
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Seven Coloured Earths
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The spectacular view of the lagoons from Le Morne mountain. Image courtesy of Presram Hurree.

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The market in Flacq.
A lady selling saris at Flacq Market.
A gentleman selling seashells on the beach.
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A big smile is never far away in Mauritius!
Street art in a village.
The beautiful 18th century Labourdonnais Estate has one of Mauritius’ most beautiful estate mansions as well as extensive gardens.
Giant water lilies at the Botanical Gardens.
The Waterfront in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius.

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Food

And last but not least the food! Mauritius cuisine is a mix of Asian and African influences. From the freshest grilled seafood to fragrant curries, Mauritius food is just delicious!

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Local Mauritius cuisine is simply delicious.
Delicious samosas with Mauritian chili paste.
Chargrilled chicken on a skewer and a salad.
Fish curry and naan bread.

Mauritius is, as you can see, a beautiful and safe country to visit. The roads are good, making it easy to explore the island with a rental car. The friendly people speak English and French, and are always eager to help should you lose your way.

Air Mauritius flies from London, Paris, Johannesburg and various Asian cities to Mauritius. Other airlines such as Emirates, BA and Air France also fly to Mauritius.

Air Mauritius A350 at Mauritius Airport

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