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Explore Mauritius: More to the island than beaches and luxury resorts

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The island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean is well known for its fine sandy beaches, aquamarine waters and luxury resorts, though the idyllic island offers much more than that.

Mauritius is now a multi-faceted holiday destination offering plenty of inland excursions and attractions, cultural visits, scenic nature and landscapes and sporting activities such as golf and horse racing.

The diverse nature of tourism includes locations such as the Black River Gorges National Park and the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, and provides opportunites to hike, bike and sample the natural beauty of the island. Adventure and Leisure parks, like the Casela World of Adventures, which allow visitors a full day of activities for all the family. The capital city, Port Luis, presents both traditional market and modern shopping outlets, museums and cultural activities.

Though beaches and resorts are plentiful and lovely there is more to explore and experience in Mauritius.

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  • Mountain peaks on the island of Mauritius, Indian Ocean, Africa. View from Troux aux Cerfs across to the western coast of Mauritius.
    Mountain peaks on the island of Mauritius, Indian Ocean, Africa. View from Troux aux Cerfs across to the western coast of Mauritius.
  • Produce at Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africa
    Produce at Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africa
  • Umbrella art display in street at Caudan Waterfront, Port Luis, Mauritius. Caudan Waterfront is a commercial centre in Port Luis, the capital city of Mauritius. It opened in 1996 after the old harbour was redeveloped and includes shopping, banking, restaurant and leisure facilities. The Caudan Waterfront also houses a five star hotel, Le Labourdonnais, and a marina.
    Umbrella art display in street at Caudan Waterfront, Port Luis, Mauritius. Caudan Waterfront is a commercial centre in Port Luis, the capital city of Mauritius. It opened in 1996 after the old harbour was redeveloped and includes shopping, banking, restaurant and leisure facilities. The Caudan Waterfront also houses a five star hotel, Le Labourdonnais, and a marina.
  • Champs de Mars racecourse, Port Luis, Mauritius. The Champs de Mars racecourse owned by Mauritius Turf Club is considered to be the oldest horse racing club in the southern hemisphere and the second oldest in the world. The racecourse was inaugurated on 25 June 1812, and today, the Champ de Mars attracts tens of thousands of people on each racing day during the racing season from late March to early December.
    Champs de Mars racecourse, Port Luis, Mauritius. The Champs de Mars racecourse owned by Mauritius Turf Club is considered to be the oldest horse racing club in the southern hemisphere and the second oldest in the world. The racecourse was inaugurated on 25 June 1812, and today, the Champ de Mars attracts tens of thousands of people on each racing day during the racing season from late March to early December.
  • Petting farm at Casela Nature and Leisure Park, Cascavelle, Mauritius. Casela Nature and Leisure Park, also known as Casela World of Adventures, is a large 250 hectare park situated on the west coast of the island of Mauritius. The park is rich in fauna and flora and includes several leisure activities for all the family including animal safari,ziplining, quad biking and karting.
    Petting farm at Casela Nature and Leisure Park, Cascavelle, Mauritius. Casela Nature and Leisure Park, also known as Casela World of Adventures, is a large 250 hectare park situated on the west coast of the island of Mauritius. The park is rich in fauna and flora and includes several leisure activities for all the family including animal safari,ziplining, quad biking and karting.
  • Two rhinos in the safari area of Casela Nature and Leisure Park, Cascavelle, Mauritius. Casela Nature and Leisure Park, also known as Casela World of Adventures, is a large 250 hectare park situated on the west coast of the island of Mauritius. The park is rich in fauna and flora and includes several leisure activities for all the family including animal safari,ziplining, quad biking and karting.
    Two rhinos in the safari area of Casela Nature and Leisure Park, Cascavelle, Mauritius. Casela Nature and Leisure Park, also known as Casela World of Adventures, is a large 250 hectare park situated on the west coast of the island of Mauritius. The park is rich in fauna and flora and includes several leisure activities for all the family including animal safari,ziplining, quad biking and karting.
  • Locals and tourists visiting one of the Hindu temples by Grand Bassin lake, Mauritius. Grand Bassin, also known as ’Ganga Talao’ by hindus, is a volcanic crater lake situated in the south west of the island of Maurities at around 1800 feet (550 metres) above sea level. It is considered to be the most sacred place in Mauritius for hindus. During the annual festival of Maha Shivaratri thousands of pilgrims on the island descend to the temples of Grand Bassin on foot to pray and offer food to the gods.
    Locals and tourists visiting one of the Hindu temples by Grand Bassin lake, Mauritius. Grand Bassin, also known as ’Ganga Talao’ by hindus, is a volcanic crater lake situated in the south west of the island of Maurities at around 1800 feet (550 metres) above sea level. It is considered to be the most sacred place in Mauritius for hindus. During the annual festival of Maha Shivaratri thousands of pilgrims on the island descend to the temples of Grand Bassin on foot to pray and offer food to the gods.
  • Beachfront of Veranda hotel resort, Pointe aux Biches, Mauritius
    Beachfront of Veranda hotel resort, Pointe aux Biches, Mauritius
  • Chamarel Waterfalls, Black River Gorges National Park, Chamarel, Mauritius. Chamarel Waterfalls are the highest in Mauritius with a drop of more than 80 metres (270 feet). It is located in the Black River Gorges National Park in the south west of the island and is a popular destination for visitors.
    Chamarel Waterfalls, Black River Gorges National Park, Chamarel, Mauritius. Chamarel Waterfalls are the highest in Mauritius with a drop of more than 80 metres (270 feet). It is located in the Black River Gorges National Park in the south west of the island and is a popular destination for visitors.
  • Coloured Earths (Terres de Couleurs), Chamarel, Mauritius. The Coloured Earths is geological formation and prominent tourist attraction located near the village of Chamarel in the Rivière Noire District of south-west Mauritius. The multi-coloured dunes are thought to have occured from the decomposition of volcanic rock (basalt) and weathering of the rock.
    Coloured Earths (Terres de Couleurs), Chamarel, Mauritius. The Coloured Earths is geological formation and prominent tourist attraction located near the village of Chamarel in the Rivière Noire District of south-west Mauritius. The multi-coloured dunes are thought to have occured from the decomposition of volcanic rock (basalt) and weathering of the rock.
  • View through trees of the main temple of Maheshwarnath Mandir, Triolet, Mauritius. Maheshwarnath Mandir or Temple as it is also known is oldest and largest Hindu shrine on the island of Mauritius. It is thought to have been built in the 19th Century.
    View through trees of the main temple of Maheshwarnath Mandir, Triolet, Mauritius. Maheshwarnath Mandir or Temple as it is also known is oldest and largest Hindu shrine on the island of Mauritius. It is thought to have been built in the 19th Century.
  • Golf course at Maritim Resort and Spa Hotel, Balaclava, Mauritius. The golf course at this five star hotel on the northern coast of Mauritius is a nine hole par 29 course, designed by professional player Graham Marsh from Australia
    Golf course at Maritim Resort and Spa Hotel, Balaclava, Mauritius. The golf course at this five star hotel on the northern coast of Mauritius is a nine hole par 29 course, designed by professional player Graham Marsh from Australia
  • Red and green chillies on sale at Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africa
    Red and green chillies on sale at Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africa
  • Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africa
    Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africa
  • Family offering prayer to Lord Shiva at temple by the holy lake of Grand Bassin, Mauritius. Grand Bassin, also known as ’Ganga Talao’ by Hindus, is a volcanic crater lake situated in the south west of the island of Maurities at around 1800 feet (550 metres) above sea level. It is considered to be the most sacred place in Mauritius for Hindus. During the annual festival of Maha Shivaratri thousands of pilgrims on the island descend to the temples of Grand Bassin on foot to pray and offer food to the gods.
    Family offering prayer to Lord Shiva at temple by the holy lake of Grand Bassin, Mauritius. Grand Bassin, also known as ’Ganga Talao’ by Hindus, is a volcanic crater lake situated in the south west of the island of Maurities at around 1800 feet (550 metres) above sea level. It is considered to be the most sacred place in Mauritius for Hindus. During the annual festival of Maha Shivaratri thousands of pilgrims on the island descend to the temples of Grand Bassin on foot to pray and offer food to the gods.
  • Swimming pools and beachfront of Le Meriden Ile Maurice hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius
    Swimming pools and beachfront of Le Meriden Ile Maurice hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius
  • Gated entrance to Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africal
    Gated entrance to Central Market, Port Luis, Mauritius, Africal
  • Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Luis, Mauritius. Le Caudan Waterfront is a commercial centre in Port Luis, the capital city of Mauritius. It opened in 1996 after the old harbour was redeveloped and includes shopping, banking, restaurant and leisure facilities. The Caudan Waterfront also houses a five star hotel, Le Labourdonnais, and a marina.
    Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Luis, Mauritius. Le Caudan Waterfront is a commercial centre in Port Luis, the capital city of Mauritius. It opened in 1996 after the old harbour was redeveloped and includes shopping, banking, restaurant and leisure facilities. The Caudan Waterfront also houses a five star hotel, Le Labourdonnais, and a marina.

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