The pearl of the Indian Ocean is one of the most favourite destinations for leisure travellers and holidaymakers across the world. Rich cultural activities, lush vegetation, sands and beaches, and heritage sites, Mauritius is richly blessed with them all. There are numerous activities to keep the fun going for the young and the old.

Nature

Mauritius is abundantly endowed with tropical forests, waterfalls, mountains with exciting views, botanical gardens, and natural reserves. The most famous and oldest botanical garden is the Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Gardens and Pamplemousses in the southern region of the island.

The garden hosts over 500 plant species, as well as several varieties of palms and giant water lilies. Another notable spot is the Ile aux Aigrette conservation project, housing native species such as the giant tortoise, kestrel, pink pigeons, and the Mauritius fruit bat.

Charamel’s Colourful Layers of Multi-coloured Sand

This soil in the Mauritian village of Chamarel is a major tourist attraction site. The soil is marked by its distinctive layers with stripes of indigo, purple, green, yellow, and red. For enhanced viewing, tourists can mount the observation deck.

Some have attributed the phenomena to the reactions of various metallic oxides present in the soil, while others think it is as a result of the different cooling rates of volcanic lava. The sands are available for sale in test tubes for tourists who may desire them as souvenirs.

The Sugarcane

Sugarcane has been a common sweet crop in Mauritius for over four centuries and still remains the nation’s major export product. The island’s old sugar mill is open for visitors to explore and possibly sample the unrefined sugar.

The key by-product of the island’s sugar crop is rum. There are rum distilleries at St Aubin Rum Estate and Chamerel, from where visitors can be acquainted with the different kinds of local sugar (i.e. cinnamon and vanilla).