Visit a land of contrasting, Cultures, Tastes, Colours and Beauty

The jewel of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an island of immense beauty with a breathtaking lush, central plateau, crowned with vast lofty mountains, beautiful waterfalls and a spectacular 130km coastline encircled by coral reef. The world-class hotels, great scenery and beautiful beaches are the main reasons to travel to Mauritius, but many also visit to experience the wonderful deep-sea fishing and fantastic golf courses.

Mauritius - the jewel of the Indian Ocean, is an exotic beach destination with 140 km of coral-fringed coastline and white beaches. It is an island of immense beauty with a breathtaking central plateau crowned with vast lofty mountains beautiful waterfalls subtropical forests striking bays contrasting vividly with the jagged mountains and lush, green sugar plantations in the interior. It also has a very a colourful sea life.

Its historic capital, Port Louis, still retains much of its charm, with many interesting landmarks and a bustling marketplace selling every exotic spice imaginable and a variety of leather goods, gifts and souvenirs. The modern, exclusive Caudan Waterfront complex, the island's premier commercial, shopping and entertainment centre, includes sophisticated shops and restaurants, a glittering Casino and a cinema complex.

The north coast of the island is particularly popular, with superb year-round weather and the delightful and elegant seaside resort town of Grand Baie, home to many interesting shops and restaurants, as well as the famous Grand Baie Yacht Club. In total contrast to all this bustling modernity is the breath-taking Pamplemousses Gardens, the island's botanical gardens, which are a haven of peace and beauty, home to many indigenous plants including giant waterlilies, ancient trees and shrubs, and the giant tortoises who amble along as they have done for centuries.

Throughout Mauritius, on its many superb beaches, are hotels of every description with an array of excellent amenities, superb cuisine and every type of entertainment facility imaginable.

For an island in the middle of nowhere, Mauritius is a remarkably cosmopolitan place. Since it was first settled some 400 years ago, it has accumulated a diverse collection of people from India, Europe, Africa, China and European – coexisting happily, and could serve as a poster for multicultural harmony. The rituals and cuisine's of this myriad of societies contribute to the exotic and varied character of this paradise island. A holiday here involves tasting the island's exotic flavours in its cuisine and culture, which one enjoys at various theme evenings at the hotels, where the islanders teach visitors how to savour their unique culture in music and dance.

Culture is omnipresent in the capital. At the old Port-Louis theatre, plays are regularly staged in one of the languages spoken in Mauritius. Very often, the dome of the theatre echoes with the sounds of gospel music, jazz and blues. Try a cultural trip to the many temples, markets or treks through nature preserves. The art lovers will be gratified with the museums and exhibitions available. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face or a magnificent new scene.

The island's quaint towns and villages offer visitors an opportunity to see another side of Mauritian life, with fishermen setting out early to find their daily catch, quaint shops and restaurants, and the carefree, laid-back lifestyle of its people making a holiday here a most relaxing experience.

No paradise island is complete without a variety of water-sports activities. For the adventurers, there is a full range of water sports available, such as water- skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, beach combing, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, diving, deep-sea fishing, undersea walks, a submarine descent a glass-bottom boat trip even parasailing and taking a cruise around the island on a yacht or catamaran.

One of the island's true sports mecca's is the untouched magical isle of Ile Aux Cerfs, set just off the east coast and accessible by boat. Here on this tropical paradise, with its lush casuarina trees and beautiful beaches, every watersports facility is available, excellent restaurants serve delectable fare, and there's a host of fun activities.

The island has year-round appeal, but the weather is best from April to June, and then from September to November. November to April is the best time for diving and fishing. Do check with us at Bateleur Tours and Travel for all kinds of hints to ensure a perfect and memorable holiday in Mauritius.