Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

This brochure-per­fect is­land is justly fa­mous for its daz­zling sap­phire seas and lux­u­ri­ous beach re­sorts, where the wa­tery fun in­cludes coral reef dives, kitesurf­ing, sea kayak­ing and la­goon cruises. Dur­ing the colo­nial days, Mau­ri­tius was known as the “Star and Key of the In­dian Ocean” for its strate­gic po­si­tion. These days there’s much afoot in the deep blue sky, with the gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish­ing the is­land as a hub for flights to main­land

Africa. Past glo­ries are also get­ting a spot­light in 2018, when the is­land cel­e­brates 50 years of in­de­pen­dence. A good time to join the mul­ti­cul­tural (mostly Cre­ole and Indo-Mau­ri­tian) is­lan­ders in cel­e­brat­ing their de­par­ture from Bri­tish rule is around March 12, In­de­pen­dence Day, when the na­tion’s flag is raised at Port Louis’s Champ de Mars Race­course.

» Don’t Miss On the south­west side of Mau­ri­tius, hike amid old-growth forests and wa­ter­falls in Black River Gorges Na­tional Park, home to the en­demic Mau­ri­tius kestrel, pink pi­geon and echo para­keet.

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