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.