With world-class hotels offering top class service and sumptuous food, as well as top spas and golf courses, Mauritius also offers more to do than many tropical islands, with trekking, mountain climbing and ecotourism thrown in. And with its plentiful sunny days, the world`s third largest coral reef surrounding a turquoise lagoon and silky, white, sandy beaches, this island certainly comes close to paradise.

Head to Grand Baie, for water sports such as parasailing, an underwater walk, submarine and semi-submersible scooters, or to La Cuvette, a long soft beach with clear water between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux, for sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing.

Swim at the northern beaches such as Trou aux Biches, shaded by casuarinas, Mont Choisy, a 2km narrow white stretch of sand curving north from there, and Péreybère, a little cove between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux. Of course the resort hotels have their own beach frontage so you don`t really have to venture out at all.

Take a water taxi from Trou d`eau Douce to the popular island playground of Ile aux Cerfs for beaches, golf and water sports. Or, for a quieter day, a catamaran to the Northern Islands – Gabriel Island, Flat Island and Gunner`s Quoin.

Hike in the Black River Gorges National Park, a 6,794-hectare forest, to see indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. Black River Peak trail goes to Mauritius` highest mountain, while the Maccabee Trail starts nearby and plunges into the gorge to Black River.


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