My trip to Mauritius felt like one of those amazing getaways that are saved for special occasions, and yes, it is as dreamy as the photos you see. The sand below my feet was so white and soft, the water turquoise and clear and the locals so welcoming.
Over our stay there, we enjoyed sunset walks, breakfast by the calm waters as we watched the sun rising slowly, casting sunbeams in every direction while it illuminated the water. Sounds like a scene from a movie, right? It actually feels like it. So surreal yet so real.
To get to know Mauritius, we took a trip to Port Louis, a vibrant city bursting with culture, heritage and charm. Here you get to experience the normal hassle and bustle of every city; locals shopping, kids playing along the streets, insane traffic and not to be missed is the Le Caudan Waterfront which is a great place to shop and eat with colorful umbrellas floating above the walkway. Mauritian cuisine is an incredible melting pot of Indian and Chinese cultures, and some of the tastiest meals are found on the streets.
As you would expect in any tropical paradise, snorkeling is a must do activity in Mauritius. A good portion of the island is surrounded by an outer reef, which creates calm and piercingly-blue lagoons for swimming and water sports.
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It’s not only about the pristine beaches, we got to discover another wild side of Mauritius as we hiked up in the forest and nature reserves. We got to see rivers, rapids and odd waterfalls too. The most breathtaking of it all was the seven colored earth in Chamarel, a natural phenomenon where colors have evolved with weather conditions and soil composition and as a result the dune-like earth is colored red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. It’s something you HAVE to see if you’re visiting the island.
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