For most visitors, Mauritius Island is the primary destination and it has been described as the prototype upon which heaven was based! Whereas the Republic of Mauritius has a land area of 2040 sq km, this island covers just 1874 sq km which, for comparison, is just a little less than Tenerife (2008 sq km) and a little more than the Isle of Skye (1659 sq km). Mauritius is perhaps best known for its wonderful white beaches and the island boasts over 150 km of beaches around its shoreline.
Leading away from the beaches, the fertile, gently sloping land is widely planted with sugar cane and forested areas including ebony and eucalyptus trees. The mountain ranges of Mauritius are volcanic in origin and the island features a broken ring of rugged mountains and a lofty inland plateau area. There are many spectacular pools and waterfalls often with the opportunity for taking a dip! The sea of course is never far away and the seas around Mauritius are simply stunning with sheltered lagoons set within the world’s third largest coral reef.