Book your flight with SAUDIA to Mauritius
This island nation off the eastern coast of Madagascar formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago and its landscape today, spectacular, craggy, gloriously fertile is a peaceful reminder of that explosive past. Mauritius is famous for Eden-like resorts whose butlers cater to your every need and could make anyone feel like they are on top of the world. From your lounge chair, gaze out over jutting cliffs and ocean waters that could only have been photoshopped into place. Jump in the water and scuba dive around the island’s coral palaces to catch an up-close-and-personal glimpse of dolphins, whales, or sharks or stay dry and hire a glass-bottom boat. Giant tortoises are some of the island’s most famous land residents. Otherworldly waterfalls abound near Chamarel. Black River Gorges National Park protects unspoiled rainforest with some of the island’s most iconic flora and fauna like the Mauritius kestrel. Mauritius is also famous for its food, a fabulous mixture of Creole, French, Indian, and Chinese cuisines that can be savored at inexpensive street stands or white tablecloth restaurants in town. Octopus salad is a local specialty. If you can, check out a sega performance, one of the island’s major musical genres.
Travel from Jeddah to Plaine Magnien, Mauritius
Le Morne Brabant mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits majestically on a thin peninsula jutting out into the ocean. A hike up requires some mountain-climbing skill but the view from up top is unparalleled. Another natural wonder is the Seven Coloured Earths, a small undulating area of mixed tone sand dunes. The visual effect is dizzying. If you’d like to see what explorers did when they arrived 500 years ago when dodos abounded, you have to go to Île aux Aigrettes, an island approximately 800 m off the coast. The entire 26 ha is a nature preserve. To learn about the history of the island, visit the Blue Penny Museum in the capital. Island residents have long depended on sugar production and an interactive guide to that industry found in the l’Aventure du Sucre museum in a converted old factory. In Port Louis, you can find the Jummah Mosque built in the 1850s and which melds Indian (Mughal), Creole, and Moorish architectural styles.