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Why choose Mauritius as a holiday destination? What is so appealing about this small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean that tourists are willing to spend hours in a cramped aeroplane just to have a short holiday there? The answers are numerous and would certainly differ from person to person but below are just a few of the most common reasons to choose Mauritius for your holidays.

Mauritian holidays can come as packaged deals with everything taken care of, from airport transfers to excursions, from hotel bookings to specific dining requirements. For those who do not like the restrictive nature of an all inclusive package there are numerous luxury apartments, both large and small, luxurious beach villas and a range of different types of self-catering accommodation not to mention the assortment of bed and breakfasts and beach-front cottages. These varying types of accommodation suit not only all types of budgets but also different social compositions as well. There are small, intimate and romantic villas, apart hotels and B&Bs for honeymooners and couples, or family-oriented penthouses, apartments and villas for those with children or for groups of friends wanting to spend their holidays together.

As to activities on the island to occupy holidaymakers, there is almost nothing Mauritius does not offer. The most obvious attraction would be water-sports in the warm, clear blue waters of the lagoon. Snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, wind-surfing and excursions in glass-bottomed boats are just a few ways to enjoy the beauty of the coastal regions. What could be more appealing than to spend an hour or two snorkelling around the lagoon, taking in the myriads of brightly coloured, tropical fish flitting around their native coral, or to take the plunge and go deeper, exploring further with a scuba diving expedition?

Water-sports are not the only activities available on the island although they are the most obvious. When one thinks of Mauritius, it is usually to imagine clear, warm lagoons, dazzling expanses of white sand, shady palm trees and exotic cocktails. Lush, tropical vegetation and verdant mountains do not often form part of the picture and yet these too make up part of the island and offer an exciting backdrop to many non-beach oriented sports and activities. At specific locations there are such attractions as walking with lions, river trekking and canyoning while hiking and mountain biking are popular activities all over the island. For anyone over the age of twelve, there are rock-climbing trips at Albion in the south-west of Mauritius and for those of a more adventurous turn of mind, skydiving is also available.

Of course, these attractive activities would be nothing without the overwhelming spirit of Mauritian hospitality. Whereas in some tourist hot-spots, one gets the feeling that the locals resent the intrusion of foreigners into their environment and tolerate them simply to extract the maximum amount of money possible, in Mauritius, tourists are made to feel welcome and completely at home from the moment they arrive. Hospitality on the island is not simply an industry, it’s a way of life and guests are made to feel that their enjoyment is of prime importance.

The unsurpassed sea-food and Mauritian cuisine is yet another reason to visit the island although it would, perhaps, be taking things a bit far to suggest flying there simply to experience the culinary delights. Rather, these taken in conjunction with the openness and friendliness of the people, the luxurious accommodation available, the huge range of out-door activities and of course, the heat and sunshine of the tropics, make Mauritius one of the most attractive holiday destinations in the world.

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