Mark Twain wrote ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius’. The combination of sapphire-blue water, paper-white sandy beaches and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean make Mauritius the ideal holiday getaway.
For the best in colourful views visit the seven-coloured earth of Chamarel Dunes, formed from molten lava exhibit seven colours of earth swirled together, set amid a luxurious tropical forest on the volcanic island of Mauritius. Now containing oxides of iron and aluminium, the seven colours can be seen at their brightest when the sun is high in the sky. Impressively, the seven-coloured earth dunes do not erode, even with the tropical rains experienced in Mauritius.
A panoramic route cuts through the forest to surround the seven-coloured earth with a variety of viewing points to admire the exquisite and colourful views. The geographical creation is a treasure not to be missed rising 283 metres above sea level.
Other sights in the area, such as the outlook over the Chamarel waterfall and land turtles living by the seven-coloured earth dunes prove just how heavenly the island of Mauritius is.
Travel to the south-east coast to a nature reserve that has its own island. Situated in the Mahebourg Bay, Île aux Aigrettes is made up of coralline limestone and is a popular ecotourism destination. In 1965 the island was declared a nature reserve aimed at restoring the forest that was previously affected by tree logging, land clearance and the introduction of exotic animal and plant species. Île aux Aigrettes is now home to many endangered native animals that had disappeared from the mainland. The radiant colours of Mauritius continue through this untamed island, home to Aldabra giant tortoises, wild orchids and the endangered pink pigeon.