Lush gardens and gliding turtles
Turtle Bay, or Baie aux Tortues, was named after the sea turtles which flock to its shores time and time again. It’s not hard to see why they’re fond of it – the sands are talc-soft and the waters some of the clearest going. The area is designated a Marine National Park – the first in Mauritius – so you’ll be sharing the waters with an abundance of sea life. Snorkelling fans should flipper out to the reef, where the corals hide quirky and colourful creatures.
Close by is the Balaclava estate, which dates back to the 18th century. The mysterious ruins here stand testament to colonial times, while footpaths meander through gardens offering photo-ready mountain views.
Flight time from the UK to Mauritius is 11 hours 50 minutes.
Transfer time from Mauritius airport to Turtle Bay is approximately 1 hour.
Mauritius is a year-round destination, with summer and winter months offering something different. The summer months, from October through to April, are perfect for beach lovers - days are long and temperatures are in the high 20s. There is the odd chance of a cyclone in the south of the island, though. The winter months (during the UK summer) are a little cooler, in the early 20s, so are ideal for hiking and exploring. If you’re planning on diving, the summer months are your best bet – the waters are warmer and (usually) calmer, and there’s more sea life around.
Visas are not required for Mauritius. You will receive a stamp in your passport valid for 60 days.
Tipping in Mauritius is appreciated, but not expected. In restaurants you can leave the small change or round the bill up if you received excellent service. Ensure you give your tip directly to the person whom you wish to receive it.
The official language of Mauritius is English.