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6 reasons to visit Mauritius | Private Jet Charter

The island of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, around 2400km south east of the African mainland. A melting pot of Indo-Mauritians, Creole and Chinese ethnicities, the former Dutch, French and English colony is famed for its multicultural cuisine, idyllic beach and mountain landscapes, luxury hotels and unique wildlife and hiking trails.

Here are six reasons to visit Mauritius:

Port Louis, capital city of Mauritius

Founded in 1735 by the French governor Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, Port Louis lies on the northwest coast of Mauritius. Top attractions in Port Louis include the famous Champ de Mars racecourse, the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere. A climb up Signal Hill at sunset is a must, as is a visit to the Port Louis Natural History Museum. The historical heart of Port Louis is the Place d’Armes, a central square that connects Government House to the seafront with its statue of de la Bourdonnais.

Seven Coloured Earths | Chamarel’s Coloured Earths

Located in the southwest of Mauritius, these sand dunes are remarkable for their startling colour range of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. This popular tourist attraction in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District, is also famous as it never erodes. The amazing colours are caused by decomposed basalt gullies that have turned into clay. The protected area is also home to beautiful giant tortoises.

Grand Baie

The main tourist centre of Mauritius, located in the north west of the island, it’s hard to believe this lively resort area was once a sleepy fishing village. Offering visitors great beaches, shopping, and a vibrant nightlife, Grand Baie is perfect for families and couples. Swimming, sailing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing trips are just a few of the water-based attractions available and boat excursions to Flat Island and Serpent Island leave from Grand Baie. The main beaches are La Cuvette and Grand Baie Beach, while the local coral reefs have superb dive sites for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is a 16,680-acre haven for endangered native plants and animals, located in the hilly south west of Mauritius. Enjoy walks along the marked trails inside the park and find some of the 311 species of native plants and birds that only exist here. It’s home to the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon – as well as Mauritius’s only remaining rain forest.  Top attractions in the Black River Gorges National Park include the Alexandra Falls Viewpoint and the Gorges Viewpoint.

Le Morne Peninsula

Located in the south west of Mauritius, the enigmatic mountain Morne Brabant rises up 1,824ft overlooking the Indian Ocean and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a helicopter trip over this beautiful landscape, once the home to escaped slaves, known as maroons. Sheltered from the elements the maroons settled in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne where a plateau supports vegetation. Le Morne is now home to superb beaches and luxury hotels, including The St. Regis Mauritius Resort and LUX Le Morne.

Ile aux Cerfs

Take a speedboat, catamaran or yacht from the east coast of Mauritius and sail over to the spectacular Ile aux Cerfs (deer island). This privately owned island offers visitors great snorkeling on its coral-reef lagoons. Enjoy the eclectic restaurants with their Indian, Mauritian and Asian cuisine, and even an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course.

Private air charter Mauritius

Let Chapman Freeborn organise your trip to Mauritius by private jet charter. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the main international airport in Mauritius. It is located 26 nautical miles (48km) southeast of the capital city of Port Louis. We can also arrange helicopter transfers from Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport to Port Louis. If you would like to book a private jet to or from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, or any other airport in Mauritius, contact our expert team today for a quote.