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As a family we love to travel and one day we would absolutely love to visit the beautiful sun kissed beaches and sparkling shores of Mauritius. We have always hoped that as Olly got a little older, longer haul flights would be an option for us as we hope to explore the wider world.
Mauritius is often a destination picked by many couples for their honeymoons but the small tropical island, dotted in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, has so much more to offer and is an ideal place for children to explore and have an adventure of a lifetime.
Not only is the island surrounded by crystal turquoise waters, with a vast landscape of lagoons, reefs, waterfalls and rainforests, the island is teeming with exotic wildlife which is sure to make a mark in the memories of little (and big) ones forever. With that in mind, here’s what’s we would want to see if we visited Mauritius with the family.
Feed a giraffe at Casela Safari Park
Casela is one of the biggest attractions on the island with so much to see and do, it’s the ideal place for a fun filled family day out. The safari park is home to Bengal tigers, white rhinos, hippos and giraffe to name just a few. On our bucket list we would absolutely love to feed the giraffes. They’re so elegant and being able to get so close to them would be a dream come true. If you’re a fan of birds, you can walk through the Aviary where over 1,500 exotics birds spread their wings. The chance to take a safari would be such an opportunity, one definitely not to miss up.
Take a trip on a glass bottom boat
Situated on the south east coast of the island is Blue Bay Marine Park. A vast area of tropical waters where the only choices you’ll need to make are whether to see the marine life from a glass bottomed boat or to immerse yourself into the warm waters to swim alongside the fish. I would definitely choose to marvel at the fish from the comfort of the boat but being able to get so close to the exotic fish and colourful fauna and flora of the coastline would be an absolute dream.
Meet an ancient tortoise
The island is home to the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park which is set in a stunning rain forested valley. Immersed amongst the palm trees and giant bamboos, the crocs and tortoises are found in the park but visitors can safely watch them in their natural habitats. Olly is a huge tortoise fan so having the opportunity to get up close to a giant one would be incredible as it’s something we’d never be able to do at home.
Mauritius has so much to offer for families whether it’s seeing rare and endangered animals, walking amongst the rainforest or splashing in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, there’s something for everyone where memories can be made and treasured for a lifetime. You can find out more about why Mauritius is perfect for families from Mauritius Tourism here.