Though out in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, this French-, English-, and French Creole-speaking tropical island has been moving up the vacation radar thanks to splendid diving & beaches, Hindu temples, colonial ruins, impressive ecotourism, & plenty more.

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6 fantastic things to do around the village of Tamarin

DjelicS   On the west coast of the island republic of Mauritius, 1,134 kilometers (705 miles) out in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar (and about an hour from capital Port Louis), Tamarin was once a humble village devoted to fishing and salt panning, but in recent years has been transformed by tourism, especially as a surfing spot, and now has a diverse raft of lodging options, from self-catering apartments to four-star resorts. Tamarin Bay also has its own pod of dolphins, and spotting them…

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Bel Ombre a comely corner of Mauritius

Located on a sparsely populated stretch of the south coast of this Indian Ocean island country east of Madagascar and the African mainland, Bel Ombre is a village of fewer than 5,000 permanent residents, and about an hour's drive south of the capital Port Louis, . But since the advent of tourism in the past few years, this area has developed a diverse lodging as well as dining scene, from upscale luxury resorts to relatively modest inns and guesthouses. And here are the half dozen top nearby…

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The islands of Mauritius will take your breath away

A republic of five volcanic islands 1,134 kilometers (705 miles) out in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, and with a population of 1.3 million, Mauritius is one of the most gorgeous places you can visit, and known especially for its ethnic as well as ecological diversity. Here's a quick rundown of its islands and what each has to offer: read post

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6 of the best luxury hotels/resorts on Mauritius

Out in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, this French-, English-, and French Creole-speaking tropical-island country has been compared to heaven on earth, and has been moving up the vacation radar especially thanks to its splendid beaches and diving and gorgeous white-sand beaches with clear sapphire waters. But it also has much more to offer: hiking in the lush hills, impressive ecotourism, and cultural landmarks from Hindu temples (Mauritius is Africa's only majority-Hindu country) to…

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