The culture of Mauritius is an amazing cocktail of various trends and trends, seasoned with a special local flavor. If you decide to celebrate New Year and Christmas in Mauritius, during your New Year’s holiday you will surely take at least several local festivals, holidays or spectacular processions.
Each of these events is very noisy, bright and colorful. For example, the celebration of the Chinese New Year does not take place here without colorful costumed processions with fireworks, dragons, besides, real feasts are held in honor of the majority of holidays.
Mauritius in winter: a tropical paradise
When winter is on the calendar, this tropical summer reigns in Mauritius. The locals are very friendly and always welcome guests, and the enchanting beauty of the local nature is pleasantly combined with luxurious hotels, where you will find just impeccable service.
A lot of amazingly smooth beaches with fine white sand, the ocean shimmering with all shades of deep turquoise, cozy coves and simply fantastic beauty of the underwater world – all this makes Mauritius a real pearl of the Indian Ocean. Therefore, if you decide to spend your winter holiday in Mauritius, it will surely become for you a magical tropical fairy tale.
For diving enthusiasts, this is a real paradise – the warm ocean waters (all year long the water temperature in Mauritius is kept around + 23-27 ° C) hides many secrets and treasures that will not leave real connoisseurs indifferent.
For lovers of excursions in Mauritius, too, there are many interesting things:
You can visit the sacred lake Grand Bassin, located in the crater of an extinct volcano. On the shores of this picturesque lake is a very beautiful Hindu temple.
In the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, you can see religious and religious buildings: the Jumma Mosque, the Hindu-Tamil temple, the Cathedral of Saint James. Be sure to take a look at the famous Chinese statue with a swinging head and visit the local market, which is something average between the Paris market and the classic Oriental bazaar. From the observation deck you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the whole city.
In Curepipe, you can buy a variety of souvenirs – ship models from the 15th and 18th centuries, local textiles, ivory, porcelain and wood.
Pamplemous is the botanical garden of Mauritius, in which you can see black and mahogany trees, different types of plants and, of course, the famous giant water lilies, known for their leaves that can withstand weight up to 45 kg.
Want adrenaline? Giant turtles and Nile crocodiles freely roam the territory of the crocodile park “La Vanilla”. Here you can see a huge collection of reptiles and 20,000 different species of insects, including butterflies from around the world. By the way, here you can see how vanilla grows.
Those who love exotic in nature, will surely appreciate Chamarel with amazing multi-colored earth. Only here you will be able to see the unusual combination of lush green plants with red, blue, green and yellow soil.
By the way, if your winter vacation in Mauritius falls on the second half of winter, you will definitely see how South Indian Kazadi is celebrated here – a day of purification from bad deeds. You can see many rituals associated with this date, including walking on burning coals, various religious performances and processions.