11/07/2013 08:59 BST | Updated 10/09/2013 06:12 BST

Must Sees in Mauritius

Holidays and honeymoons to Mauritius are very popular. With its wonderful variety of splendid beaches, clear warm seas, spectacular scenery, romantic gardens for an evening stroll, wildlife parks with many exotic species of flora and fauna, historic monuments and religious shrines, there is never any shortage of things to see and do.

Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean. The scenery is spectacular and as such holidays and honeymoons to Mauritius are very popular. With its wonderful variety of splendid beaches, clear warm seas, spectacular scenery, romantic gardens for an evening stroll, wildlife parks with many exotic species of flora and fauna, historic monuments and religious shrines, there is never any shortage of things to see and do. Here are just some of the things you really must see in Mauritius, just to whet your appetite.

Naturally you will spend time on some of the beaches of Mauritius which are difficult to better anywhere in the world. They are famous for their silver sands and blue clear waters. All forms of water sports are popular including diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, water skiing and fishing.

The capital city is Port Louis and there you will find an interesting diversity and fusion of cultures and traditions. Vibrant and colourful there is always much going on. Take a walk round the Le Caudan Waterfront, which is a modern complex of shops, cinemas, night clubs, restaurants and bars. Take a look at Père Laval's shrine which is said to have miraculous healing powers and visit Jummah Mosque which is a fine example of Islamic architecture. The harbour set between mountains is a spectacular sight and on the harbour side you will find the ancient Fort Adelaide. The Natural History Museum is worth a visit and there you will find a stuffed dodo, or at least a replica of one.

The best garden is Pamplemonsses Garden which attracts many tourists and really must be seen. It is also known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam botanical Island. There you will find many species of flora which include many rare and exotic examples. There are palms trees and giant water lilies which make a spectacular display. Inside you will find the Pierre Poivre chateau which is worth exploring. The garden dates back over three hundred years to when the governor established it as a botanical garden.

To the south of Mauritius near the Riviere des Anguilles lies La Vanille Crocodile Park, the home to many Nile crocodiles which breed in the waterholes found amongst the tropical vegetation. As well as crocodiles there are many other species of animals including bats, monkeys, chameleons, mongooses, lizards and tortoises. Peer into the many streams and brooks and you will see many species of fist too; plenty for the crocodiles to feast on.

Continuing with the theme of wildlife, located in the Riviere Noire district, the Casela Bird Park lies between Bambous and Tamarine and there you will find over 140 different species of birds. The surroundings are beautiful as are the bird sounds.

The national park of Black River George is enormous and is a conservation area. There are the remains of several European settlements and various monuments dating back to medieval times; visit Vieux Grand Port for the Balaclava and the Dutch ruins. L'Etoile Nature Reserve is also a must see. There are many beautiful views and dears roam the grasslands.