A beautiful tropical paradise, 1,200 miles off the east coast of Africa and the Seychelles, Mauritius is an island that fulfils every visitor's dream of glorious white sand beaches and swaying coconut palms. Mauritius is a land of surprising contrasts, from mountain peaks and fields of sugar cane to the magnificent beaches and shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean where a host of water sports can be enjoyed. The cultural blend of African, Asian and European heritage add to the island's natural beauty and charm. Mauritius is a perfect choice for those who are looking for pure relaxation in sophisticated surroundings and those who may want to indulge in the numerous water sports available. NB: At times the island does experience heavy tropical rains and strong winds, more so in the months of December and January. During these periods, water sports and other activities may be restricted.