Given the fascinating history of this island state, it would be no exaggeration to describe Mauritius as the melting pot of the Indian Ocean.

Created millions of years ago from the eruption of an underwater volcano, from as far back as the 10th century Mauritius was a port of call for Phoenician, Arabian and Malaysian seafarers. The first Europeans to set foot on the island were the Portuguese in 1507. In the long history of Mauritius, the island was under Dutch and then later English rule, before finally acquiring independence in 1968.

Your yacht charter trip begins in the capital of Port Louis at the renowned shopping and recreational destination called the “Le Caudan Waterfront”.

Mauritius is a paradise for water-sports enthusiasts, providing a real delight for sailors and divers alike. Located off the north coast of the island are the islets of Round Island and Ile aux Serpents, famous for their abundant nature on both land and water. To visit them you will need to apply for a special visitor permit.

In the east of Mauritius, you’ll find some of the most spectacular sandy beaches as well as protected anchorages and lagoons. Small fishing villages can be frequently seen from the water, nestling between the mountains and the shore.

A complete contrast can be found in the south of the island, where dramatic cliffs rise up out of the water and breakers crash against the rocks. If you want to feel like a conqueror, visit the Iles aux Aigrettes nature reserve. The island’s flora and fauna is completely unspoilt and includes giant ebony trees, rare orchid varieties and the famous Mauritius pink pigeon.

Further west, around Île aux Benitiers you have a good chance of spotting dolphins – and acquiring a supply of local rum. The village of Chamarel is home to the distillery of the same name.