Although some would not consider Mauritius as part of Africa at all, it lies surprisingly close to the East coast of Africa. It’s also one of the wealthiest African nations. Mauritius has a bustling capital, full of fish, spice markets and it’s just as a fascinating place to wander around and sample delicacies from the region. This African island itself is actually quite large, being 38 miles by 29 miles. And there is plenty to keep you occupied for a couple of weeks here. Scuba divers mostly just head for Flic en Flac, others who want a much quieter beach experience – perhaps for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, tend to head for either Mont Chosy or Troux-Aux-Biches. Mauritius is actually a Hindu nation, which makes it unique amongst the Christian and Muslim nations of Africa, and gives the nation its own unique cuisine (hints of Indian, with dhal puri probably being regarded the national dish) and culture (Hindu temples to visit). Finally, the best time to visit this African island is between the months of April and June and between September and December, when seas are calmer and snorkelling and diving visibility higher.