6 reasons why this world's best island should be on every Nigerian's must-visit list

The country is one of the world's top luxury tourism destinations and possesses a wide range of natural and human-made attractions.

Asides the fact that it made TripAdvisor's 2016 Travelers' Choice best islands list?

Indeed, Mauritius is one of Africa's true paradise.

Nestled in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic island nation with a population of over 1.2 million.

Mauritius has been populated by Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, French and British colonialists at various points, paving way to a multi-ethnic society.

It also stands as the only African country to have Hinduism as a major religion with 48.5% of the population practising it, though it is officially a secular state.

English and French are generally accepted as the official languages of Mauritius and as the languages of government administration, courts, and business.

So, looking for a hot travel spot? Here are 6 reasons why Mauritius should make your must-visit list.

1. It's gorgeous, really: Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate (hello Africa!) with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population.

2. Wildlife tourism: If you're a lover of wildlife, then you should know that Mauritius has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country on earth, making it an ideal place to see several rare creatures including the pink pigeon and the Mauritian kestrel. Its clear waters also house dolphins, whales and even sharks.

3. Excellent (sea) food: You can expect the finest mix of cuisine from a place with people of French, Indian and Chinese origin.

4. Water-based activities: Mauritius is famed for it clear blue waters which offer a range of activities including kitesurfing, boat excursions to the beautiful islands of the lagoon, paddling activities, diving, snorkeling and more.

5. Hiking: If you like the great outdoors, then you can go hiking on any of the great hiking spots such as Lion Mountain, Yanature and more.

6. Cooking classes: Always wanted to learn to make some intercontinental dishes? Chez Phillipe runs a cooking class where local, Asian, Italian cuisine are taught.

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