Most of the land is uninhabited because the population is just about one million, this lends to the island’s rich natural reserves and botanical gardens. There are about a dozen nature reserves and botanical gardens.
There are also waterfalls, tropical forests and mountainous vistas that can be explored.
One of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern part of the island, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousses has 500 species of plant, as well as giant water lilies and more than 80 types of palm.
In the Île aux Aigrettes, off the southeast coast of Mauritius, there are endemic species like pink pigeons and kestrels including giant tortoises.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Le Morne Cultural Landscape, with a view called Maconde, is an extraordinary mountain that protrudes from the ocean; its peninsula protected runaway slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.