Mauritius expects 1m tourists in 2014

Mauritius has set its sights on receiving 1,030,000 tourists over the course of 2014, with a new bulletin issued earlier this week by Statistics Mauritius indicating an expected 3.7 per cent rise in visitors during the holiday season.

The number cruncher based its claims on the fact that tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2014 have soared by 2.6 per cent compared to those of 2013, standing at an impressive 354,287.

While it's undoubtedly great news for the archipelago, which has long been able to pull the crowds thanks to its wide stretches of white sand and palm-lined coastline, those fearing for the quiet relaxed atmosphere here needn't worry.

In comparison to other beach destinations, the rise in visitor numbers to Mauritius remains relatively small, with the Maldives and Sri Lanka registering nine and 24.8 per cent increases respectively, Statistics Mauritius stated.

The industry remains one of the most essential sectors on the island, with more than 28,000 people employed in positions linked to looking after tourists.

If you're looking to take advantage of the lull and enjoy a beach holiday in this incredible destination, a Seafarer cruise around various coastlines is undoubtedly the best way to experience this island.

Aboard a stylish and comfortable catamaran, you'll get to enjoy a thoroughly relaxed atmosphere and a unique culture, courtesy of the experienced and knowledgeable deckhands we have aboard. These folks are well accustomed to ensuring you make the most of your holiday, no matter how you prefer to spend it.

Check out the seven-night Maurice itinerary or the three night Benitier itinerary for more details, including highlights, stop-offs and other information.