Aside obvious – stunning nature, tropical climate, fresh and clean air, welcoming people and good food, there is more subtle face to Mauritius as well.
In shops you will see biodegradable plastic bags. If you decide to join evening kirtans or spiritual events, at the end you will receive food served on natural leaves and it is expected that you eat using your body only (in whichever way you find appropriate). When you go on catamaran trip around Mauritius, you will get your drinks served in metal cups.
For an island that remote, I would say Mauritius ranks pretty high in terms of environmental awareness. There are, however, certain things that may take me lifetime to understand – why beetroot is so expensive or why taxi drivers refuse to drive after 9pm.