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Also called the Chagos Islands, the British Indian Ocean Territory is made up of over one thousand individual islands. Most of the islands are uninhabited. The largest inhabited island is Diego Garcia which is mainly comprised of a joint US and UK naval base. In 1960, the natives of this island were forced to relocate, and only military personnel now reside on the island.
Meet the evicted natives and hear their stories by travelling to Mauritius or Seychelles, where most of the population settled. It is rare for tourists to visit Diego Garcia, but if you are especially interested in this period of history and it may be possible to travel there.
Expedia can help you book rooms and find special rates if you wish to visit Mauritius. Since these islands are part of the United Kingdom, you will need a passport to visit if you live in the United States.
Mauritius is a charming blend of all types of ethnicities that creates a fascinating atmosphere. You will see the influence of the French, British, Dutch, Indian, and Creole people as well as the original settlers of the Chagos Islands. Expect to eat a lot of seafood, but the various populations have brought their own way of cooking to the island. You will never get bored eating here as there is a wide range of ethnic dishes to enjoy.
You are probably journeying to an island to enjoy the top beaches and best water sports you can find. These are all available on Mauritius, but also try to tour some of the grand French and Creole houses that are now museums to learn about this island's fascinating history.
Whatever you do, don't forget to view the Pamplemonsses Garden, one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island. Also, get an up close look at crocodiles at the La Vanille Crocodile Park, where Nile crocodiles breed. Other animals such as the mongoose live on the reserve as well.
Make your reservations early to get the best prices for your trip. Remember that remaining flexible with your travel dates and booking a few months in advance are both great ways to get a discount on your airfare and hotel costs.