Things to do in Mauritius
First things first: the beach. Mauritius has over 160 kilometres of shoreline where you’re guaranteed powdery, white sand and clear, blue water wherever you go. For swimming with shade, the north coast is where casuarina trees fringe beautiful beaches like Trou aux Biches. The glam-set head to the east coast for the 10 kilometres of white sand and azure sea of Belle Mare Plage or Ile aux Cerfs’ idyllic island sandbar ringed by clear water. Hit the west coast for golden sands and painted sunsets.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach towel, adrenaline-fuelled activities and outdoor pursuits are all the go. Think skydiving, ziplining and quad biking, or a climb up the 556m-high Le Morne Brabant mountain. Watersports include kite-surfing at Le Morne Point, or canyoning at Tamarin Falls. Scuba conditions are ideal on the north and east coasts at the island’s most popular dive spot, The Pass, as well as the wrecks off Trou aux Biches. The windier conditions of the east coast make it a surfing destination.
You can also take in the natural surrounds with treks and animal encounters. The dolphins in Tamarin Bay on the west coast are popular with visitors as is the Blue Bay protected marine park in the southeast where you can snorkel or take a glass-bottomed boat excursion to view the aquatic life. On land, Casela Nature & Leisure Park in West Mauritius has a large variety of African savannah animals, bird life and adventure activities while La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes in South Mauritius has crocodiles, tortoises, geckoes and more - highlighting the biodiversity of this isolated island.
For a change of pace, the mini-Mauritius ‘anti-stress’ island of Rodrigues is a 90-minute flight away and offers a wilderness wonderland with less infrastructure and a slower pace. Here are our must-see sights in Mauritius.
Located in the northeast of Mauritius, the island’s capital of Port Louis is known as a shopping, historic and cultural destination for visitors. A true melting pot of the multicultural and multilingual Mauritians, ‘Por Louie’ is where you’ll find Islamic mosques, Hindu temples and Chinese religious sites alongside Christian churches.
The main tourism hub on the luxury holiday island, Grand Baie on the north coast of Mauritius was once a sleepy fishing village just 20 years ago. Close to beautiful beaches such as Trou aux Biches and shaded by Casuarina trees, the popular petite sandy cove of Pereybere and Mont Choisy beach is the best place on the island for a range of water sports and swimming.
Spanning an area of 6,574 hectares in the hilly southwest interior of Mauritius, Black River Gorges National Park was set up to protect the last native forests of the island and its indigenous flora and fauna. The park encompasses some of the island’s most popular natural sights including Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao, a crater lake sacred to Mauritian Hindus.
A dormant volcano you can climb into, Trou aux Cerfs (Deer Crater) is located 1 kilometre west of the town centre of Curepipe. Also known as Murr’s Volcano and the result of an explosion millions of years ago, the crater is 85 metres deep with a diameter of around 350 metres and has been filled with silt, water and dense forests over the centuries.
With seven waterfalls, multiple jumps, ziplines, deep ponds and verdant vegetation, Tamarin (or Tamarind) Falls is a one-stop adventure playground. Located 2 kilometres walk from the village of Henrietta, Tamarin Falls is a stunning canyon whether you’re there to take in the sights or test your mettle with the numerous challenging ways to descend to the cool pools below.