Ah, Mauritius! The hidden gem of Africa that everyone falls in love with in seconds. It’s a tropical island with amazing sites of nature, wildlife, crater lakes, beaches, colourful cities and delicious food. There is so much to do and explore that it’s hard to choose. Here are 10 things to help you get the most out of your trip to Mauritius Island.
10 Things to do in Mauritius
Explore the stunning beaches in Mauritius
The 330 km long coastline of Mauritius island features pristine white sand beaches, azure blue sea and turquoise blue lagoons fringed by palm trees, limestone rocks and untouched natural beauty. Bring your bathers, a book, a sarong or a towel and get ready to relax!
Had enough of swimming, sunbathing and sipping coconut water? Go explore the rich and colourful underwater life with your snorkelling set or diving gear. The adventurous ones among us will thrill to try out the water sport activities at popular beaches like Grand Baie and Belle Mare. Indeed, the beaches of Mauritius have something for everyone!
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Try Mauritian street food
The big market of Port Louis, the island’s capital, might be the place to try out the authentic Mauritian street food! You will be mesmerised by all the scents and colours and (of course) the rich taste of the food itself, ruled by local spices and herbs.
Fusing Indian, African, French, Creole and Chinese influences, Mauritian cuisines are a true explosion of flavours, making every food lover go wild! Make sure to try the most popular local snack ’Dholl Puris’; a pancake-style bread filled with a delicious yellow curry, available at the corner of every street in Mauritius.
See the waterfalls of Rochester Falls
This beautiful sight of nature is found in the Savanne district of Mauritius. The Rochester Falls is like a perfect oasis to spend the day by the waterside, relaxing in the shade of tall towering trees, dipping into the refreshing water and cliff jumping from the rocks. Don’t forget to bring your bathers!
Go on a Safari
Why not go on a thrilling wildlife safari? Mauritius is part of Africa after all! Casela National Park, located on the west coast of the island, spreads out across 14 hectares of land. It is a paradise for bird watchers with over a 1500 species, you can walk with lions, see zebras as well as giant ostriches and on top of that, the park is home to tigers, lemurs, giant turtles and monkeys. An amazing wildlife experience!
See the seven-coloured earth at Chamarel
The magical land of Chamarel, a true wonder of nature, is quite enchanting like a colourful lunar landscape! The 7 coloured earth of Chamarel features shades of red, brown, violet, blue, purple and yellow, and it evolved naturally through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals.
On the way you can make a stop at the Chamarel waterfalls of which one is a 100 meters in height, making it one of the highest waterfalls in all of Africa. Kids will be happy to find a playground at the seven-coloured-earth where they can see giant turtles.
Visit the holy grounds of Ganga Talao
The crater lake of Ganga Talao, located 549 meters above sea level, is the most sacred and peaceful place in all of Mauritius. A Hindu priest once had a dream that the lake is part of the holy Ganges of India, and it became a pilgrimage site for Hindus living on the island since then. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains and there are temples as well as a 33-meter high Shiva statue to be admired around the lake.
Enjoy your own paradise on Paradise Island
There are lots of charming traditional houses and villas to stay at in Mauritius, allowing you to get a real taste of the sweet tropical island living while you are there. A private peaceful garden, your own swimming pool just steps away, a comfy living room to spend quality time with friends and family and comfy bedroom suites to retreat to at night. What’s more idyllic than that?
Go Hiking in the Black River National Park
Nature lovers will fall in love with the Black River National Park, also known as the Black River Gorge. Sitting on over 6500 hectares of tropical land, dense forests and rolling hills, this park has got great hiking trails through the beautiful nature of this park, passing magnificent panoramic viewpoints and wildlife. There are picnic areas around, so bring some snacks and drinks for the perfect day out!
Visit the tea plantations
At Bois Cheri Tea factory, the biggest tea farm of Mauritius, you will learn all about tea, tea and more tea. The walking tours through the tea plantations are breath-taking, the visits to the factory and the museum and interesting and of course, you get to sip your favourite cup of hot, flavourful goodness with a lovely tea tasting at the end of the tour.
Taste the local Rum
The local alcohol, Mauritian Rum, is claimed to be second best, after the world-famous Jamaican rum. Surely it is a must-try while on the island, mixing it in a tropical Pina Colada or a refreshing Mojito. There are several Rum factories on the island, where you can do a rum tasting, infused with vanilla or other local spices. Yum!
Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the finest distilleries of Mauritius. The road to get there is lined by sugarcane plantations, the ingredient of which the ‘good’ rum is made of.
Now that you know where to go and what not to miss out on in Mauritius, venture out and do share your experiences! We love to hear all about it!
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