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10 Must-See Places in Mauritius

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At the thought of Mauritius, the only pictures that conjure up are those of its sandy beaches, palm trees and azure lagoons. Pictures are never enough to describe the beautiful and incomparable landscapes of this picturesque tiny piece of paradise.  

Being a popular honeymoon destination and luxury spot for celebrities, it is now a high class destination proposing top-notch services in its numerous luxurious hotels, high class villas and bungalows. Mauritius, indeed, is not only about beaches, it has tons of breath-taking views, historic sites and blossoming forests that are to be seen. If you are planning on visiting every corner of the island of Mauritius- Hire a car and visit it at you own pace. Here is a quick guide about the must-see places in Mauritius.

TOP TEN PLACES TO VISIT

1. Le Morne

Le Morne Mauritius
Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Brabant, found in the South of the island, is a scarcely inhabited place. It is mostly surrounded by hotels. There you will have the chance of seeing Le Morne Mountain, classified as World heritage, a single peak encapsulating so much of Mauritius’ history in it. The mountain was the place, for slaves, to escape from their masters. The place is full of nice viewpoints over the west coast of the island and over the southern part of the island.

2. Black River Gorges National Park

Black River Gorges
Black River Gorges

A national park stretching over 6574 hectares of incredible native forests and wildlife, covering 3.5% of Mauritius’ land area and including a range of ecosystems. This dense forest is home to over 300 species of flowering plants. Want to spot one of the rarest birds in the world? Then the national park is your best bet since it is the habitat of the Pink pigeon, a bird endemic to Mauritius, which nearly reached extinction. The national park proposes a number of long hiking trails for those nature lovers. For visitors loving immense outdoors, black river gorges is an ideal place to let yourself be carried away by its set of panoramic views of the island’s landscape, including vistas, gorges, peaks and waterfalls.

3. Chamarel

Seven coloured earths
Seven coloured earths

Chamarel is a small village located in the district of Savanne. Chamarel attracts much since you will have the chance to visit the beautiful places in its vicinity- The highest waterfall in Mauritius at 100 metres and the 7-coloured earths. The Chamarel Falls are as impressive a waterfall as you’ll find anywhere and makes up a perfect spot. Climbing the stairs to the viewing platform reveals an awe impressive view as it hits the pool 100 metres below. The ‘Seven Coloured Earth’, made up of sand dunes of different distinct colours including reds, browns and purples will impress more than one. This phenomenon is due to the cooling, at different temperatures, of volcanic rocks which resulted in dunes of different colours.

Prices: Rs 125 (Uniform- Approx $5)

4. La Vanille Crocodile Park

Insectarium-Crocodile Park
Insectarium-Crocodile Park

The star of the show here is without any doubt the crocodile, but you will also see other creatures including giant bats, giant turtles, monkeys and a huge insect collection. While having a walk through the jungle observing the flora and fauna, you will learn more about the endangered species endemic to Mauritius. Its insectarium is one of the world’s largest private collections of butterfly and other insects. And those beautiful creatures are a feast to the eyes. The restaurant of the park even proposes Crocodile Curry on its menu. What is better than ending the visit while having a taste of crocodile curry in the restaurant?

Cost: Adult-Rs350 (Approx. $13), Child- Rs200(Approx. $7)

5. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Pamplemousses Garden Water Lillies
Pamplemousses Garden- Water Lillies

Also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, the plot covers 60 acres of land and features a number of varieties of palm trees. One unique feature of the garden is its giant lily ponds with tadpoles and frogs, fruit bat trees with bats hanging from the branches, lakes with giant turtles and fishes without forgetting the trees planted by famous figures including Nelson Mandela and Indira Ghandi.

6. Château de Labourdonnais

chateau de labourdonnais mauritius
Chateau de Labourdonnais

At the heart of a splendid natural estate, the Château de Labourdonnais helps you to rediscover the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle… Brilliantly restored, this majestic mansion, built in 1859, has regained all of its original splendour and provides a unique experience to its visitors. After visiting the château you can have a promenade in its garden, then visit its distillery and in the end taste the Rhum locally produced at the Rhumerie des Mascareignes. At the estate you will also have the opportunity to taste typical Mauritian cuisine that will, without any doubt, be a pure bliss to your taste buds!

7. Ile Aux Cerfs

Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile Aux Cerfs

A large outer isle of Mauritius, Iles Aux Cerfs is located off its East Coast, with spectacular white sandy beaches, palm trees and waters of all shades of blue. It remains one of the main attractions of the island. There, the picture-postcard blue lagoon will make you feel as if you just arrived on a Treasure Island. Iles aux Cerfs is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a BBQ and have a go at parasailing to have a majestic aerial view of this pristine isle. The island’s main beach provides basic services including restaurants serving tasty food. It also houses the Bernard Langer golf course.

8. La roche qui pleure / Le Souffleur

Gris Gris Beach La Roche Qui Pleure
Gris Gris Beach- La Roche Qui Pleure

This place is simply amazing, superb, relaxing and inspiring. Unique big waves crashing against the volcanic cliffs. The rocks being porous will make you hear, at each backslash, the rocks breathing. An amazing and sole experience everyone should see and enjoy.

9. Grand Bassin

Grand bassin mauritius
Grand Bassin Sacred Lake

Grand Bassin, an extinct volcano, now a lake high up in the mountains about 1800 feet above sea level is the most sacred Hindu place on the island of Mauritius. It is also a well-known place of interest. On the spot you will be able to visit a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The people of the island believe it is filled with holy waters from the River Ganges in India on the occasion of Maha Shivaratree people make pilgrimages from their homes to the lake on foot, carrying religious carts(Kawals) the whole way. There is also a majestic 108 foot statue of Shiva which brings a touch of uniqueness to that specific location.

10. Champ de Mars in Port Louis

Champ De Mars RaceCourse
Champ De Mars RaceCourse

Fan of horse races? Then this is surely a must-see place. Put on your best outfit and spend your Saturday at the Champ de Mars race course. The race course is the oldest in the southern hemisphere and the 2nd oldest in the world. There you can enjoy canapés and drinks, and who knows, if you are up for a bet, you might end up with a jackpot. You need not be a big horse racing fan to enjoy the electric atmosphere at the Champ de Mars.

There are,obviously, more places to visit, but the above are those you should not miss to visit. Have a nice trip in over the island!

32 Comments

  1. Marguerite Reply

    Thanks for a beautiful tour of Mauritius! I dream of going there with my family one day but it’s a bit soon right now with the kids being so small. I hadn’t heard of the multicoloured sand dunes before – that was so interesting!

    • admin Reply

      It’s only the beginning, we are definitely going to make you discover much more about this wonderful island…keep reading and sharing our articles…

  2. Dana Buckmir Reply

    Wow, the pictures are breath taking. I would love to travel there one day. Now, all I have to do is save up for a plane ticket, but I know all the places I’d like to visit.

    • admin Reply

      It would be a pleasure to welcome you here…continue reading and sharing our articles…

  3. hello
    it’s really a beautiful island i’ve been there last year
    i like the capital and the nocturne in grand baie

    • admin Reply

      Do check out our article about Nightlife In Mauritius… Ull surely like it 😉

  4. Dr P.Biswas Reply

    Great place. Waiting to visit there. Really fascinating !

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  5. pls Adm,how is security like in this country,i want to the island asap

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    • admin Reply

      No need to worry about security…. The island are secure and safe for travelers 😀

    • admin Reply

      Do read our other articles about Mauritius… Any specific query?

  6. jaykant holidays Reply

    great place to visit, a unique heritage place to hang out

  7. Scantravel Reply

    Your article is very much liked me . I plan to visit Mauritius in December 2015 , I hope this time the weather is good . Mainly interested in a beach holiday

    • admin Reply

      Hopefully it will be good…. Enjoy your holidays and continue reading our articles for more tips 😉

  8. Nitya Chawla Reply

    Hi…M planning to visit Mauritius in the month of Mar’16. Just wanted to understand how should I plan my route?

  9. Nitya Chawla Reply

    Hi…M planning to visit Mauritius in the month of Mar’16. Just wanted to understand how should I plan my route ?

  10. Love every boat trip in Mauritius.walking along the sandy beaches are top way to admire nature.

    • admin Reply

      Indeed this is a great way to enjoy the lush nature of the island 🙂

  11. Walking along the beautiful beaches is a must to admire nature and taking a glass bottom trip boat.

  12. Amrinder Singh Deol Reply

    Thanks for the great post, But I do not see La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park mentioned here and this park is very popular for its 23 Colored earth and also amazing scenic views of the island and the valley of southern part along with its breath taking activities like 3rd longest zipline in the world and 1st longest Nepalese bridge and not to forget offcourse the QUAD rides 🙂

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for your reminder. We’ll try to talk about it in another article soon…

  13. Thank you for your article! I think now I have the whole plan for our trip (as a gift to my braid). I already booked the plane and the hotel but the one last thing which remained is the transfer from the airport. I’m not sure… Iahve seen many transfer companies and this one transfers2airports sounds me really great but maybe I don’t know… what about taxis or buses?

  14. Boston Musumba Reply

    The places look lovely, I am a Zambian I would like to visit this year where can I get a visa

  15. I am coming there in September for a full week with my girlfirends.I cannot wait.

    Is there a tour bus we can pay that can take us to all these places?

  16. Tiago Paulino Reply

    Hi,

    I´m planning on going to Mauritius in September with my wife, and we´ll be based in Le Morne .
    Any advice on how we should spend our days will be appreciated.
    I was thinking on renting a motorbike to ride around the island, since it´s cheaper than renting a car.
    Thank you in advanced

    • admin Reply

      @Tiago. Looking forward for your visit in Mauritius. You can read more on our site on how you can spend your holidays on our island or else You can contact us @ indianoceandotcom@gmail.com for more info on the best accommodations etc..

  17. Hi, thanks for the tips! We are traveling to the island in November – we would like to stay in a very quiet and remote area away from the hustle and bustle. Can you recommend which area of the island to look for lodgings? Thanks!

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