Mauritius is an island found in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius has an estimated population of 1.3 million. At each of its four corners, lie beautiful beaches and lagoons. Being only 2040 km² in land area, its habitants get easy access to the beaches in little to no significant time. The capital of the island is Port Louis.
Mauritius is the number one destination for tourists in the Indian Ocean. Over the years, the tourism industry has become the backbone of the Mauritian’s economy. Records say 1,151,723 tourists came in the year 2015.
So, if you are planning for a vacation in Mauritius soon, keep on reading! We have made a list of the must-try activities in Mauritius, from the utmost adrenaline rushed water sports, thrilling underwater activities to the wildest of inland activities.
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Mauritius is home to some of the most spectacular coral reefs of the world. The Mauritian government made sure to preserve the natural ecosystem of the marine life that inhabits its waters, like controlling the fishing industry or banning the removal of sands and corals in the lagoons. As a result, a lot of underwater activities are available at most of the beaches of the island due to the beauty and ideal conditions that the lagoons offer.
Breathing under water is now possible with undersea walk in Mauritius! Walk on the seabed and explore the beauties of the ocean. Did you ever dream of entering a shoal of fish and become part of the group without the fish swimming away? Well, during this activity, you will be able to even feed them from your own hand. This is quite an experience. We highly recommend the undersea walk.
Here, you will be equipped with a transparent helmet that will provide you oxygen under water. You will be able to admire everything clearly from near. If you follow the instructions well, it will be as easy as walking the street, with normal breathing.
Precaution: Be careful not to lift your head up or else water will come inside the helmet. And above all things, whatever happens, do not panic.You will be immersed only 3 to 4 meters deep. Moreover, this activity is among the safest ones in our list.
During your scuba diving in Mauritius, you will be equipped with a diving cylinder to supply you with oxygen under the sea. Unlike the undersea walk,here, you will sway meters down. It is indeed a sensational experience to explore the beautiful marine biodiversity of the Indian Ocean.
However, make sure the diving team you have chosen is professional, qualified and experienced. We recommend the diving centre of Villa Caroline, a hotel in Flic en Flac, Mauritius. It is officially attached with the Mauritian Scuba Diving Association (MSDA) and the World Underwater Federation (CMAS).
Submarine safari in Mauritius is a unique experience to try, whichever your age or swimming and diving skills are! The Sub-Marine is a water-borne vehicle able to do independent operation under the sea.
Explore the gorgeous marine life and the sub aquatic world of Mauritius at around 35 meters deep undersea! You will get to view occasional and extraordinary fishes, shipwrecks and colourful coral reefs up close. If you are coming to Mauritius, don’t miss this. It is definitely a one in a lifetime experience!
Drive your own underwater submarine scooter alone or as a couple to 3-4 meters depth without risk. The Sub scooter is like a bike equipped with a helmet tied to a scuba, allowing the user to breathe and admire the sub aquatic world through the transparent glass of the helmet. The latter is attached to a rope from a boat so as to return the individuals to the boat after the activity.
Swim with dolphins
Swim with dolphins in Mauritius is not a very famous activity. This can be done mostly in the western region, off the bay of Tamarin and early morning. If you love the ocean, try to swim with its most friendly dwellers.
However, finding the perfect boat to go swim with dolphins in Mauritius is not an easy task. As it can be quite difficult to spot the mammals and approach them the right way, reason why we suggest Caro des Îles Excursion, a true expert in this field.
Water Sports group all the activities that are done on the surface of the sea rather than under. Unlike the underwater activities which are meant to explore and be amazed, the water sports are more adrenaline rushed, faster and exciting.
It is a must to know the basics of swimming in order to do this activity. A boat will take you from the beach up to the coral reefs, at around 10-15 meters deep. You will be equipped with only a mask, a snorkel and dive fins. The best moment to enjoy the wonders of the underwater world together with your family & friends. Have fun trying to beat each other at who can dive deeper. It is to be noted that you should not disturb any marine animals or touch any corals as they are very fragile.
Big game fishing
Big game fishing is a thrilling activity to try in Mauritius. The warm seas surrounding the island attract numerous pelagic species like the Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Mahi-Mahi Fish, Yellow-fin tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Bonitos and numerous shark species.
Big game fishing can be enjoyed off the western and northern coast of the island. Some hotels provide facilities or excursion booking for such trips but you might prefer to book in groups to cut down the price. Fishing can be done throughout the year, but the best season is during summer; from November to April. Learn more about big game fishing in Mauritius.
Whale watching is not an ordinary activity, it is a truly amazing experience to interact with these majestic mammals. To our delight, humpback whales travel to the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean to give birth to their babies before migrating to the north. Humpback whales visit Mauritian seas in winter, July to November.
Moreover, sperm whales can be seen all year round off the coasts of the island. They are residents of the warm and rich waters surrounding Mauritius. They travel in groups of up to 20 and can usually be seen on dolphin watch trips. Learn more about whale watching in Mauritius.
Cliffs & waterfall jumping
Even if you’re a born canyoneer, Mauritius will please you with its numerous cliffs and waterfalls. This is not a much promoted activity and very few operators offer such sightseeing around the island. But if you’re looking for adventures and good places for cliff diving in Mauritius, follow the link below:
You’ll find an awesome cliff near Port Louis, just take the direction of Pointe aux Sables -> La Pointe public beach -> take a small road to the left, it will end on Montagne Jako. Many locals favour Montagne Jako for it thrilling height. If you can’t resist the lapis lazuli lagoon, take on of the smaller jumps. Good swimming ability is a must as flows are quite intense around the jumping pool. Always ask locals if you’re not sure.
With its tropical climate, Mauritius has everything for water-sport enthusiasts, and some will want to take out their surfboards. For the best surfing experience, head to the beach of Tamarin located to the south of Flic en Flac on the western coast of the island.
The beach of Tamarin offers waves that will both suit beginners as well as intermediate surfers and the beach is free from rocks. Le Morne also has great surfing spots like the famous dwell of One Eye, located in front of a reef surrounding the lagoon. Black Rocks is another well-appreciated surfing spot located in front of Taj Exotica Resort and Spa on the western coast of the island. Mauritius is not the best surfing destination, but if you’re an intermediate surfer or always wanted to try this activity, the waves around the island are good starting points to find your sea legs.
Stand Up Paddle
The stand-up paddle is a fairly recent activity in Mauritius. It concept is quick and easy, it consists of moving upright on a large surfboard using a paddle. This nautical adventure is very playful and most hotels provide all the necessary equipment.
This sport is accessible to all ages, and a good exercise! It requires some stability and drive at first as you are the only person propelling the board. It is a great morning workout as requirements also touch on mental focus in remaining in contact with the elements, while keeping balance. And as a plus, this activity is free and can be practised on most beaches of the island at all times, no need for wind or waves.
For all the adrenaline lovers, you can’t miss out this activity! Put on a pair of ski, wear a lifesaving jacket, hang on a rope tied to a boat and get ready for the experience. The boat will speed up, carrying you around the coast of the island. You can deal with the boat operator to decide on the speed of the trip. Personally, I like the speed to the max for the utmost pleasure. But it depends on the individual. Don’t take too much risk if you are new to water skiing.
This is not much of an adrenaline activity but it is worth the try. In this entertaining module, you will be towed by a motor boat while being equipped with an opened parachute. You will be raised in the air giving you an opportunity to admire the coast of Mauritius at bird’s eye and take exclusive pictures. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture these beautiful moments.
With its vast emerald lagoon and favorable wind, Mauritius positioned itself as the best Kite surfing destination in the world. Hosting several international competitions yearly, for instance the Kiteival and the Kite Jam are the most popular, where kite surfers around the globe travels to Mauritius to enjoy the best of Kite surfing.
Sea Kayaking is a great opportunity to do some exercise while having fun. You may relax by slowing down your paddling while contemplating the coast of the island, the magnificent and untouched greens on the side of the island.Uncover the secret of Mauritius’ gorgeous lagoons, rivers, islands, hidden beaches, and channels…
Mauritius is a Republic of more than 20 island, and it is not uncommon to find island hopping trips, especially nearby resorts like Grand Baie and Flic en Flac. The most famous catamaran trips head to the northern group of islands like Flat Island, Gabriel Island and Round Island.
In the west, Ile aux Bénitiers (Bénitiers Island) is also a quite popular boat trip amongst tourists. Speedboats offer quick access from Flic en Flac or Tamarin beach. However, if you want to enjoy a full boat trip, take a catamaran trip which normally includes free drinks, meals and entertainment for a fair price of €45 for the day.
This refers to all the activities that do not involve water. These are activities that are carried out inside the island rather than on the coast.
ChateauLabourdonais invites you to discovery of the lifestyle of the nineteenth century in Mauritius. Finely restored, this beautiful colonial house, built in 1859, regained its original splendor and promises a most surprising foray into the History of the island.
Want to try skydiving in Mauritius?
Dropped from an airplane more than 10 000 feet above the ground, it could turn out to be the most memorable day of your life. This extreme adrenaline rush activity gives you a formidable top view of Mauritius while you are free falling at around 200 km per hour.
Don’t worry, you will be connected to a highly qualified and experience instructor. You will also get a minimum of instructions. So you don’t have to worry about when to open your parachute. All you need to do is contemplate and enjoy your jump!
The light hearted persons should not try this one! If you have always dreamt to fly, this is the perfect occasion and at the same time try one of the best activities in Mauritius. If you have the means and you have a strong heart, you should definitely do this. You will always remember this as one of the best things you did in your life. For a small price, you can have a video recording of your sky dive on a pen drive or DVD.
No age limitations are usually required. However, Consents are normally required for individuals under the age of 18.
Canyoning is going down fast riverbeds. According to the situation, it may demand for one to use various techniques from different technical backgrounds including: mountain climbing and rock climbing, caving,and swimming and so on.
Abseil of 5 to 20 meters that will be adequate to both beginners and hard core adventurers. Explore the exquisite waterfalls in the island. The adrenaline lovers may test their courage by jumping into ponds of fresh water.
Sports lovers will get to work out intensely their muscles while having a great time.
Mauritius and its surrounding islands have been for hundreds of years a tropical retreat for numerous bird species. Some birds are endemic species and some endangered species are under the protection of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. However all of them can be seen provided that you visit their natural habitat.
The best place for bird-watching in Mauritius has to be on the island Ile aux Aigrettes, which is located within the south-eastern lagoon. The whole island is a natural reserve and visits are organised in an eco-friendly atmosphere. Ile aux Aigrettes boast a collection of rare endemic bird species like the Mauritius Fody, the Pink Pigeon, Olive White-eyes, but also other endemic species of plants and reptiles like the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, or the Ornate Day Gecko.
A Quad bike is a four wheeled vehicle designed to handle rocky and mountainous terrains. If you are thinking that it’s same like riding a car or a bike on the street, you are completely wrong.
Quad biking is an entirely different experience. While riding through the rocky terrains of the island, you would think that the vehicle will turn upside down, but it won’t. Drive faster across the rivers and enjoy the feel of the cool water splashing on your legs and face. Don’t hesitate to try this activity. We recommend it!
Perhaps better than any other sport, Golf is a top-notch activity in Mauritius. The island has more than 10 world class golf course thanks to the luxurious hotels implanted in the best spots for this sport. But numerous golf courses and facilities are available for the first-timer. Many hotels freely include golf classes when staying at the resort.
Fan of horse riding? Or you always wanted to try this experience on a sunset coloured beach? Mauritius has numerous riding school for all ages. Most horses on the island are Boerperds, originating from South Africa. Horseys say that these horses are perfect companions for soft equestrian ventures.
Joined with the splendid sceneries of the island, this is a beautiful experience to try, especially for honeymooner. If this is your first time ever horse-riding, experienced riders will ride beside you and help you along your adventure. Just enjoy your ride.
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Walk with lions
To walk with lions in their habitat, sounds like an unordinary thing to try especially in Mauritius. But yes, this activity is high in emotions as you’ll pave the way these extraordinary animals do. You spend the first hours of the morning with lions that you can approach, caress, take a picture with and a unique march with them.
It is an extraordinary encounter, which makes it possible to better understand their behaviour. These mammals weight more than 200 kilograms and they are completely free to walk, run and play during the encounter. This exclusive activity can be enjoyed throughout the year at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park, Mauritius.
Mauritius is part of Africa and although many animal species have originated from South Africa, the island has everything for a typical hot wild safari. If you’re in the west, visit Casela Nature and Leisure Park located few minutes away from Flic en Flac beach. The park has always been the favourite place for locals to see wildlife.
Now visitors can take quad bikes or a jeep-bus and trip deep inside the nature reserve to observe the numerous animals that occupy the wasteland of the park. You’ll see hundreds of birds, zebras, wild deer, lions, giraffes amongst others.
Zip lines is a great activity to try in Mauritius. They include a cable stretched between two different locations, going up to 1.5 kilometres in length. You get the opportunity to slide through and have a wonderful experience by contemplating the picturesque view around and below you or just enjoy the speed at which you are going, feeling the wind on your face and forgetting all of your troubles.
If you want to see all the colours of a tropical island, there’s one way to go, helicopter ride! There are many itineraries to choose from, but the best ride has to be 45 minutes to flying above high peaks, dense vegetation and turquoise lagoons.
Air Mauritius offers helicopter customised helicopter tours to discover Mauritius from its best angles. One of the most demanding rides is the tour flying over the famous underwater waterfall illusion of Le Morne Peninsula’s lagoon. Whichever itinerary you choose, pick your best camera, photos come out crystal clear!
As you’ll see upon arrival on the island, sugar cane fields are everywhere in Mauritius and it has been like this since long. The island is well known for producing sugar but less for its rum. This drink is still distilled the traditional way and numerous estates offer daily trips to discover the history of rum in Mauritius.
Rum is an essential ingredient of local cuisine and traditions. Mauritians love their rums, whether it is on the beach or at any party. Step in any hotel bar, or better, visit Le Chateau de Labourdonnais’ distillery or Rhumerie de Chamarel for the absolute rum tasting experience in Mauritius.
If you’re a soul adventurer, Mauritius has some serious mountaineering spots even though it is not Reunion Island’s standards. Most mountain peaks in Mauritius are of easy to intermediate alpinism, and there are not many operators offering these extreme adventures in Mauritius.
Vertical World is a well-known operator proposing extreme outdoor sports and adventures in Mauritius. If you don’t want to go extreme, we recommend climbing Le Morne Brabant, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO offering amazing views over the Indian Ocean. Another famous hike is Le Pouce Mountain, located in the middle of the island offering 360° views.
Mauritius has a rich and quite shaken past, and though this is often talked of in magazines and online, the best places to really feel the island’s history are its open museums. If you’re visiting the capital city Port Louis, don’t miss the Blue Penny Museum, a place dedicated to art and history of Mauritius.
Another good stop in Port Louis is the National History Museum, located near Le Jardin de la Compagnie, another historical garden of the city. The south-eastern coast of the island boasts a great part of the island’s colonial history. Frederik Hendrik Museum and the National History Museum pay complete tribute to the rich past of the island.
Any trip to Mauritius quickly becomes a shopping trip! The island is a paradise for shopping with excellent prices. Whether it is in Grand Baie, Flic en Flac or in larger cities like Quatre Bornes, Curepipe and Port Louis, or even at the airport, the island is full of tax-free shops.
If you’re looking forward to rent a car in Mauritius, you can reach the numerous shopping malls like Bagatelle, Cascavelle or Grand Baie La Croisette to find pretty much everything at a very good prices. Some taxis and operators offer shopping trips, but that can get costly especially in tourist boutiques. For more details see our article on: shopping in Mauritius.
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Mauritius has one of the world’s most mixed populaces, a true melting pot of traditions that can be seen every day and everywhere across the island. But for those who want to get immersed in Mauritian history, there are plenty of activities available like the Tea Route in the south or l’Aventure du Sucre in the north.
Though architecture, music, or gastronomy you’ll discover the hidden charms of the island. Some operators offer cultural trips to Port Louis & other cities. The capital is praised for its animated ambiance and its colourful streets, an open-air museum of true Mauritian way of life.
Mauritius has an array of estates and reserves for unforgettable hunting in a natural setting fully open in lush vegetation. However, hunting is not very common and it is a good idea to book or arrange this activity before your arrival. You can book by your own, or ask your hotel to do so.
Alone or better with friends, take your game to another level with thousands of ha of hunting ground. Domaine of Black River one of the famous hunting grounds of the island. It is located at the foot of the island’s highest peak, Le Piton de la Rivière Noire Mountain. There are no special hunting season, you can hunt for stags and other preys all year round.
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