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Are you visiting Mauritius soon or already on the island for your holidays? If you are looking for activities, then you have come to the right place.

Mauritius has a lot of attractions and activities to offer to its visitors. From the heights of the sky, to the depth of the sea, there is always something for someone to discover. Thrills seekers, divers, hikers, runners, nature lovers, adventurous travelers and many others will be served in their quest for an unprecedented experience.

Sky Divingskydiving trip

Have you ever wondered what it is like to feel like a bird, free to do whatever stunts you want to do in the air? Then sky diving is the perfect thing for you and Mauritius is the perfect place for this kind of activity for adrenaline seekers. The reason being the amazingly picturesque landscape of the island. You will be amazed to discover sugar cane fields, looking like a velvet piece of cloth lying on the ground. The nuances of blue of the ocean only adds to the beauty of this paradisiacal island. The perfect weather, all year round, and very little wind makes it one of the safest place for sky diving.

 

Karting in Casela

Karting is one of the best ways to spend some time racing against your friends and your family. Casela Adventure parks offers karting as an activity to its visitors. Time for some adrenaline rush. The ride is about ten minutes long. The best part of this activity is that you know which of your friends have the best times. So, on your marks….

Mud Karting

Also at the Casela, Mud Karting is one of the best adrenaline activity for adrenaline seekers. Don’t worry, you won’t dirty your clothes. A special protective clothing is provided to the guests. You can also take a shower after the race. The off-road track is perfect to test your maneuvering skills with its who lots of twists, overtakes, turns and speedy straights which only add to the fun of this extreme activity.

Dolphin Fly board

You won’t regret coming to Mauritius with these types of activities on the island. You’ve probably seen this type of activity before on youtube but have never come across it in real life. Well, if you are visiting Mauritius, here is the perfect opportunity to try it out. A board uses high pressure water to make you literarily float above the water surface. You feel like a bird but at the same time can dive like a true dolphin. Isn’t it exciting?

River Trek

Like its sister island Reunion, Mauritius also has a lot of trekking sites. With picturesque, clear water rivers and waterfalls, Mauritius is a perfect place for a trekking adventure. If you like to climb and not afraid to get wet, then this activity is definitely for you.

Horse Riding

Have you ever wondered how it is like to ride a stallion on one of the wonderful beaches of Mauritius, relish a romantic sunset with your lover or explore the lush forests of Mauritius on a horse back? Then horse riding is for you. You are sure to have a unforgettable time doing these on the back of this gracious animal.

If you opt for a beach ride, then Le Morne or Belle Mare beaches will surely satisfy your needs. If you want a more romantic atmosphere in the company of your dearest one, you can also arrange for rides at sunset.

On the Eastern coast of the island, horseback riding will take you amidst mountain paths, amazing picturesque landscapes, streams and rivers with some encounters with the local wildlife and endemic birds. We recommend that you bring along your binoculars to observe animals from afar.

Nepalese bridge

If you are fond of nature, then this activity is definitely for you. Safely walk in the air on a suspended 350 meters long Nepalese Bridge. A wooden platform supported by solid ropes high above a lush tropical forest canopy. This activity will for sure pump both your energy and excitement to create an adrenaline rush and a lifetime experience you never had before.

Segway Safari

Also located inside the Casela, this adventurous activity will give you the opportunity to discover 4500 hectares of the Yemen Safari park savanna and its lush wildlife amongst which you will find: herds of Java deer (around 9,000), wild boars, hares, macaque monkeys, mongoose, zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, rhino and fruit bats.

Port Louis, ville capitale de l’île Maurice. Une ville qu’il faudrait penser à visiter en short, car il règne une chaleur intense. C’est l’endroit le plus chaud de l’île et tant qu’à y être, pensez aussi à la crème solaire si vous comptez y passer la journée. Pour les passionnés de l’île, il y a de quoi à y passer toute une journée dans la capitale ! Oubliez les plages, place à une visite au cœur de l’histoire et la culture mauricienne, voici les endroits à visiter à Port Louis :

Mauritius- Caudan Waterfront

Le Front de Mer (Caudan)

Le premier arrêt c’est le Caudan Waterfront et sa vue maritime sur la rade de Port Louis.

De plus, le parking du Caudan (gratuit après 16hrs et le weekend) permet de se garer facilement dans la capitale si vous avez pris la location de voiture à Maurice. Point de départ intéressant certes, mais dites-vous bien que vous risquez de passer des heures rien qu’au Caudan. De jour comme de nuit y règne une ambiance très agréable. Des magasins en tous genres, des cafés et des restaurants, salles de jeux, cinémas, animations musicales, il y a un peu de tout pour se faire plaisir.

Le Caudan Waterfront abrite aussi un musée très particulier, le fameux Blue Penny Museum qui ravira les passionnés d’histoire. A quelques mètres seulement, une visite s’impose au temple de l’artisanat Mauricien: le CraftMarket du Caudan!

Mauritius- La Place d'Armes

La place d’armes

La ville de Port Louis fut fondée en 1735 par François Mahé de Labourdonnais. Aujourd’hui encore la statue du gouverneur français trône sur la place d’armes située juste en face du port. Endroit historique mais aussi très fréquentée car la route qui la traverse relie sud et nord du centre-ville.

La place d’armes est aussi une vaste esplanade où l’on peut admirer des palmiers royaux et des canons témoins d’un riche patrimoine colonial. En perspective entre le va-et-vient des citadins, l’hôtel du Gouvernement se dresse fièrement au nord de la place. Proclamé monument national, cet édifice été construit par Nicolas de Maupin, autre gouverneur qui s’occupait de l’île entre 1729 à 1935.

La place d’armes c’est également le quartier bancaire de la capitale. On y trouve toutes les banques du pays et quelques points de change et autres boutiques. Aussi, si vous êtes à la recherche d’un taxi, vous trouverez une station de taxis.

Marché centrale a l'ile Maurice

Le marché central

Bienvenue à l’endroit le plus chaud et le plus animé de Port Louis. On peut s’y rendre depuis la place d’armes ou du quai, suivez la foule et vous y serez. C’est le point de ralliement des Mauriciens. Au fil des étals, c’est un arc-en-ciel de couleurs qui se défile.

La tentation est réelle entre les fruits et légumes tropicaux, mais surtout dans l’aire de restauration où on peut gouter à une belle fourchette de l’alimentation de rue mauricienne. Le célèbre dhall purri, le gateau-piment, et la boisson très appréciée de tous : alouda. Certains des aliments peuvent être assez épicés et pimentés, demandez aux marchands.

Le marché comporte aussi une section « touristique » où il y a tout ce qui est artisanat locale, souvenirs et vêtements. On peut y faire de bonnes affaires, à condition de marchander. À l’étage du marché, vous trouverez des épices traditionnels, sucres et cartes postales etc.

Mauritius- La Citadelle

La citadelle

Pour une visite à travers le temps découvrez le Fort Adélaïde, qui est également connu sous le nom de Citadelle. Construit durant la colonisation anglaise en 1834, le fort servit comme instrument de défense contre toutes approches d’ennemis, en occurrence les précédents colonisateurs français. Le Fort Adélaïde d’élève à plus de 100 mètres d’altitude offrant une vue panoramique sur les chaines montagneuses de Moka, les rues de la capitale et surtout sur l’hippodrome du Champ de Mars, connue comme étant la plus ancienne piste de course de tout l’hémisphère sud.

La Citadelle fut récemment rénovée pour accueillir les touristes à la recherche d’un endroit paisible pour admirer la ville. Depuis, on retrouve quelques boutiques sympathiques pour se faire plaisir et garder un souvenir de cet endroit. Il n’y a pas de frais d’entrée et on peut y passer une heure ou deux au plus.

Champs de Mars- Ile Maurice

Le champ de mars

C’est vrai que l’hippodrome du champ de mars n’est pas un endroit très touristique ou attrayant. Mais quiconque s’intéresse vraiment à vivre des expériences uniques en se mélangeant avec les mauriciens ou celui à la recherche d’authenticité ne manquera pas de visiter le champ de mars en jour de course, le samedi et dimanche. L’hippodrome fut fondé en 1812 par le colonel Draper, et c’est le deuxième plus ancien au monde. Les jeux sont patronnés par la Mauritius Turf Club, et les paris débutent à partie de Rs 100 (environs 3 euros). L’espace VIP présente une atmosphère élégante où les tuyaux s’échangent de bouche à oreille. Dans les gradins, l’ambiance est plutôt animée et spontanée. Vous pouvez parier juste à côté et avoir la plus belle vue sur la piste.

Apravasi Ghat World Heritage Site- Mauritius

Le musée d’Aapravasi Ghat

Classée au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco depuis 2006, ce lieu a été utilisé entre le dix-neuvième et vingtième siècle pour accueillir les travailleurs indigènes émigré. Entre 1849 à 1923,près d’un demi-million de travailleurs engagés venus d’Indesont passés par ce dépôt d’immigration pour être ensuite envoyés à besogner dans les plantations de canne à sucre à Maurice, la Réunion, en Australie et même beaucoup plus loin, dans les Caraïbes. Situé sur le quai de Port-Louis, ce musée à ciel ouvert couvre une superficie de 1640 m². Au cours de la visite vous découvrirez cet endroit historique, du moins ce qui a résisté à l’épreuve du temps.

Aujourd’hui, seuls quelques vestiges demeurent. Une fois à l’intérieure, vous pourrez également découvrir l’hôpital, des cuisines et des salles communes. Ce site très particulier et caractéristique de l’île est d’une grande valeur pour les résidents et il y a une raison. Plus de la moitié de la population mauricienne actuelle est d’origine indienne, donc descendants des travailleurs engagés qui autrefois occupait l’AapravasiGhat.

Reunion Island Volcano

The island of Reunion is lively, surprising and continuously moving. Under a sunny and warm climate, its population is accustomed to cyclones and other mishaps of nature. La Fournaise sometimes spits gush of lava flows so powerful at times that they manage to reach the sea to create new territories.

Much of the island became a national park in 2007 and the pitons, cirques and ramparts were in turn registered in the UNESCO World Heritage in 2010. On Reunion island, nature seems to explode in all directions – a myriad of waterfalls, lost in a wild circus, beside a green and blue lagoon or above the famous volcano.

The coast

On the one hand a dominant side, little windy and lined with shady casuarina beaches that delight fans of relaxation and water sports. The other a coastline exposed to the trade winds, tougher green face that appeals to lovers of raw nature. Choosing one or the other is not the question, no one can claim to know Reunion without having seen these two seaboards, each having their charms.

Hiking on the volcano ….

It is not coincidence that the Grand Raid, the famous mountain race in Reunion, starts rushing towards the volcano. Mineral landscapes of Piton de la Fournaise indeed offer some great opportunities for hiking. The usual visitor join the crater rim from the Bellecombe. Other prefer the road down to the sea, crossing a surprising succession of landscapes and vegetation

… And in circuses

So green that the area around the volcano are minerals, Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie offer an exceptional space to practice the queen activity of the island: hiking. Each year, thousands of visitors soar on countless trails, revealing in passing the particular lifestyle of these separate spaces. In the center, the Piton des Neiges, the highest point of the island, is also a nice playground for hikers.

St Denis

If she rarely immediately raises the enthusiasm of the newcomers, who often prefer the attractions of the west coast, the first town on the island nevertheless has a charm of its own. The Barachois, its historical remains, dawdling in the aisles of the garden state is simply a wonderful journey. With its religious sites, markets and neighborhoods, Saint-Denis is also an excellent introduction to the island particularities

Surfing and kitesurfing

Do you know the the famous wave of Saint-Leu? The reputation of the city with surfers. The island has many other popular spots for surfers and bodyboarders. Aficionados of the “kite”, will also find excellent conditions along the west coast.

Piton Maido

At 2200 meters above sea level on the hills of the West Coast, the name of the Piton Maido sounds like a promise to visitors’ ears. Accessible by car, on a beautiful winding road through a forest, Piton Maido reserves an exceptional view of Mafate and its islets. The opportunity to embrace a glance – if the weather permits!

The Grand Brûlé

South of the island, the lava flows are the witnesses which now stand still like statues right by the Piton de la Fournaise. Past Saint-Philippe, the coast guard, indeed, many traces of the most recent eruptions of the volcano. Black basalt extending to the sea, the landscape reminds some of the most “hot” episodes in the history of the island, such as the eruption of 2007, which cut the RN2 .

Canyoning and white water sports

A steep terrain, ravines, waterfalls, ponds … the island has all the turnkey to seduce lovers of canyoning and white water sports. You will delight either in the Cilaos and Salazie or in St. Benedict, which concentrates clubs offering rafting, snorkeling and canoe-raft.

Paragliding in Saint-Leu

Paragliders not raving about the conditions offered by the western resort of the island beauty of the setting, spot protected from the wind by the relief, conditions for almost fly 300 days a year … The site is ideal for a baptism, in tandem with an instructor, but confirmed will also find their account.

Bathing in the pools

Their names are evocative: Niagara near Sainte-Suzanne, Bouteille in the high plains, Peace Pool and Sea Basin just outside Bras-Panon and many more remain havens of freshness. Ponds and waterfalls of the island, often hidden in the bend of the cane fields, to the delight of fans of picnic and swimming … in total privacy.

Saint-Gilles-les-Bains

Main resort of the island, Saint-Gilles-les-Bains draws crowds with its finely tuned cocktail of beaches, activities and restaurants-bars. Decidely casual and trendy for others, the city is the epicenter of the Western part of Reunion, less than an hour from Saint-Denis.

Paradise of fruits

Besides the delicious Victoria pineapples, bananas and coconuts that grow all year, every season brings a lot of vitamins. December and January is the season of lychees, mangoes and papayas, which are often present until February. The passion fruit appear in March and April. As for the guava trees, small and tasty red fruit, can mainly be found during the months May and June.

Hermitage-les-Bains

Hermitage-les-Bains, the family beach par excellence, has a trump card: a long series of casuarina trees that provide shade along the coast. Quiet beach, it is the favourite spot picnic lovers, who flock there every weekend. A Creole family tradition…

Sugar, and rum distilleries

Industrial tourism? Not only. Because in Reunion, sugar is also a culture, a history, a heritage. Throughout the visit of the distilleries on the island, and its two gigantic sweets still in business, you will learn about the production of alcohol and cane sugar industry that shaped the economic destiny of Reunion and opens new opportunities. A significant part of the electricity consumed on the island comes from sugar cane.

Mafate

A must for hikers! At the heart of Reunion, Mafate can only be approached on foot or by helicopter. No road leads into this vast basin bordered by peaks and mountain walls, home to a few hundred inhabitants. Rare are those who regret the effort required to get there, as they are offset by the peaceful and quiet and beautiful scenery.

Vanilla

In 1841, a young slave of Reunion, Edmond Albius, discovered the process for manually polinating vanilla, giving the so-called vanilla “Bourbon” name. Production has had its ups and downs, but the Reunion vanilla remains one of the most popular among connoisseurs. Several sites, especially in the east of the island, you can discover how this delicate orchid Vanilla planifolia is cultivated.

Tamil ceremonies

Colorful and festive, Tamil ceremonies reveal a surprising facet of Reunion culture and its melting pot. During Teemeedee, the faithful walk on glowing embers, while celebrating the Cavadee, penitents pierce their tongue and cheeks with needles. As for Divapali, the festival of light, it takes place in the light of hundreds of candles lit to illuminate the return from exile of Rama …

We hope that you enjoy your holidays on the Island of Reunion!