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Mauritius districts attraction mapMauritius also known as the paradise island is a tiny island situated in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the three Islands of the Mascarene. In the paradise island resides a number of tourist attractions that will fill up your schedule in Mauritius. You have the opportunity to visit museum, go on an adventure or even visit cultural places. It all depends on what you would like to fit in. The island is mostly known for its beaches, lagoon and reefs. The best time to visit the island is between May and December where the island is sunny and typically tropical.

Here are a few tourist attractions which you should not miss while in Mauritius:

Vallee des Couleurs

7 coloured earth mauritiusThe mesmerising Vallee des Couleurs is home to a variety of flora and fauna, where many activities are proposed. It is a great place to enjoy an adventurous journey among families and friends. Nature lovers are bound to adore this place. Unique in its own way, the Vallee des Couleurs owns mountain valleys, plateaus, hill, waterfalls and lakes. It is a purely natural place where visitors are treated with 23 coloured Earth, a green valley, kid garden and a restaurant.

The visit of Vallee des Couleurs starts at the very beginning itself which is at the Exhibition room and this will give you an outline of how your journey is going to you. Throughout your visit to the fern garden you will spot some wild orchids, Bouquet Banane and many other types of flowers. The bouquet Banane is the most mesmerising flower of all the others but unfortunately it only blooms at the end on the year. Hopefully you get lucky enough and get the golden opportunity to watch the blooming of the Bouquet Banane.

Take the most perfect picture of the unspoiled beauty of the 23 coloured land of the Vallee des Couleurs. The 23 coloured earth was formed by a volcanic eruption of the Bassin Blanc. There are many activities including the Tyrolienne and quads which are proposed by the Vallee des Couleurs. The duration of the total visit to natural reserves is around 3-4 hours. There are many packages that you can choose. Each of them has their own price.

Citadel Fort Adelaine

Citadelle Port Louis
View from Fort Adelaide

The Citadel also known as the Fort Adelaine is ideally built up on a 100 metres hill which is actually known as ‘’Petite Montagne’’. The monument is named after the wife of William II back in the time where the British were ruling over the capital of Mauritius, Port-Louis. The Citadel was cleverly made to protect the British from enemy in the 19th century. It was designed by Colonel Cunningham and built by Indian and African slaves.

The building, made of giant blocks, is now a National Monument. At the top of The Fort Adelaine includes views of the entire town of Port-louis including the port, Caudan and champ de mars. You have to walk about a hundred stairs to get at the top of the citadel but you may also take a taxi to get at the top of the citadel. The place is always open and you may also go at night as there is light all over the place. However the best time to visit the Fort Adelaine is on Saturday from noon to around 4 to 5 PM. You may watch the horse race at the champ de mars from atop of the hill. The citadel is worth for at least a visit, you will surely enjoy the beautiful scenery of the port- Louis and you may also take some memories. So if you are in Mauritius and wondering where to go, we recommend that you rent a car with Avis Car rental Mauritius or just pay a taxis and it will bring you to the citadel mall.


the seychelles The island of Seychelles is an archipelago which is made up of 115 islands in addition. There are 41 granite islands and 75 of them are coralline islands, all of them unique in their own way. Actually, no one can get bored in the Seychelles as there is always a new thing to discover, whether it is on land or underwater.

The Seychelles is as well a major tourist attraction. Besides its mesmerising beaches, lagoon and coral reefs the island also have wonderful attractions including its lush rain forests, its natural reserves, its museum and most importantly all the activities that the islands offers to all its visitors.

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

The Botanical Garden is made up of more than 15 acres of exotic and endemic plants and lies in the heart of Victoria which is the capital of Mahé. Being over 100 years old, it is an outstanding attraction in the Indian Ocean deserving a mention in this list. While it was initially introduced as an experiment for the cultivation of several species of plants, it has now become a park where nature lovers would kill for an opportunity to visit this exotic place.

The Vallée de Mai National Park

The Vallée de Mai National Park is one unique attraction in the Seychelles which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the largest amount of the endemic plant coco de mer fruit palm (around 4000 samples). The reserve also contains several rare bird species such as the black parrot.

Vallée de Mai was first established in 1966 and later listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983. This tropical forest includes many species of animals and plants that are threatened to extinction and are protected by the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). Nature lovers and photographers would love The Vallée de Mai National Park.

The Seychelles archipelago, made up of 115 islands, is one the perfect place to discover a world within a world. The islands are mainly made up of granitic rocks and include the largest island of Mahé with Victoria as capital city, where all international flights to Seychelles arrive. The granitic islands, said to be the oldest in the world, hold natural wonders that will enchant any nature lover.

Surrounding the hub of granitic islands are several groups of coral islands, with some of the most magnificent reefs in the world. Seychelles also houses a wealthy indigenous flora and fauna to delight visitors from around the world without forgetting is unparalleled hotels and villas.

Some of the Seychelles most beautiful and interesting locations are also the least known and are, to some, a little unusual too. If you’re willing to discover the secret spots of the Seychelles and see something a little different, some of these places will not disappoint you. And for those craving to discover the places of interest of the Seychelles, hire a car and visit the depths of the Seychelles.

1. Aldabra Atoll


One of the world’s largest atoll and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Aldabra Atoll is the place to see giant land tortoises (Around 150,000 tortoises in all). The atoll consists of 13 islands making up about one-third of the Seychelles’ land mass. The atoll’s islands nurture a vast array of both unique flora and fauna as well as the world’s largest population of giant tortoises. For those divers and snorkelers, its lagoon will definitely conquer you since it boasts the most vibrant marine life of the entire archipelago.

2. Anse Lazio, Praslin

Anse Lazio beach Seychelles
Anse Lazio, Praslin

Praised as the best beaches in the world for several years, Anse Lazio and its powder-white sands fringed with large granite boulders have conquered more than one. It is just the place to relax and enjoy the peace and views. Snorkeling the clear, warm turquoise waters are a must for sea lovers.

3. Anse Major, Mahé

Anse Major
Anse Major

Hire a yacht and explore the islands and secret covers of Mahé at your own pace. Anse Major, Anse Jasmin, Anse Du Riz and Petit Anse are four of the best mooring spots of the Seychelles. Moreover with is 71 km (44 miles) of pristine coastline with safe anchorages, the islands are perfect for cruising holidays.  The Sainte Anne national park is close by and Conception Island and Thérèse are to the west. Rated as one of Mahé’s best beaches, it is only accessible on foot or by boat.

4. Aquarium area, Desroches

Aquarium Area
Aquarium Area

The Aquarium, Madam Zabre and PasseTambi are the best spots for seeing turtles, stingrays and colourful reef fish. Diving is sublime there. With 14 classified sites such as the amazing ‘Desroches Drop’ or ‘The Canyon’ and mysterious labyrinths of unusual caves and columns, you will, without any doubt, enjoy unforgettable diving experiences. Desroches is the largest of the Amirantes archipelago.


5. Seychelles’ Outer Islands

Visiting outer islands of the Seychelles is a must, since each of them is unique in their own ways. Bird Island has numerous hatching sites, where you might have the chance to watch the hawksbill turtle lay her eggs here.

Photograph rare species on Cousin. The brush warbler, the Seychelles toc-toc and the fairy tern are among 1.25 million birds that nest here during April and May. You must be part of an organised tour to see them however. On Bird island, millions of sooty terns breed between May and October, while colonies of seabirds visit Aride from October to April.

Brush Warbler
Brush Warbler

You can also enjoy big game fishing off Denis, where Marlin may be caught from October to December. The location of Bird island, at the edge of the Seychelles continental shelf where the sea floor drops rapidly to 2,000m (5,000ft), also makes it a favoured destination for deep-sea fishing. The best spots for salt-water fly fishing are Alphonse and Desroches islands.

Fregate, Robinson Crusoe Island, the most easterly and isolated of the granitic islands, is home to the almost extinct magpie robin and many other bird species. Wander inland through unspoilt vegetation and visit beaches such as AnseVictorin or AnseMacquereau which have remain unspoilt and maintained their natural magnificence.


Thérèse, uninhabited by humans, is simply mind-blowing. Discover the rock pools and tortoise colony of this small islet off the western coast of Mahé.  Explore its two rocky peaks which resemble a giant’s staircase and take some minutes to relax on the white sands or enjoy snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and fishing.

Therese Island
Therese Island

6. Sainte Anne National Marine Park

Scuba diving, glass-bottom boat trips and snorkelling are popular among the coral reefs of this national park, which comprises six islands off the coast of Mahé. Enjoy a relaxing stay on Sainte Anne and Cerf islands and discover the delicious Seychellois’ cuisine on Round Island. 

Sainte Anne
Sainte Anne


7. Rene Payet Veuve Reserve, La Digue

Have some time enjoying La Digue’s calmeness at an oxen’s pace. Have a ride through the island’s traditional mode of transport, ox cart, along the coastline or enjoy short excursion to the Rene Payet Veuve Reserve which houses the endangered Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher found only on La Digue.

8. Vallée de Mai, Praslin

Vallée De Mai
Vallée De Mai

A unique spot on earth where you will be able to see the towering Coco de Mer trees with their enormous fruits shaped like a pelvis on one side and a human bottom on the other. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting the reserve is a must for every visitor. Explore the three trails of this prehistoric forest and witness endemic palms and birds such as the shy Black Parrot.

9. Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden

Le Jardin Du Roi Spice
Le Jardin Du Roi Spice

Unlike any other garden you’ve ever visited, Le Jardin Du Roi blends beauty with substance, the air is alive with the various scents of the plants making for a beautiful and eclectic collection to delight the senses. You will have the chance to buy those spices as they are sold in an on-site store A garden growing a kitchen full of spices.

 10. Nid d’Aigle

For those who like to work for their reward, a hike to Nidd’Aigle cannot be missed. Astounding scenery surrounds every step, and as the highest point in the area, you’re given an incomparable view of the entirety of the Seychelles.

Nid D'Aigle
Nid D’Aigle

So, if you think that there’s nothing new to be discovering in the Seychelles, think twice. Interesting and quirky locations are everywhere and they’re just waiting for you to enjoy on your next trip.