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Mauritius is one of the favourite destinations for holidays! This summer, if you are wondering what to do during you holidays, well rest assured, we got some advice for you. For a complete holiday full of adventure and discoveries, we have made a top 10 of the must-dos on this wonderful island of the Indian-Ocean. We hope you have fun!

1. Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs is an outer island you should not miss visiting while being in Mauritius. It is an uninhabited island located east of Mauritius. Being both a tourist spot and also a place where Mauritians love to go for a day on weekends for a picnic with family, you will surely enjoy a nice moment there.

To get there, you just need take a boat near Trou d’Eau Douce. There are several formulas “excursion inclusive” but for more authenticity and for complete freedom, we recommend you take the water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce which leaves every 20 minutes and takes you there in about ten minutes. Be careful not to lose your ticket back.

Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise waters that lie ahead. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas if it’s too hot or walk along the beach on the other side of the island where the sea is rough. If you are observant, you will probably encounter large starfish back by the waves. Also, if you are fan of extreme activities like parasailing, you can try them with some operators present on the island.

2. The Garden of Pamplemousses

The Garden of Pamplemousses is one of the most visited sites of the island. It has also changed its name and is now called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (named after the former Prime Minister of the island). This 37-hectare garden is a nice tour to do. You can visit it with a guide that will be available at the entrance of the garden. This will help you to know more about the history of the park and learn more about the specimens that can be observed. Be careful in summer – mosquito – keep your anti-insects sprays near!

Garden Admission: Rs 200 (5 €)

3. Blue Bay

The South of the island is an exceptional site for snorkelling. The marine park of Blue Bay is known for its beautiful fauna and flora. After taking a glass bottom boat that will enable you to learn a little more about the different corals, why not give a try to diving with your masks and snorkels. We promise it to be a pure moment of pleasure among the fish and corals of all colors. There are a lot of providers along the beach, do not hesitate to negotiate rates!

Average price for a visit in glass bottom boat and snorkeling 300 rupees (€ 7)

4. Port Louis and its market

Port Louis, capital of Mauritius! Not visiting this small capital would be a shame because it is a city that deserves to be visited at least for its large market and various historical spots. Mingle with the population, and taste the street food (chilies cakes, samosas, Dholl puree, boulettes) and observe the daily life of Mauritians. Visit the market to discover the beautiful and succulent tropical fruits and vegetables but also the bazaar part where you will find clothing, souvenirs, etc. Know that as a tourist, you will have been “spotted”, and everyone will want to sell stuffs to you. This can be disturbing but a simple “no thank you” will end any sequence. For the price, it’s the same, know that there the price for the “tourist” and the “local” price. Negotiate! Do not hesitate a second. One last thing you should not miss is the “Alouda”, its pure bliss!

5. Beach of Mont Choisy

One of the best beaches is located northwest of the island, the beach of Mont Choisy. The beach is splendid with its fine golden sand. It is ideal for sunbathing or simply relaxing under the casuarina trees that line the beach. Do enjoy a swim in its azure lagoon and if you are hungry you will find there some “food trucks”- Fried noodles in trays is a treat you should not miss!

6. Cap Malheureux

If you’ve already seen photos of Mauritius, you necessarily saw the famous Cap Malheureux red chapel. Cap Malheureux is located north of the island. In the distance we can see the Coin de Mire, it’s really a beautiful place to see. This is a must stop point in my opinion – mostly for those who love romantic corners.

7. Grand Baie

Grand Bay is a bit like Mauritius’ Saint-Tropez. The most touristic place of the island with its many restaurants, bars, nightclubs. This is the place to be if you love nightlife and want to enjoy your holidays to the maximum.

8. Le Morne

Le Morne is a mountain in the southwest of Mauritius, world heritage of UNESCO since 2008 under the name of “Le Morne Cultural Landscape”. This site was a sanctuary for runaway slaves and today is a memorial of the colonial period of the island. Le Morne rises to 555 meters, the ascent is accompanied by a guide. The view at the top is breathtaking. Not far away, you can enjoy the beaches that are perfect for kitesurfing.

9. Visit the Aquarium Mauritius

On the northwest coast at Pointe aux Biches where you can visit the Aquarium of Mauritius. It is worth a look if you will not have the opportunity to explore the Mauritian seabed. Tip for your visit: Go in the morning at 11 am or in the afternoon just before 15h and be present at the large pool of sharks. You will have the chance to witness the feeding of the fish and sharks, it’s a very nice experience to see. It is a visit to do with the kids or if you do not have the opportunity to snorkel or dive.

10. The Tea Route in Mauritius

The tea route is a gastronomic, historic and cultural excursion well known by tourists visiting Mauritius. The course is done in 3 steps and to discover the farms of tea, sugar cane and vanilla. The 3 areas are the domain of Aubineaux, Bois Cheri and Saint Aubin. This route will dive you into a colonial past still present in Mauritius and that deserves attention if we want to understand the history of the island.

To discover the tea route, you have several options. You can go to each step on your own by renting a car or book a taxi for the day. You can also enjoy the services of a local agency that will take you on each domain.

Have a wonderful trip around Mauritius!

Trip to Mauritius- Map of Mauritius
Trip to Mauritius- Map of Mauritius

Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean and forms part of the three islands of the Mascarene. In 1513, the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas was passing by the islands of Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues and gave them the name Mascarenhas. Today they are called: The Mascarene Island.

Mauritius is a common destination choice for the foreigners wanting a holiday trip abroad. In the year 2014, 1,038,968 individuals travelled to Mauritius whilst in 2015, 1,151,723 tourists were welcomed on the island. The number of tourist coming to Mauritius is always on the rise.

Choose your accommodation

The number of hotels is increasing in the country. You can find a lot of nice hotels without going out of your budget. On the other hand, you can try the big luxurious villas that Mauritius has to offer. We have made a list you might want to check out if you are planning a trip to Mauritius. Among the best accommodation you can find in Mauritius, suited for low and high budgets respectively:

Villa Caroline
Villa Caroline

Villa Caroline– This 3-star hotel flic en flac will provide you with comfort and tranquillity. It is located next to a beach in the town of Flic en Flac in Mauritius. It has 20 standard rooms and 48 superior rooms all coming with a balcony at your disposal. The hotel owns its private restaurant & bar and Diving centre. The hotel’s tariff is very competitive and gives value for money.

On the other hand, one may find the hotel too impersonal or may want a big luxurious house for him and his family alone. Well of course you ought to have a big budget at your disposal for these. Then, we propose you to check out these luxurious villas.

Exclusive Mauritius Villa
Exclusive Mauritius Villa

Exclusive Mauritius Villas– offers a variety of villas ile Maurice coming with 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, 5 bedrooms and above. Get a taste of what luxury can offer you with Exclusive Mauritius Villas.

VillaMauritius
VillaMauritius

Villa Mauritius– Looking for villas in Mauritius? Villa Mauritius lies in Bel Ombre in the southern region of Mauritius. It offers villas which has access to a nice beach and a private 200 metres square lagoon.

 

Modes of Transports

Public transport in Mauritius
Public transport in Mauritius

By Public Transport-Bus

Travelling in Mauritius is easy as it is a small island of only 2040 kilometre squares. If you have a low budget, you might want to take the bus. There are bus stops nearly everywhere in the island. Stopping at one, you will then have to walk a little to arrive at the destination you want.

Taxi in Mauritius
Taxi in Mauritius

By Taxi

On the other hand, you may find a lot of cars with a yellow roof lights searching for clients in the island. You can call a taxi to bring you right in front of the destination you desire. However, you should find a taxi first and it may be a little costly. In some places, there is no taxi coverage.

Rent a car and/or a driver

It is a good decision to rent a car for your days here. It might be a little more expensive than the common public transport, but at least you will not have to waste time and get upset waiting for a bus. Moreover public transport does not work at night! It is better that you have your car ready at your service whenever you want and you go where ever you desire to. You may rent a car in Mauritius with Avis Mauritius. The latter also propose you a personal qualified driver with the car for a little extra fee.

Plan your schedule

Before coming to the island, you should be looking at the Mauritius activities you will be trying during your holidays in Mauritius. If you come unprepared, you might not enjoy your stay in the island even though it in an amazing place to be. You should also check out the Mauritius points of interest so you do not waste time trying to figure out where to go first and things like that.
Check out our list of the top things to do in Mauritius:

Port-Louis-Mauritius
Harbor of Port-Louis-Mauritius

Visit the Capital of Mauritius-Port-Louis

Visit the economic centre point of the island. Filled with tall buildings, restaurants and shop, an entire day and night will not be enough to fully grasp all that the city can offer. The city of Port-Louis counted a population of 140,430 persons within the 46.7 kilometre square capital. Mauritius being a multi racial country means diversified cultural food. Try the Tamil’s roti from the street vendors or the Chinese’s mine bouille which you can find at a restaurant in a corner of the street in Port-Louis. Savour some Mauritian snack .You can have of taste of the Muslim’s briani and experience the amazing look of how our people from all race mixed together like we are one nation.

Tandem Skydiving in Mauritius

Among the most exciting and thrilling activities, it is not one meant for everybody. What will you experience? You will be dropped from a plane at more than 3km of altitude. This will last for about a minute.

However before the excursion, you will get about 25 minutes of training on the ground with a minimum of instructions as a student skydiver.

Next, the plane will give the individuals a complete 360º view of Mauritius around the coast. Watch the magnificent island from the eyes of a bird. It is indeed a dream come true!

Finally the moment has come for the main activity to take place. Connected to a qualified and experience skydiver, contemplate the exquisite view that will follow. The gorgeous view of Mauritius from above will make the next one minute worthwhile. Live it up! Sense your blood rushing in your veins while the momentum of your falls make strong wind splash on the entirety of your body.

In all, the excursion is expected to last an hour or so.

Insider Tips: Have a bar of chocolate or something sweet to maintain your blood sugar level at an adequate level.

Zip-lines-Mauritius
Zip-lines-Mauritius

Zip-lines

Slide through the forest and admire the beauty of the nature that offers Mauritius. The zip lines includes a cable tied at two ends horizontally while being a bit inclined so that the user can slide though easily, propelled by gravity.

4-D Cinema

The 4D cinema is available in Mauritius at Casela Nature Park. Shows and movies last for about 30-45 minutes. It is a small animated film that makes the viewer feels submerged in the video. Sense the dizziness of the falling actor or recognize the splash of the rain in the video on your face. Feel the fur of rats passing through your legs.
In the end, cinemas have never been so full of thrills and excitements.
Indeed, technology has progressed so far!

Spoilers: Wear your glasses and prepared yourself! You are going to be rocked in your seats, and a little wet when the movie is over.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean (Part 2)

Make your way back to Part 1, The Mighty Indian Ocean
  • Sri Lanka

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My expedition of the Indian Ocean consisted visiting all the islands. I remember booking my ticket for Sri Lanka halfheartedly for the island had not the same splendor as the other ones. However my prejudiced perception of the island changed when I started touring the island. In April, the Sri Lankan weather is undeniably hot and dry. The glowing medallion stands proud and bright in the spotless blue sky the whole day. Clouds were not that visible. With the temperature at 30°C and above, I just could not resist splashing into the coolness of the mighty sea. Really relaxing! The outer hotness is nothing compared to the freshness of the water that covers your body. Needless to say, the sea is just perfected according to climatic changes and I think that’s the best part of the weather influencing the Sea-Goddess, as believed in Sri Lanka. The weather changes in April also provided me with some unforgettable memories. I could witness the epic gathering of more than a hundred elephants. I was graced by the presence of majestic whales and was privileged enough to swim in the company of friendly dolphins. Now, I really look forward to unlock more of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems under a different weather.

  • Comoros Islands

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Comoros Islands! What can I say about it? Being an adventurer takes me places where I never imagined myself going. I’m not to be entirely blamed. Comoros Islands is a group of small islands located in the most secluded point in the Indian Ocean. Sure, it is sandwiched between Madagascar and the African continent, but it still is not that popular. Yet, one visit can alter our opinion. Under the fiery sun in the hot and dry month of July, tourists have many choices: Going sightseeing (after applying sun cream) is a great thing to do. The beauty of the nature and of the people can be appreciated under the protection of the sun. However, the best thing to do is swimming in the crystal clear and cool waters of the sea. In the waters, you feel as though the outer high temperature drops instantaneously. A pleasurable and enjoyable swim can be enjoyed.

  • Pulau Weh

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Set as a tiny tropical rock near Sumatra, Pulau Weh or Weh Island, is an exotic place for independent adventures or bonding couples. This remote and beautiful island welcomed me in September, the summer season of the Indonesian tropical climate. Unlike other islands, Weh Island’s escalating temperatures are not unbearable. The humid atmosphere has me anticipating my visits across the island. Diving being a remarkable feature of this island, converted me into a pro. The coolness of the sea had me exploring the depths of the sea again and again and its lush coral gardens. Rainfall could be considered as an ominous hindrance to your tours across this paradise island. So without the heavy drops of rain and strong wind, I could spend time discovering the marvelous marine life, the various species of sharks(from a distant), and its unique wildlife.

  • Pemba Island

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Much people have not yet discovered the wonders of this island located in the Zanzibar archipelago. Green Island, or as called Pemba Island in Arabic, holds true to its name. It is covered in lush green forests that attract people to admire its beauty. Heavily influenced by rain in July, the island is not what you can call the prefect bling bling place for illusionary enjoyment and party. The island disconnects you from every other disturbance. It is as though I’ve entered a new world with no pollution, no advance technology, no noise and no hypocrisy. The clove producing island is a myth to many as because of its remote location and unpublicized beauty, it has rarely a place in our ‘bucket list’. Despite the rain drops and cool temperature, the island still allows you to explore the rich cultural history and landscape. Who says swimming is not pleasurable in rainfall? For me, it had been a whole new experience where I let Mother Nature take things in control and guide me…sometimes I just get carried away by my emotions.. I mean when Mother Nature is not menacing and frightening.

  • Havelock Island

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Travelling offers you a spectrum of gifts and memories. One such is allowing you to discover the undiscovered virtues of Havelock Island. Being the largest island in the Ritchie’s Archipelago and situated in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar, the Havelock Island is a distinguished and glorious island welcoming many tourists, be it honeymoon couples, friends, families or me. While water sports, marine life, the flora and fauna, and the mysterious tribes, people and cultures have conquered the hearts of many people, including mine, the exceptional climate still remains my favorite. It seems to me, like most of the islands of the Indian Ocean, the Havelock Island too has its climate molded into perfection. As I have visited the island in January, in my opinion it is the only best time to book your trip. Though winter, it is not that cold not to go out uncover the enigmas of the island. Actually, the cool temperature makes it all incredible great. Going out in the day, walking alongside elephants on the beach, swimming in an unusual condition, trekking in the fog, scuba diving, snorkeling, and plunging into the deep beautiful natural structures of the marine parks and marveling the exquisites of them, are all a total winter package. My coat was just an extra precaution. But I am glad that my winter trip was a real success, where I would have freezed to death in the European winter climate.

Sometimes, it is best to go with the flow and not be worried with small technicalities like the climate. The best of the things are demystified when we are not in control. What’s the use of going into an adventure when afraid of taking risks! It is better to be surprised by Nature, rather than planning it all out. Believe me, it is euphoric.

 

 

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Sure, the oceanic blue waters and beautiful archipelagos on the Indian Ocean are inviting. One has rightly said: Water has curative powers. All it takes is that one long gaze upon the majestic azure sea. It has the capability to drain out all your sorrows and pain and fill you in with happiness and peace. Needless to say the islands are blessed with an extraordinary beauty, be it the unique flora and fauna, the diverse culture or the warmth of its people. No tourist can feel himself alienated from such an environment that gives a homely feeling even to the strangest.

Feel like going on a trip to one of those islands? Booking your trip can be a tough job especially when you have no inkling of the details.

To help you, we have selected a few islands with a superb climate.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean

mauritius travels

As a lone adventurer, I have travelled to many places and I consider myself lucky that I have been able to visit a few of the islands of the much popular Indian Ocean. The tropical islands offer a great variety of hangouts. It is well known that the islands of this particular ocean have splendid beaches. Another great characteristic of it, though not much talked about, is the climate reigning.

  • Seychelles Islands

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When I first visited the famous Seychellois archipelago, I fell in love with the place. It was like nothing that I had ever seen: Crystal blue sky, white golden sand, and a clear turquoise sea. What a delightful sight! Of course, I might have been very fortunate to be bestowed with the most amazing weather for me to spend a nice time on the island. I am a big sports freak and I worship water sports. Coincidentally, the period during which I went to Seychelles, annually holds several water games. This is because the months from May to September offer the perfect tides for surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, etc. Moreover, this is a relatively dry period where the temperature is moderate, never reaching the extreme peaks of heat and making it just appropriate for a summer vacation in the coolness of the sea.

A guide to helping you find the perfect place to stay while in Seychelles:
5 Best Affordable Hotels in the Seychelles

 

  • The Maldives

maldives at night

The Maldives is one of the most frequented tourist destination. Formed with a stunning beauty of corallines, beaches, nature and diversity, everyone finds himself attracted towards Maldives. Though, the climate throughout the year is warm, I learnt that even then you plan your trip well. I would recommend everyone to go during the winter monsoon season. Winter is just a word. There is nothing cold or freezing. It was all very dry and wet. I experienced a lot of rainfall, and a lot of then. This was soon replaced by a scintillating sun as though no one had ever snatched his day duty. Despite the versatile weather, I could still give away my time in the waters. As for my exploring-the-island plan, it was occasionally hindered by rain and winds but I still had a nice time. At times, the union of the fiery sun and soothing rain can actually make your day. A trip could not be a success without a few drops of rain.

  • Mauritius

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Located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by it, Mauritius is a mine of treasures: Amazing beaches, breathtaking landscape, wonders of nature, the sizzling Mauritian cuisine, or the astonishing unity of the citizens. It is difficult to find a place bequeathed with so many rare jewels. While travelling, I found out that the weather majorly influences my trip. Renting a car in Mauritius would have been a good idea but as they say, hindsight is 20/20! Desiring a summer holiday, I went to Mauritius during the hottest time of the year, December. Sure I was sweating like a pig whenever I went out in the brooding sun to visit the local markets or the other places. Yet, one day, as I went to explore the southern forests, I was welcomed by a heavy rain shower. Sure, my so-called exploration was ruined given that I was completely drenched and muddy. Even though, I could not bring myself to complain as I got to experience something rare; the fragrance of nature bathed in rain water. It was a pure bliss. Finding my way back to the starting point, I stopped near a hill. I was way above sea level.

Seychelles visit

 

The reason I stopped there was that panoramic view you could get from there. After a little while, the rain stopped. That gave me even more time to contemplate the scenery and I stood there marveling at the cosmic blend of the multicolored rainbow, the feeble sun, and the blue sea. It was just beautiful and peaceful. I learnt one thing: The weather can change at any moment. Sure, I could swim in the clear waters under the sun rays, until the next set of rain hits the sea. Despite the annoying weather changes, I could see carry on with my plans. The temperature was moderate and sometimes would escalate. Mauritius is a country with a ravishing elegance, however, I should not forget my umbrella and overcoat next time.

The island is enthralling enough that one should definitely consider it as more than just a stop over for a few days of sun. Buying some real estate in Mauritius would be a good way to start!

  • Île de la Réunion

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Another great adventure in the western ocean, the Reunion Island is rather known for its active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and the rocky and soul-stirring roads, than for its beaches. While the tropical sun is available all year round to provide warmth, the Austral Winter is here to top it all. Though, in this season, the island is not much affected by rain, the weather is still humid and cold. At night, the mercury level can drop up to 20°C, dramatic for a tropical island.

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Yet, it complements the island. While going on a hike into the majestic mountains, fog and cold winds make the experience more exciting, though risky. This cold climate differs from winter in the States or in European countries as it doesn’t bring snow, but a very unique climatic setting for a tropical island. So it is really worth it to be part of the Reunionais Winter as I have been able to discover this particular from a different perspective…yeah- from the mountains.

Hotel Le Saint Pierre is well located to accommodate you during your adventurous exploration of the wilder side of Reunion Island.

Mauritius

Learn to appreciate the beauty of things from different point of views. Be it summer or winter or threatening temperatures, it is indeed worth taking the risk. After all, You Only Live Once!

Read Part 2 by our Traveller!

things to do in mauritius

For thirty years now, Mauritius has built itself a dream destination image. Ignored by all until then, this little piece of land in the south of the Indian Ocean, a former British colony, became a luxury exotic holiday destination. It is the dream destination for all retired stars, lottery players and newlyweds seeking the ideal Honeymoon destination.

Mauritius in a Nutshell

Whatever you hear about Mauritius is real. The exquisite  beaches of Mauritius keep their promises: sun, palm trees, white sand and turquoise lagoon! Yet the country has much more to offer, and the tourist who leaves the hotel for one or two organized excursions will not perceive what makes the charm of Mauritius and distinguishes it from other Indian Ocean destinations.

mauritius in a nutshell

The curious traveler will realize, in the early days, that the greatest wealth of the island lies in its people. Mauritians always smile: They are naturally serene and welcoming. Is it the ability to share and live together in spite of the extreme diversity of their origins (African, Indian, Chinese and European) which allowed them to acquire such wisdom? Wherever you are on the island and whenever you cross the gaze of a passerby, you will never read animosity or disdain on their face. It is not uncommon to be invited to a meal or a big Sunday picnic on the beach…

In Mauritius, one learns to open up to each other, but also to nature, lights, scents and sounds: unmissable scent of frangipani flowers, light rippling cane leaves in the breeze and rustling dry coconut palms. Mauritius is the ideal destination for the pleasure of the senses: The Tropical island is nor too wild nor too civilized.

Visit every corner of the Island!

The first thing to do when you are in Mauritius is find time to visit every corner of the island. Each part of the island is unique and will deliver unparalleled experience to each visitor. Here is what you should not miss when visiting:

South Coast of Mauritius
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This corner of the south of the island offers a breathtaking and wild beauty; the view over the ocean is incredible and the land is lapped with sugar cane fields. Authentic fishing villages follow each other. They are sparsely populated but all travel guides recommend a visit to those beautiful spots where the best villas of the island are nestled.

Souillac

Souillac is a typical village whose population consists of fishermen and cane workers. This modest fishing villages with colorful flower boxes is nestled between mountains and sea.Along the coast, you reach the cliffs of Gris-Gris, where the raging waves come crashing to jump on steep rocks. The road from Souillac to Morne Brabant winds along the coast.

Le Morne Brabant

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This imposing mass of basalt, rising to 558 m, jutting into the ocean at the extreme southwest of the island  is surrounded by several kilometers of beaches lapped by a turquoise lagoon. The seabed teeming with a rich aquatic fauna will convince those passionate of diving. Le Morne has recently been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage. After the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, on 1 February 1835 a police expedition traveled there to inform the slaves that they had been freed. However, the purpose of the expedition was misunderstood and the slaves leapt to their deaths from the rock. Since then the date is celebrated by Mauritian creoles as the Annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery.

West Coast of Mauritius

The west of Mauritius is wild and beautiful since this area has not been overly developped. Beautiful white sand beach bordering a shallow calm and protected lagoon await you there. You can also find many hotels and villas in this corner or the island at very good prices.

Tamarin

This small preserved village of Tamarin becomes the surfing capital in July and August with its world famous waves. If you are passionate of surfing, this is the place to be.

Flic en Flac

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Flic en Flac is bordered by a beautiful golden sandy beach that stretches to infinity. Planted casuarina trees provide shade for picnickers. The village itself still has an authentic atmosphere. The coastal plain that dates back from the shore to the central plateau is an agricultural land. Large tracts of canes are lined with small roads with blazing bloom from November to January.

North Coast of Mauritius

Enjoying a particularly mild climate and a calm, warm and welcoming sea, this coastal area has become over the years the tourist mecca of the island. Beautiful beaches dotted with black rocks follow one another to offer all the pleasures and joys of beach holidays.

Trou-aux-Biches

Once a small fishing village with colorful boats, Trou-aux-Biches now extends over several kilometers between lagoon and casuarinas. Along the long beach of coral sand, you will contemplate beautiful villas and big hotels. It is now one of the main coastal village of the island.

Mont- Choisy

When you go further north of Trou-aux-Biches you will come across Mont- Choisy, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The beach here opens like an arc and offers nearly 3 km of white sand to enjoy sunbathing and swimming.

Grand Bay

This once small quiet town has now become the tourist mecca. Many shops and trendy restaurants now occupy almost the entire city center. The quiet and bright waters of the bay are home to a marina of popular browsers. At night, Grand Bay never sleeps, it is also the mecca for those party lovers- nightclubs and bars are the only thing you come across all along the main road.

Peyrebere

The village of Pereybere has preserved a bit of authenticity, although it is currently under development. The public beach is a popular and lively place where you can enjoy the atmosphere of good-weekends barbecues.

Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux is recognizable by its red roof church bay front. A real postcard landscape! It enjoys stunning views of the Coin de Mire, an island a few kilometers north of the main island. The view over the lagoon is incredible: a small sandy beach with fishermen docking their boats.

East Coast of Mauritius

Huge bougainvillea with multiple shades of pink, yellow and orange punctuate this coastal area stretching from Poste de Flacq to Trou d’Eau Douce. Quieter than the villages of the north, the coast is a tourist center of the highest order. Sumptuous luxury hotels line the beaches shaded with casuarina trees and lapped by crystal clear lagoon waters. The Village of Trou d’Eau Douce is also the meetup point for a visit of the famous Ile Aux Cerfs.

Domaine du Chasseur

This private estate is home to one of the last primary forests of the island. Out of nearly 1,000 hectares, you can stroll amid ebony, eucalyptus, cinnamon, or trees of the traveler. This lush forest is inhabited by an important fauna: deer, wild boar, monkeys and especially some rare endemic birds like the kestrel.

Must visit places

When you are spending holidays in Mauritius, renting a car can prove very useful. This will allow you to visit those must visit sites anytime you want at your own pace. Here is a list of must-visits you should do while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Pamplemousses Garden

The Pamplemousses garden is famous around the world for the large collection of indigenous and exotic plants that grow there, including giant water lilies, Victoria Amazonica and many species of palmiers. Letalipot or coryphe umbrella is of particular interest : legend has it flourish once every sixty years before dying.

Chamarel- The land of seven colors

A winding road brings you to the land of the seven colors of Chamarel. This volcanic curiosity that bequeathed a hill in color contrast of blue, green, red and yellow will surely amaze both the young and the old. The neighboring waterfall of Chamarel emerging from the moor and natural vegetation is surprisingly beautiful. Also do not miss a visit of the village of Chamarel to discover the products of artisans and local restaurants.

Chinatown

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Chinatown in Port Louis, is quaint, folkloric and surprising. It surprises with its teeming neighborhood merchants of “boiled noodles” and “fish balls”and its shops selling everything you can buy. Strolling in this neighborhood is a pleasure because the surprise is on every street corner. Do not miss the printer who always made his newspaper using the ancient method. Do visit the various Chinese pharmacies that heal … everything!

Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin Mauritius

Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Talao, is a lake nestled in an old volcanic crater. It is in the heart of Mauritius, in the district of Savanne. It represents the most sacred Hindu place and best known in the country. There you will find a temple dedicated to Shiva and other gods like Hanuman and Lakshmi. During Maha Shivaratri (the big night dedicated to Lord Shiva), many Mauritian pilgrims walk barefoot from their home to the lake. This procession is truly impressive.

The place is beautiful with its lush greenery and small monkeys swinging from tree to tree. On site, one can feel a certain spiritual energy that emanates from this place of worship. You will also have the chance to contemplate one of the tallest statue in the world there- this will surely impress you!

The journey that leads to Grand Bassin is remarkable: it allows to travel the heart of Mauritius, beyond the beautiful beaches and resorts.

Naval Museum of Mahebourg

A must to discover! Visiting the naval museum will allow you to discover the rich naval history of the island of Mauritius. Relics of the largest naval battle won by the French against the English and the Saint Geran, made famous by the novel by Bernardin de St Pierre.

Visit the Neighbouring islands and Swim with the Dolphins.

Ile Aux Benitiers

What slender as flat Morne facing it, the island Benitiers is one of the best-kept secrets of the south coast. With the pace characteristic of a font, elongated shell, this small piece of land is hemmed by splendid beaches that sink in translucent waters. Largely preserved, the island does not allow water sports, but it offers however idyllic conditions to relax in Robinson. On the Mauritian coast, from the village of Tamarin, fishermen will be happy to make sure the crossing to the island. There you will also have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins and at times you can even spot whales during the trip!

Ile Aux Cerfs

Located inside the lagoon of Trou d’Eau Douce, Ile-aux-Cerfs is a beautiful island where Mauritians flock in large numbers every weekend. The island has an extraordinary panorama with its large palm trees and clear waters. There’s really no reason to leave this little paradise because you can find everything there, from restaurants to water sports.

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In order to reach the island and enjoy its paradisiacal setting in peace, just get there early in the morning and walk a little, because the further away from the pier, the more chance there is to find deserted beaches. Boarding is at Pointe Maurice, in a small boat. The island is covered with dense vegetation that gives it an air of Eden. No development of tourism infrastructure here, apart from Touessrok, one of the most famous five star hotels on the island.

There you will have the opportunity to taste fresh fish there, exciting and delicious lobsters that contribute to wonderful experience you spend on the legendary Ile-aux-Cerfs. This is the ideal place to enjoy the holidays.

Ile aux Aigrettes

Ile aux Aigrettes is a small coral island (25 hectares) located offshore from the town of Mahebourg. The island was declared a natural site and is preserved today by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The tour of Ile aux Aigrettes takes about 15 minutes. As part of this tour you will discover the island and enjoy an original nature with an experienced guide at your side.

Discover endemic plants and animals- some of which are close to extinction such as the Pink Pigeon, a bird that was in danger of extinction for many years. Visit also the native plant nursery. Then, go in search of rare pigeon, the kestrel, the endangered skinks and of course giant turtles.

Amber Island

The island is a small jewel of biodiversity and history, placed a stone’s throw from the northeast shore of Mauritius. This is one of the last wild lands of the country with its dense mangrove belt. Sea kayaking is the perfect way to enter and understand the role of mangroves in a fragile marine ecosystem it takes more than ever to protect.

Flat Island

Flat island is located near the ilot Gabriel, separated by a lagoon of approximately 200m. Most catamaran trips head to the islands surrounding but the island is also a nice site. It is quieter since it is less visited. Laze, picnic lunch or barbecue, dive and snorkel- enjoy the island! Also enjoy the new restaurant “The Governor’s House” installed on Flat Island, for a gourmet meal!

Ilot Gabriel

Ilot Gabriel is located near Round Island and Flat Island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 kilometers north of Cap Malheureux. The distance between Gabriel Island and Flat Island is just 750 meters. The Gabriel Island is a protected nature reserve. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water that surrounds it.

Round Island

It is an uninhabited islet, 22.5 km north of Mauritius. It has an area of 1.69 square kilometers and a maximum altitude of 280 meters. The island is a nature reserve under the jurisdiction of the Mauritian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The rare reptiles, endemic to the Island include the gecko and Round Island boa.

Visit The Local Markets

Colourful and convivial, the markets are to be visited in the morning, when the animation is in full swing. There you will come across Mauritians who come to do their daily vegetable shopping. The market of Port-Louis is close to the seafront of Caudan.  The market is divided in various parts, it includes a section devoted to food, another to clothing and a third to souvenirs. If you have a sensitive stomachs avoid visiting the opposing market where meat and fish is sold: the smell is a bit strong. However, displays of fruits and vegetables are a treat for the eyes. There is even a market for traditional herbal corner which offers all kinds of teas to cure various ailments.

Taste the Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian cuisine has undergone the influences of all the populations that make up the island. Nevertheless, it is essentially based on curry that comes with most meat dishes, fish and even vegetables. The rougaille can also serve as accompaniment for all dishes. This is a sauce prepared from tomatoes- Love tomatoes (variety of local tomato), onions, garlic and other condiments. The specialties also come from other horizons such as the Indo-Muslim kitchen with briyani (prepared with rice) and Chinese cuisine with fried noodle. As side dessert, you must taste the Napolitaine, with two jam filled biscuits. The whole is topped with a pink icing! Last but not least do not miss the famous dholl puri- it a must taste on the island!

Try the Various beverages of the Island!

Mauritius has long been known for its sugar cane industry and when there is sugar cane there is Rhum. Do not miss the opportunity to taste the local rhum while visiting Rhumerie de chamarel or Rhumerie de St Aubin or the Rhumerie at Chateau Labourdonnais. You will find rhums with various flavours- Vanilla, melon, coconut… You should also taste the local beer which have been winning various prizes since its existence on the island.

Try Fishing – Big Games Fishing

Fishing Mauritius

Fishing is an art practiced mostly by the people of Mauritius. The activity is not well developed in tourism. One can observe fishermen boats on all coasts of the island. This resource allows the tourists to enjoy delicious fish like Marlin, Dorado or the Emperor. However, big game fishing is much more prevalent in the tourism sector. Many companies and hotels offer this sport activities around the island.

Does trekking tempt you?

The mountains on the island of Mauritius cannot compete with those of Reunion island. Yet, they nevertheless allow beautiful walks accessible to all. Near Port Louis, Peter-Both, Le Pouce and the Signal Mountain form a protective circus around the capital. Lost among the hill you will come across many waterfalls where it is safe to swim. Rochester falls, near Souillac, will marvel you with its rocks carved by water stairs. In the south, the road of Black River Gorges offers unique views of the south of the island. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through Mauritius to discover its mountain scenery of the center, its exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Practice Water sports in Mauritius

As for sports, Mauritius obviously attracts water sports lovers: diving, windsurfing, kite surfing … gliding enthusiasts are found on this island in the Indian Ocean to enjoy the trade winds blowing all throughout the year and particularly favorable in winter.

Diving in Mauritius

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The passionate of diving can discover the underwater spots of Mauritius of exceptional beauty. Whether you are a beginner or already have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island. For the more cautious, you would not be able resist to snorkel the Mauritian lagoon … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … One spot you should not miss if you love snorkeling is the Blue Bay Marine Park! You will be subjugated by the breathtaking scene that will extend in front of your eyes under water.

Winter sports in Mauritius

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide … among others the famous waves of One Eye spot …

Surface Mauritius

With its protected lagoons, the trade wind regime provide a steady wind almost all year and its waves generated by the island’s Barrier Reef is now a sports stage appreciated for windsurfing, accessible even to beginners.

Water skiing is also a very popular activity in Mauritius and offered in all hotels and on all the beaches. Besides skiing, the range of activities proposed in Mauritius extends to sports such as windsurfing, sailing (hobby cat, lazer, dinghy, catamaran) but also canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, glass bottom boat … activities to discover during your stay in Mauritius.

Cruising around Mauritius

To complete your holidays on this paradisiacal island, a catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius is a must. There is nothing better to discover this island in a completely different light and visit the various islets surrounding this floating gem of the Indian Ocean.

Swim with the Dolphins!

Explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural aquatic habitat. Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime and swim with dolphins in crystal clear waters. Swimming with dolphins is an incredibly moving experience which will bring you into contact with strikingly beautiful scenery, unspoiled landscapes and wonderful animals

You’ll plunge into the remarkable world of these powerful marine mammals and come face to face with the dolphins. Unlike many other dolphin facilities that limit a swim with dolphins program to pools or shallow water encounters, we provide the unique opportunity to enter the dolphins’ natural environment and enjoy an encounter with the dolphins in open sea.

Once you get on board the speed boat, the skipper will brief you on the experience you are about to have.

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Golf in Mauritius

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An activity holding the upper hand in Mauritius remains golf. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the greens mowed between mountains and sea, in paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses (the ninth is underway) and four 9-holes can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, who canpleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Discover the Flora and Fauna of Mauritius

Many “adventure” Parks settled on the most beautiful endemic ecosystems of Mauritius. Activities proposed in the various parks are very well secured and supervised by competent and attentive staff. They welcome young and old, athletic or not.

For lovers of nature and its wildlife, it is possible to visit beautiful wildlife parks in Mauritius such as Casela Adventure Park or Vanilla Crocodile park. Besides the spectacle of thousands of birds, you can approach crocodiles, monkeys and giant tortoises. Go as a family to feed Bengal tigers and walk with lions during your stay in Mauritius.

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in a submarine at Pointe aux Biches. Always dry, you will walk on the seabed aboard a small submarine comfortably in a transparent cabin, heated and at atmospheric pressure. You will enjoy ideal conditions to discover and admire the extraordinary underwater landscapes of Mauritius outside the lagoon.

In calm and shallow water, a unique and exciting experience is offered to all: walking underwater. Ideal for children and those who cannot swim to observe aquatic life.

Enjoy Wellness in one of the Mauritian Spa

Whether you opt for Givenchy spa or the Six Senses Spa, Mauritian hotels abound of wellness center. All as beautiful as the other. Mostly using Clarins products, those temples of wellness offer a range of impressive care and ayurvedic reflexology. Well-being is no longer restricted to five-star hotels. Even the lower categories hotels have such infrastructure today. However, the often so called “spa” is often only a massage room – beware!

Enjoy your holidays to the max!

We hope you loved our ideas for excursions, sports and walks around Mauritius. There’s something for everyone. Do not miss our article giving you tips about how to spend perfect holidays in Mauritius.

Enjoy wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

Mauritius, being an island, conjures up thoughts of splendid beaches. While it is true that there are many fantastic beaches around the coast, there is a lot more Mauritius can offer to vacationers. Mauritius has something for everyone – whether being an adventure lover, water enthusiast or a shopaholic. The island has a varied range of attractions catering to the thrill-seeking worldwide travellers. Nature lovers and soft adventure enthusiasts alike can be assured of a unique holiday experience in Mauritius possessing an unparalleled fauna and flora.

Fauna and Flora Mauritius
Fauna and Flora Mauritius

Choosing to spend your holiday in Mauritius could be the experience of a life time. You will have the chance to engage in exciting water sports and zip through the trees, only to return after a day of excitement to your luxurious hotel or villa. Mauritius has plenty to see and do, with cosmopolitan towns ideal for shopping, plenty of water sports for adventure travellers, and stunning natural beauty spots that will take your breath away. When it comes to a particular day when you don’t feel like doing anything, you can just relax or have a leisurely stroll near the pearly-white beaches and the sparkling Indian Ocean.

Here is a little taster of things you can do in Mauritius beyond the beach:

Admire the Fauna and Flora of Mauritius

There are various spots on the island where you can enjoy lush and lively nature reserves. If you are a nature lover Mauritius will definitely surprise you with its unique vegetation and endemic animals. Here are some spots where you can enjoy a promenade at the heart of nature:

La Vanille Reserve Des Mascareignes

Crocodiles
Crocodiles

The “Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes” nature park, apart from its Aldabra tortoises and Nile crocodiles, is also known for still keeping a feeling of “old Mauritius” alive. You also enjoy a nice walk through the dense forest leading towards crocodile nurseries where you can see evolving crocodiles at different life stage. You can also meet some monkeys on your way.

Butterflies Species Insectarium
Butterflies Species Insectarium

La Vanille Reserve doesn’t only let you pet, play and feed tortoise, but also gives you a chance to witness the feeding of the crocodiles. Crocodiles are not only majestic in their own way but also taste delicious. The Hungry Crocodile Restaurant serves some of the most delightful Malaysian dishes along with some made with crocodile meat. You will also be amazed by the biggest collection of insects in the Indian Ocean in the insectariums the park houses; thousand of species awaits to startle your eyes.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Pamplemousses Garden
Pamplemousses Garden

Visit the most popular botanical garden of the island and discover the biodiversity of the island at Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in the north. Within the garden reside centenary tortoises and deer which you will be able to approach and caress. There is a wide variety of rare plant species throughout the vast garden such as giant water lilies measuring between 1 to 2 metres in diameter. It is said throwing a few coins in the pond will bring you luck and judging by the amount of coins, this is a strong belief!

Black River Gorges National Park

Black River Gorges
Black River Gorges

If you are looking forward to a wilder side to nature, then head into the depths of the island towards the Black River Gorges National Park. This is the only remnant of the country when it was still populated by dense forests throughout. The highest peak of the country is Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire at 828 m and is found within these gorges. It is strongly recommended that you find a guide to take you around as you can get easily lost! Since you will be wandering around on a high ground, rainfall is recurrent and high level of humidity is inevitable, leading to a lot of buzzing mosquitoes. A small tip for you, cover yourself well and wear plenty of mosquito repellent.

Casela Nature Park

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If you are more into green space and prefer things a little more organised, Casela Nature Park will delight you and your family. Casela nature park lies on the west coast of the island and boasts has a collection of animals with a particularly extensive one of birds.

Casela

You can take a safari tour and meet zebras, ostriches and wild pigs. You also have the opportunity to pet those majestic kings of the jungle: the lions. You can also enjoy various other activities like zipline and canyon swing.

Ziplines Casela
Ziplines Casela

Try Mauritian Food

Typical Mauritian Dish
Typical Mauritian Dish

With its amalgam of cultures, Mauritius has a lot to make you discover in terms of culinary styles and taste. This unique cuisine is a mash up of Creole, African, Indian, and Chinese influences, offering a bursts of intricate flavours.

Mauritian Curry
Mauritian Curry

Spices, colours, and flavours come together to form a scrumptious cuisine. Your taste bud will be delighted with the fresh ingredients used. The exotic fruits, the freshly fished fishes or the sumptuous cool coconut water will, without any doubt, delight you.

Chinese Food In Mauritius
Chinese Food In Mauritius

One of the best food you should taste in Mauritius is its street food. The most loved one: the dholl puri will certainly conquer you. The delightful alouda glacé on a summer day or the bouillon boulette on the street corners, if you wish to warm up a little. If you are a food lover, you will fall in love with Mauritian cuisine.

Visit some vestige of the Island

Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin
Grand Bassin

Visit Grand Bassin, a lake high up in the mountains, about 1800 feet above sea level. It is the most sacred place for Hindus on the island of Mauritius and there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here. The people of the island believe it is filled with holy waters from the River Ganges in India, and people make pilgrimages from their homes to the lake on foot on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. You will also have the chance to admire a 108 foot statue of Shiva which is place since 2007.

Champ de Mars

Champ De Mars
Champ De Mars

The Champ De Mars race course is the oldest in the southern hemisphere and will make up a memorable day out. You can enjoy horse races while appreciating canapés and drinks, and if you’re up for a bet, you can have a flutter on the horses.

Château de Labourdonnais

Chateau De Labourdonnais
Chateau De Labourdonnais

At the heart of a magnificent natural estate, the Château de Labourdonnais invites you to discover the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle. This grand mansion, built in 1859, had been restored and has regained all of its original splendor. “A château in a natural setting” is today a landmark of local heritage, with its colonial architecture unrivaled in Mauritius, with its treasures of flora and fauna.

Maison Eureka

Eureka House
Eureka House

Maison Eureka is a preserved colonial wooden mansion which lies high up in the center of the island close to Moka. Here you can enjoy outstanding views over the Moka mountain range, take a tour round the house and have a drink in the tea room. Inside the house you can observe the antique furniture and photographs, whilst outside you can explore the surrounding greenery.

Enjoy Sea Adventures and Swim with the dolphins

The lively and diverse marine life around the island of Mauritius will fulfill the desires of those sea lovers. You can have a trip in the Blue-Bay marine park where you will be able spot unique species in the Indian-Ocean evolving in their natural habitat. Dive and snorkel those turquoise lagoons and discover unique marine specimens at different diving spots around the island.

Diving in Mauritius
Diving in Mauritius

You will also have the opportunity to meet with marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. Everyone dreams to see one of these majestic mammals and have the chance to swim with them. In Mauritius, you’ll find them off the west coast. Several operators are at your disposition to make you discover this warm and sociable mammal.

Caro et Dino Dolphin
Caro et Dino Dolphin

The West Coast is in fact the best place to meet the dolphins in Mauritius. These beautiful marine mammals love to warm up in the lagoons of the island. Caro and Dino, one of the best operator you can find, invites you to enjoy an outing in their company and promise a dazzling scene.

What awaits you in the water will make you forget all your worries. Beyond the sensational spectacle of dolphins swimming in the waters of Mauritius, you will be offered to choose amongst a wide range of services such as a leisurely lunch on a small island in the lagoon, during which you can enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish.

Island hopping

Islets around Mauritius
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Mauritius is an island surrounded by wonderful islets that you should visit. Most of the islands are accessible to anyone except for some nature reserves that are accessible upon request. Those which are inaccessible can however be observed while having boat trips or cruising around the islands.

Each of the islets has its own uniqueness. You will definitely enjoy unparalleled experiences and make stunning discoveries while stepping on these islets. Various activities are offered on the islands and an array of routes are proposed so as to make you better enjoy your journey towards the islands.

Some of the islands you can visit are Ile Aux Cerfs where various water activities can be practiced and Ile aux Aigrettes where you will have the chance to admire virgin forests and lovely endemic animals.

Shop till you drop

Shopping Centre
Shopping Centre

Mauritius is often related as a “Shopping Paradise”.  Shopping on the island is an experience you should not miss.  The island offers a range of shopping experiences from shopping centers to duty-free shopping and even on-street shopping (hawkers). One thing is certain, the label “Made in Mauritius” will please family and friends. You can bring back souvenir gifts for your family. They are a must after a voyage to such a piece of paradise.

Try the Local Rhum

mauritius rhumerie de chamarel

While there is no shortage of things to do in Mauritius, your visit is incomplete without having relished the variety of rums on offer. Mauritius is a secret rum paradise. It has expansive sugar-cane fields with rum being produced on site, delightful distilleries, and an amazing variety of rum on offer. You can taste the various Rhum with various flavours depending on your wants in the different distilleries of the island.

Enjoy a magnificent Sunset at Flic-En-Flac

Sunset Flic-En-Flac
Sunset Flic-En-Flac

To end your sojourn on the island without regrets, you should not miss the splendid sunset Flic-en-Flac offers at dusk. Sip a nice cocktail on the best beach of Mauritius while admiring the setting sun and enjoy a starlit evening on the west coast of Mauritius. You should also not miss a midnight swim in the perfect waters of Flic-en-Flac before heading back to your hotels or to a nightclub near the beach.

Enjoy your holidays in Mauritius!

 

Mauritius is usually depicted as a “Shopping Paradise”.  Shopping in Mauritius is an unparalleled experience one should not miss.  The island offers a range of shopping experiences from shopping centers to duty-free shopping and even on-street shopping (hawkers). One thing is certain, the label “Made in Mauritius” will please family and friends.