Mauritius’ marvellous blend of cultures—its diverse, welcoming people, varied cuisine and Hindu temples—is evident the moment you arrive onto the island, not to mention its sandy white beaches and lush landscapes. Once the home of the flightless dodo bird, now extinct, this tropical island in the southern Indian Ocean still has moderate temperatures, gentle trade winds and ample sunshine, offered up alongside natural history, bustling markets and vivid festivals.
Excursions in Mauritius
The beaches are kings in Mauritius, but there are also a lot of excursions and adventures to live on both sides. We advise you to rent a car in Mauritius to be able to visit the various corners of the island. Virgin forests, forgotten islands, cultural or aquatic adventure travel; here are the most beautiful excursions of Mauritius.
The escalation of Le Morne Brabant
There are not many places in the world as exciting as climbing Le Morne Brabant. Splendid views, wonderful discoveried – endemic species such as the Trochetia Boutonania – and also a touch of sadness.
Indeed, this site is a cultural landscape classified by UNESCO. It is a bookmark for a sad chapter in the history of the island. While climbing the mountain, relive the tour through the route of slaves who took refuge in Le Morne peninsula. Yanature, pioneer of exploration in the island, offers a hike during three to four hours.
Diving in Mauritius
Mauritius is protected by a barrier reef that will for sure deliver some great diving! Off the reef you’ll find some nice drop-offs, a few caves and several shipwrecks. It is out there in the blue that you’ll have a chance to spot big pelagic sharks, rays, turtles and swirling schools of barracudas. You just have to chose what you fancy the most and what’s more appropriate to your level and experience: wrecks to the north west, beautiful corals on the west coast or big fauna off the south east side! Yet, all the coasts boast excellent scuba spots like Le Rempart Serpent, The Garden of Corals or the famous Stella Maru. Most hotels and villas around the island offers the possibility to tourist to enjoy this activity through their operators.
Sugar Adventure is a place not to be missed in Mauritius, even for those on diet! This former sugar factory reconverted in museum offers an educational visit to the ancient techniques used to grind sugar cane. The museum also has a restaurant to taste to local dishes and products, and a shop offering a variety of sugar-based products. This shop is an excellent choice for buying souvenirs of Mauritius.
The SSR Botanical Garden
Although this botanical garden is open to everyone, it tends to attract many married couples and youth. Under the palm trees, amid the endemic species, a stroll in the SSR botanical garden offers the most romantic corner in the world.
This landscaped garden was created by the famous botanist Pierre Poivre and exists since 1770. The park covers an area of 37 hectares and it is here that we find the famous giant water lilies of Mauritius.
Swim with dolphins
All year round in Mauritius, nature lovers can experience the most exciting encounter in Black River or Tamarin Bay: Meeting and swimming with the dolphins! Both Spinners and Bottlenose dolphins are seen playing in the bay in the early morning before going back to the open sea. If you’ve always wanted to rub shoulders with the dolphins, enjoy this wonderful trip during your stay on the island.
Several operators offer trips to see and even swim with dolphins. However, while swimming with dolphins you need consider the regulated distance issued by the Mauritian tourism office. Find out more here.
The Deep Sea Fishing
Surrounded by flourishing waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is the destination for sport fishing by excellence. Big game fishing is an experience for thrill seekers. In the Mauritian lagoons you will have the opportunity to fish bigger predators such as swordfish, blue marlin. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity if you are a sea lover.
Ile Aux Cerfs
For those who dream of deserted beaches with coconut palms facing an azure lagoon, be reassured, Ile aux Cerfs is the place to be. The island is located in lagoon East of Mauritius and is the delight of thousands of visitors each year.
The tour of Ile aux Cerfs often begins with a visit to the cascade of GRSE by boat. The crossing takes 5 to 15 minutes depending on the type of boat, but whatever the duration, Ile aux Cerfs is definitely worth the visit. Besides swimming, you can practice a lot of water activities such as, snorkeling, wind surfing and parasailing.
Ile aux Aigrettes
Facing the bay of Mahebourg, Ile aux Aigrettes is an open air museum for the lovers of nature. Unlike other islands and islets, Ile aux Aigrettes is of coral origin. The island is classified as a natural reserve and its ecosystem is devoid of any human activity.
Ile aux Aigrettes is a refuge for many species of birds unique to the world such as the Pink Pigeon. The island is under the protection of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and the latter itself organizes the tours.
Visit the South of the Island
The south of Mauritius is very different from the other regions of the island. The towering cliffs make you forget the postcard beaches of Mauritius. Le Souffleur, La Roche qui pleure and Gris-Gris better characterize this wild side of the island. Although being different, the south has charm and appeals to lovers of wide open spaces and those seeking privacy. The southern region offers an enchanting setting to visitors.
Black River Gorges National Park
The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest park of the island. On more than 67 km², the national park is the longest hike you will find on the island. If you like hiking discovery, there is no better place to entertain yourself.
The small village of Chamarel located in the south of the island area is home to the famous land of the seven colors and the longest waterfall in Mauritius. Almost all hotels and tour operators organize outings to discover the village of Chamarel.
The site has a large restaurant, a lodge and even a distillery perched over 400 meters. The village of Chamarel is the ideal to cut the rest of the world for a weekend.
Enjoy your visit of the island of Mauritius!