How to talk about Mauritius without mentioning the word “paradise”? Even in the famous author Mark Twain’s quote:
“God created Mauritius first as an inspiration to create the paradise.”
With its beautiful locations and its legendary hospitality, Mauritius is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Here is our selection of the 10 Top-Rated touristic attractions in Mauritius:
The village of Chamarel located in the south of the island is the most visited natural site in Mauritius. This small village is home to the highest waterfall of the island and the famous seven coloured earth. The Chamarel waterfall is a waterfall of over 100 meters that ends up in a huge natural pool.
The seven coloured earth of Chamarel is a unique marvel in the world. This place is composed of distinct colours of sand dunes. Depending on the climate and the time of day, the land of Chamarel takes different shades. This phenomenon is due to the cooling of the land of volcanic origin at different temperatures.
2. Flic en Flac
Located completely to the west of the island, Flic en Flac is a small touristic coastal village. The west of the island, in fact, is the warmest region of the island and this coincides with the presence of one of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius, the beach of Flic en Flac.
Luxury hotels, villas, beach restaurants, water sports, diving, swim with dolphins or undersea walk, everything here makes way to the ocean. The beach of Flic en Flac is the longest and most spacious beaches out there. The ever shinning sun warms up its azure lagoon up to 26 ° C on average over the year. Read our article on hotels in Mauritius here.
3. Port Louis
Amongst the wide variety of treasures of this island, local culture is certainly the most valuable and the city of Port Louis is the perfect example of this multiculturalism country. Among the most beautiful buildings in the capital you will find multiple religious monuments, some statues of the founders, racetrack of Champ de Mars, Citadel and the Aapravasi Ghat, a site classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The main attraction of Port Louis is its famous colourful market. Sometimes called “bazaar” for the active atmosphere reigning there, the market is a place not to be missed in Mauritius. It has everything; from exotic fruits to the best souvenirs of the island, traditional Mauritian clothing and the famous street food like Dholl Puri and Gateau Piment.
4. Le Morne
If you are looking for a place cut off from rest of the world, there is Le Morne. This small village like no other is located on the southwest tip of the island. The public beach of Le Morne is one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches of the island to relax in privacy. Far from the cities and touristic influx, the four-kilometre long beach is almost deserted.
The village is also home to the most beautiful natural site from the south, Le Morne Brabant. The site offers the best views on the southwest coast of the island. This mountain classified as Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site of UNESCO is a bookmark of a sad chapter in Mauritius’ history.
5. Black River Gorges National Park
This natural park covers 6574 hectares of lush forestation includes a nice range of Mauritian fauna and tropical flora. This dense forest is home to over 300 species of plants and shrubs.
For wildlife lovers, the national park is the shelter of one of the rarest birds in the world; the Pink Pigeon, an endemic bird of Mauritius. For the conservation purposes and in respect of the natural habitat of the species, the park is to be visited only by walk. Hikers and trekkers will be delighted with the numerous trails in between gorges, peaks and waterfalls.
6. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
Officially known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, this park spreads over 60 hectares and consists mainly of palm and fruit trees, including some endemic species in Mauritius.
However, the photogenic attraction of Pamplemousses garden is its giant water lilies. For not more than Rs 150, you can wander the long romantic aisles.
7. Ile aux Cerfs
Mauritius is surrounded by several small islands. Ile aux Cerfs Island located within the east lagoon of Mauritius, is certainly the most famous of all. The island of Ile aux Cerfs is almost entirely enclosed by white sand beaches and turquoise waters only add to its beauty.
Ile aux Cerfs is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a barbecue and go parasailing while enjoying majestic aerial view of this pristine island. The main beach of the island provides basic services, including beach restaurants serving local dishes. If you are walking to tour the island, you will surely find small and more discreet beaches.
8. Château Labourdonnais
Located within a fine natural plantation, the Chateau de Labourdonnais offers rediscover the Mauritian way of life of the nineteenth century … Brilliantly restored, this majestic palace, built in 1859, was restored to its original splendour and offers a unique experience its visitors.
After visiting the castle you can enjoy a walk in the garden, or visit his distillery to taste the traditional sugar cane rum. At the castle, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Mauritian gastronomy which, undoubtedly, will be a pure delight your taste buds!
9. Grand Baie
Grand Bay is the resort of Mauritius. Very popular amongst Mauritians and tourists, this small village located in the north is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Mauritius. With three white sand beaches and its sunny climate, the bay is the perfect place to enjoy water activities and visit the many northern islands.
The village of Grand Baie and the surrounding area is also known to be a very “trendy” place in Mauritius. For youngsters and adults alike, there is always some entertainment like restaurants beaches, pubs, casinos and nightclubs.
10. Grand Bassin
The sacred lake of Grand Bassin is the largest place of worship in Mauritius. This inactive volcano is now a place of pilgrimage on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri religious festival. This ceremony celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva takes place early in the year.
Grand Bassin is somewhat impressive for its height, located over 1,800 meters above the level of the sea. There is also a statue of 108 feet of Shiva that brings a touch of originality to this sacred place.