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Northern Islands Mauritius

Mauritius is a 65 km long and 45 km wide island. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, it is also rich in cultural tours and beach activities. Around Mauritius, there are various small islands to visit especially in the north. The northern islands were approached for the first time in 1801. The two northern islands of Mauritius are not to be missed. The north of Mauritius is a popular area for tourists. From there, you can take a mini cruise and admire two beautiful small islands.

Gabriel and Flat Island in Mauritius

Gabriel island is part of Flat Island. This island with white sand and wild nature has remained intact despite the many tourists who visit it. Going there ensures a moment in paradise. This tour allows you to spend a relaxing day with your family or in couple. On the program: Diving and snorkeling followed by a barbecue on the beach and a nap in the sun or swim in the beautiful lagoon. This lagoon is a real natural aquarium with colorful fish.

Be careful though, the sun is very strong and there is little shade on the island. So remember to protect yourself, especially if you are with children. To make it more memorable, you have the opportunity to spend a night on Flat Island. During the night this is certainly paradise on earth. You will have the feeling of being alone in the world. A perfect time to spend with family.

Gunners coin- Coin de Mire is a very inaccessible island because there are very few points of attachment. Anyway, it is impossible to visit because it is a nature reserve. Indeed, many birds have taken up residence there.

Diving in the northern islands of Mauritius

Mauritius has many beaches where you can snorkel and admire the Mauritian seabed. However, close to the northern islands, there are 3 beautiful diving spots. These sites have the advantage of being less visited because they are quite far from the coast. You will be quiet for exploring marine life and discover some wrecks.

The cave there is a sharks’ nurse spot at 29 meters deepth. However, it is accessible to even less experienced divers. You can observe sharks, as its name suggests, but also lobsters and other fish. Bay confetti is a dive site that is up to 25 meters deep. Here you can admire the clown fish and anemones in the midst of a multitude of corals with amazing colors.

The Jabeda or Djabeda, is the wreck of a Japanese fishing boat. Located in a sandy plain, the wreck is 34 meters deep near the island of Coin de Mire. You will see many fish, giant moray eels and corals on the wreck. It is also sometimes visited by dolphins, rays and barracudas. Be it for underwater sightseeing or relaxing on the beautiful beaches, the northern islands provide you wonderful moments to share.

Trou aux cerfs Mauritius

Trou Aux Cerfs Mauritius

Mauritius has many extraordinary natural sites and various walks surrounded by nature. The Trou aux Cerfs crater is among the places not to miss during your stay in Mauritius. This volcanic crater demonstrates the geological past of Mauritius. While the island of Reunion is known for its most active volcano, Mauritius also has quite a few dormant/extinct ones.

This volcanic crater measuring about 300 meters in diameter and 80 meters deep is located 600 meters above sea level at the very centre of the town of Curepipe. Between an impressive fauna and flora and a small lake, the crater of Trou aux Cerfs attracts tourists and Mauritians alike. Indeed, the walks around the crater are lovely.

A road goes around the crate and it is possible to go down to the lake or admire the surroundings. Along the crater, there are different points of impressive panoramic view. Admire the city or the surrounding regions and other mountains like Peter Both, Trois Mamelles and Rempart range. If the climate is right, you will also see in the distance the silhouette of the island of Reunion.

A few years back, access to the site was possible by car. Now, it is forbidden to drivers so the Trou aux Cerfs is essentially reserved for the pedestrians so as to provide for a more secure area. You will share a great time in nature without any apparent “pollution”.

Trou aux Cerfs testifies, like other mountains, the volcanic past of Mauritius. Indeed, there are nearly 23 other craters on the island. Basically, Mauritius is a volcanic island with barely no active volcanoes.

These natural sites allow you to discover incredible fauna and flora. They also allow various sports activities such as hiking or trekking. The best known are the peak of Trois Mamelles or the Grand Bassin where a large lake has taken the place in the old volcano.

Bois Cheri Mauritius

Bois Cheri Mauritius

Pierre Poivre imported tea in Mauritius. He brought back plants from China. The earliest plants were planted at the famous Pamplemousses Garden near Port Louis. The Bois Cheri tea is named after the village where it is harvested nowadays.

The village of Bois Cheri spans over more than 500 meters, it is located in an ideal temperate zone for growing tea. The first tea plantation in Mauritius occurred in the year 1892. Before being transformed to large area of ​​tea plantations, Bois Chéri was a sugar cane plantation area.

A cyclone destroyed everything, thus part of the land was devoted to tea plantations. The tea plantation was then built in 1892 by the Bour and Breton company and bought by the Aubin family a few years later. In the 1960s, there was a considerable increase of the culture of tea in Mauritius. Since the Bois Cheri tea is a must and rooted in Mauritian tradition.

Bois Cheri Tea MauritiusThe Bois Cherie Factory also has a museum. During your visit, a guide will explain the origin of the Bois Cheri tea from A to Z, from planting to packaging through manufacturing. He will also expose to you any changes in production techniques. You will visit the facilities where tea is produced and tea plantations. This visit could not end otherwise – a tea tasting awaits you in a magical place!

Mauritius also has beautiful beaches with turquoise waters where you will have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary seabed. However, if you want to see the country, know that Mauritius has exceptional treasures to discover off the beaten track.

Mauritius is a destination for everyone. In fact, you learn a lot about the Mauritian culture, but also observe a magnificent flora and fauna. Both a romantic destination for lovers, a family destination and can even be a solo destination. Mauritius has everything to seduce you.

Discover Mauritius with 100 photos

Mauritius is one of the most colorful countries you’ll ever see. The island is an open-air museum for natural landscapes and boasts highest standards of comfort. We’ve collected 100 of the best photos of  Mauritius and if you need your own, feel free to contact our local photographer/guide.

1# Arrival in Mauritius

Landing in Mauritius
Mauritius looks amazing viewed from above.A green land defined by a white stroke

 

2# Frangipani

Mauritius Frangipani flower
These tropical yellow and white beauties grow everywhere in Mauritius. Apparently its scent procures gaiety & is charming when worn behind the ear.

 

3# Over a hundred beaches 

Mauritius-beach
Mauritius is for the most part enclosed by beaches. When choosing your hotel, check its front beach, you will probably spend a lot of your time there.

 

4# The Sega

Sega music Mauritius
The Sega is a traditional dance and music of Mauritius. The music was created by the slaves and was used to sing their suffering. Thankfully, after the abolition of slavery, the music was played to express joy and freedom.

 

5# Relaxing moments

Mauritius-beach
Hammock lovers know the feel!

 

6# Bouquet d’Annee

flamboyant alley mauritius
Even roads are coloured in Mauritius. These beautiful trees have been widely planted on roadsides everywhere in Mauritius. If you are visiting the island in November or December, lucky you, it is the blooming season.

 

7# Peter Both view

Le Pouce Mauritius
With its inner mountain ranges, Mauritius is a quality destination for adventurous hikers.

 

8# Rodrigues Island

Rodrigues-island-beach
On Rodrigues Island, beaches are often uncrowded, if not completely deserted.

 

9# Ile aux Cerfs

Plage-ile Maurice
Ile aux Cerfs is a beautiful island located off the east of Mauritius.

 

10# Dholl Puri

Dholl puri Mauritius
The Mauritian cuisine portrays the diverse local population. However, the Dholl Puri is a street food that everyone enjoys.

 

11# Pirogue

Mauritius beach pirogue
The pirogue is the traditional boat used by local fishermen. They can be seen on most beaches of the island.

 

12# Congenial atmosphere

Mauritius music dance sega
Mauritius is a very convivial place to be. Whether it is during the day or at night, you will always enjoy your time on the island.

 

13# Ilot Fourneau

ilot fourneau Mauritius
Located in the south-east Ilot Fourneau is one of the many small islands surrounding the mainland Mauritius

 

14# Grand Bassin: the sacred lake

shiva Grand bassin
Grand Bassin is a crater lake located in the south of the island. The place revered by the Hindu population of Mauritius.

 

#15 The relaxed way

Trou aux Biches Mauritius
Life ambles slowly on a tropical island.

 

#16 Late evening party

camp fire beach mauritius
Hotels often set the stage for some traditional Mauritian beach parties.

 

#17 Le Morne Cultural Landscape

Le morne beach
Le Morne Brabant is a dismal place in a historical point of view. The site is one of the two UNESCO world heritage sites of the island.

 

#18 Paille en Queue

Red-tailed Tropicbird mauritius
The Paille en Queue or Tropicbird a rare bird that circumnavigate the island, so rare that when seen, it provides a sense of luck. Some even make wishes, the Mauritian shooting star.

 

#19 GRSE waterfalls

GRSE waterfall Ile aux Cerfs
The GRSE waterfall is one of the natural beauties of the east of Mauritius. The waterfall can be visited by boat, on the way to Ile aux Cerfs.

 

20# village weaver

Village Weaver - Ploceus cucullatus Mauritius
The village weaver is very common in Mauritius. You might be visited by one of these charming birds especially during breakfast time.

 

#21 Privacy luxe

Honeymoon in Mauritius
With its surrounding islands and pristine beaches, Mauritius offers privacy and luxe to its visitors.

 

#22 Sugarcane cultivation

Mauritius people
Mauritius was once solely dependent on its sugarcane industry. Today still it is an important pillar of the local economy.

 

#23 Indian Ocean space view

mauritius and reunion night space
Amazing photograph of Reunion Island and Mauritius (top) captured by NASA.

 

#24 Windsurfing Le Morne

One Eye le morne
Le Morne beach offers excellent wind spots like One Eye or Manawa for surfing.

 

#25 Cultivation

Sugar cane plantation Mauritius
The cultivation of sugar was introduced by the Dutch in the 17th century.

 

#26 Hiking views

Mauritius bird view
Mauritius is even more colorful from an aerial perspective.

 

#27 Flic en Flac

flic en flac beach
Flic en Flac is the longest beach of Mauritius and one of the finest too.

 

#28 Day gecko

Day gecko Phelsuma ornata
The Gecko can be found pretty much everywhere on the island. This species is harmless to human beings and can live up to 15 years.

 

#29 Ilot Gabriel beach

Ilot Gabriel Beach
Coin de mire view from Ilot Gabriel off the north coast of Mauritius.

 

#30 SSR Botanical Garden

Waterlilis Mauritius
This mythical botanical garden was created by Pierre Poivre and is a must-visit place in Mauritius. Also known as Jardin Pamplemousses, the park has a wide range of plant species, including some being endemic.

 

#31 Notre Dame Auxiliatrice – Cap Malheureux

Chapelle Notre Dame de Cap Malheureux
The small red roof church is the symbol of the calm Cap Malheureux village. With numerous islands in the background, it is one of the best viewpoints of Mauritius.

 

#32 Stella Maru

Wreck Stella Maru Mauritius
Stella Maru is the most famous shipwreck of Mauritius. Located just in front of Trou aux Biches, North-West of the island, this artificial lagoon is a paradise for divers.

 

#33 Rochester Falls

rochester falls souillac
Rochester Falls is one of the many waterfalls of Mauritius. It is located in the middle of the fields not far from Souillac. The place is famous for its milky white water beautifully contrasted with the rectangular shapes of the rocks.

 

#34 Crystal Rock

Crystal rock Ile aux Benitiers
Crystal rock is the pearl of the west coast of Mauritius. Whether you are visiting Ile aux Bénitiers, or going snorkeling or swimming with dolphins, every boat stops at Crystal rock.

 

#35 Aromatic traditions

Spices of Mauritius
Many spices like saffron, curry powder and cinnamon are used to make traditional Mauritian dishes.

 

#36 Anse la Raie

Kitesurfer Pointe d'Esny
The beaches of the east of the island are also interesting for windsurfing.

 

#37 Seafood

Fish Mauritius
Seafood is sold on the beach, especially on Rodrigues Island.

 

#38 Sega dance

Sega Mauritius
Traditional sega is still the most listened and danced music across in Mauritius.

 

#39 Le Morne beach

Mauritius coastline
In addition to the mythical Morne Brabant, the small village of Le Morne is also home to one of the most beautiful beaches of the island.

 

#40 Caudan &  Port Louis Waterfront

Port Louis waterfront
The waterfront of Port Louis is the first shopping mall of Mauritius. The mall hosts some world-famous fashion brands and other animations like cinema, children area, bars and live music on weekends.

 

#41 Coin de Mire Island

coin de mire view
Coin de Mire (Gunner’s Quoin) is located few kilometres outside the northern lagoon.

 

#42 Multicultural society

children of Mauritius
Mauritius proves to be a surprising and unique human experience.

 

#43 Gris Gris

gris gris Mauritius
The south of Mauritius is better characterised by the word ‘wild’. Whether it is Gris Gris, La Roche qui Pleure or Le Souffleur, the south offers beautiful untamed wilderness.

 

#44 Sunset in Tamarind

Sunset in Tamarin Mauritius
The west coast of Mauritius offers some royal sunset shots.

 

#45 Ile Coco

Ile-coco-rodrigues
Ile Coco (Rodrigues) is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mascarene archipelago.

 

#46 Blue Bay Marine Park

Blue-bay-marine-park
The natural marine park of Blue Bay is a great representation of the biodiversity of the Indian ocean.

 

#47 A very food trip

beach snack mauritius
With beach restaurants, roulottes or beach hawkers, you are always sure to find food everywhere in Mauritius.

#48 World class hotels

mauritius hotels
The legendary Mauritian hospitality is key to the tourism success on the island. TripAdvisor, Booking or Trivago, all have excellent customer ratings on Mauritian hotels.

 

#49 Horse riding in Mauritius

Mauritius-horse-riding
Enjoy an exquisite horse riding experience Mauritius.

 

#50 Vallée de Ferney

vallee-de-ferney
Vallée de Ferney is a nature reserve of more than 200 hectares and shelters over a 100 species of plants and numerous animals.

#51 Swim with dolphins 

dolphins Mauritius
To swim with dolphins is a one-time life experience. Enjoy it in a tropical island.

 

#52 Calm lagoons

Mauritius wild south
Mauritius is mostly enclosed by coral reefs, resulting into calm and secured lagoons.

 

#53 Simplicity

Children of Mauritius
Though things are evolving and the island is becoming more and more developed, the Mauritian way of living remains relatively simple. Maybe this is better explained by this beautiful photo of Peggy Lampotang.

 

#54 La Cuvette beach

la cuvette Grand Baie
The small beach of La Cuvette is located few minutes from Grand Bay. Ideal for a quick refreshing bath.

 

#55 The Mauritius Parakeet

Mauritius echo parakeet
Mauritius is a paradise to observe a unique fauna. The island is home to some rare native bird species like the Mauritius Parakeet and the Pink Pigeon.

 

#56 Public transport

bustop
Mauritius offers cheap public transport facilities. Bus services in Mauritius cover the entire island from early morning to 8 pm.

 

#57 Enjoy the sun

belle mare Mauritius
Mauritius is located quite near the Tropic of Capricorn, which results in a sunny atmosphere. With more than 300 long sunny days a year, Mauritius is an all year round destination.

 

#58 Exceptional flora

alexandra falls- road
With the exception of big cities, fauna is pretty much everywhere on the island.

 

 #59 Pointe aux Sables

Pointe aux sables Mauritius
Pointe aux Sables is a small fishermen village located near Port Louis and has a pretty beach and is home to Montagne Jacquot, a thrilling cliff for diving.

 

#60 Villa Caroline

beach-hotel-mauritius
Villa Caroline is located in front of a great snorkeling spot.

 

#61 Seven coloured earth of Chamarel

7 coloured earth of Chamarel
Chamarel is the most visited natural attraction in Mauritius. Depending on the time of the day and the light, the earth of Chamarel changes to seven to a dozen colours. Don’t miss the traditional rum of Chamarel.

 

#62 Rodrigues Island

Rodrigues-island
Rodrigues Island has its own traditions and savoir-faire.

 

#63 Ile aux Cerfs

ile aux cerfs mauritius
Ile aux Cerfs offers kilometres of pristine beaches to its visitors.

 

#64 Hunting in Mauritius

Deer Mauritius hunting
Hunters will love the beautiful hunting reserves across Mauritius.

 

#65 Pointe aux Canonniers

Pointe aux Canonniers Mauritius
Probably less famous than Trou aux Biches or Grand Bay, Pointe aux Canonniers is a flawless beach located in the north-west of Mauritius.

 

#66 Black River Gorges National Park

Black River National Park
The largest park of Mauritius is famous for its rocky landscapes and waterfalls, perfect for hiking trails.

 

#67 Trou d’Eau Douce

Trou d'eau Douce
The small village of Trou d’Eau Douce lies on the east coast of Mauritius.

 

#68 La route du thé

Tea plantation Mauritius
Tea has always been part of the Mauritian culture. La route du thé is located near Grand Bassin, a fine place to learn more about this aromatic beverage. The site also has a very tea oriented restaurant.

 

#69 Trou aux Biches

Trou aux biches
On weekdays, beaches in Mauritius are usually quite roomy.

 

#70 Romantic beach dinner

beach dinner Mauritius
Whether it is for a wedding anniversary or honeymoon, you can ask for a memorable amorous setting.

 

#71 Wolmar beach

Flic en Flac beach
Wolmar beach is located at the end of Flic en Flac.

 

#72 Flat Island

Ilot Gabriel & Ile Plate beach
Flat Island also known as Ile Plate is one of the many islets located in the off the north of Mauritius.

 

#73 One Eye

kitesurf in mauritius
One Eye is the most appreciated surf and windsurfs spot in Mauritius.

 

#74 Ile Coco & Ile aux Sables

Rodrigues Ile cocos et ile aux sables
Ile Coco & Ile aux Sables are two pristine islands devoid of any human activity.

 

#75 Anse Bouteille

Anse Bouteille Rodrigues
Like Mauritius, Rodrigues Island is blessed with a tropical climate and sumptuous beaches. But Anse Bouteille is unique, it looks nothing like the other Mauritian beaches.

 

#76 Crystal Rock

rock ile aux benitiers
Another beautiful shot of crystal rock and Morne Brabant.

 

#77 Island hopping

Boat Mauritius
Whether it is on a speed boat, a yacht or a pirogue, it is always a pleasure to sail around Mauritius.

 

#78 The Dodo

Dodo Souvenir Mauritius
The dodo, the mythical endemic bird of Mauritius, unfortunately, an extinct species.

 

#79 Travelling in Mauritius

Road south mauritius
Mauritian roads are very well sealed and most signs are marked in English.

 

#80 Tamarin 

Tamarin Bay Mauritius
Today still, the pirogue is the most used boat by local fishermen.

 

#81 Pickle fruits

Mauritius street food
You will see these everywhere in Mauritius, locals love them.

 

#82 Parasailing

GoPro Mauritius Parasailing
Parasailing can be experienced on popular beaches like Mont Choisy or Flic en Flac.

 

#83 Traditions

Mauritian ladies saree
Each ethnicity still follows their values and traditions.

 

#84 Snorkeling

Snorkeling Mauritius
With its dazzling beaches and flourishing coral reefs, Mauritius is an underwater wonderland for snorkeling.

 

#85 Champ de Mars

Champ de mars Mauritius
The Champ de Mars is the oldest horse racing track in the southern hemisphere.

 

#86 Port Louis

Port Louis Theatre Mauritius
The city of Port Louis is an open-air museum of the Mauritian past and present culture.

 

#87 Tropical fruits

Oasis Mauritius Caudan
Tropical fruits like coconut, pineapple or mango are sold everywhere on the island. Not to miss.

 

#88 Roti chaud

Mauritius Roti
Roti is another widespread street food that can be found in Mauritius.

#89 Crystal clear water

Mauritius turquoise lagoon
Nearly all the beaches in Mauritius offer calm crystal clear water for hours of sunbathing.

 

#90 Trail friendly

National-Park-Mauritius
Mauritius host numerous trail festivals each year. The dodo trail and Ferney trail are amongst the most famous.

 

#91 Travel-friendly facilities

Avis Mauritius
In Mauritius, you will have no trouble finding travel facilities and services, like car rental, Western Union, Change or ATMs.

 

#92 Lion Mountain

Lion Mountain view
A stunning view of the south-east from Lion Mountain.

 

#93 Beautiful sunsets

Sugarcane field sunset
Sunset at Cascavelle.

 

#94 Mahebourg

Mahebourg small city
Mahebourg is a charming small city located near the SSR International Airport. It has a historical museum which is definitely worth the visit if you want to learn more about past epic naval battles between the Royal and French Navy.

 

#95 Food Carts

Mauritius Beach restaurant snack
You will find interesting food trailers across nearly every beach in Mauritius.

 

#96 Honeymoon destination

Mauritius wedding honeymoon
Mauritius was awarded as the best honeymoon destination of the Indian Ocean for the past years by the World Travel Awards.

 

#97 Pointe aux Piments

pointe aux piments
Pointe aux Piments is one of the rare places of the Indian ocean where you can come across sea turtles in their natural habitat.

 

#98 Colonial houses

Chauteau de Labourdonnais
Chateau de Labourdonnais is the most famous colonial house of Mauritius. Located not far from the SSR Botanical Garden, the place is definitely worth a visit when travelling to the north.

 

#99 Hospitality at its best

Mauritius hospitality
The hotels in Mauritius are driven by a passion to provide exclusive and personalized services, genuine hospitality.

 

#100 The Mauritian flag

Happy-National-Day-Mauritius
A beautiful island inhabited by beautiful people.