Mauritius is known for some of the most magnificent white sand beaches in the Indian Ocean; but did you also know that the exotic island has much to explore in it’s lush rainforest interior, rich culture and unique 400-year history?
Below is a list of our favourite, and most notable, sights to enjoy in this tropical oasis.
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The northern island is home to the bustling capital of Port Louis and the vibrant beach town of Grand Baie, as well as a wide array of boutique and luxury resorts.
- Visit the lush Sir Seewoosagu Ramgoolam Botanic Gardens (one of the world’s best botanical gardens), the historic Chateau de Labourdonnais (a renovated Créole mansion) and two of the islands most beautiful beaches: Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches.
- We highly recommend a private submarine or underwater scooter to view the coral reef at the edge of the lagoon in Mont Choisy for a once in a lifetime experience!
The East is less developed and is where you’ll find the island’s most exquisite beaches (Belle Mare), world-renowned golf courses and 5-star resorts. Imagine long stretches of soft, powder-like, white sand amongst sparkling azure sea. Look no further for your picturesque tropical beach holiday.
- Enjoy a sailing trips to visit the private island of Ile aux Cerfs.
- Test your par-3 at the world championship Legends Golf Course.
The South is the most untouched part of the island filled with lush green vegetation, small fishing villages and smaller, more private beaches. It’s home to many luxury resorts and world-renowned golf courses.
- Le Morne Brabant (a UNESCO World Heritage Site ) is a famous peninsula noted by a flat-topped 55m rock and one of the most famous beaches on the island. It used to serve as a refuge for runaway slaves in the 19th century.
- Visit the historic town of Mahebourg, which has lively Monday market.
- Take a day trip to Ile aux Aigrettes, a Mauritian Wildlife Foundation nature reserve in the protected Blue Bay.
- You can also check out the crocodile farm, La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes, which is home to giant Aldabra tortoises and other native wildlife.
- St Aubin is a lovely colonial house built in 1819 where you can learn about production of sugar, rum and vanilla (primary commodities in Mauritius).
- Bois Cheri Tea Factory is simply lovely and a stunning spot to tour the tea factories and sip some of the local tea whilst overlooking a serene lake.
- The sacred lake of Grand Bassin (also known as Ganga Talao) is a ‘must see’. The holy lake contains water from the Ganges river in India and is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites outside of India. The lake is tucked away in the mountains of the South West surrounded by colourful Hindu temples and gods.
The west has excellent beaches, the best year-round weather and jaw-dropping beach sunsets. It’s also the best part of the island for diving, snorkeling, and year-round dolphin sightings.
- The ever-popular Flic-en-Flac is one of the most famous beaches on the island and the town is full of local cafes, shops and nightlife.
- The Seven Coloured Earths in Chamarel (‘must see’) is a natural phenomenon of a surrealistic display of lava oxidation over thousands of years; it’s a brilliant sight of vibrant orange and red layered earth. In Chamarel, you can also visit a flowing waterfall and enjoy the agricultural land where sugarcane and pineapples grow on the countryside.
- The famous Black River Gorges National Park is y where you can explore over 50km of forest trails, wildlife and vegetation.