"Indian Ocean's Island Paradise."
Mauritius, or the Republic of Mauritius, is a multi-cultural island nation located about 2,000 kilometres from Africa in the Indian Ocean and southeast of Seychelles. With palm-fringed beaches, aquamarine waters, imposing mountains and lush national parks, Mauritius is popular for a honeymoon as well as family holidays.
Mauritius is almost entirely circled by coral reefs and has calm, crystal-clear water, making it an ideal place for watersports like snorkelling, diving, kayaking, swimming and more. However, unlike many islands, there is more to Mauritius than just breathtaking beaches. Enjoy a hiking trip through the national parks, feel the adrenaline of jumping 10,000 feet from the sky, watch the dolphins on a speedboat trip or explore the volcanoes and ruins dotted throughout the island.
Mauritius is a paradise for the palate, with its street food ranking in the world's top 10. Because of its history of migrations, the cuisine of Mauritius is inspired by French, Indian, Chinese, and African dishes. Faratas, boulettes (dumplings), Dholl puris, gateaux piments (chilli cakes), boiled or fried noodles, and samoussas are some must-try. To get the authentic feel of the island, visit the colourful markets, temples and colonial mansions.
The capital city Port Louis is the hub of the urban Mauritian lifestyle. Although small, the island is divided into four regions (north, south, east and west) as it experiences microclimate and varied landscapes and lifestyles depending on these regions. Experiencing a tropical climate, Mauritius can be visited almost throughout the year.
Things To Do In Mauritius
1. Hike the Black River Gorges National Park
Being the only and largest in the island nation of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park is the sanctuary for the diversified wildlife and tropical rainforests. It is the central attraction of the tourists with an unparalleled love for nature and those who have a zeal for adventure treks.
2. Explore the Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel
Located in Chamarel, the Seven-Coloured Earth is a unique geological formation. It is a fenced area with multicoloured dunes in seven different colours of violet, green, brown, red, yellow, purple and blue. The best time to visit is during the sunrise. Birdwatching is also a favourite activity here.
3. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving in Mauritius provides a gorgeous view of shallow ocean waters. Completely encircled by the barrier coral reefs, the island's waters are home to a variety of beautiful and rare creatures. There are over 100 dive spots to explore in Mauritius.
4. Helicopter Ride to Underwater Waterfall
A spectacular illusion, the underwater waterfall is located off the coast of Le Morne Brabant. The scene is an illusion, created by sand and silt on the ocean floor, that runs off in a way as if the water is pouring down. It also looks as if the entire island is being sucked down a massive drain. Though the waters look beautiful from the shore, seeing this view requires a helicopter ride.
Mauritius, Africa's one of the best tourist destinations, is also the best destination for snorkelling. To the east and south-west of the island, the lagoon, with a surface area of 300 square km, is at its most extensive. Besides, Mauritius also has around 430 different species of underwater creatures.
6. Explore Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant is a mountain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Le Morne Peninsula of Mauritius. It is Mauritius's most preserved and wildest mountain and a popular hiking stop for tourists. The hike to the top takes three to four hours, and the view is breathtaking. Le Morne Brabant is also home to the famous underwater fall of Mauritius.
7. Visit Port Louis
Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, is a melting pot of glitz and glamour. It is a beach town with a plethora of colourful markets, bustling restaurants, quaint museums, brilliant architecture, and stunning waterfronts making it a tropical holiday destination.
8. Stay at a Beach Resort
The immaculate collection of world-class beach resorts in Mauritius makes it unbelievably easy for you to access these beaches without stepping out of your accommodation at this enchanting destination. They provide several added activities and services on these beaches to further enhance your experience.
9. Dolphin and Whale Watching
Dolphin and whale watching is a popular thing to do in Mauritius. The most common dolphins that you can see in Mauritius are the Spinner Dolphin and the Bottlenose Dolphin. Several types of catamaran and boat cruises are available.
10. Savour the Local Food
Often described as the 'melting pot of flavours', Mauritius offers a wide variety of food from different cuisines. The food of Mauritius is influenced by different cuisines. Some must try dishes include Farata, Alouda, Dholl Puri, Roti Chaud, and seafood.
11. Enjoy Mauritius Nightlife
Mauritius has a thriving nightlife. The nightlife is mainly centred around the North and the West while the south and east of Mauritius are quieter. Since there is no bar closing time here, it is one of the best places to enjoy the nightlife. A lot of the clubs remain open till early morning and are quite safe to visit.
12. See Giant Turtles at La Vanille Nature Park
La Vanille Nature Park, also known as La Vanille Crocodile Park, is a conservation park in Mauritius, located close to the Riviere des Anguilles village in the south. It is home to the largest captive herd of Aldabra tortoises in the world and the main attraction here is the crocodile farm. The nature park is also home to giant tortoises, iguanas, wild pigs, deer and many more. A free guided tour is available every 30 minutes.
13. Hike to Chamarel Waterfall
Chamarel Waterfalls in the highest waterfall in Mauritius dropping more than 200 feet located near Seven Colored Earth. Surrounded by the vegetation of Black River Gorges, it is simply spectacular. Hiking to the top of the waterfall and jumping into the clear pool below is the most popular activity here. There are two viewpoints that boast a vivid view of the waterfall. It is also a popular photography spot.
14. Stay in a Bubble Lodge at Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
Bois Cheri Tea Plantation and Museum is reputed as the most extensive tea-producing estate on the island along with inhibiting a gourmet restaurant and a Bubble Lodge for accommodation purposes. The view from the lodge is just fantastic as it is situated in the midst of nature. Guided tours of the plantation and museum are also available.
15. Adventure Activities at Casela World of Adventures
The Casela Nature Park, also known as Casela World of Adventures, is an amusement park and one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. It is famous for activities like safari tours, ziplining, quad biking, tortoise feeding, pony ride, etc. It is situated in the Cascavelle, a Mauritian village on the island's west coast.
16. Water Sports at Flic en Flac Beach
Flic en Flac is one of the most popular tourist areas in Mauritius second to Grand Baie. An 8-kilometre wide beach with a range of watersports, the Flic en Flac boasts long stretches of casuarina trees lining the entire west-facing waterfront.
17. Botanical Garden of Pampelmousses
Popularly famous by the name of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Port Louis, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (SSR Botanical Garden) is the largest Botanical Garden in Mauritius.
18. Visit UNESCO Heritage Site of Aapravasi Ghat
The Aapravasi Ghat, located in Port Louis, was the very centre of the establishment of contracted labour in Mauritius. It is a testament to the history of indentured labour during British colonial rule and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
19. Head to Le Caudan Waterfront
The Port Louis Waterfront, commonly known as the Le Caudan Waterfront, is the first of its kind major shopping expansion in Mauritius, including various shops, casinos, banking facilities, restaurants, movie theatres, and a five-star hotel by the name of Le Labourdonnais. It is also home to a popular craft and art market.
Surfing is an ingrained local activity in Mauritius for quite a long time and has been a key draw for tourists for around 60+ years now. November to April is the best time to surf in Mauritius. Some popular surf spots are Tamarin Bay, Le Morne, Souillac, and more.
21. Catamaran Cruise
Catamaran Cruises are the most popular in Luxury Honeymoon destinations and Mauritius is one among them. Exploring the island nation by sailing onboard could be a different experience altogether. There are several day cruises and dinner cruises that sail across various destinations and coasts. The four major destinations covered by a Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius are - West coast, Gabriel Island, Ile Aux Cerfs and Flat Island.
22. See Volcanic Crater of Trou Aux Cerfs
Trou Aux Cerfs is a dormant volcano, one of the four in Mauritius. Also called Murr's Volcano, it is located in the Curepipe area and is one of Mauritius's most famous natural tourist attractions. The volcanic crater is 650 metres above sea level and has a depth of 100 metres. It is surrounded by dense green forest and offers a stunning panoramic view of the Rempart Mountain, Trois Mamelles, and the Port-Louis- Moka mountain range.
23. Explore Seven Falls of Tamarind Waterfall
Tamarind Falls (also known as Tamarin Falls) is one of the most beautiful and highest waterfalls in Mauritius. It is famous for its breathtaking surroundings and its immaculate ambience. It is a collection of seven different waterfalls, with multiple spots from where you can jump down into the deep pool below.
24. Explore Chinatown
Chinatown is fascinating, as there's something for everyone here. Watches, clothes, shoes, home decor, second-hand goods, Chinese paintings, and more are sold in small shops on the street. There are also various stalls of dried and pickled vegetables and a variety of sauces, along with local street food.
The Mauritian waters have perfect waves as well as flat waters so it is an ideal kitesurfing spot for both beginners as well as advanced kite surfers. April to November have the best winds and are perfectly suitable for a fantastic kitesurfing experience.
26. Solar Sea Walk
Solar Sea Walk is popular at Grand Baie in Mauritius. Going for the solar sea walk is like going on a tour of the sea. Walking into the reef, between corals and playing with schools of fishes in the crystal clear water is what this activity is all about.
Parasailing is a popular activity in Mauritius, with breathtaking views of the azure water and lagoons. It is primarily available at 3 locations - Grand Baie, Belle Mare and Ile Aux Cerfs.
28. Shopping at Bagatelle Mall
Bagatelle is one of the leading shopping malls in Mauritius with an enthralling lively ambience, detailed retailing and leisure options. It has gained a reputation as a must-visit place in Mauritius, especially among the international travellers, due to its fascinating architecture, broad walkways and unmatched display of both local and international brands in its 155 shops.
29. Rum Tasting Tour at Chateau de Labourdonnais
Chateau de Labourdonnais is a grand Creole mansion once owned by Christian Wiehe and his family, which is now a heritage tourist spot. The restored Victorian mansion is located on a sugarcane plantation and offers rum tasting. Guided tours are also available.
30. Visit Temples at Ganga Talao
Ganga Talao (meaning ‘Lake of Ganga’), also known as Grand Bassin, is a crater lake believed to be the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius. Dedicated to deities like Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesh and Ganga, there are temples on the banks of the lake.
31. Experience Blowhole Effect at Le Souffleur
Le Souffleur is one of the most beautiful natural attractions located in the south of Mauritius, in the village of L’Escalier. With unique rock formations, a secret beach and stunning viewpoints, Le Souffleur is most famous for its blowhole effect. The waves here crash against the rocks creating huge water sprays and making a whistling sound while entering the small holes. While swimming is not recommended here, Le Souffleur is ideal for hiking.
With the calm surface water over these lagoons and the routine inflow of tradewinds throughout the year, windsurfing has rightfully established itself as one of the most popular water sports of Mauritius.
33. Eco Tour at Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve
Ile Aux Aigrettes is a 26-hectare nature reserve 800 meters towards the southeast off the coast of Mahebourg bay and has gained popularity over the years as an ecotourism destination. It is home to several reptile species like the Telfair's Skink, Coloured Day Gecko and Aldabra giant tortoises that are non-indigenous.
34. Safari in Mauritius
A safari in Mauritius is an activity that is enjoyed by people of every age. Witnessing the majestic predators of the jungle such as lions, and tigers in their natural habitat without any cages hindering your view is a breathtaking experience that few people ever encounter.
35. Day Trip to Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs Island, also known as “Deer Island”, is a private island located near the east coast of Mauritius. There aren’t any deer left here, but it remains a hugely popular tourist spot for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and wide variety of activities and facilities. With homestays and hotels available on the island, Ile aux Cerfs is ideal for both day trips and multiple-day stays.
36. Sunbathing at La Cuvette Beach
The La Cuvette beach is close to the famous tourist town of Grand Baie and is ideal to spend a lazy day soaking in the sun. The absence of coral reefs coupled with its clear waters adds to its beauty. Although there aren't any underwater activities that take place here, tourists are allowed to swim.
37. Visit Award Winning Trou aux Biches Beach
A small town with a public beach situated on the North-Western coast of Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is a much-loved tourist destination. It is one of the longest beaches with powder-soft sand coupled with crystal clean, serene turquoise waters. There are also numerous water sport activities like water skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing and glass-bottom boat rides.
38. Explore the Historical Eureka House Museum
Eureka House is a 19th century Creole-style house built in 1830 by the banks of the Mauritian river Moka. It is one of the island’s most visited historical sites and is totally loved by the tourists.
39. Golf Courses in Mauritius
Mauritius is not only about white sand beaches and beautiful resorts. Recently, it has been awarded as the best ‘Golf Destination of the Year’ in Africa, the Gulf States and the Indian Ocean. So, if you are planning a trip to Mauritius sometime soon and if you like golfing, these top golf courses in Mauritius are your choice!
40. Deep Sea Diving at Blue Bay Marine Park
Located near Mahebourg and off the south-east coast of Mauritius, the Blue Bay Marine Park is renowned for its coral gardens, harbouring numerous varieties of flora and fauna and experience the marine life by going for sea diving.
41. Day Trip to Rodrigues Island
Located around 650 kilometres off the east coast of Mauritius, right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Rodrigues is a tiny exotic island surrounded by the ocean on all sides. With lush green slopes everywhere, the island is inexplicably beautiful and secluded. The island is a volcanic outcrop located a sizeable distance away from the mainland and is surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lagoon that abounds in more marine life than you can find on the entire mainland.
42. Kitesurfing at Le Morne Beach
Located at the foot of the gigantic Le Morne Brabant mountain in west Mauritius, Le Morne Beach is a public beach in Mauritius. With swaying casuarina trees and powdery white sand, it is one of the most stunning beaches in Mauritius. Along with scuba diving, Le Morne Beach is also one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world. It remains crowded on the weekend. The beach is accessible easily from the coastal road.
43. Sugar Museum at L'Aventure du Sucre
L'Aventure du Sucre is a sugar museum located in Pamplemousses, Mauritius. The museum is housed in the old Beau Plan Sugar Factory which used to operate from the 18th to the 20th century. The highlight is an interactive tour with giant screens and films. A kids tour is also available for 2 to 6 years olds. The visit also includes a free tasting of more than 30 products at le Village Boutik including 12 unrefined brown sugars, rums of the New Grove House, jams and honey.
44. Quad-Biking In Mauritius
Taking the off-road path will allow you to explore Mauritius' unique natural landscapes while you ride through dense forests and climb up mountain trails. It will also allow you to witness Mauritius' diverse fauna up-close, something which can't be experienced in zoos.
45. Visit Unexplored Pointe d’Esny Beach
Known for a calm yet less-known beach featuring clear blue waters, Pointe d’Esny is located outside of Mahebourg in Mauritius; the beach is accessible only via a small path from the coastal road unknown to most.
46. See Pont Naturel at Gris Gris
Pont Naturel is a two-metre-long volcanic rock formation which is also known by the name Natural Bridge. It was formed as a result of waves crashing against the rocks and is supported by hanging cliffs. It offers breathtaking views. The sea at Pont Naturel is very rough, so swimming here is not advisable. Also, be cautious when standing on the bridge.
With many different cycling routes available all over the island country, Mauritius is a great place to bring out your inner cyclist. It offers some cycling trails for all kinds of people, from beginners and road adventurers to amateurs and professionals.
48. Blue Penny Museum
Blue Penny Museum is a famous stamp museum located in Port Louis. It is named after the famous 1847 2-pence Blue Penny Stamp, which had been engraved for Mauritian post offices by Joseph Osmond, back in the 1800s.
49. Hike to Le Pouce
Known for its hilly terrain from a volcanic origin, Mauritius is widely popular among tourists for the different hiking possibilities all over the island. Hiking and Trekking in Mauritius with a combination of challenging trails through rough terrains is just tough to resist for any adventure lover. The vibrant island nation has some breathtaking locations to explore and embrace nature up-close.
50. Curious Corner of Chamarel
Located in the south-western part of Mauritius, opposite to the popularly known 7 Coloured Earth of Chamarel, the Curious Corner of Chamarel is only one its kind in the entire island. It is a house full of mysteries, illusions, mind games and various other activities meant to excite the curious minds of the people.
51. Grand Baie Bazaar
The Grand Baie Bazaar is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Mauritius. The street at the Grand Baie has shops lined on both left and right sides of the alley. Among the range of souvenirs that you can pick are clothes, trinkets, artificial flowers, model boats, colourful bags, wooden artwork, beachwear, ornaments made with silver gold and stone, artworks and much more.
52. Central Market
The Central Market is an indoor bazaar located within a walking distance of Port Louis Harbour. The food court of the Central Market is the best place to try out local Mauritian cuisine and street food. Clothes, artefacts and different stalls for colourful textile, fruit preserves and artisanal sculptures can be bought here.
The top activities in Mauritius are Shared Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport Transfers (MRU) for Mauritius, Mauritius Private Car Charter, Catamaran Dolphin Cruise in Mauritius, Casela Nature & Leisure Park, Catamaran to Ile aux Cerfs in Mauritius, Discover Mauritius.
The top shopping places in Mauritius are Central Market, Mauritius, Grand Baie Bazaar, Marche de Flacq.
The top sightseeing places in Mauritius are Port Louis, Trou Aux Biches, Belle Mare Plage Beach, Scuba Diving in Mauritius, Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel, Ile Aux Cerfs.
How can I commute within Mauritius?
Getting around Mauritius is easy. While renting a car is considered the best way to explore the island, the bus services provided on the entire island are exceptional. You can also opt for the local transports like buses, taxis, and rental and tourist cars to explore different parts of Mauritius. Many of these buses have now also become air conditioned, making for a comfortable ride. Private and government companies both provide services throughout the country. Taxis are also available, however make sure you only travel by metered licensed taxis, as the others may potentially be dangerous. The Mauritian Railways lines links the major towns and cities of the island. The convenient rails and roadways in Mauritius are the best to move about in the island nation. The fine and well maintained roads add to your smooth travelling experience.
How to Reach Mauritius
Mauritius, the paradise island among the world’s famous tourist destinations, lies in the Indian Ocean and attracts people from all over the globe due to its iconic beaches, crystal clear waters and breathtaking landscapes. Along with the various countries, Mauritius witnesses the arrival of tourists from India in large numbers, be it for holiday purposes or business related work.
Whenever you plan to travel to any place, the foremost thing you have to look into is the means of travel. Although the best way to reach Mauritius from India is by air, there is another alternative of going by water, thanks to its location.
The Mauritian unit of currency is the rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents (c). There are coins of 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 cents, and of 1, 5 and 10 Rupees (Rs). The bank note denominations are in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees.
Shopping hours in the main cities ranges from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (Monday-Saturday). Some shops are open till noon on Sundays and public holidays. Many duty free shops and modern shopping centers (Caudan, Curepipe, Floréal Square, Happy World House, Orchard Centre) offer a wide choice of products.
Mauritius is four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and three hours ahead of mid-European Time (2 hours difference during the winter time, and 4 hours difference during the summer time).
Best Time To Visit
Mauritius only has two seasons, summer and winter. The best time to visit Mauritius is between April and June and September and December when the weather is most pleasant. You can avoid the peak of summer and winter during these months. The average temperature in Mauritius remains around 25 degrees Celcius which makes it suitable for swimming throughout the year. All the activities and sightseeing in Mauritius can be done throughout the year.
The centre of Mauritius has cooler temperatures and higher rainfall, with a difference of 3 to 5 degrees Celcius between the centre and the coastal zones. East Mauritius is windier as it is influenced by southeastern winds, while North and West Mauritius is warmer and drier.
October to April is the summer season in Mauritius. The temperature is the highest between December to February, while heavy rainfalls are expected in February and March. The summer season in Mauritius is ideal for diving and deep-sea fishing.
May to September is the winter season in Mauritius when the average temperature ranges around 22 degrees Celcius. Therefore, hiking and other outdoor tours are better during this time. July and August are the windiest months making them ideal for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. However, avoid visiting the east coast of Mauritius in July and August as the winds are the strongest during this time of the year.
Cyclone season: January to March is also cyclone season in Mauritius, so book those great hotel deals at your own risk! We also recommend staying clear of the east coast in the months of July and August, when the winds are at their strongest.