Top 10 Things to do in Mauritius
Plan your Mauritius holidays around the top ten things to do in Mauritius.
One of the top island destinations in the world, Mauritius island, fringed by the waters of the Indian Ocean is a must for any beach lover as there are so many amazing things to do!
Enjoy its white beaches, azure waters, swaying palms, together with luxury resorts, exotic food and a plethora of watersports – you can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving in its vibrant waters as well as other water sports like kite surfing – along with adventure sports like quad biking. Add to the mix a rich historical and cultural tours, national parks and theme parks like Casela to visit, coastal villages like Grand Baie (or Grand Bay) to experience – there are so many things to do in Mauritius.
So if you are wondering what are the best things to do in Mauritius, what are the unmissable Mauritian sights, then this is the guide for you. Here is a list of the top ten things to do in Mauritius curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Mauritius travel guide!
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1Visit the Seven Colored Earths of Mauritius
Located in Chamarel, Mauritius, the Seven Coloured Earths is one of the popular attractions in Mauritius. A geological formation, it is a small area of sand dunes in Chamarel, made of seven distinct colors. The high concentration of metals in the soil is responsible for this special natural wonder, which shimmers in all its glory.
Photographing the magnificent sight on your Seven Coloured Earths’ tour in Chamarel is definitely one of the top things to do in Mauritius!
2Hike through the Black River Gorges National Park in Mauritius
One of the top things to do in Mauritius is hiking through the Black River Gorges National Park. You can observe rare bird species, many of which are only in Mauritius as well as endemic flora in Black River Gorges.
Breathe in the fresh air as you walk through the also houses bright flowering plants and imposing trees. Enjoy the best views of Mauritius from the Gorges viewpoint.
3Explore the Table Mountain of Mauritius
Le Morne Brabant Mountain or Table Mountain is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius. The 556-meter high mountain has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. During the reign of the French, this imposing boulder served as a refuge for slaves.
Nature lovers can hike up the mountain as part of guided or self-guided tours. Enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean, and admire the waterfalls and caves that dot the mountain, as you hike up.
Or you could just laze at the beautiful sandy beach of Le Morne with the mountain in the backdrop, a truly Mauritian experience!
4Meet the giant turtles of Mauritius in La Vanille
Visit the lush La Vanille Nature Park for one of the best things to do in Mauritius: walk among the largest group of captive-bred giant Aldabra tortoises in the world. You will also see the fearsome Nile Crocodiles as well as monkeys, iguanas, bats, deer, geckos, eels, insects and more!
You can also visit the Insectarium with more than 23,000 specimens, an aquarium and fossil museum. Another top attraction at La Vanille is pony rides as well as a petting farm.
5Go market hopping Port Louis
Visit the bustling markets of Port Louis to get a taste of local life, a typical Mauritian experience! You will be staggered at the sheer variety of fruits, vegetables, fish and spices that are available in the Central Market of Port Louis – truly unrivaled. Watch the local hawkers at work and buy souvenirs!
One of the other top things to do in Port Louis is to visit the Blue Penny Museum to understand the history of the region. From Port Loius, you can also head to the Casela World of Adventures in Cascavelle, one of the popular day trips on the island, to enjoy a day of thrilling fun!
6Enjoy a variety of watersports in Mauritius
Mauritius is a paradise for watersports lovers! The top watersports in Mauritius include parasailing, kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, dolphin spotting and whale watching, snorkeling among the coral reefs. At Pointe aux Piments on the northwest coast, you can swim in a reef teeming with vibrant corals and multihued fish.
Embrace your adventurous spirit and try your hand at one of these top things to do in Mauritius! And don’t forget to go on a catamaran ride in Mauritius as well as day cruises!
7Stay in a luxury resort in Mauritius
Stay in a luxury resort in Mauritius and for a truly relaxing holiday. You have several resorts in Mauritius to choose from: from family resorts like Le Canonnier to intimate boutique beach hotels like Hotel 20°Sud.
Most of the hotels are beach facing or lagoon facing and offer a variety of activities, restaurants as well as wellness options.
8Relax on the beaches in Mauritius
The beautiful beaches in Mauritius are easily the top attraction of the country, making it an ideal winter destination. White sands, azure waters, leafy palms, vibrant coral reefs and rich marine life make the beaches of Mauritius a must-visit! Some of the best beaches in Mauritius include Trou aux Biches, Île aux Cerfs, Belle Mare Plage, Blue Bay, Flic en Flac and Le Morne among others.
From watersports to swimming in the waters of the Indian ocean, grabbing a bite at a beach shack or simply sunbathing, your options are aplenty. While Trou aux Biches is considered one of the most beautiful on the island, Île aux Cerfs lies in the largest lagoon on the island.
9Explore the botanical gardens of Pampelmousses
The Botanical Garden popularly known as Pamplemousses is one of the top attractions in Mauritius. It is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, close to 300 years old!
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens as you admire the variety of exotic flora and fauna, from palm trees and lilies to the scents of stunning flowers!
10 Savor the cuisine of Mauritius
The cuisine in Mauritius has often been described as a melting pot of flavors. It is a mix of various influences with French, European, Indian, Chinese flavors. The cuisine is seafood-heavy and you can expect a lot of rum in Mauritius!
Popular dishes include their curries, farata or a type of Indian bread, seafood dishes as well as a popular street food called dholl puri, which is a wheat bread stuffed with ground split peas. From high-end fine dining restaurants to roadside shacks, you will be spoilt for choice!
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