Mauritius, a lagoon island in the Indian Ocean, is known for its pristine beaches and reefs. The interior surprisingly consists of mountainous regions so you can have best of both worlds. More than a century ago, Mark Twain said, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” This saying hold true even today.
Read on to learn about the best things to do on the island!
1. Go on a date with nature at Frederica Nature Reserve
Lying between the sapphire blue Indian Ocean and the vast emerald forests of the south, the Frederica Nature Reserve is a gem of a park with breathtaking views. Come here to reconnect with nature. Choose between adventure trails, surfing, discovery trails and a night safari. Each activity is sure to take your breath away.
Frederica Nature Reserve
Address: Frederica Nature Reserve, Coastal Road, Domaine de Bel Ombre
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Website: Frederica Nature Reserve
2. In search of serenity at Trou d'Argent Beach
This is a beach which will make you work out a little before showing itself since cars can only be driven until a certain point after which it demands a walk of about 30 minutes. Nonetheless, the ultimate destination is worth the effort. It is a private beach nestled between two tall cliffs on either side. It is secluded, clean and uncluttered without any damaging signs of human activity and thus you will experience serenity at its best.
Trou d'Argent Beach
Address: Port Mathurin, Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
Give some food to your brain at the Curious Corner, which is a first of its kind illusion house and mystery center in Mauritius. Explore what the Exhibit Centre, Puzzles & Things Shop, and Corner Cafe have to offer. The exhibits include an upside down room, Ames room, Mona Lisa, laser music room, the hollow lift, and a mirror maze. So come out and spend the day here with your family, bonding over fun games.
Curious Corner of Chamarel
Address: Baie Du Cap Rd., Chamarel, Black River, Mauritius
Website: Curious Corner of Chamarel
Entrance Ticket To Curious Corner of Chamarel
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
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4. Tortoise & Croc fare at La Vanille Nature Park
A visit here is must if you are in Mauritius as they have a huge reserve of tortoises and crocodiles in particular. One can actually walk around and pet the hundreds of adults tortoises and even feed them. The ages of tortoises range from just three months to over 100 years old, the oldest being a 110-year-old tortoise called Domino. Besides the tortoise and crocodiles, there is an interesting insect museum and a fossil museum too.
La Vanille Nature Park
Address: Rivière Des Anguilles, Mauritius
Contact: Tel: +230 626 2503
Email: [email protected]
Open everyday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Website: La Vanille Nature Park
5. Chamarel Waterfall & Seven Colored Earths
The Chamarel Waterfall goes with the Seven Colored Earths attraction. You get entrance tickets for both. Head here to gauge in the beauty of the mountainous landscape Mauritius is famous for.
Prepare to be mesmerized by the milky white waterfalls and their sounds as the water falls from a great height. It’s a great place for some amazing pictures. Tourists can view the waterfalls from the upper deck situated at the Chamarel Seven Colored Earth reserve. If you are in for some more adventure, head down the trail to enjoy shallow water swimming at the bottom of the falls.
Chamarel Waterfall & Seven Colored Earths
Address: Rivière Noire, Mauritius
Contact: +230 269 1000
Operational during: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to choose snorkeling and scuba when you come to Mauritius. It boasts of breathtaking coral reefs, flora, and fauna. The colorful life beneath the waters is sure to make your day.
Choose from easy level snorkeling to one level up scuba diving. There are many certified centers that facilitate this activity. So take a Blue Safari Subscooter tour or a PADI Beginner Diving Course in Grand Bay. All these can be booked on Viator.com.
Scuba diving and snorkeling
7. Trek with Nature Trails Mauritius
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Set out to explore the hidden gems in Mauritius with Nature Trails. They arrange for pick ups, guides, and local meals when you book a tour with them. Do be ready for long walks, but the lush green surroundings are sure to keep you from being tired. Make sure to wear good trek shoes and appropriate trek wear.
Nature Trails Mauritius
Address: Nature Trails Ltd., 159 D Avenue Boundary, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
Tel.: (+230) 466 8072
Email: [email protected]
Website: Nature Trails Mauritius
8. Much needed nightlife scenes at Le Caudan Waterfront
If you think Mauritius is only about beaches and mountains, hold on to that opinion only until the energy of Le Caudan brushes against you. This bustling place will let you enjoy the nightlife in Port Louis. Shopping malls, fun, games, casinos, and gambling, there is something for everyone.
Le Caudan Waterfront
Address: Marina Quay, Caudan, Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel: +230 211 9500
Website: Le Caudan Waterfront
Let the speed guide you! Hop on to one of the speed boat tours to a nearby lagoon or beach and spend the entire day treating your senses to the tranquil sea, scrumptious fresh seafood meals, and soothing nature for company. One such must-visit place is Ile aux Cerfs, which is one of the largest islands of the Mauritian territory and home to an exquisite foliage.
Ile aux Cerfs
Address: Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius
10. Shop-hopping at Central Market
Take back souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, bags, and footwear by shopping your heart out at the flea-style Central Market in Port Louis. You can also shop for local produce, fruit and meat right here. The locals are friendly. You must buy the handicraft articles which are available in huge variety.
Address: Farquhar Street, Port Louis, Mauritius
11. Take a tour of Bois Cheri Tea Plantations
Treat yourself to a wonderful experience at Bois Cheri Tea Plantations: Factory & Museum. Witness the vast tea plantations and the entire process of tea leaves being picked from the fields to being packaged up as tea bags are prepared for shipping across the world. The staff is friendly and informative. What more? You are also given a pot of hot water and spoiled for choice amongst the various tea flavors to enjoy.
Bois Cheri Tea Plantations
Address: Bois Cheri Road, Bois Cheri, Mauritius
Contact: +230 617 9109
Operational during: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
All this and a culture to die for!
With some rich experiences in terms of the natural landscape gems that we come across in Mauritius, its local culture is just like a cherry on the cake. The heartwarming locals are so welcoming that you won’t hesitate to visit the island repeatedly. So head here and soak in the sun, sea, mountains and the culture all at once!
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