7 things to do in Mauritius
Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean off the Southeast coast of Africa. It is undoubtedly one of the best holiday destinations and a popular honeymoon choice. Read on to find out the 7 reasons you absolutely must visit Mauritius.
1. Visit the beaches
It is true what you’ve heard about the beaches in Mauritius - they’re abundant, blue and beautiful. Just to paint a picture – you’re lying on a beach lounger, with nothing around you but stretches of brilliant white sand and palm trees swaying with the gentle breeze. You can feel the warm sunshine on your skin, you open your eyes and you see the azure sea that blends into the horizon. Just as you start to get thirsty a waiter brings a tall glass of that thirst-quenching mocktail you’ve been thinking of. We think that's enough to make you want to book those tickets now!
2. Hang out at Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant is a UNESCO site located at the southwestern tip of Mauritius. You can climb the mountain here and treat yourself to the views. If you don't fancy working up a sweat though, the beaches here are beautiful and it is the perfect place for lounging and watching the sunset.
3. Enjoy the watersports
There is no shortage of watersports in Mauritius, ranging from kitesurfing and kayaking to jet-skiing and getting in a submarine or a subscooter (we saw these submarines at Trou Aux Biches, located in the North-West). Many hotels will provide you with the equipment for watersports at no extra cost.
4. Swim with the Turtles and Dolphins
You can go swimming with the dolphins or go whale watching. There are a number of companies that will offer to take you out to sea, and are situated along the west coast of the island. They often base themselves on the beach (Flic-en-flac, Tamarin) and cost about £50 per person. You could book in advance, but it’s often not necessary.
We happened to stumble across a sea turtle while minding our own business at Trou Aux Biches!
5. Indulge in the beautiful hotels
There are so many accomodation choices available, ranging from more budget friendly options of £50/night to some of the most luxurious hotel chains costing around £300/night, depending on season. We didn’t stay in one hotel the whole time as we wanted to see more of the island. We had tried LUX* Le Morne, Dinarobin Beachcomber, Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber and Paradise Cove during our visit to Mauritius and our favourite out of these was Dinarobin Beachcomber. The rooms here were spatious, you get a semi-private pool and there’s an amazing beach bar you can relax at. Although, the best food was definitely at Paradise Cove!
You could also get a day pass to various hotels who often provide food package deals and allow you to use their beach and facilities with discounts to use in their spa. It is also surprisingly not overpriced (Angsana balaxlava Mauritius £42/person; Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa £50/person; LUX Le Morne £50/person).
Check out these hotels along the West Coast.
6. Admire the waterfalls
The Chamarel waterfall is the highest waterfall in Mauritius at about a 100 metres tall, surrounded by lush greenery. It is located in the Southern end of the island (you can stop by on your way to Le Morne). The entrance fee is approximately £5. Other waterfalls include the Tamarind falls (West), Rochester falls (South) and Alexandra falls (South).
A less well known waterfall is the Eau Bleue waterfall, about 20 minutes from the airport. You can pull up on the side of the road – it’s not signposted but is easy to find on Google maps. You have to climb down a steep slope to get to it by holding on to tree roots (which was easier than it sounds).
7. Visit the Seven Coloured Earths
The seven coloured earths is a popular attraction and gets its name (unsurprisingly) from the fact that is made up of sand dunes of 7 different colours. You can quickly stop by when you visit the Chamarel waterfalls.
Let us know below about anything else you can't miss when you're in Mauritius!