What to do in Mauritius
Beaches: Mauritius has a beach for everyone, from sand rimmed lagoons with warm waters, to sparkly beaches that seem to stretch for ever. On the west coast, surfers should head to Tamarin Bay. We also love the long stretch of calm water at Flic en Flac beach for gentle swimming and snorkelling. The stroll from Belle Mare to Blue Bay offers stunning scenery along the east coast.
Watersports and other activities: Snorkel or scuba dive over breathtaking corals, go surfing at Tamarin Bay, windsurf or kitesurf in the trade winds or charter a yacht and sail into the blue. Hike through cultural landscapes, enjoy a round of golf, climb a volcano or mountain bike through the nature reserves. Consult one of our expert advisers to find out more about activities and adventures in Mauritius.
Culture: Mauritius' cultural calendar is crammed with festivals and religious celebrations and wherever you go, you'll find Buddhist temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques. The most visited temples are found at the Grand Bassin. The island is peppered with places of rich cultural value, such as the capital city of Port Louis, the towns of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe; the island of Ile Aux Cerfs; and the Tea Museum at St Aubin.
History: History buffs should make a bee-line for the capital city of Port Louis, and start with the Citadel Fort Adelaide, 18th century barracks and La Reduit colonial residence. The Naval Museum in neighbouring Mahebourg may also appeal to some, as well as the Frederik Hendrik Museum, and Vieux Grand Port (the oldest settlement in Mauritius). The World Heritage Sites of Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape are also not to be missed.
Nature: Visit the spectacular reserve of Domaine Les Pailles; see the volcanic crater lake at the Grand Bassin; walk through the rugged landscape of Le Mourne, go bird watching in Black Gorges National Park and see the coloured earths of Chamarel. Be sure not to miss the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden near Port Louis, to see a spectacular variety of tropical plant life.
Nightlife: Discos and bars are found mainly in Grand Bay, Port Louis, and in coastal beach resorts. Our favourite night spots include Le Bamboo Nightclub, Zeclaire Nightclub, the Stardance and Godz disco, and The Buddha Club in Grand Bay. If you're staying in Flic en Flac, the Arena Nightclub and the Buddha Beach Bar are the places to go.
Excursions and Attractions
Located in the southwest Indian Ocean off the coast of the African continent, the stunning island nation of Mauritius is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. This tour will take you to the paradise islet of Ile aux Cerfs, where...
Discover one of Mauritius’ best kept secrets on this fun-filled adventure in paradise. This memorable safari tour will introduce you to the natural beauty of the L'Etoile and Ferney nature reserves as you spend the day quad biking through some of...
Situated in the Indian Ocean, the beautiful volcanic island of Mauritius is blessed with beautiful beaches and shallow turquoise lagoons, making it a paradise destination for snorkelers. If you are eager to explore the underwater treasures here, why not...
Discover Mauritius´s most ancient and important activity of cultivating tea and making some of the finest in the world at the Bois Chéri tea plantation. Then imagine adding to the tour a new and completely different experience of discovery as...
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