The island is a real paradise for everyone, so here are 10 things to do in Mauritius. Crystal clear water, fine sandy white beaches and green trees lining the beach, that is every day in Mauritius. Mauritius is an island just off the east cost of Madagascar, blessed with lush nature and pristine water. Add these 10 items in your bucket list in Mauritius!
Visit Sandy Fine Beaches and Crystal Clear Water
The #1 thing on the list of 10 things to do in Mauritius is the beaches. I have never seen water this clear in my life. Popular beaches include Le Morne Beach (east), Grand Baie (north) and Blue Bay (west). The beaches in the west are calmer, perfect for water activities.
If you have extra time, visit one of the pristine islands with a private boat or a catamaran. Check out: Rodrigues Island, Ile aux Cerfs, Ile des Deux Cocos, Ilot Gabriel or Ile Plate.
- Ile aux Cerfs: One of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, hands down. If you are going their with your own transport and not a tour, bring some food on-board as the only food options there are fancy resorts. You can get there with boats from Trou-d’Eau Douce village. If you are thinking of splurging, check out Shangri-La’s award winning Le Touessrok.
- Pereybere/Cap Malheureux: Pereybere is located in Grand Baie region, where the beautiful beaches are. It was also voted the world’s most beautiful beach in 2010. Best for swimming, but you can also rent a glass bottom kayak/boat to visit the surrounding areas! Stay at LUX* Grand Gaube.
- Blue Bay: One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It is a great place to snorkel and rent a glass bottom boat to explore. It gets very busy on the weekends, as many locals are there to enjoy the sun and water. Visit during the day, or live near the area. Stay at Shandrani Resort & Spa.
Swim With Wild Dolphins At Le Morne
Take a tour group or rent a private boat and catch wild dolphins playing in the open sea. You can choose your trips, from 2h to a full day trip to see the bottlenose dolphin and spinner dolphins. They are playful and extremely fast.
If you are lucky and a good swimmer, you can get into the water and watch them play. The water is super clear. You can see the dolphins swimming under you even if you are 20 metres above! We saw many bottlenose dolphins doing tricks like spinning in the air while the jump out of the water and racing our boat. The dolphins usually come out to play in the early morning, so you should stay nearer to the bay to prevent time wastage. Maximise your stay in Mauritius at St Regis Mauritius Resort or LUX* Le Morne.
See Wildlife in Mauritius
Mauritius does not have the safaris like in Africa, but it is part of Africa, with a great climate for plenty of wildlife. Apart from the touristic destinations along the beaches, the center of Mauritius is filled with mountains and nature.
- Ile aux Aigrettes:a tiny island off Pointe d’Esny, you have the island with many of the world’s endangered species, rare birds and animals like the pink pigeon and Aldabra giant tortoise. The island is the national standard for protecting natural resources. Stay at Shandrani Beachcomber.
- Le Morne: swim with wild dolphins at Le Morne. See above for more information.
Scuba Dive/Snorkel/Water Activities
If you have not guessed it, one of the things to do in Mauritius is to appreciate the clear water of the Indian Ocean. When we rented a boat for a day, we swam with the dolphins and after, snorkelled in the crystal clear water. Nearer to the shore, there is a huge rock called Crystal Rock. Near the area, there is life blooming underwater. The corals, fishes and sea creatures are unlike anything you see. One thing you be aware is the fast stream of water that pushes you away. If you are not a good swimmer, speak out and get a life jacket. Stay at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa as you are just on the beach and can rent a kayak to snorkel on your own.
Visit Mauritius Finest Rum Distillery
If you don’t know, Mauritius is known for their triple distilled rum. They are one of the three distilleries in the world that does this. At Rhumerie de Chamarel, you can go on a rum distillery tour to learn how the rum is made. If you are more interested in food, you can dine in their restaurant, one of the fanciest restaurants in the area.
To make rum, you need lots of sugar. You can also see the process, beginning with extracting sugar from sugar cane that is planted locally! Stay at La Vieille Cheminee.
Explore The Seven Coloured Earth
The world famous attraction in Mauritius has to be the Seven Coloured Earth. The colours appeared due to a volcanic even, causing the soil to turn shades of blue, purple, brown, red, green, yellow and orange. It is truly a sight to witness it. The area is also fenced up, so you can see the different layers of colours in the soil. Stay at St Regis Mauritius Resort or LUX* Le Morne.
Check Out The Waterfall
- Chamarel Waterfall: When you are in the Chamarel region, you should also take time to visit the Chamarel Waterfall. Imagine a Hollywood movie scene with a scenic background of a tropical jungle and a 85 metres gorge with a plunging waterfall. It is even taller than the Statue of Liberty!
- Les Sept Cascades: translated, it means the Seven Waterfalls. You should visit it on Tamarin River. This is less touristic and more for adventurous trevellers like yourself. There are deep pools there and you can cliff jump, if you dare! Swimming in the natural pools surrounded by nature is awesome.
Catch The Sunrise In Blue Bay
Blue bay is on the south-east of the island, perfect to catch the sunrise. Imagine dipping your toes into the soft fine white sand, listening to the calmness of the blue ocean and feeling the warm morning glow of the rising sun on your chilly skin.
Blue bay is the ideal spot for sunrise. During summer, the sun rises very early, at half-past 4. After the sun has risen, you can dip yourself in the ocean or learn to windsurf, sail or stand-up paddle! The water is calm and prefect for learning. Stay at Shandrani Beachcomber.
Visit Black River Gorges
- Black River Gorges: The center of Mauritius is filled with amazing nature like mountains, waterfalls and gorges. This national park was created to protect the native forest in Mauritius, despite the demand to build new hotels and resorts. You can see a massive waterfall at the gorge and a valley of lush landscape. Get on one of the trails to explore the area, and you never know which rare animal species you might meet! Stay at Shanti Maurice Resort and Spa.
Learn About Mauritius
Lastly, learn about Mauritius. Its history, culture and food. Visit the oldest settlement where excavation is ongoing, check out the largest Monday market on the island and learn about the most important village in Mauritius!
- Dutch Ruins: Learn about the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications at Frederik Hendrik Museum. You can still check out the Fort that is preserved well on the island.
- Mahebourg: Check out the largest Monday market on the island, where locals visit. Check out Constance Prince Maurice.
- Flacq Market: Flacq is an important village in Mauritius. Visit the exotic Belle Mare beach while you are there. Stay at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. Check out the largest open air market there too, frequent by locals.