Mauritius has earned the reputation of a top holiday destination, but only few of the island visitors know that Mauritius is one of the leading destinations in the world while referring to the large variety of the activities it offers in comparison to its size.
When visiting Mauritius you are sure to benefit from an amazing selection of almost 200 activities, attractions and places of interested all waiting to discovered.
From more traditional museums, parks and reserves, to extreme activities, sea cruises, island trips and many more, you will find it all!
- Black River Gorges National Park – This national park stretches over 6574 hectares of land and you can hike its trails to view the native forests and wildlife. The thick forest is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and if you’re lucky, you may see the famous pink pigeon, a bird endemic to Mauritius which almost became extinct.There are a number of long hiking trails which take several hours to walk, so it’s best to go prepared with adequate shoes, maps, water and gear. For visitors who love the great outdoors, this is the ideal opportunity to see panoramic views of the island’s landscape, including vistas, gorges, peaks and waterfalls.
- Grand Bassin – Grand Bassin is a lake high up in the mountains about 1800 feet above sea level. It is the most sacred Hindu place on the island of Mauritius and there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here. The people of the island believe it is filled with holy waters from the River Ganges in India, and people make pilgrimages from their homes to the lake on foot on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. There is also a 108 foot statue of Shiva which was created in 2007.
- Chamarel Waterfall – Chamarel is the highest waterfall in Mauritius at 100 metres. This natural beauty spot is the perfect photo opportunity and certainly an impressive sight. Climb the stairs to the viewing platform at the top and take a look at the breathtaking waterfall as it hits the pool 100 metres below.
- Try street food – Mauritian Street Food is amongst the best in the world – ! A unique mix of Creole, African, Indian, and Chinese influences, the dishes offer bursts of intricate flavours. Spices, colours, and flavours come together to form a cuisine. Where else would you find a French bouillon laced with Indian spices?
- Pamplemousses Botanical Garden – This botanical garden, also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden, covers 60 acres of land and features a number of varieties of palm trees. The horticultural garden also features giant lily ponds with tadpoles and frogs, fruit bat trees with bats hanging from the branches, lakes with giant turtles and fish, plus trees planted by famous figures including Nelson Mandela and Indira Ghandi.
- Try water sports – The expansive coast-line of the island means Mauritius offers a variety of water sports and activities including snorkelling, deep-sea diving, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, and scuba diving. But it also offers visitors a chance to experience some rather unique experiences – an Undersea Walk. Here one is suspended metres below the sea with a giant visor to provide a continuous supply of oxygen. It’s scary at first but soon you start walking around on the ocean bed, making friends with colourful fish and miscellaneous sea creatures.
- Port Louis Central Market – Epitomising the Victorian legacy of the British rule, the Central Market is a cardinal economic cluster in the heart of the capital city. Failing to stand the test of time, it went through a complete refurbishment in 2004. An eye-gasm guaranteed (not so much for the ears), with the fresh local produce, as well as the smell of traditional herbs, possessing medicinal proprieties. Climb up the stairs and you will discover unique local handicrafts. Make sure to heighten your bargaining skills before buying!
- Walk with lions – Mauritius is one of the unique places in the world where walking into the wild with lions or tigers is possible. A 45-minute stroll with these feline on the arid flanks of the Rempart Mountain will undoubtedly make for lifetime’s worth of memories.