Discovering Mauritius

Every year, millions of holidaymakers come from all around the world to discover Mauritius. These tourists are seduced by the diversity of its landscapes with many exceptional spots that they can visit during their stay in Mauritius. Parks, Gardens, Museums and Reserves to Visit in Mauritius Mauritius is home to natural parks, gardens, museums and game reserves where you can take part in many activities. Here is a selection of the best tours to do on the island to learn more about the Mauritian history and culture.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden was the first tropical garden in the world created by the famous French Botanist Pierre Poivre. Today, it bears the name of a former Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is one of the sites most visited by tourists and locals in Mauritius. This large garden, located in Pamplemousses in the north of the island, has 600 species of plants that include a hundred different varieties of palms, spices, gorgeous baobabs and a fine collection of native, medicinal and aquatic plants. You will also discover the Java deer, giant tortoises of the Seychelles and exotic birds.

Casela Nature Park

Casela Nature Park is a wildlife reserve of several species located in the west of Mauritius. Explore the nature in a vehicle with a driver-guide and discover the best places for a photo safari. You'll find zebras, ostriches, camels, antelopes, deer, giraffes, rhinos, impalas and many more. The visit to the park includes walking across the aviaries, the mini-farm, a playground with a huge slide for children and a 4D cinema where you will discover the history of Mauritius.

Eureka House

Eureka House is a creole house from the colonial era built in 1830. The residence is located in Moka in the center of Mauritius and is an ideal place to discover the lifestyle of the Mauritian of the time. Eureka has been completely restructured with historical artwork and very old furniture and has a lovely garden surrounded by the waterfalls of the Moka River.

L’Aventure du Sucre

L’Aventure du Sucre is a museum located in Pamplemousses on the north coast of Mauritius. This museum is located in a former sugar factory and is a must visit for tourists and Mauritians who want to discover the history of Mauritius and the Mauritian culture through the cultivation of sugar cane. During your visit, you can taste the sugar cane, about fifteen special sugars and also rum with different flavors. It is possible to buy all these products in the shop of the Aventure du Sucre, as well as many craft products.

The Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes

Established in 1985, the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes is a botanical and zoological park located in the south of Mauritius, near Rivière-des-Anguilles village. Discover its tropical forest of palms, bananas and bamboos where you will find geckos, monkeys, deer, iguanas, mongooses, bats and giant tortoises. You will come across crocodiles and caimans ponds and visit the insectarium which has several species of butterflies and insects.

Trou aux Cerfs

Trou aux Cerfs is an ancient volcanic crater about 300 meters in diameter and 80 meters deep located in the middle of the central plateau in Mauritius. This extinct volcano is set around a small lake where grows lush vegetation with different species of tropical plants.

Nautical and Land Activities in Mauritius

Mauritius is the ideal country for tourists looking for nautical and land activities. It is therefore perfectly normal that you enjoy these sports activities during your stay in Mauritius. Beginners or experienced, you have the choice between many activities on the Mauritian coasts. Mauritius offers a wide range of land and water sports, whether for holidays with family or friends, for a romantic stay or for business trips. You will find among the activities in the numerous lagoons: paddle boating, kayaking, stand-up paddling, seakart, sailing, canoeing, surfing, kite surfing, scuba diving, big game fishing, catamaran cruises, aqua gym, windsurfing, glass bottom boat rides, water skiing, towed buoy, parasailing, but also on land: hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, golf and many others.

Surfing and kitesurfing

The ideal place to do both activities is the Morne Brabant, which is one of the best kitesurfing spots and place of international competitions, located in the south-west of the island, as well as Anse La Raie and Poste Lafayette which offer beautiful lagoons to enjoy kitesurfing safely.

Scuba diving

Mauritius offers many varied dive centers according to regions. You can discover splendid colourful coral trays, many species of tropical fish, but also wrecks, drop-offs and caves and find rays, barracudas, jacks, sharks and dolphins ... The crossing of the humpback whales is between July and October and sperm whales can be seen all year round.

Big game fishing

Every year between November and April, Mauritius attracts hundreds of sport fishing enthusiasts. Professionals like beginners have the choice between half-day and full-day to fish marlin, shark, tuna, swordfish and bonito.

Catamaran cruises

Discover l’Ile Plate, l’Ile aux Bénitiers, l’Ilot Gabriel and l’Ile aux Cerfs in a magnificent catamaran. Book the best catamaran cruises: a full day cruise or a sunset cruise and enjoy an unforgettable experience with family, lovers or among friends.

Hiking Trails

Mauritius is a good place for hikers who seek a tranquility with nature and thrilling adventures through climbing, canyoning and zip-lining. The tropical forests, waterfalls, mountains, rivers, canyons appear in the program for the most beautiful hikes in Mauritius. Discover hiking through sugar cane fields, in national parks and natural reserves or simply by bike.

Ferney Valley

Ferney Valley is a nature reserve located in the former Ferney sugar estate in the south-east of the island. This park is home to a rich and diverse fauna and flora including many endemic species some of which are rare and protected. You will find ebony trees, coffee trees, traveler's trees (ravenale), takamaka trees, pink pigeon, echo parakeet, kestrels and many more. It is a popular spot for hikers but also for trekking enthusiasts. You can also visit the Blue Bay Marine Park by boat and then relax on the beautiful Blue Bay Beach.

The Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is located in the south-west of Mauritius. It is known and appreciated for its climate, waterfalls, splendid views and hiking trails. Every year, thousands of tourists and Mauritians come to visit and discover the wild and preserved nature of this park. The Black River Gorges National Park allows hikers, nature lovers and birdwatchers to make the most of the beauty of this environment.

Golf Course in Mauritius

Golf has taken a very important place in Mauritius and offers an exciting experience in a beautiful natural setting. Every year, enthusiasts from around the world travel with family members or friends to enjoy the golf courses in Mauritius. An amazing number of golf courses are spread across the island, ranging from a 9-hole course to an 18-hole championship course. This activity, which is very popular with tourists and Mauritians, is offered by luxury hotels such as Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort and Spa Hotel, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort, Tamarina Golf & Spa Boutique Hotel, Heritage Telfair Golf Resort & Spa, Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club and One & Only Saint Géran Golf Club. Mauritians and foreign nationals can also buy a villa, a penthouse or an apartment in a luxury IRS / RES / PDS residence where they would enjoy a nearby golf course. Some of the real estate programs on golf courses include Avalon Golf Estate and Domaine de Bel Ombre Villas Valriche which are located in the south; Tamarina Golf, Spa & Beach Club located on the West Coast, Anahita Golf & Spa Resort and Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa located on the east and Mont Choisy Park in the North Region.

The Best Restaurants of the Island

Thanks to its great cultural diversity, Mauritius offers a wide selection of restaurants specializing in Chinese, Japanese, French, Indian, Italian, Creole and many more. Here are some of the best Mauritian restaurants. La Clé des Champs: The restaurant, located in Floreal, is a true balanced mixture of French and Mauritian cuisine. This restaurant offers original dishes such as sea urchin cappuccino, shrimp carpaccio with lychee, grilled tuna with foie gras and artichokes. Chez Rosy: Located in Gris-Gris, Souillac, the restaurant offers typical Mauritian dishes, rich in color and flavor. Come and enjoy its lobster with garlic butter and its octopus vindaye.

Happy Rajah: Located in the Super U complex in Grand-Bay and also in Quatre-Bornes, Happy Rajah is an authentic North Indian cuisine. This restaurant offers delicious dishes, including crispy naans (bread), various dishes in tandoori sauce, curry and classic stews delicately scented with Indian spices.

L'Escale Creole: Located in Moka, it is a typical Creole restaurant where you can enjoy a creole sausage rougail, salted fish, a delightful chicken curry or a delicious deer stew at lunch or dinner.

Luigi's Italian Pizzeria & Pasta Bar: Located on the coastal road of Grand Bay, this big restaurant is specialized in Italian cuisine and managed by Italians. It is famous for its pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven, home-made pastas and desserts, steaks, seafood and also for its selection of daily specials.

Tourist Attractions across Mauritius

Mauritius is a tropical paradise and inside this island you will discover some of the biggest tourist attractions.

Port Louis - The Capital of Mauritius

Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a city on the northwest coast. The major tourist attractions which include The Caudan Waterfront, one of the most popular tourist spots where you will find shopping centers, duty-free and craft shops, numerous restaurants, bars, movie theaters and a casino. The Port Louis Market, an iconic site on the island, offers a variety of artisan products, fruits, vegetables, spices and even medicinal plants. You will find the Place d'Armes and its guns in a very nice wide avenue in front of which are the oldest theater of the Indian Ocean and the government hotel. You will discover the China Town area, with its many Chinese cuisine restaurants, traditional pharmacies, shops and food stalls. Port Louis has three museums including the Blue Penny Museum, the Postal Museum and the Museum of Natural History.

Grand-Bay - The Seaside Resort of Mauritius

Grand Bay is a popular place for tourists and Mauritians. This village is a privileged holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, bars, restaurants, wide range of hotels, shops, supermarkets and water activities. A bowling room, located in the Super U complex, is available for those who want to have a good time with family or friends. For gaming enthusiasts, three casinos are at your disposal and those who prefer to do simpler things, can go to the cinema which is at La Croisette at 300 meters from Grand Bay center. Concerts, official events and shows are also organized for festivities. Also discover the Mauritian nightlife in Grand Bay while enjoying its nightclubs and its many bars and pubs.