"The beautiful beaches and colourful coral reefs hiding beneath the surface of the crystal clear Indian Ocean are the most famous attributes of this volcanic island nation..."
Set in the Indian Ocean, the idyllic island of Mauritius is the perfect place for a getaway, with its warm, blue waters and golden sands easing you into its tranquil atmosphere.
Of course, the near-perfect climate makes the beach a popular place to go during all Mauritius holidays. The coast here is simply mesmerising, boasting soft sands and calm waters that ensure 100% relaxation. For all its sunbathing opportunities, however, Mauritius doesn’t scrimp on astounding activities that’ll have you creating memories to last a lifetime. From deep sea fishing and dolphin watching to enjoying a Blue Safari Submarine ride to witness the majesty of the island’s marine life, holidays to Mauritius provide endless fun.
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Things to do in Mauritius
Top Mauritius Attractions
Referred to as the gem of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is acclaimed for its soft, white sandy beaches. This dazzling island lies just off the coast of South Africa and is well known for its biodiversity and multiculturalism. Once home to the now extinct dodo bird, the natural attractions and places of natural beauty rank as some of the most exciting things to do in Mauritius. The stunning seven-coloured earth, a natural phenomenon that causes the soil to turn seven different colours, has also made Mauritius famous in its own right.
Wine and Dine
Local cuisine boasts influences from India, China and France so be prepared to set your taste buds free when dining out in Mauritius. Using locally produced exotic fruits and splashes of vanilla in their food, expect the unexpected. Give some Mauritius fusion food a try or take advantage of being in pescatarian heaven and delight in fish straight from the ocean. If you're looking to eat like the locals do, then head over to Rose-Hill and grab yourself a dholl puri or two from a street vendor. When the evening stars call, head over to Port Luis or Grand Bale for silver service and gourmet paradise.
Action and Adventure
From waterfalls to water sports, helicopters to hiking, you'll find an abundance of things to do in Mauritius. Start your adventure at the Blue Bay Marine Park in Mahebourg and spend hours exploring some of the ocean's finest species. For adventures on land, try the Crocodile and Giant Tortoise Park and admire some of the biggest tortoises in the world. Mauritius Safari and Bird Park, located close to the Rempart Mountain, boasts magnificent views and exhilarating wildlife. Walk with the lions and cheetahs, glide along a zip line or make your own way round the park on a Segway, the choice really is yours.
Splash around all day in sparkling waters or delve deep into the forest for some frenzied fun, either way you're sure to have the most memorable holiday in Mauritius. Combine your day trips to make the most of your time and explore the islands overwhelming natural environment. On the west coast of the island lies the Yemen Natural Reserve Park, where you will simply lose track of time. Hiking through the forest you will make your way through dense vegetation to meet wild boars, macaque monkeys and fruit bats.
If all the adventure wears you out, then simply hop on a boat and go whale watching or swim with the dolphins. Other top Mauritius attractions for families also include travelling by style in a submarine or even on an uber-cool underwater scooter. It’s an experience that's sure to blow you all away and never to be forgotten.
As a culturally diverse island, Mauritius is home to many distinctive art galleries. Xavier Le Juge was one of the most famous artists on the island and much of his work is displayed across many of the islands galleries today, including Gallerie Didus in Port Luis and Vaco Art Gallery, Grand Bay. When in the vicinity of Port Luis it's worth stopping by from the Mauritius Photography Museum, which displays a number of vintage cameras and projectors, as well as impressive photographs of the island over years gone by. Delve deep into the rich heritage of the Indian population of Mauritius at the Indian Immigration Museum in Moks for an eye-opening experience. The one Mauritius attraction that would be a sin not to explore is The Natural History Museum; the oldest and most renowned museum on the island, it notably pays homage to the dodo bird.
Recharge and Relax
No surroundings could ever compare to the tranquil beaches of Mauritius. While there are plenty of things to do in Mauritius for the active, there are equally as many choices for those seeking the ultimate relaxation getaway. Take a trip Ile Aux Cerfs Beach, just off the east shore and float your troubles away in the cool, calming waters. Of course, no tropical island would be complete without a spa or two and Mauritius is no exception. Take your pick from some of the world’s finest spa resorts and treat yourself to a tempestuous full body massage, facial or luxurious treatment, while unwinding to the sound of the soft waves crash around you. A trip to a secluded beach on horseback is also a fail-safe way of bringing a new found serenity to your day. Canter along the smooth, silky sand and bask in the sheer beauty of your exotic surroundings.
From 3-star simplicity to 5-star luxury, holidays in Mauritius are all about picking the dream hotel that fits you and your needs. From elegant rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean to spas, golf courses and plunge pools, there’s a whole host of hotels for you to choose from.
If you want the best of both worlds, head to the capital Port Louis, boasting a little more hustle and bustle, while still affording great vistas across the sparkling waters. If cool, calm and collected is more your style, Poste Lafayette has you written all over it. Serene and undisturbed, this is the place to be if you want to leave all your everyday stresses behind.
Relax and Explore
Mauritius holidays provide endless attractions for those who love inescapably breath-taking views, the softest of white sands and the bluest of incandescent waters. Perfect for couples looking for something extra special or families who are looking to please mum and dad, as well as the little ones, this island has a whole lot of love to give. Regarded as one of the Indian Ocean’s top culinary destinations, holidays to Mauritius offer a plethora of restaurants serving all your favourite local and international dishes. Boasting the odd celebrity chef and even a few Michelin stars, you’ve got the pick of intricate fine-dining to grab-and-go grub on the beach. Follow up a rather mouth-watering meal with a boogie and a drink at one of the island’s most loved hotspots – Grand Baie in particular is the island’s go to area for evening entertainment, boasting mega clubs, international DJs and full moon parties. When you decide to pull yourself from the island’s breathtaking shores, make the most of the range of exciting attractions and activities on offer. Flic en Flac to the east is home to the island's largest open-air market, providing the perfect opportunity to hone your haggling skills. Alternatively, simply settle yourself down on the beach and maybe dabble in one of the many water-sports on offer. From scuba diving, water-skiing, parasailing and swimming, the Indian Ocean is a water sport lovers’ paradise.