Mauritius is a beautiful island nation located on the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. This nation is comprised of Rodrigues as well as Mauritius Island and various other outer islands which together form a part of Mascarene Islands. The island is known as the topmost tourist attraction in the whole of Asia. With some of the most amazing white sand beaches, mountains, blue water, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and much more, Mauritius has got a lot to offer to all the tourists. Here are the top 12 things to do in Mauritius.
Black River Gorges National Park
One of the largest attractions of Mauritius is the Black River Gorges National Park which is considered to be a perfect destination for all the hiking and trekking enthusiasts. The national park was established in the year 1994 and this place is also known for several exotic animals and birds such as pink pigeon, echo parakeet, Mauritius kestrel, etc. The best thing about this national park is that it doesn’t have an entrance fee. You can come here anytime and make the most of the bird and animal watching.
Grand Basin is located at a lake high up in the mountains around 1800 feet above the level of seeing. This place is considered as one of the major tourist spots of Mauritius and happens to be the most sacred place for Hindus on the island of Mauritius. It has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The people of the island have a belief that the island here is filled with holy water from the River Ganges of India. Thus, it also serves a major pilgrimage center.
Flic En Flac
Flic En Flac is one of the most amazing tourist attractions in Mauritius and hence you must add this destination in your bucket list. This place is located on the west coast of the island and is home to some of the most spectacular beaches which Mauritius is mostly famous for. You can find the best hotels which are within a short walking distance to the beach and offer the best amenities which are required to make it a good place.
Chamarel Waterfall is known to be the highest waterfall in Mauritius at 100 meters. This beautiful fall is a natural beauty spot on the island and serves a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful sights. Climb the stairs to the viewing platform at the top and make the most of this beautiful and breathtaking waterfall as this hits a pool 100 meters below. You can also take a combined trip to the Seven Colored Earth that is made up of sand dunes of different colors.
If you are looking forward to making the most of the thrills in Mauritius during your holiday at the island, do not miss the opportunity to try the amazing adrenaline sport and jump out of a plane. Skydive Mauritius offers you try this amazing adventure sport and make the most of the spectacular views of Mauritius from the air such as lush green forest and amazingly clean blue waters. This adventure sport at Skydive Mauritius is a must-try.
Champs De Mars
Champs De Mars is known to be a very popular attraction of the island both for the tourists as well as locals alike. This place is also known as one of the oldest horse racing tracks in the southern hemisphere.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
This botanical garden is also known as Sir Seewooosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden and it covers a total of 60 acres of land, featuring some of the most beautiful varieties of palm trees. This one is a horticulture garden that features giant lily ponds along with frogs and tadpoles, fruit bat trees with bats hanging from the branches, lakes having giant turtles and fish. There are popular figures of celebrities such as Nelson Mandela and Indira Gandhi.
La Vanille Crocodile Park
Make your trip to Mauritius an adventurous affair by visiting the amazing La Vanille Crocodile Park and spot some of the most dangerous and huge crocodiles. You can also spot other creatures such as giant turtles, giant bats, monkeys, as well as a collection of insects. Take a stroll through the jungle and observe the beautiful flora and fauna around you. You can also learn a lot about endangered species and improve your knowledge. This place is a must-visit for all animal lovers.
Ile Aux Cerfs
This one is a beautiful large island located off the east coast of Mauritius and promising some of the most beautiful and spectacular views of white sandy beaches, waters with all shades of blue, palm trees, etc. This lagoon is nothing less than a treasure island where you can relax on the beach, enjoy a BBQ and can make the most of the numerous adventure activities including parasailing for a great time. The island provides for a number of facilities to the tourists.
Casela Wildlife Park
Another famous attraction of the island among the tourists at large is the Casella Wildlife Park which is full of over 140 species of birds from all the five continents. The park also includes wildlife such as deer, tortoise, tigers, lions, monkeys, and many others. If you are a nature and wildlife lover, visit this place is a must thing to do. Another similar attraction of the island is the Yemen Reserve. Although it is not as large as the Casela Wildlife Park, you are still going to love this place.
The Blue Penny Museum
The beautiful Blue Penny Museum is located at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis and is the best place to be in for all the history lovers. This museum comprises of a number of rare stamps including the blue penny as well as penny orange stamps from the year 1847. These stamps are among the rarest stamps of the world. Furthermore, you can also visit the Stamp Museum and Mauritius Natural History Museum. This place has great historical importance.
Blue Bay Marine Park
The Blue Bay Marine Park is located on the southeastern part of the island and is considered to be one of the most amazing tourist attractions of Mauritius. This place is located near the airport and several hotels, thereby making it very accessible for all the tourists. If you are an adventure junkie, you are going to have a great time indulging yourself in some of the most amazing adventure sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, or merely sitting and enjoying the spectacular views. There are 50 different species of coral here.
Just So You Know…
- Mauritius is a volcanic island rising above the waves eight million years ago.
- Mauritius is known to be one of a small number of countries that have been named after a person. This country was named after Prince Maurits by the Dutch in honor.
- The beautiful island of Mauritius is entirely surrounded by coral reefs with a coastline of 177 kilometers.
Get Some Culture:
- Thimithi or walk on fire is observed either in December or February which is known to be a process of purification. This festival takes place for 10 days where people meditate, pray, and fast.
- The moon festival is celebrated in September. This festival is celebrated by the Chinese community of the island as a harvest festival with great enthusiasm where offerings are made to the moon goddess.
Grab A Bite:
- La Flamboyant is one of the most amazing restaurants that is mainly known for its French and Mauritian delicacies. This place serves a great ambiance to dine with the family.
- Mon Plaisir is a great restaurant of Sugar Beach Resort that has a beautiful open-air poolside theme. Enjoy brunching on the continental cuisines here. Don’t forget to taste the delicious buffet.