Interesting Places to see around Mauritius
Calling Mauritius an island paradise is an understatement; with white sandy beaches, lush green foliage, turquoise blue waters, lavish resorts, Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination. Being a volcanically erupted island, it’s completely surrounded by vast and colourful coral reefs making it an ideal place for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, is one of the most popular destinations to visit in the country. It is a melting pot of glitz and glamour harmonising beautifully with traditions and customs from its 300-year-old past. Port Louis is fascinating in terms of its mix in culture, tradition and history.
A small town with a public beach situated on the North-Western coast of Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is a much-loved tourist destination. Literally translating to ‘Deer’s Watching Hole’, Trou aux Biches, with its beachside hotels and classy restaurants bars is the most frequented tourist towns in Mauritius. It is also home to one of Mauritius’s best beaches with the same name, which is also internationally acclaimed having won the World’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards of 2011.
Mauritius is home to a vast number of beaches scattered across the entirety of its perimeters and with such a vast array of beaches to choose from, picking the perfect beach that you want to spend a relaxing day at often becomes a hard chore. Ranging from powder soft white sand beaches fringed with rows of palm trees to coarse black sand beaches bordered by rocky cliffs and boulders, the vast variety of beaches in Mauritius is stunning. Out of all these beaches, one of the most well-renowned beaches on the eastern side of the island is the Belle Mare Plage beach.
Situated in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is home to a variety of marine species and coral reefs and underwater caves. Scuba diving in Mauritius provides a gorgeous view of shallow ocean waters. The world’s coral reefs have been affected by bleaching and increasing temperatures, but the reefs of Mauritius stand out as an exception. Completely encircled by barrier coral reef, the island’s waters are home to a variety of beautiful and rare creatures, providing a magnificent show for the divers. Mauritius is ranked as one of the best destinations to make scuba diving an enjoyable experience. There are over 100 dive spots to explore in Mauritius.
While Mauritius is mostly globally renowned for its jaw-dropping beaches, the island is home to a vast variety of other geographical phenomena that you will not find anywhere else across the world. One such extremely curious natural phenomenon is the Seven-Coloured Earth or the Terres de 7 Couleurs.
Ile aux Cerfs Island, also known as “Deer Island”, is a private island located near the east coast of Mauritius. There aren’t any deer left here, but it remains a hugely popular tourist spot for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and wide variety of activities and facilities. With homestays and hotels available on the island, Ile aux Cerfs is ideal for both day trips and multiple-day stays.
Mauritius, Africa’s one of the best tourist destinations, is also the best destination for snorkelling. To the east and south-west of the island, the lagoon, with a surface area of 300 square km, is at its most extensive. Besides, Mauritius also has around 430 different species of underwater creatures. The quality of the seabed and corals varies sharply. Though you can take to the water all through the year in Mauritius, the weather conditions vary extensively. Mauritius has a real tropical climate. The water temperature is on average in summer (28° Celsius) and 21°C in the winter season. The water temperature is ideal for snorkelling throughout the year.
Here is a list of 10 best sites for Snorkelling in Mauritius:
- Blue Bay Marine Park
- Flic en Flac
- Pereybere Beach, Grand Baie
- Pointe aux Piments
- Mahebourg Bay
- Trou Aux Biches
- Ile aux Cerfs
- Tamarin Bay
- Coin de Mire
- Benitiers Island
With the calm surface water over these lagoons and the routine inflow of tradewinds throughout the year, windsurfing has rightfully established itself as one of the most popular water sports of Mauritius. From one of the most dangerous critically acclaimed windsurfing spots where experts go to showcase their brilliance and talent, to the calmest waters that are safe for youngsters; Mauritius has gained popularity for water sports over the years.
Being the only and largest in the island nation of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park is the sanctuary for the diversified wildlife and tropical rainforests. It is the central attraction of the tourists with an unparalleled love for nature and those who have a zeal for adventure treks. Prior to 1994, it was nothing more than hunting grounds. Later, it was officially declared by the President of the Republic of Mauritius as a National Park and has been available for public exploration ever since.
Known for its hilly terrain from a volcanic origin, Mauritius is widely popular among tourists for the different hiking possibilities all over the island. Hiking and Trekking in Mauritius with a combination of challenging trails through rough terrains is just tough to resist for any adventure lover. The vibrant island nation has some breathtaking locations to explore and embrace nature up-close.
Here are 7 Hiking Trails in Mauritius
- Black River Gorges National Park
- Corps De Garde
- Tamarin Falls
- Le Morne Brabant
- Signal Mountain
- Le Pouce Mountain
- Lion Mountain
Kitesurfing in Mauritius has gained quite some popularity in recent years. This water sport is a perfect combination of all the other extreme water sports like surfing, paragliding, snowboarding and skateboarding. As complicated and challenging as it may sound, it is not that hard to learn once you know the basics of the sport. Mauritius has quite a few kitesurfing schools as well, so read on to know all about Kitesurfing in Mauritius.
Popularly famous by the name of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Port Louis, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (SSR Botanical Garden) is the largest Botanical Garden in Mauritius. Featuring an extravagant variety exotic and rare species of plants along with some endemic animals on the verge of getting endangered, this massive garden covers the ground of over a whopping 37 hectares!
Located in Mahebourg, Mahebourg Waterfront is one of the iconic attractions in Mauritius. The village is an effortless blend of Creole and colonial architecture that has a history dating back to the centuries. The new waterfront complex is ideal for relaxation or enjoying a casual walk by the azure water. Explore the naval museum that sheds light into the epic battle fought in this region. A memorial stands tall at the waterfront. It is known as Bataille de la Passe and pays homage to the fighters who lost their lives in the battle. Another highlight is the boardwalk that starts at Mahebourg Social Welfare and continues to the bus station at the westernmost point.
Blue Penny Museum is a famous stamp museum located at the capital of Mauritius in Port Louis. Ever since its inauguration in 2011, the Blue Penny Museum has continue to take visitors on enthralling journeys of the rich culture and history of the island. The Museum is named after the famous 1847 2-pence Blue Penny Stamp, which had been engraved for Mauritian post offices by Joseph Osmond, back in the 1800s.
Catamaran Cruises are the most popular in Luxury Honeymoon destinations and Mauritius is one among them. Exploring the island nation by sailing onboard could be a different experience altogether. There are several day cruises and dinner cruises that sail across various destinations and coasts. The four major destinations covered by a Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius are – West coast, Gabriel Island, Ile Aux Cerfs and Flat Island.
During the 18th century, Mauritius’ period of colonisation, a number of lighthouses were built for helping ships to navigate the sea. This resulted in the boom in trading in the island as it increased the rate of import and export. Mauritius was considered to be a crucial trading location due to its strategic placement on the map and hence it attracted many European states during the time of colonial expansion. Since ships were the only source of overseas trading, lighthouses played a major role in the process.
2) North Tour : Citadel Fort, Adamas Duty Free Shop, Ganga Talav
3) Ile Aux Cerf’s island with speed boat transfer
1) South Tour : Ship Model Factory, Valley of colous with its numerous waterfalls & 23 Coloured earth, Volcanic Crater, Trou-Aux-Cerfs
2) Noth Tour : Citadel Fort, Adamas Duty Free Shop, Ganga Talav
3) Full day Ile Aux Cerf’s tour island with speed boat transfer.
4)Experience adventure of Quad Wheel Biking for hour
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