Mauritius is a beautiful little island that is part of the Mascarenes. It’s called the ‘gem of the Indian Ocean’ for good reason: it’s stunning.
The fact that it’s typically temperate year-round and that it offers activities for all interests means it’s a great place to have a holiday.
General Activities in Mauritius
Of course there’s the obvious sunbathing on spotless beaches, swimming in the bay or golfing on an expansive course. Combine that with access to professional massages and island tranquility and you have a recipe for relaxation.
- Try the delicious food.
The cultural mix of Mauritius has created international sweet and savory delights. You can try fresh seafood curries, ‘dholl pori’ (a local specialty flat bread of yellow peas and sauces) or enjoy the delights of the sweet ‘gateau patat douce’ (fried sweet potato dough with coconut filling).
- Shop in Port Louis.
The market in Port Louis offers everything from exotic fresh produce and seafood to Mauritian cultural souvenirs. It’s lively, bustling with activity and is a way to meet and mingle with the friendly locals.
- Take a Walk Through the Pamplemousses Garden.
Mauritius boasts of some unique flora and fauna which can only be seen there. Bird watchers and rare flower enthusiasts will be overjoyed. Even if you’re not an expert, the lush beauty of the garden will captivate you.
Adventure Activities in Mauritius
Adventure is a large part of the Mauritius experience, and the options are diverse depending on whether you prefer exploring the sea or the tropics.
- Go diving.
It’s one of the most popular sports to do on the island because of the stunning marine life it boasts. You don’t have to be an expert diver, there are courses available for all levels.*
*For experienced divers, there are ‘diving safaris’ available which take you to nearby diving spots that are one-of-a-kind.
- Give other adventure activities a try.
Diving isn’t the only fun available in Mauritius. Other possibilities include:
- Underwater walks
- Hunting trips (depending on the season)
- Cave diving
- Quad biking
Sites to See in Mauritius
The best places to visit in Mauritius are the most unforgettable, so we’ve listed a few favorites here:
- Visit an Animal Park.
Casela Nature & Leisure Park where you get to walk alongside lions and cheetahs or La Vanille Park to see crocs, turtles and monkeys.
- Discover the Natural Beauty of Mauritius.
In the southwest of Mauritius is a UNESCO site Le Morne Brabant Mountain, which isn’t just gorgeous but it’s got strong Mauritian heritage.
Another great place to go where you get a full view of Mauritius is from Trou aux Cerfs in Curepipe.
- Get spiritual.
Mauritius has a large shrine to Shiva, along with mosques and churches that are all uniquely interesting, no matter your beliefs.*
*Don’t forget to respect each sacred site with their requirements
- Visit the Museums.
The Mauritian national bird is the Dodo, so of course there’s a Dodo history in the Natural HistoryMuseum. A quirky museum that many visitors also enjoy is the Blue Penny Museum.
That’s our list of top 10 things to do and see in Mauritius. What do you think of our list? Have you got any of your own favorites to add from your holidays? Let us know below!