Things to do and places to visit in Mauritius (Ile Maurice)

Undoubtedly the very first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about Mauritius is the BEACH. Born and raised here, I can assure you that there are ample things to do and places to visit over here. Azul picture-perfect lagoons, rich wildlife, luxury resorts, lush gardens, impressive views and fancy restaurants, you will always have a number of reasons to come back. I hope this article inspires you to visit Ile Maurice.

Food
A haven for food lovers with the exquisite blend of different cuisines. From street food to posh restaurants, Mauritian food might just leave you wanting for more. Forget dieting, try to eat as much as you can while you are here.
Don’t miss my post on food to try in Mauritius

Beaches!
Of course a day at the playa sounds just perfect. Try some sea activities such as snorkeling, kite surfing, parasailing and kayak.

You can also take a boat trip to Ile aux Cerf’s, a little island and peaceful hideaway on the East Coast of Mauritius which has one of the clearest water and best beaches. Catamaran cruises often organise BBQ lunch and sega dancing.

Admittedly we have amazing luxury hotels here on all-inclusive basis at affordable rates. Check in to one of them for at least a night. Indulge in spa sessions and sea activities provided by the hotels (some at extra charges). Well, I go there mostly for the food :p

Visit Trou-aux-cerfs in Curepipe
Curepipe has a number of haut de gamme/tourist shops and good restaurants. A stop to Trou aux Cerfs is a must where you can enjoy magnificent views of the island and see the dormant volcano.

Port Louis

If you can stand a little bit of heat, then head to the vibrant capital – Port Louis
Have dalpuri  & Alouda, wander around in Caudan waterfront, do some shopping and call it a day with some good cocktails at Le Suffren Restaurant. Port Louis is really crowded during weekdays so brace yourself for that. You can also visit Champ de Mars – attend the horse races on Saturdays or drop by some of the historical sites and museums.

Watch and swim with dolphins (A dream for many people)
Did you know that this comes in Robin Sharma’s  video  5 things to do before you die.
Why not give it a try?

Stroll the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is home to many endemic species. It is famous for the giant water lilies, tortoises, various varieties of palm trees, medicinal plants etc.. There is a small entrance fee for tourists.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Visit Grand bassin
This is a Mauritian version of the River Ganges in India. People believe that the water is sacred and thousands of devotees  walk long distances from their homes till there for Shivratri. There is a huge Shiva statue and a number of temples. There are many monkeys in the area, let them entertain you (don’t forget the camera).

Experience the bustling night-life of Grand Bay.
This is a village that doesn’t sleep. There’s the beach, bars & night clubs (e.g. OMG, Banana club, Les Enfants Terribles etc), restaurants, shisha bars, shopping malls, bowling and sea activities. This is a popular tourist destination.
I ate at La Botteghita cafe last time, a small but chic restaurant by the beach, which I totally recommend for their pizzas.

Go Hiking and Trekking
This is a must do! The views are phenomenal from the top (I haven’t personally gone hiking yet although this is on my to-do list for a while but I’ve seen amazing pictures from my friends’ Instagram

Petrin short trek

Try Golfing
Mauritius has become a famous golfing destination now with perfect golf courses amidst nature and lovely weather throughout the year. Many resorts offer complimentary green fees to visitors.

Visit Casela Nature Park
”Nestled in the lovely district of Black River, Casela Nature Park is a leading attraction of the island. Home to a number of species, plants, you also enjoy stupendous views of the island plus enjoy a number of fun activities, which is a great day out alternative pleasant for both children and adults…”
You can read my full post on Casela World of Adventures.

This is just a little list of things to do in Mauritius. I promise that the island has a lot more to offer 🙂 Keep visiting for more about ile Maurice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, thank you for dropping by.

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