A jewel of an island nestled in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is the place to go for stunning beaches, hikes and resplendent natural wonders. Discover with this Mauritius travel guide.
Welcome to Mauritius, where cerulean waters kiss white-sand beaches, and lush landscapes give way to cascading waterfalls. It might sound like a daydream, but it’s reality – and boy is it magnificent.
Some people dismiss Mauritius as simply a high-end beach destination… their mistake. There are so many terrific things to do in Mauritius, from deep-sea fishing to hiking up majestic peaks in Le Morne that, if you wanted to, you could pack every day of your trip with adventures and still not scratch the surface.
Trust me, I’ve been here multiple times, so I’ve got the inside scoop on how to get to Mauritius, where to stay, what to do and some extremely useful travel tips to make your trip that bit easier. Let’s get into it.
Mauritius Visitor Guide: What to Do During Your Mauritius Trip
Top Things to Do
Be Impressed by the Chamarel Waterfalls
Standing over 272 feet tall, the Chamarel Waterfall is a breathtaking sight to see. You’ll need to do a short hike to get to the viewpoint – it’s worth it. A brilliant way to see the falls and nearby popular sights is on this wild southwest full-day tour.
Spread over 87 hectares of Mauritius’ eastern coast is the idyllic island of Ile aux Cerfs. This is the perfect spot to get a summer tan, go snorkelling, or just enjoy a swim.
Renowned for its popular catamaran day trips, it’s easily one of the best spots in Mauritius for a sunny day out.
Go Dolphin Spotting
Mauritius is famous for its marine life – as it has over 430 species in its nearby waters. This makes it a popular place for spotting dolphins (and maybe even swimming with them). If this sounds exciting, consider having a swim and snorkel with dolphins from Tamarin.
Do Some Market Shopping in Port Louis
As Mauritius’ capital city, Port Louis is a bustling and energetic place to be. This is most apparent at the Port Louis Central Market, where you’ll find hundreds of stores.
Grab some street food or find the perfect memento to remember your trip.
See the Seven-Coloured Earth
Southwestern Mauritius has an incredible geological formation called the Seven-Coloured Earth.
They’re stunning dunes composed of seven different colours – red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. See the seven sands with this entrance ticket, including admission to the nearby tortoise park and Chamarel Waterfall.
Climb Up Le Morne Brabant Mountain
Le Morne Brabant is one of Mauritius’ most popular attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A guided hike up the mountain is a great way to experience the depths of the island’s beauty – as it takes two to three hours and has an elevation gain of 1747 feet.
Visit the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Another terrific thing to do in Mauritius is visit the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in Port Louis. It has over 650 plant species, a giant water lily pond, and over 85 palm tree types.
Check Out the La Vanille Nature Park
Interested in the endemic flora and fauna of Mauritius? Pay a visit to the La Vanille Nature Park to see Aldabra giant tortoises, Nile crocodiles, iguanas, caimans, and Mauritian bats.
That’s not all; it also has an insectarium, an aquarium and a fossil museum too!
Suggested Mauritius Itineraries
This paradise destination offers a blend of relaxation and adventure — and the below handpicked itinerary suggestions show you just how to enjoy it all.
Ultimate Mauritius Island Vacation
Mahébourg – Le Morne – Flic en Flac – Port Louis – Balaclava – Ile aux Cerfs – Belle Mare – Grand Baie
Explore the best of Mauritius as you visit stunning beaches, bustling cities, and exquisite views.
Port Louis – Le Morne – Tamarin – Cap Malheureux – Ile d’Ambre – Grande Riviere Sud Est – Ile aux Aigrettes – Mahébourg
This is the perfect itinerary for outdoor enthusiasts and hikers.
Romantic Honeymoon Mauritius Trip
Le Morne – Flic en Flac – Grand Baie – Belle Mare – Ile aux Cerfs – Port Louis
Visit some of Mauritius’ best honeymoon destinations on this week-long rendezvous.
The Perfect Mauritius Holiday for Beach Lovers
Flic en Flac – Tamarin – Le Morne – Bel Ombre – Blue Bay – Belle Mare – Grand Baie
Pack your sunscreen and swimsuit for this ideal beach lovers’ Mauritius itinerary.