Despite its reputation — there is more to Mauritius island than the exclusive beachside hotels that have come to be the regular haunt of celebrities. Stray inland and you will discover mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls, extinct volcanic craters, tumbledown towns and villages, and hospitable locals. This island country, located in the Indian Ocean, has a lot to offer. Here is our list of the best things to do in Mauritius.
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There are many sites to see in this small capital city. Don't miss the area's Caudan Waterfront, the Blue Penny Museum or the chance to try delicious food at a local restaurant.
Most popular for swimming and snorkelling are the reef-enclosed waters between Flat Island and Gabriel Island. Visiting the beautiful beaches here is one of the best things to do in Mauritius.
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Visit nearby Chamarel where coffee is grown on the slopes. This tiny village, with its church, village hall and string of simple restaurants, attracts tour groups heading to the waterfalls.
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During the annual Maha Shivaratree festival at Grand Bassin, thousands of devotees make offerings to the goddess Shiva and pray at the waterside Hindu temples. At other times of the year, the lake is a place of quiet contemplation broken only by the sound of birdsong and cheeky chattering monkeys.
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) created the reserve to protect native flora and fauna, so a trip here will appeal to the conservation-conscious rather than those wanting a water-based fun day out. This can accommodate only 20 visitors at a time on tours, which are led by knowledgeable MWF guides.
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This peninsula is now fringed with luxury hotels and is a great place for water sports — such as kite surfing. Tours with glass bottom boats are popular here. You won't want to miss the chance to see the wild dolphins. Whether it be for beautiful beaches or for history, a visit to Le Morne Mountain is one of the best things to do in Mauritius.
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Even though the flight from Mauritius takes only 90 minutes, you can’t help feeling quarantined from the rest of the world here. Take a trip to a nature park: Francois Leguat Reserve or Grand Montagne Nature Reserve are both great options.
Whether you drive yourself or join a guided tour there are several ways of exploring the south. Curepipe in the centre of the island is a great place to stay. Or take a trip from Bel Ombre in the west where there are several luxurious hotels.
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You can wander along shaded paths, or find deserted palm tree lined pristine beaches. This is a popular place to snorkel and swim, or go parasailing. Or take a speedboat trip to Mauritius’s longest river, the boulder-strewn Grande Rivière Sud-Est, which terminates in cascading waterfalls at Beau Champ.
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Take a look from one of the outposts, and enjoy the local hiking trails nearby.
The oldest botanical garden in the area, this popular tourist attraction can be discovered by private tour or by self-guided tour.
This list could indeed go on. There are countless fantastic things to do in Mauritius. Ready to start planning your trip? Check out our Rough Guides guidebooks. Also read more about the best time to go and the best places to visit in Mauritius. For inspiration use the itineraries from our local travel experts. A bit more hands on, learn about getting there, getting around the country and where to stay once you are there.
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