The old capital is the island’s most appealing town, with a bustling Monday market.
#02 Northern islands
With blinding white sands, beachside BBQs and great snorkelling, a trip to Îlot Gabriel or the lesser visited Flat Island is a must.
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Hike through Mauritius’s forested interior for birdlife, endemic ebony trees and sweeping coastal views.
#04 Grand Bassin
Travel to Grand Bassin crater lake in the interior during a colourful Hindu festival to experience Mauritius’s Indian culture.
This conservation project offers a glimpse into what Mauritius’s landscapes could have looked like in the time of the dodo and a guaranteed sighting of the pink pigeon.
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#06 Le Morne
Climb this UNESCO-listed mountain for views over the coral gardens.
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With peaceful guesthouses, tables d’hôtes and walking trails, Mauritius’s laid-back sister island is an antidote to the modern world.
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#08 The south coast
See a different side to Mauritius on the undeveloped south coast, where you’ll find tranquil fishing villages, pounding surf and deserted beaches.