Which Mauritius attractions to choose? Cultural sightseeing, sea excursions, extreme adventures, nature, self-guided tours … So many to do and see! When I put myself in your shoes I feel overwhelmed.
Many tourists make the mistake of booking attractions that don't need to be booked in advance. You'll find the list below.
Let's have a look at my tips for the do’s and don’ts during your vacation.
Lying on the beach is also an attraction...
Make a list of the attractions you like. Where are they located? Although Mauritius is a small island it could take an hour and a half to travel from one coast to the other. Plus not all areas are suitable for deep sea fishing, diving or kite surfing.
Mornings are best before the weather gets too hot. Some afternoon or full day excursions end late. If you are staying far away you’ll have to travel in the dark. Our roads are not well lit. Unless of course you hire a taxi for the day.
Book attractions where space is at a premium. Sky diving and sea excursions fall into that category. Catamaran cruises are very popular and you should book these cruises as soon as possible.
Museums, nature reserves, tea estates and plantation homes don’t require booking. Simply pay the entrance fee on arrival when applicable.
You don't need to book a glass bottom boat. Many of these boats ply the lagoon off popular beaches.
I have compiled 5 self-guided tours for you. These tailor made activities are at the end of the list. Have a look for some ideas. They include key landmarks and where to explore local things at your leisure.
More cultural attractions:
More natural attractions:
North / North West
Sailing - deep sea fishing - diving - kite surfing - Port Louis (museums, historical sites, market) - Botanical Gardens - aquarium - l’Aventure du Sucre (sugar museum) - Chateau Labourdonnais (rhum museum, orchards) - Hindu temples.
Sea kayaking - sea plane tours - sky diving - stand up paddle - kite surfing.
Ile aux Cerfs - sailing - diving – deep sea fishing.
Sailing - diving - La Vallee de Ferney nature park - Mahebourg (museum) - Blue Bay marine park - ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve.
La Vanille nature park - Bois Cheri tea plantation and museum - shell museum - kite surfing - Chamarel coloured earth - Grand Bassin holy lake.
West / South West
Sailing - diving - deep sea fishing - kite surfing - Casela nature park - Black River Gorge - hiking -quad biking - sea kayaking - stand up paddle - dolphins.
Whether you are a sport enthusiast or prefer a gentle attraction like riding a giant tortoise or lying on the beach … Mauritius has it all.
Have a great time. I would love your comments and some pics.
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