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Grand Bay - A shopping and leisure paradise. Grand Bay is famous for fun-filled night out at restaurants, bars and discos. La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.

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Pereybere Public Beach - One of the best beach for swimming. It is also popular for its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs.

 

Balaclava Ruins - Here the ruins of the old Balaclava estate can be found. Visitors can see the sea walls, whose initial foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais. The location of the ruins now form part of Maritim Hotel.

 

The Triolet Shivala - It is the longest village on the island and offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.

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The Labourdonnais Orchards - Famous for a large variety of tropical fruit trees, and colourful and perfumed exotic flowers. Trips on mountain bikes or hiking are possible.

 

The Caudan Waterfront - Here you will find a great collection of local souvenir shops and other foreign brand materials such as clothes and spirits. In addition to the harbor of Mauritius, you will also find a movie theater, game arcades, and local restaurants.

 

The Bazaar of Port-Louis - Translated as "The Market of Port Louis", here you will find a variety of local snacks and tropical fruits, the cheapest food you will find in the capital city. A number of shops sell well made traditional crafted objects such as the "goni" basket. 

 

The SSR Botanical Garden - This is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere and contains some flora unique to Mauritius and covers an area of around 37 hectares. It also has several animals, being especially famous for its fish, deer and tortoises, as well as an old replica of a sugar mill is also there.

 

Aquarium - Situated near Pointe Aux Piments, this aquarium contains a wide variety of fishes and crabs. You can also see some sharks and turtles in a big tank placed in the aquarium. Stone fish and muray fish can also be seen in the aquarium.

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Flacq Market - This extremely colourful market situated in Flacq village is the country’s largest open air market which attracts a large number of people.

 

The Waterpark Leisure Village - Enjoy water sliding on the giant chutes with your family or friends here. Relaxation and pleasure is guaranteed.

 

Ile aux Cerfs - This island is a paradise for water sports and has one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. One cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean and is a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape. The island also has a 5-star hotel and a golf course. The eastern part of the island is known for its long sand bank beaches and famous hotels such as "The Coco Beach Hotel" and the 5-star "Le Touessrok".

 

Dutch Ruins - The ruins of the first Dutch fortifications can be found here.

 

Ile aux Aigrettes - As a result of the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen there. You can also see the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.

 

Mahebourg is one of the main fishing villages on the island. The Monday markets are among the biggest and best on the island and are held right next to the main bus station.

 

Blue Bay -To enjoy the most amazing white sand beaches and bluest water visit Blue Bay. Take the trip across the island from Port Louis and see what this quiet place has to offer. Glass bottom boats are an excellent outing. The snorkeling trips by boat to this area are well worth trying.

 

Rochester Falls - It is famous among youngsters who often perform dives into the water below.

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Tamarin Beach - Expert surfers can enjoy best waves here in tamarin beach, which offers white sands and crystal clear waters with the best waves on the island. There is also a dolphin pod.

 

Flic en Flac - A very long white sandy beach stretching down the west coast to Tamarin which is enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Scuba Diving is a major attraction here with excellent diving just a few minutes from the beach.

 

Martello Towers - Represents the ancient rivalry between old colonial powers and the ingenuity of mankind. They are a milestone in the island’s history; they symbolise the end of slavery and the beginning of Indian immigration.

 

Chamarel - An undulating landscape of different and contrasting shades of colours. The different shades of blue, green, red and yellow are apparently the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash. The neighbouring waterfalls of Chamarel rise from the moors and the native plant life. The site possesses a rare beauty.

 

Casela - The Casela Nature & Leisure Park stretches over 25 hectares. It contains more than 140 bird species from five continents and is home to many other animals like giant tortoises, zebras, a tiger and ostriches. Activities like walking with lions, Rando Fun (ziplines & hanging bridges), quad, buggy & Segway, a petting farm and many more promise a fun day for the whole family.

 

Black River Gorges - This national park of 6,574 hectares (16,244 acres) was created in 1994 for the protection of Mauritius’ remaining native forests. Visitors can enjoy magnificent landscapes, with endemic plants and rare bird species. A trail leads from the Pétrin information centre to an area of typical plant life and to a conservation area.

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Eureka - An old Creole residence built in 1830, Eureka is an essential place to visit during your stay in Mauritius, if you wish to immerse yourself in tropical sweetness. 

Ganga Talao - Grand Bassin - Beyond La Marie and Mare-aux-Vacoas is found one of the two natural lakes of Mauritius. It rests within the crater of an extinct volcano. Ganga Talao is an important pilgrimage site and many Mauritians of the Hindu faith walk there during the Maha Shivaratri festival or the night fasting dedicated to Shiva. Gigantic eels live in the lake and are fed by the pilgrims. A walk to the top of the mount beside the lake is recommended for beautiful views over the area known as "Plaine Champagne".

 

The Chateau de Labourdonnais - It is a museum, a garden, a distillery, and a restaurant all rolled into one.

 

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Grand Bay - A shopping and leisure paradise. Grand Bay is famous for fun-filled night out at restaurants, bars and discos. La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.

Pereybere Public Beach - One of the best beach for swimming. It is also popular for its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs.

Balaclava Ruins - Here the ruins of the old Balaclava estate can be found. Visitors can see the sea walls, whose initial foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais. The location of the ruins now form part of Maritim Hotel.

The Triolet Shivala - It is the longest village on the island and offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.

The Labourdonnais Orchards - Famous for a large variety of tropical fruit trees, and colourful and perfumed exotic flowers. Trips on mountain bikes or hiking are possible.

The Caudan Waterfront - Here you will find a great collection of local souvenir shops and other foreign brand materials such as clothes and spirits. In addition to the harbor of Mauritius, you will also find a movie theater, game arcades, and local restaurants.

The Bazaar of Port-Louis - Translated as "The Market of Port Louis", here you will find a variety of local snacks and tropical fruits, the cheapest food you will find in the capital city. A number of shops sell well made traditional crafted objects such as the "goni" basket. 

The SSR Botanical Garden - This is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere and contains some flora unique to Mauritius and covers an area of around 37 hectares. It also has several animals, being especially famous for its fish, deer and tortoises, as well as an old replica of a sugar mill is also there.

Aquarium - Situated near Pointe Aux Piments, this aquarium contains a wide variety of fishes and crabs. You can also see some sharks and turtles in a big tank placed in the aquarium. Stone fish and muray fish can also be seen in the aquarium.

Flacq Market - This extremely colourful market situated in Flacq village is the country’s largest open air market which attracts a large number of people.

The Waterpark Leisure Village - Enjoy water sliding on the giant chutes with your family or friends here. Relaxation and pleasure is guaranteed.

Ile aux Cerfs - This island is a paradise for water sports and has one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. One cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean and is a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape. The island also has a 5-star hotel and a golf course. The eastern part of the island is known for its long sand bank beaches and famous hotels such as "The Coco Beach Hotel" and the 5-star "Le Touessrok".

Dutch Ruins - The ruins of the first Dutch fortifications can be found here.

Ile aux Aigrettes - As a result of the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen there. You can also see the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.

Mahebourg is one of the main fishing villages on the island. The Monday markets are among the biggest and best on the island and are held right next to the main bus station.

Blue Bay -To enjoy the most amazing white sand beaches and bluest water visit Blue Bay. Take the trip across the island from Port Louis and see what this quiet place has to offer. Glass bottom boats are an excellent outing. The snorkeling trips by boat to this area are well worth trying.

Rochester Falls - It is famous among youngsters who often perform dives into the water below.

Tamarin Beach - Expert surfers can enjoy best waves here in tamarin beach, which offers white sands and crystal clear waters with the best waves on the island. There is also a dolphin pod.

Flic en Flac - A very long white sandy beach stretching down the west coast to Tamarin which is enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Scuba Diving is a major attraction here with excellent diving just a few minutes from the beach.

Martello Towers - Represents the ancient rivalry between old colonial powers and the ingenuity of mankind. They are a milestone in the island’s history; they symbolise the end of slavery and the beginning of Indian immigration.

Chamarel - An undulating landscape of different and contrasting shades of colours. The different shades of blue, green, red and yellow are apparently the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash. The neighbouring waterfalls of Chamarel rise from the moors and the native plant life. The site possesses a rare beauty.

Casela - The Casela Nature & Leisure Park stretches over 25 hectares. It contains more than 140 bird species from five continents and is home to many other animals like giant tortoises, zebras, a tiger and ostriches. Activities like walking with lions, Rando Fun (ziplines & hanging bridges), quad, buggy & Segway, a petting farm and many more promise a fun day for the whole family.

Black River Gorges - This national park of 6,574 hectares (16,244 acres) was created in 1994 for the protection of Mauritius’ remaining native forests. Visitors can enjoy magnificent landscapes, with endemic plants and rare bird species. A trail leads from the Pétrin information centre to an area of typical plant life and to a conservation area.

Eureka - An old Creole residence built in 1830, Eureka is an essential place to visit during your stay in Mauritius, if you wish to immerse yourself in tropical sweetness. 

Ganga Talao - Grand Bassin - Beyond La Marie and Mare-aux-Vacoas is found one of the two natural lakes of Mauritius. It rests within the crater of an extinct volcano. Ganga Talao is an important pilgrimage site and many Mauritians of the Hindu faith walk there during the Maha Shivaratri festival or the night fasting dedicated to Shiva. Gigantic eels live in the lake and are fed by the pilgrims. A walk to the top of the mount beside the lake is recommended for beautiful views over the area known as "Plaine Champagne".

The Chateau de Labourdonnais - It is a museum, a garden, a distillery, and a restaurant all rolled into one.

Views - For a spectacular 360? view of Port Louis and the north, climb Le Pouce or ‘the thumb'. It is an easy 2hrs climb from the village of Petit Verger (near St. Pierre), and takes another 2hrs to walk into Port Louis.

Deep sea fishing - Mauritius is ideally positioned for game-fishing. Depending on the time of year it is possible to catch blue or black marlin, sailfish, wahoo, yellow fin tuna, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, bonito, dolphinfish, sharks and many more. You can choose between half day and full day fishing trips.

Head to Grand Baie - For watersports such as parasailing, an underwater walk, submarine and semi-submersible scooters, or to La Cuvette, a long beach with clear water between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux, for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.

Safari jeep trips - The Safari Jeep trip takes place in Yemen natural reserve park on the West Coast of Mauritius. It hosts two of the longest rivers on the island – Rivière Rempart and Tamarin River – and is a haven for all sorts of native and exotic wildlife. The Yemen Park is the setting for Safari trips where you will have a thrilling ride and will be able to see many beautiful animals such as Zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, Java deer, monkeys, ducks and geese, and will see extraordinary panoramic views of this breathtaking part of the island.

Safari quad biking trips - Experience an adventurous Quad biking activity in the most amazing natural setting! quad-biking activity in the 4,500 hectares of Yemen natural reserve park. More than a quad bike outing, it is a trip through a real safari. During the trip it is possible to see deers, zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, wild boars and many more; this a very big added bonus to this activity

Scuba diving - When you dive in Mauritius you can explore coral reefs, multi-colored marine life, ship wrecks dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, or some ships sunk more recently which create beautiful artificial reefs. There are numerous dive sites strewn all around the island. One of the well-known and popular dive sites in Mauritius is the Cathedral, which is located off the Flic en Flac on the western coast of Mauritius. Other dive sites in Mauritius include the Whale Rock and Roche Zozo that is an underwater rock pinnacle, and the submerged crater near Ile Ronde. Mauritius is almost completely encircled by a barrier coral reef which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of brightly colored fish such as Damselfish, Trumpet fish, Boxfish and clown fish, as well as the orange Mauritian scorpionfish. Most of the dive sites are located on the west coast around Flic-en-Flac or in the north, at Trou aux Biches or at the Northern Islands. The best time to go diving is from November to April with very good visibility underwater. The Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA) can provide further information.

Watch dolphins - Up-close in their natural habitat off the western coast (Tamarin) of the island.

Speedboat - Rides are available from Trou d'eau Douce to the popular island playground of Ile aux Cerfs for beaches, golf and watersports. Or, for a quieter day, a catamaran to the Northern Islands - Gabriel Island, Flat Island and Gunner's Quoin.

Hiking and Trekking — In Mauritius with breathtaking views of mountains, rivers, and forests. Enjoy a hiking trip through the fields, trekking on a zip line or on a bike, and discover this magnificent nature paradise Mauritius being a volcanic island has several breathtaking summits and valleys to explore on foot. You can visit the Black River Gorges National Park, a 6,794-hectare (16,788-acre) forest, to see indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. Black River Peak trail goes to Mauritius' highest mountain, while the Maccabee Trail starts nearby and plunges into the gorge to Black River.

Tandem skydiving - Experience a 10,000 ft skydive in Mauritius. Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight and a visually awesome tandem skydive. Tandem skydiving refers to a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected via a harness to a tandem instructor. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. The student needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump.

Horse Racing - The Mauritius horse racing club commonly called the Champ de Mars is the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere. Horse racing is the most popular sport in Mauritius, and you can expect to have about 30,000 visitors on each race day. The horse racing season usually starts in April and ends in late November. There are an average of 9 and a maximum of 12 horses per race. On average some 60 horses participate on each racing day. It is highly recommended to go and experience the electric atmosphere of horse racing in Mauritius. For those interested it is also possible have a VIP treatment in one of the VIP suites while enjoying snacks and drinks and a clear view of the race from your private balcony

Parasailing - For those looking for a fun sea-air activity, you can try parasailing. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking bird's eye view of the beautiful lagoon and beaches. The parasailing begins with a short safety briefing. Then you will be taken by boat to the launch pod where you will take off and start the parasailing. No steering is actually necessary as the sail follows the course of the boat.

Water Ski - Water-skiing is one of the most popular water sports in Mauritius. You can enjoy water skiing along several of Mauritius’ coasts or in a few of the lakes. The best area for water skiing is considered to be the north area of the island, along the coasts, where the lagoon provides full protection from the big waves of the open sea and offers ideal water skiing conditions of very calm sea.

Walk with Lions & Cheetahs — Experience a one-on-one encounter with lions and cheetahs. Feel the adrenaline rush, the sense of excitement and know how it is to be so close to these amazing creatures. From the moment you meet the lions, your adventure shall begin. Under the coolness of the trees you can take pleasure in viewing the lions from very close, see them playing and hopping on the rocks of the river banks and scaling the trees. The lions roam freely amongst the participants giving them the unique opportunity of being in close contact with them.

Blue safari submarine - See the wonderful underwater tropical fish without even getting your feet wet. Going underwater to 35 m depth on board of a real submarine. You will get to visit a shipwreck, explore the rich coral reefs, and observe and encounter various species of fish. The submarine is air-conditioned with fully transparent-glassed cabin so you will enjoy exceptionally clear panoramic views of the extraordinary underwater world. At 35 m undersea, you may see some rare species and will explore the underwater world just like on any other traditional safari.

Underwater submarine scooter adventure - Pilot your own underwater scooter by yourself or as a couple to 3-4 m depth in full safety. Comfortably seated one behind the other, you breath freely and naturally in a broad common, transparent and panoramic cupola which allow you to discover and to enjoy full the view of the reef and marine life, while communicating all along with your partner. You will receive full briefing about the easy control of the underwater scooter, and will be equipped with a diving suit for warmth and full safety

Sea kayaking - A great way to explore the fine greenery of the lagoons, or the open waters of the Indian Ocean. It is possible to find wide range of sea kayaking trips and packages from breezy, calmer routes, to a few days trip surrounding the island in the deep ocean waters. This is also possible to have a kayak trip to any of the small islets surrounding the main island such as Ile D'Ambre Island.

Rock climbing - Rock climbing on the South West coast of Mauritius. You will get to experience rock climbing in a beautiful setting Of the Belle Vue Cliffs, where the caves of "La Pointe aux Caves" are nestled and in close proximity from the famous lighthouse of Albion. This a great outdoor sport where you will learn the basic techniques of knots, safe climbing and rock progression from Mauritius’ top professional guides. As part of rock climbing excursion you will be trained on some breathing exercises to maximize climbing performance over rock faces and cliffs

Canyoning - For those seeking more adrenalin and thrill, canyoning is your ideal excursion, which challenges you to abseil down the steep walls of the canyons using nature watercourses and canyoning gear. The canyoning is offered in few locations in Mauritius. The canyoning (known also as canyoneering) in Mauritius consists of travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming

Rodrigues Island - Tiny, rugged, volcanic it lies 550 km (340 mi) northeast of Mauritius and is known as the ‘anti-stress' island. The capital, Port Mathurin, is only seven streets wide, with a Creole population. Rodrigues offers walking, diving, kitesurfing and deep sea fishing.

Tamarind waterfalls - The Tamarind Falls (also known as Tamarin Falls) are a beautiful attraction of the southwest of Mauritius. These falls are awkward to reach, but no doubt, it's worth the effort. Tamarind Falls on the Interior portion of the island is an incredible string of about 7 waterfalls surrounds by green mountains and is tucked away beyond a sugar cane filled. Bring something to swim in as the are numerous pools beneath certain falls to take a dip in. There are some spots that require getting a little dirty and some traction on your shoes, but it is well worth it. First time visitors would be advised not to go unguided. No doubt this is one of the most beautiful and calmest places in Mauritius, and one of the best places for nature and animals lovers, and for finding exotic plants and birds.

La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes - The park which is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs, full of prawns and fish. It is commonly referred to as ‘The Crocodile Park', for its thousands of Nile crocodiles. It is the only place worldwide to breed aldabra tortoises. There is also a mini zoo of Mauritian fauna where you can find most of the Mauritian mammals and reptiles including skinks, phelsumas (geckos), tortoises, turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, pigs, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys. At the park shop, you'll find crocodile belts and other crocodile goods.

 

Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.

As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe.

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