Mauritius will enthrall you, sweep you off your feet and will leave you wanting for more. It’s a tropical paradise and also one of the wealthiest island nations. Mauritius is a volcanic Mascarene island in the Indian Ocean and is famous for its beaches, reefs and lagoons. If you love history, nature, roaming around the beach, adventure or food, then Mauritius is the perfect destination. A heaven for the honeymooners, this island is simply enchanting.
Mauritius is not like any other island nation, where you just soak the sun and enjoy at the beaches. There is more to this beautiful place. There is so much to see and explore here that you will need more than one trip to see its real charm. So, let’s see what all Mauritius has to offer.
Best Time to Visit
The weather is pleasant and mild throughout the year. The best time to visit Mauritius is from April and June and between September and December. Because of its location in southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe and USA.
Express bus services run from Port Louis (capital city) to the main towns. In the urban areas, buses run between 5.30am to 8.00pm and in rural areas between 6.30am and 6.30pm. Taxis are also easily available. Travelers can also rent car, bicycle and scooter to roam around.
Not to Miss Beaches
The turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches and the plush green coconut trees all in together make Mauritius a perfect beach destination. The blue lagoons of this tropical paradise attract thousands of travelers and honeymooners every year and that too from different parts of the world. Here is the list of some of the most popular beaches of Mauritius.
- Trou aux Biches Beach (North Coast) – This 2 kms long beach is considered the best beach in Mauritius. With white powder like sand, Trou aux is protected by the coral reef. This beach is ideal for sun bathing, snorkeling and other water sports activities. Also don’t forget to enjoy the mesmerizing view of sunset.
- Blue Bay Beach (East Coast) – The colors of the sea at this beach are simply incredible and that is why it was named Blue Bay. This public beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing, though it can get crowded on the weekends. If you want to see its real beauty, come here during the weekdays.
- Riviere des Galets Beach (South Coast) – If you are a true beach lover, you will definitely love this beach. Located between Souillac and Bel Ombre, you will find thousands of small pebbles while roaming around. Riviere des Galets Beach is also a perfect setting to click photographs (especially for the honeymooners).
- Flic en Flac Beach (West Coast) – It is one of the longest beaches of Mauritius and is an ideal place for swimming, sun bathing, snorkeling or just relaxing with your partner. Come here during the weekdays to see its real charm and enjoy the magnificent view of sunset.
Other Popular Beaches of Mauritius
- Mont Choisy Beach (North Coast)
- Pereybere Beach (North Coast)
- La Cuvette Beach – Grand Bay (North Coast)
- Grand Bay Public Beach (North Coast)
- Belle Mare Beach (East Coast)
- Ile aux Cerfs (Island) Beach (East Coast)
- St Félix Beach (South Coast)
- Gris Gris Beach (South Coast)
- Tamarin Beach (West Coast)
- Le Morne Beaches (West Coast)
Things to do When in Mauritius
Discover Mauritius in an entirely different way. Like said earlier, there is lot more to see and explore here in Mauritius apart from the beaches. You can go for swim with dolphins or visit the famous temples here. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then you can plan a trip to a national park. Given below are some of the best things that you can or say must try when in Mauritius.
- Swim with Dolphins – While swimming in the alluring turquoise blue water, you can befriend the friendly dolphins here. Swimming with the dolphins is one of the top tourist attractions of Mauritius and is also quite popular among the honeymooners. While interacting with the dolphins, you will be supervised by the professionals.
- Enjoy Whale Watching – Want to see the biggest mammal of the earth in its natural habitat? Well, Mauritius is an ideal destination to do so. You can opt for whale watching tours in Mauritius to see how majestic and mesmerizing this whole experience can be. Don’t forget to take your camera with you.
- Visit Morne Brabant – Located in southwest Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant is a World Heritage Site. When during the colonial times, fugitive slaves who fled the sugar plantations for their freedom, committed suicide by jumping from this mountain instead of returning to the plantations.
- Explore Chamarel – Located in a small village, the seven colored earth of Chamarel is one of the top tourist attractions of Mauritius. Climb up the observation deck to see the real beauty of this place. Also on your way back you can even buy the test tubes filled with seven colored sand as a souvenir.
- Opt for a Guided Tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes – To explore the true natural beauty of Mauritius plan a trip to the island of Ile Aux Aigrettes. It was declared a ‘Natural Reserve’ in 1965 and is one of the most visited travel destinations in Mauritius. The entire island is made up of coral limestone and you will find the most fascinating species of flora and fauna here.
Top Tourist Attractions
Listed below are some of the top tourist attractions of Mauritius that you must visit on your trip. We are just listing the names here sans any details.
- Grand Basin
- Champ de Mars in Port Louis
- Grand Baie
- Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
- La Vanille Crocodile Park
- Chamarel Waterfall
- Le Chateau de Labourdonnais
- Black River Gorges
- Île aux Cerfs Island
- Gabriel Island