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Top 10 Best Things to do in Mauritius 2020

This little paradise in the world demands tourist attention from all over the world. Mauritius offers more than beaches that it’s quite difficult to choose which one. That is why we chose the best things to do in Mauritius so you can make your vacation memorable and worthwhile.

BookOnBoard’s Guide to Mauritius

With pristine beaches with an ethereal beauty, azure waves, breathtaking gorges, waterfalls, historic monuments, delicious ethnic food, and much more, Mauritius is exceptional. Accordingly, this place is a true haven for tourism. Thus There is no end of stuff you can do here. For example, water sports and activities, eco-tourism, beach activities, historic place visits, etc. You can go to Mauritius for honeymoon or family vacation, solo getaway or group vacation. Either way, you will have a lot on your plate.

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Consequently, figuring out the best things to do in Mauritius can be very complex! That is why in BookOnBoard we have made this guide to Mauritius. Here, you can find out about Best Places to visit in Mauritius, the Cheapest places to stay in Mauritius, the Most popular places to eat in Mauritius, Fun things to do in Mauritius, Affordable hotels in Mauritius, Low-cost flights to Mauritius, Mauritius Holiday Packages — and so much more!

List of top 10 things to do in Mauritius

  1. Scuba diving and surfing in Belle Mare
  2. Quad biking in La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park
  3. Walk with lions at Casela Park
  4. Cave sea kayaking in Albion Caves
  5. Nightlife in Grand Bay
  6. Parasailing in Ile Aux Cerfs
  7. Street foods in Mauritian Markets
  8. Taking a calming stroll in Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
  9. Cultural visit to the Ganga Talao Grand Bassin
  10. Shopping in Port Louis Central Market

We admit that this is a very shortlist. Their government offers more information on Mauritius tourism. However, these are the most booked activities in the island paradise. Therefore, let us now see the details about each.

A. Belle Mare

Belle Mare is a beautiful little island in Mauritius. It is famous for its white-sand beaches and azure waters. Which are often compared to the beaches of Hawaii? Belle Mare is a private island. Which makes it perfect for solo getaways. Also, honeymooners love it here. Not only that, the beaches are a grand location for a romantic beach wedding.

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But most activities you can see here are watersports and underwater activities. These include: 

  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Boating

If you go to these activities, then please remember that the pH level of the water is a bit high in this place. So, you’d do better to use protective goggles and headwear.

B. La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park

A veritable resource of ecotourism, the La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park is home to many beautiful natural vistas, varieties of flora and fauna, many hiking and biking trails. But the most well-sought attraction here is the 23 colored earth. 

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Visitors to the Park are welcome to take up many adventurous activities. For example quad bike ride, buggy ride, Mountain luge kart, ziplines, trekking, etc. You can get a quad bike here for only $35. This makes it one of the cheap places to visit in Mauritius.

C. Casela Park

Packed full of activities, Casela Park beckons families and groups for a fun trip! You can see many exotic animals here like hippos, rhinos, etc. Also, some pygmy versions of them as well. There are plenty of rides and sports activities here including quad biking, karting, and hiking. 

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However, the most intriguing activity here is walking with lions. That’s right, lions. You can go right up close to the white lions and lionesses here. You can pet them too! Let the lion lead you on a prawl. This way, you get to see the awe-inspiring strength and agility of the predators right up close.

D. Albion Caves

The Albion Caves offers a very different kind of adventure. Cave seas are very rare in nature. So, the cave sea kayaking activity here is a very rare experience. The atmosphere in a sea cave will certainly awe you. You can also visit the Albion LightHouse nearby. It’s considered a very romantic place.

The Cave Sea Kayaking excursion starts Pointe aux Sable in the lagoon. This journey takes about five hours. Accordingly, snacks, juice, and water are given on the tour. Then paddle along the basalt rack gardens to venture into eight huge caves. These caves have awesome geographical formations and glorious natural lighting. 

E. Grand Bay

Take a break from nature and spend a wild night out in Grand Bay! You will find great bars, restaurants, and discos here. The shopping opportunities here are plentiful as well. If you want some rest and relaxation, you can go to La Cuvette Beach.

Grand Bay was a seaside village to begin. Now, it’s an active and beautiful resort town. There are some water sports activities here like swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and waterskiing. Actually, this is a very safe place for those activities. Also, many deep sea fishing trips and boat excursions to many islands start from here. 

F. Ile Aux Cerfs

Who doesn’t want to float in the air? The high winds in Ile Aux Cerfs let you do just that. It is a very popular parasailing destination in Mauritius. The exhilarating wind rushing through your hair while you hover 20-30 feet above water can be exciting as hell! It generally happens at Trou D’eau Douce Beach and surroundings. 

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Remember to hire only professionals for your parasailing adventure in Ile Aux Cerfs. You should also check that you are using only top-quality harnesses and lines. For an extra few bucks, you can get your photo or video taken by the boat crew as well. Which will give you bragging rights to your friends online and offline.

G. Mauritian Markets

Your Mauritius travel will be incomplete if you don’t experience the markets and alleys of the Mauritian towns. In Mahebourg, China Town, Caudan Waterfront or similar places, you get to see the colorful local life. Also, the thrill of discovering little souvenir shops or spill-out restaurants while idly wandering around the back allies is indescribable.

One of the top things to enjoy in Mauritius is the street food here. You can sample many wonderful cuisines. Much of the cooking in Mauritius is influenced by Indian and French cultures. Accordingly, you will find variations of either or blends of both in the street foods of Mauritius. For example: 

  • Bol Renverse
  • Briyani
  • Dholl/Dhal Puri
  • Gateau Piment
  • Riz Frite
  • Vindaye
  • Samosas
  • Creole Curries
  • Roti Chaud

H. Bois Cheri Tea Plantation

Mauritian islands were used as a plantation ground for a long time. Consequently, there are many vanillas, tea, sugarcane and other plantations here. These were run by slaves from India and Africa. As a result, these plantations often have deep, heavy histories.

Taking a calming stroll in one of these plantations is very relaxing. Indeed, many Mauritius Holiday Packages include this in their tour itineraries. The best place for this would be the Bois Cheri Tea Plantation. It is located in south Mauritius and is open for visits from Tuesday to Saturday.

I. Ganga Talao in Grand Bassin

The Ganga Talao lake and the gigantic statue of Lord Shiva is a center of Hinduism in Mauritius. Historically, the lake is very important. It’s said that the lake was created using the waters of the holy Ganga river in India. It is over 18 meters deep and full of fish and eels, fat from offerings from the nearby temple.

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Most crowds gather here in the time of the festival of Mahashivaratri. Which is in early spring, generally. At this time, the crowds gather at the foot of the 108-feet tall statue of Lord Shiva the Destroyer. Many carry ‘Kanwar’s’ to worship at secluded spots around the lake. If you’re visiting Mauritius at this time, make sure you never miss this colorful and humbling festival.

J. Port Louis Central Market

Port Louis itself is a good location for a cultural visit to Mauritius. Its Central Market is famous, more so. This bustling partially open-air market is very lively. It offers local produce from fresh veggies, herbs, exotic spices, fruits, meat, and strange potions. You might feel like going back in time when you step in the Central Market of Port Louis. Because it is the oldest market in Mauritius, and it preserves its traditions.

But not only that! Also, the market’s first floor offers local arts and crafts for your souvenir collection. The locals will tell you to try your luck at the local lottery upon entering the market. It is only 30 cents per ticket. It is also an ideal place for a gathering of friends and families, for gossip and sharing.

FAQ’s About Things to Do in Mauritius

i) When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

Unless you want to experience the Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri, you should visit Mauritius in May-December. At this time, the weather is crisp and warm. There are freak cyclones from time to time here, though. So, you better keep an eye on the long-term weather reports.

ii) What are the cheapest places to stay in Mauritius?

Some of the most affordable hotels in Mauritius are on the coastlines. Your best bet is to book all-inclusive hotels or homestays. Some of the best are:

  • Orchid Villas Mauritius
  • Auberge Le Saladier
  • Orient Guest House
  • Coco Villa
  • ONS Motel & Guest House
  • La Margarita
  • Bella Vista Hotel
  • Chez Jeanette
iii) What are the most popular places to eat in Mauritius?

Mauritius is famous for its unique hybrid culture cooking! The best restaurants in Mauritius are careful to offer the local delicacies. Some of the best options are: 

  • Citronella Restaurant & Cafe.
  • Safran Restaurant.
  • Dix Neuf Restaurant.
  • Stars Restaurant.
  • La Plage Beach Club Restaurant.
  • Republik Beach Club & Grill.
  • Château Mon Désir.
  • Annabella’s Restaurant.
iv) How to get to Mauritius cheaply?

Mauritius is an island, so the best way to travel here is by plane. You can get many low-cost flights to Mauritius which all land at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) International Airport. Which is only 50 km away from Port Louis.

Wrapping up!

So, hey there! We’ve summed up some of the best activities in Mauritius here. In this BookOnBoard’s Guide To Mauritius, you can find the top ten things to do in Mauritius. But, of course, this list is not complete by any means. This beautiful island country has so many tourist activities to offer that you can never hope to finish them all in a few visits even. 
We hope our list of things to do in Mauritius was useful to you. Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions using the comments box below. Also, do check out our other things-to-do guides in BookOnBoard. Happy holidays!

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