3 weeks in Mauritius: Epic 20-21 day Itinerary (First Time Visit)

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3 Weeks in Mauritius: The Perfect 20-21 Days Itinerary

Have you decided to treat yourself to a 3-week stay in Mauritius?

You’re in the right place!

Spending 20-21 days in Mauritius is the ideal length of time to fully explore the island and discover its most beautiful corners.

In this article, I’ll provide you with the best itinerary to ensure you don’t miss any of the must-see places and activities.

On the agenda for these 3 weeks in Mauritius are: idyllic beaches, cultural visits, water activities, hikes in nature, and much more!

From Mahébourg to Flic-en-Flac and passing through Belle Mare, the capital Port Louis, Grand Baie, the mountain of Morne Brabant, and beyond, the route I recommend will take you to iconic locations as well as lesser-known spots!

Feel free to follow it to the letter, or use it as inspiration based on your existing plans.

So, what can you do in Mauritius over 3 weeks?

Let me guide you!

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Step 1: The Southeast (3 days)

I suggest starting this 3-week itinerary in Mauritius in the southeastern part of the island, at Mahebourg.

Why? Simply because that’s where the airport is located, so you can start your adventure right away without having to travel too far after your long flight.

My Advice

First of all, I strongly recommend renting a car for your vacation. It’s much more convenient and comfortable for getting around, and it will especially save you precious time during your days.

Even though the island has a pretty good public transport system, the journeys take a very long time and it would be a shame to spend half of your stay sitting on a bus.

For your car rental in Mauritius, I advise using Booking Cars. I always use them for my trips.

The service is great and I haven’t found a better value for money!

Booking Cars allows you to easily compare the rates of different rental companies in Mauritius and guarantees you complete protection in case of theft or accident.

That’s why I highly recommend their service for a road-trip in Mauritius with peace of mind.

To compare rental prices and rent a car in Mauritius, simply click on the button below:

Once you’ve picked up your car, head to Mahebourg (just 10min from the airport), for the first of your 21 days in Mauritius!

Day 1 – Mahebourg and Blue Bay

This quaint little town is really perfect for immersing yourself in the local culture from your very first moments on the island.

With its paved streets, its typical Creole houses, and its superb seafront, it has a special atmosphere that’s different from the rest of the island.

I myself really enjoy taking a walk in this area when I need a change of scenery and to recharge my batteries, without having to leave Mauritius.

Things to see and do in Mahebourg:

  • Sit on the seafront while enjoying a local specialty bought from street vendors
  • Stroll through its streets to appreciate the atmosphere,
  • Visit Rault biscuiterie (where traditional Mauritian cassava biscuits are made!)
  • Take a trip to the covered market, full of colorful fruits and vegetables
Mahebourg jetty on the seafront – Credits: Saleem A Sam

Visiting Mahebourg won’t take you very long (2 or 3 hours max). For the rest of the day, I suggest you relax on one or both of the beautiful beaches around Mahebourg:

  • Blue Bay beach, only 6km away
  • Pointe d’Esny beach (which I consider one of the most beautiful on the island!), 4km from the center of Mahebourg.
Blue Bay Mahebourg Mauritius
Blue Bay Beach – Mahebourg – Mauritius

Day 2 – Ferney Valley

For the second day of your 3-week trip to Mauritius, head to Ferney Valley, located less than 10 minutes by car north of Mahébourg.

This 200-hectare nature reserve, consisting of rolling meadows and tropical forests, can be explored in several ways:

  • on foot, by hiking (with or without a guide),
  • by bike, along the designated trails,
  • by 4×4, through organized excursions.

There is also a restaurant that focuses on all-natural and local ingredients where you can enjoy lunch.

For more information on things to see and do in Ferney, check out their official website.

Ferney Valley
Ferney Valley

Day 3 – Quad Biking Excursion in the Wild South + Ile aux Aigrettes

Before moving on to other regions, finish your exploration of the Southeast with this amazing quad biking ride along the wild coastline.

Accompanied by a passionate guide who knows the area like the back of their hand, you’ll learn more about the region and uncover exceptional sites inaccessible by car such as Natural Bridge, Le Bouchon, and la Cambuse Beach.

Here, the landscapes are raw: steep cliffs, black volcanic rock, and a turbulent sea. An impressive setting that’s very different from the rest of Mauritius’ coastline!

The ride lasts 3 hours and includes a swimming break in the river!

This quad biking excursion to discover the Wild South can be booked right now by clicking the button below:

For the rest of the day, I suggest a guided tour of Ile aux Aigrettes.

This small island floating in the lagoon opposite Mahébourg is a protected nature reserve. It is managed by the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, who also organizes guided tours.

The tour lasts about 2 hours, including the boat trip to the islet.

You can book your spot online on their official website, or go directly to Pointe Jérôme’s jetty and enter the small building to get your ticket.

My Advice

For more details and advice on visiting the Southeast, I invite you to read my complete guide: Top 14 Things to Do and See in Mahébourg

The wild southeast of the island, a must-visit during your 3 weeks in Mauritius

Where to Stay Near Mahébourg (Southeast Mauritius)?

My Advice

Wondering where to stay during your 3 weeks in Mauritius?

Since the island isn’t very large, travel between sites is relatively short (maximum 1.5 hours by road).

During your 3-week trip to Mauritius, you may choose to:

  • stay in the same place throughout and travel each day for your visits,
  • switch hotels several times to minimize travel time.

Whatever your choice, I’ll provide you throughout the article my selection of the best accommodations in Mauritius, suitable for all budgets and categorized by region.

Don’t hesitate to click on the links for more information and to book.

Here are the best accommodations to stay in the Mahébourg area:

  • Le Jardin de Beauvallon: A hotel located in Mahébourg, just 10 minutes from the airport. Stay in a small individual bungalow for 2 starting from €61/night. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a tropical garden, and a restaurant. The perfect accommodation for the first days of your 3 weeks in Mauritius!
  • La Peninsula Bay Beach Resort & Spa: A welcoming and comfortable hotel in a paradisiacal setting, 200m from Blue Bay Beach and 1km from Pointe d’Esny Beach. Family room (1 double bed and 2 single beds) from €160 per night. Access to the private beach and water activities.
  • Preskil Island Resort: A 4-star hotel facing the lagoon of Mahébourg, with a view of the Ile aux Aigrettes. Stay in a superb double room with sea view from €170. Enjoy the 2 swimming pools, the spa, and the activities and excursions included in the room price.
  • Ferney Nature Lodge: Luxury eco-lodges located 10km from the airport, in the heart of the Ferney Valley. Sleep in a superb suite with double bed, private bathroom, and terrace starting from €295 per night. My favorite!

Step 2: The East of Mauritius (2 days)

Let’s move on to the second stage of this 3-week road trip in Mauritius, which now takes you to the discovery of the East Coast.

Day 4 – Beaches of the East and Ile aux Cerfs

The beaches on the eastern coast of Mauritius are very renowned. And the most emblematic of them is Bellemare Beach!

Vast and peaceful, lined with casuarina trees, with white sand and translucent waters, it is the perfect representation of the dream beach.

Still well preserved, this beach has managed to retain a wild aspect that sets it apart from the tourist beaches of the North and West.

Must-do things at Bellemare:

  • Relaxing in the shade of the casuarina trees
  • Swimming in the warm and turquoise water
  • Snorkeling

For those who can’t sit still, the hotels along the beach also offer water sports activities (diving, towed buoy, water skiing…).

My Advice

I have prepared much more detailed articles to help you organize your visit to the East of Mauritius:

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Bellemare Beach – Mauritius

For the second part of the day, head 10 minutes south by road from Bellemare to find Trou d’Eau Douce beach, another charming beach to see in the East of Mauritius.

This is where you can take a boat to Ile aux Cerfs, a paradisiacal islet off the coast!

From the beach or Trou d’Eau Douce jetty, shuttles run back and forth several times a day to take you there.

Ile aux Cerfs is not inhabited but has been developed for tourism and leisure.

You’ll find several restaurants, souvenir shops, sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, and water sports agencies in its southern part.

Expect to encounter quite a few people, especially on weekends! It’s a beautiful place much loved by tourists and locals. The northern part is more wild.

On Ile aux Cerfs, you can relax on the beach, or take a walk. A complete tour of the islet takes 2 to 3 hours of walking.

Another option to get there: a full-day catamaran cruise!

Departing from Trou d’Eau Douce, it lasts approximately 6 hours and includes:

  • a lunch served on board
  • several swimming and snorkeling stops
  • a stopover at Île aux Cerfs
  • visiting Grande Rivière Sud-Est waterfall.

If you’re tempted by this cruise, don’t delay in booking it as it’s very popular. Reserve your spot now by clicking the button below:

Île aux Cerfs Mauritius
Île aux Cerfs

My Advice

Want to make your trip to Mauritius truly unforgettable?

Then you should include some exciting tours and activities!

Here are the 5 best experiences to enjoy during your stay in Mauritius: (Simply click on the orange links for details and to book)

1. Catamaran cruise to the northern islets – A day at sea in a heavenly setting with stopovers on several islands

2. Seaplane flight over the underwater waterfall – A breathtaking experience to be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime!

3. Day cruise to Île aux Cerfs (with barbecue on board) – Sail into the sublime eastern lagoon, snorkel and explore the Île aux Cerfs

4. Private tour of the South-West – Discover Chamarel, the Black River Gorges, Grand Bassin and much more, accompanied by a passionate local guide

5. Guided sunrise ascent of Morne Brabant – THE must-do hike in Mauritius, with exceptional views from the summit!

BONUS – My personal favorite: Kayak trip to Amber Island – An off-the-beaten-track adventure in the heart of the mangrove forest!

Day 5 – Hike in Bras d’Eau National Park

Your 3-week road trip in Mauritius continues in the East with a short 2-hour hike in Bras d’Eau National Park.

Less known to tourists, this forest nature reserve spans over 500 hectares and is located about 15 minutes by car from Bellemare.

There is a parking area right at the entrance near the “Visitor’s Center” to park easily.

Enter the forest and follow the trail. Pass the “Puits des Français” on the right and follow the signs for “Coq des Bois Trail” and “Nature Trail”.

After the lava block trail, turn right and pass the well. You will then enter an eucalyptus forest. Keep straight at the picnic table.

Following the red markers, you will reach Mare Mahogany and then, a bit further, Mare Chevrettes.

There, you can either retrace your steps or complete the full loop by following the “Visitor’s Center” signs.

My Advice

In this lush forest, you can observe beautiful endemic trees and plants. But that’s not all! You might also have the chance to spot bats (the famous endemic flying foxes of Mauritius) and even monkeys!

The reserve also hosts several endemic bird species, such as the Mauritius parakeet, the Mauritius kestrel, or the grey white eye, so don’t forget to look up during your walk!

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The Bras d’Eau National Park

Where to Stay in the East of Mauritius?

  • EvaZion: welcoming accommodation in Grande Rivière Sud-Est, set in a very quiet area, 20 minutes from Bellemare beach. Comfortable double room starting at €80/night. Access to the outdoor pool, restaurant, and kayaks. Shuttles to Île aux Cerfs are also available.
  • Otentic Eco Tent Experience: Enjoy a unique experience by staying in a luxury tent amidst nature. Tent suitable for 2 to 5 people, from €130 per night. Various activities available on-site (kayaking, swimming pool, volleyball, boat tours…). The cuisine is particularly delicious, made from local products. My favorite accommodation in the East of Mauritius!
  • Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel: gorgeous hotel with beach, pool, and spa, located opposite the Bellemare lagoon. Spacious and comfortable double room with a balcony starting from €175 per night, with meals included.
  • Le Touessrok: luxury hotel in Trou d’Eau Douce, set in a paradisiacal setting. It features several pools, restaurants, a wellness center, and even a small private island! Gorgeous double room with balcony and sea view for around €450 per night, breakfast included. An excellent choice if you’re looking for a luxury stay in Mauritius!

Step 3: The West of Mauritius (5 days)

Now onto the third stage of the trip, heading West where you’ll discover incredible natural sites, heavenly beaches, and a rich cultural heritage.

Day 6: Flic-en-Flac Beach and Water Activities

Cross the island from the East and end up in Flic-en-Flac, an iconic seaside town on the West coast.

Its beach stretches over several kilometers and is very popular among Mauritians who gather there on weekends with family or friends.

The huge strip of white sand is lined with filaos trees, providing shade for your head while you lounge around.

On the road side, food trucks offer tasty snacks or fresh fruits for you to enjoy with an ocean view.

Flic-en-Flac Beach is also an ideal spot for snorkeling with its clear water and rich marine life (but watch out for sea urchins!).

Scuba diving enthusiasts will also find their paradise with the many diving centers in the area.

I particularly recommend Oceanpro Diving, which offers diving sessions in Tamarin Bay, close to Flic-en-Flac.

Beginners can also try their first dive there!

Don’t hesitate to book your discovery diving session in advance by clicking below:

My Advice

Prepare your visit to Flic en Flac by reading my complete article: Top 21 Things to Do and See in Flic en Flac

Flic en Flac Beach
Flic en Flac Beach

Day 7 – Black River Gorges National Park

Just a twenty-minute drive from Flic-en-Flac, you’ll find a 6700-hectare nature reserve (yes, you read that right!) of protected tropical forest: the Black River Gorges National Park!

The park is home to numerous hiking trails amid exotic and lush vegetation, with waterfalls, rivers to cross, and panoramic views galore.

There, you can also see a variety of endemic animal species: fruit bats, echo parakeets (or Mauritian parakeets), pink pigeons, Mauritian kestrels, and many more.

Not to mention the monkeys, which are never far away!

If you want to explore this hiking haven (which attracts walkers from all over the world!), you can choose from easy or more challenging trails:

  • Mare aux Joncs Waterfall – for avid hikers – 7 km / 3h
  • Gorges View Points Trail – the easiest – 7.6 km / 2h30
  • Macchabée – Colophanes Trail – quite technical – 10.5 km / 4h30
  • Parakeet Trail – the longest and hardest! – 17 km / 7h30
  • Macchabée Forest Loop – intermediate level – 8.4 km / 3h
  • Mare Longue Loop – intermediate level – 12 km / 4h

A tip: plan your time well because the park opens at 6am and closes at 6pm. There have been instances where tourists overstayed the time and ended up getting stuck inside for the night!

For details, I invite you to read my dedicated article on the Black River Gorges National Park.

In any case, be aware that the trails do include some steep climbs, so make sure to bring good shoes and plenty of water!

My Advice

The paths are sometimes not very clear. In my opinion, the best plan is to hire a guide to:

  • maximize your safety
  • learn more about the local fauna and flora as you go along!

I advise you to book your guide as far in advance as possible since they are in high demand and only take small groups at a time. It would be unfortunate to miss out on the day you visit!

Book your guided hike in the Black River Gorges Park by clicking below:

My Advice

If you don’t feel like embarking on a hike that day, no problem!

You can take a short stroll by following the main trail that climbs to a lookout point, then turn back and head down.

At the park entrance, a few meters after the car park, you’ll also find a river where you can take a dip if you prefer a more relaxing activity.

Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

Day 8 – Seven Waterfalls Hike

Since you’re on a roll and it’s important to keep your muscles warm, I suggest you follow up the next day with another essential hike during a 3-week stay in Mauritius!

The Seven Waterfalls hike (or the Tamarin Falls) is one of the most beautiful hikes in Mauritius. It follows the course of Tamarin River, through a succession of waterfalls and pools.

The starting point is near the villages of Vacoas and Henrietta, in the West.

It’s quite challenging and is suited for experienced hikers who don’t mind climbing. There are two possible routes:

  • the short loop which covers 4 waterfalls and takes half a day
  • the full loop, the entire circuit that takes the whole day and lets you see all 7 waterfalls.

The trails are not well marked, so if you’re not familiar with the area, it’s better to hire a guide.

The guided hike greatly enhances the experience and includes swim breaks as well as a picnic lunch.

Book it without delay by clicking on the button below:

My Advice

This hike is not recommended during rainy weather as the trails can become extremely slippery!

The Seven Waterfalls Hike in the West of Mauritius – Credits: Kurt François

Day 9 – Port Louis and the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

How can you spend 3 weeks in Mauritius without visiting its capital, Port Louis?

You should dedicate half a day to immerse yourself in the real local Mauritian life, which is nothing like the island’s “white sandy beach” aspect.

Port Louis will surely surprise you with its eclectic architecture, ranging from period stone buildings, authentic Creole houses to modern buildings.

A quick stroll through the city will allow you to see a few iconic monuments of Mauritius’ colonial history:

  • Place d’Armes with its erected statue, right at the city’s entrance
  • the Government House, just a few steps away
  • Port Louis Theatre (the oldest theatre in the Indian Ocean!)
  • the Company’s Garden

History enthusiasts can also visit the Aapravasi Ghat Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to the history of Indian immigrant workers in the 19th century. It’s located just in front of the bus station.

Take the time to wander through the Queen Street covered market. Let yourself be mesmerized by the mix of colors, scents, and stock up on local fruits, vegetables, and spices!

The last thing to see in Port Louis: Caudan Waterfront, the country’s oldest shopping center, with its shops, snacks, and the very recognizable Umbrella Alley.

My Advice

For foodies and the curious, I recommend this Port Louis street-food guided tour, which allows you to discover the local culture, history, AND gastronomy with a resident who will show you the capital like no one else!

This 3-hour guided tour can be booked directly by clicking below:

My Advice

Find even more things to see and do in Port Louis in my dedicated article: Visiting Port Louis – The Complete Guide

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The Umbrella Alley at Caudan

For the second part of the day, hit the road for a mere 20 minutes to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (also called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Garden).

A highlight in Mauritius, this 37-hectare botanical garden was designed over 3 centuries ago by the French botanist Pierre Poivre.

It’s even the oldest botanical garden of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!

It is home to several hundreds of plant species from all over the world.

You might also encounter wild animals such as geckos, chameleons, fruit bats, and multicolored birds with magnificent plumage!

My Advice

The garden can be visited on your own, or with a guide. The guided tour will be offered at the entrance, for just 2€ more per person. I recommend it if you want to learn more about the numerous plant species in the garden.

Plus, the guides are really nice and funny 🙂

Pamplemousses garden
The giant water lily pond, at Pamplemousses Garden

Day 10 – Climbing Le Pouce Mountain and Visiting Eureka House

Thought you were done with hiking? I promise, I’ll let you rest on the beach tomorrow 😀

But before that, set out to conquer Le Pouce Mountain, the third highest peak in Mauritius!

It stands at 812 meters and is accessible from the town of Moka. Plus, parking is easily available right at the foot of the mountain.

This time, the climb is not particularly difficult, apart from the last quarter hour which is a bit steeper and leads up to the peak (you’re not obliged to do this part and can simply enjoy the superb viewpoint from the plateau below).

At the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning 360° view that will leave you speechless!

Overall, allow 3 hours for the round trip for this hike.

My Advice

To add an extra dimension to this hike, you can do it with a guide!

More information and bookings by clicking here.

Le Pouce Mountain Mauritius
Le Pouce Mountain, in Mauritius

For the rest of the day’s program, head to Eureka House, just 10 minutes’ drive from the Pouce parking area.

This is an old colonial house from 1830 converted into a museum, where you can stroll through the various living spaces furnished with period furniture.

The visit also includes the lovely gardens, as well as a small history museum exhibiting ancient objects.

At the end of the garden, you’ll also find a trail that allows you to descend to the cascades below.

A nice little walk before heading back to your hotel for a well-deserved restful evening!

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The Creole House Eureka, in Moka

Where to Stay Near Flic-en-Flac (West of Mauritius)?

  • Lariad BnB: A comfortable residence located a 5-minute walk from Flic-en-Flac beach, with a pretty tropical garden, two swimming pools, and a lovely shared terrace. Double rooms are comfortable and start at €50 per night, with breakfast included. My recommendation for an affordable stay in the west of Mauritius!
  • Shanti Ghar Guest House: A beautifully decorated guesthouse located less than 2km from Black River Tamarin beach. It features an outdoor pool, a shared lounge, a garden, and a bar. Expect to pay around €95/night for a double room with all the comforts and a balcony.
  • La Mariposa Mauritius: Quietly located on the coast 10km from Chamarel, this hotel has a pool and private beach offering a superb view of Le Morne Mountain. Double rooms start from €120/night, breakfast included.
  • Veranda Tamarin Hotel & Spa: A superb little hotel with a pool and spa located in Tamarin Bay. Double rooms with mountain or sea views from the balcony start at €150/night. The best choice for a luxury stay in Mauritius!
  • Sugar Beach A Sun Resort: An ultra-luxury hotel on the beach of Flic-en-Flac. A night in a separate small villa with ocean views starts from €390.

Step 4: The North of Mauritius (3 Days)

Day 11 – Tour of the Northern Beaches and Water Activities

As promised, it’s now time to relax a bit. For the next part of your 3 weeks in Mauritius, I suggest a beach-hopping day!

This time, you’ll be lounging on the stunning beaches of the North.

The Northern coast is the most touristy and lively part of Mauritius, centred around the main town: Grand Baie.

Here, you’ll find countless hotels, restaurants, shops as well as diving centres and all kinds of water/sports activities. And of course, beaches with white sand and turquoise waters!

Among the most beautiful beaches to see in the north of Mauritius, be sure not to miss:

  • Grand Baie beach, lively and bustling, which runs along the town’s main avenue
  • La Cuvette beach, intimate and mostly frequented by locals
  • Peyrebère beach, a small family-friendly beach shaped like a crescent
  • Cap Malheureux beach, with its iconic red church
  • Mont Choisy beach, spacious and tranquil
  • Trou aux Biches beach, for water sports enthusiasts.

They are close to each other and you can easily hop from one to the next.

Nothing stops you from choosing just one to spend a lazy day at (in which case I recommend Peyrébère, Mont Choisy or Trou aux Biches).

My Advice

For those who love water activities, you can spice up your day with these excursions that I recommend (click on the links below for details and to book your spots):

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Grand Baie Beach

Day 12 – Cruise to the Northern Islets

Do you still fancy a boat trip in Mauritius?

Great!

For this 13th day of your 3 weeks in Mauritius, I propose you set sail from Grand Baie beach to get a closer look at the three Northern islets: Coin de Mire, Flat Island, and Îlot Gabriel.

The full-day catamaran cruise to the Northern islets includes breakfast and lunch served on board, stops at the various islets, as well as snorkeling gear!

Meet up at 8 AM on the beach for departure, with a return around 4 PM.

This day at sea is likely to be one of the most memorable experiences of your holidays in Mauritius!

To book your catamaran cruise to the Northern islets, just click on the button below (it’s very popular so I advise you to book soon):

My Advice

When I went on this cruise, it was in June and we were lucky enough to spot two whales and be accompanied by a pod of dolphins for part of the trip!

I hope you’ll be just as fortunate!

Day 13 – Scuba Diving or Other Activities

Marine life enthusiasts will be thrilled in the north of Mauritius! The coast is brimming with diving clubs to explore the richness of the coral reefs in the lagoon.

I’ve tried several, and I especially recommend:

  • Bubble Diving Center in (Trou aux Biches)
  • Dive Spirit Mauritius (also in Trou aux Biches)
  • Sunset Diving in Grand Baie.

Special mention to Sunset Diving for their super friendly and very professional team. They take you to the most beautiful spots in the lagoon where you can choose:

If diving isn’t really your thing and you prefer to spend a day at the surface, no problem! I have 2 alternative activities for you to consider in the area:

The first is a gastronomic guided tour of Grand Baie.

This is approximately a 4-hour guided walking tour to discover the Mauritian gastronomy (think Creole curries, rougails, dholl puri, exotic fruits, and other delights!) as well as the historical and cultural heritage of this must-visit coastal town.

A guaranteed escape and a true delight for your taste buds!

You need to book your Grand Baie food tour directly via the button below:

Another fun and original way to explore Grand Baie is on an electric bike ride!

There are two providers in Grand Baie: E-Lab Mauritius and Fun Bike, offering rentals for a self-guided or guided biking adventure. Some even include a picnic. (For more information, click on the orange links above).

My Advice

You can find more ideas for things to do in and around Grand Baie in my dedicated article: What to do in Grand Baie?

Scuba diving in Mauritius
Scuba diving in Mauritius

Where to Stay in North Mauritius?

  • Cosi Dolce: villa with equipped kitchen, terrace, and pool located in Peyrébère, 700m from the beach. Can accommodate up to 5 people (2 bedrooms with 2 double beds and an extra bed), starting from 80€ per night.
  • Le Mandala Moris: guest house located in Pointe aux Canonniers, 700m from the beach, with a pool, comfortable rooms, and fine decoration. Lovely staff and perfect location. From 100€ per night for a couple.
  • Bleu de Toi Guesthouse: lovely and comfortable guesthouse located within a 5-minute walk from the beach. Features a pool, a beautiful garden, and a large terrace where you can enjoy breakfast to the sound of birds. Double room from 140€. One of the best affordable accommodations in the North!
  • Ocean V Hotel: a 4-star hotel 50m from Peyrébère beach. Stay in a comfortable double room with breakfast included for a minimum of 150€ per night. Guests have access to an infinity pool, fitness center, jacuzzi, and restaurant.
  • Sakoa Boutik Hotel: charming small hotel in Trou-aux-Biches, situated on the white sandy beach. Offers a small pool, restaurant, spa, and water activities. Double room starts at 230€ per night. Staff are very welcoming. I highly recommend it for a luxury stay in the North of Mauritius!
  • LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences: one of the largest and most luxurious hotels on the island, located in Grand Baie. Sumptuous double rooms start at 450€ per night (breakfast available for an additional 25€).

Step 5 – The South-West of Mauritius (4 days)

The penultimate stop on your 3-week trip to Mauritius: the South-West region of the island! On the agenda: natural wonders, hiking, and boat trips.

Day 14 – Chamarel, Ebony Forest, and the Rhumerie

Get ready for a day in Chamarel, a small southern village known for the famous Seven Coloured Earths, a major tourist attraction in Mauritius!

This is the island’s most famous natural curiosity: dunes of multicolored volcanic soil with shades of red, ocher, blue, and violet.

Right next to it, you can also admire the stunning Chamarel waterfall, the tallest in Mauritius!

The site is on private property and there is an entrance fee. To save time, you can already get your entrance ticket by clicking here.

My Advice

Chamarel is also renowned for its coffee plantations! Here you can taste this unique coffee, the only one grown and roasted in Mauritius, at the onsite snack bar (and purchase some at the souvenir shop).

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The Land of 7 Colors – Chamarel

Within the estate that houses the Land of 7 Colors, you’ll also find the Ebony Forest Nature Reserve. An amazing visit to include during your 20-21 days in Mauritius.

Only opened to the public a few years ago, the reserve is based on a project for the restoration of the native ebony forest.

After visiting the small museum, you can enter the forest, enjoy a guided tour to observe the protected plants and animals, and then climb up to Sublime Point for a wonderful panorama over the entire South coast.

For more information, visit Ebony Forest’s official website.

If you have some time and energy left, I suggest you end this day with a visit to Chamarel Rhumerie to learn all about Mauritian rum!

A guide will show you the rum-making process, before letting you taste the finest vintages from Chamarel!

You don’t need to be a rum enthusiast to enjoy the visit! I don’t like rum at all, but still loved seeing the impressive machinery and discovering the entire process (and the guide I had was super funny too :D)

My Advice

Find all the details about things to do and see in Chamarel in my dedicated article: Visiting Chamarel – Complete Guide

Day 15 – Climbing Morne Brabant + Morne Beach

For this second day in the southwest of Mauritius, I invite you to conquer another mountain, this time the most famous on the island: Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The climb takes about 3 hours round trip, with a at the top.

As you ascend, the paths become steeper, so once again I recommend hiring a guide. They will also provide plenty of information on the natural and historical heritage of this particularly rich site.

To book your guided hike up Morne Brabant, simply click the button below:

After this intense hike, what could be better than relaxing on Morne Beach to recharge? Located right at the foot of the mountain, it’s a paradisiacal spot perfect for rewarding yourself after the effort.

My Advice

If you want to know everything about things to do and see in the Morne area, don’t hesitate to check out my detailed article: Visiting Morne Brabant

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View from the summit of Morne Brabant

Day 16 – Île aux Bénitiers Cruise

Get ready for another boat excursion, this time departing from Rivière Noire to Île aux Bénitiers!

Off the coast of Morne Brabant, this uninhabited islet, 2km long and 500m wide, is a real little paradise with its white sand, coconut palms, casuarinas, and the surrounding azure blue waters.

This sea outing is the perfect activity for spending a relaxing day as your vacation winds down.

It includes a few swim stops and snorkeling, of course a visit to the islet, and a pass by the famous “Crystal Rock”, a legendary rock in the region, located right in the middle of the water.

To book this unforgettable cruise to Île aux Bénitiers, click on the button below:

My Advice

For all the details and my advice about Île aux Bénitiers, check out my dedicated article: How to visit Île aux Bénitiers?

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Crystal Rock, near Le Morne

Day 17 – The Tea Route

The next part of your 3-week itinerary in Mauritius immerses you in one of Mauritius’ grandest traditions: tea production!

The Tea Route is a three-stop journey to discover this great local expertise.

You can do it all in one day or spread the visits over several days if you prefer.

The visit starts at Domaine des Aubineaux, in the center of the island near the town of Curepipe.

In this old colonial house dating back to 1872, you can visit the tea salon, the distillery, and also the gardens and old stables.

Next, head to Bois Chéri, about a 25-minute drive away, where the tea is grown.

You will discover the tea plantations, visit the factory, explore the tea museum and enjoy a tasting session with a breathtaking panoramic view of the island’s south.

The Tea Route ends another 20 minutes drive away, at Saint-Aubin, in another old colonial house repurposed into a restaurant.

There you will find the sugar factory, the rum distillery, and especially the “Maison de la Vanille,” where the vanilla used in Mauritius’ signature tea recipe is produced.

My Advice

Would you like to focus on the Tea Route without the hassle of driving?

Then, you should opt for the guided tour with a driver-guide!

In my opinion, it’s the best option to really enjoy the day and the three sites with no stress.

Book your guided tour of the Tea Route by clicking below:

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The Tea Route – Bois Chéri

Where to Stay Near Chamarel or Le Morne (Southwest of Mauritius)?

  • Résidence au Bout du Morne: A family-run seaside guest house, located 1km from La Prairie beach. Spacious, modern, and well-decorated room with a large double bed and a balcony. The hosts are very welcoming and attentive. Expect to pay around €54/night for 2 people, with breakfast (delicious and generous!) optional at €10. The top choice for a budget stay at Le Morne Brabant!
  • Pingo Studio: Modern independent studios, comfortable and nicely decorated, located 5km from Le Morne beach. Each studio has a well-equipped kitchenette and bathroom. From €72 per night for 2 people.
  • La Vieille Cheminée: A charming property with several independent and comfortable chalets, located in Chamarel at the edge of an endemic forest with mountain views. Each chalet has a double bed, bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen, all from €125/night, breakfast included. My favorite for staying in the southwest of Mauritius!
  • LUX Le Morne Resort : If you fancy luxury, this magnificent hotel set at the foot of Le Morne mountain, with pools, restaurant, and spa, won’t disappoint. Stay in a sublime double room starting from €295 per night.
  • Hotel Chalets Chamarel : Composed of small independent pavilions, located in the heights of the village of Chamarel, with an incredible view of the mountain and the coast of Le Morne. Expect to pay at least €340 per night minimum, breakfast and dinner included (the cuisine is exquisite!). I recommend it for a luxury-nature stay in the south of Mauritius!

Step 6: Rodrigues (4 Days)

Here we are at the final stage of your dream vacation in the Indian Ocean!

And I’ve prepared a real grand finale to conclude your three-week tour of Mauritius Island.

For this last part of your trip, head to the airport to leave Mauritius, but not quite: you’re off to Rodrigues, a small Mauritian island 600km offshore (a 1.5-hour flight).

Rodrigues is a timeless, peaceful place far from the sometimes tumultuous atmosphere of the beaches and cities of the main island.

Day 18 – The Eastern Beaches and Mont Limon

Dive right into the experience by starting with the East coast, composed of a multitude of small isolated coves and beaches lined with casuarina trees.

Don’t miss Trou d’Argent beach, wild and incredibly beautiful!

Finish your day by climbing to the top of Mont Limon, the highest point in Rodrigues.

Just a few minutes of climbing await for you to witness the sunset.

My Advice

Trou d’Argent beach is only accessible on foot. To get there, you can start from the village of Saint-François and follow the coastline for 45 minutes.

Along the way, you can admire the beauty of the lagoon and the stunning surrounding landscapes, until you arrive at the sublime cove of Trou d’Argent, nestled between two cliffs and a coral barrier.

Day 19 – Port Mathurin and Île aux Cocos

The capital of Rodrigues, Port Mathurin, is perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Here you can discover:

  • its quaint colonial houses
  • its colorful shops
  • its bustling harbor
  • its vibrant markets

It’s also the place to taste some of the local delicacies, like the sweet Rodriguan pie made with papaya and coconut!

Next, I suggest heading to the village of Pointe Diable (only a 20-minute drive away), where you can take a canoe trip to Île aux Cocos.

Unique in the Indian Ocean, this tiny, paradisiacal islet is home to numerous rare and protected birds!

The canoe ride takes approximately 1.5 hours. Once you land, you can:

  • enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches
  • take a walk and enjoy the lush nature
  • swim in the crystal-clear waters
  • go snorkeling to admire the teeming life of the lagoon.

Day 20 – Canoe Trip in the South of Rodrigues

On this penultimate day of your 3-week trip to Mauritius, treat yourself to another canoe crossing, this time to Île aux Chats and Île Hermitage!

Departure is from Anse Mourouk, in the south of Rodrigues.

On these two splendid islands, you’ll be immersed in extraordinary nature and a translucent lagoon rich in colorful fish.

Day 21 – Visit to the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve

Another must-visit during your stay in Rodrigues is the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve, spanning around twenty hectares.

It’s one of the island’s last preserved endemic forests.

You should opt for the guided tour, which will teach you more about the incredible Rodriguan fauna and flora that the passionate reserve team is working to protect.

You’ll get to see turtles, cardinals, warblers, and many other animals in their natural habitat.

Then, it will be time to make your way to the airport for your return flight in the evening or the following day.

Rodrigues island visit
Rodrigues, a small island in Mauritius worth visiting during your stay

Where to Stay in Rodrigues?

  • Le Refuge: A charming guesthouse located 20 minutes from Port Mathurin, in a relaxing environment with sea views. Double rooms start from 55€ per night.
  • Le Pandanus: A small, welcoming hotel in the capital, with a pool, garden, and bar. Double rooms with a balcony and sea view from 72€ per night.
  • Résidence Foulsafat: A beautiful residence in Port Mathurin with a pool and magnificent garden. Accommodation for two people with a kitchenette, bathroom, and terrace with sea and mountain views from 80€ per night.
  • Tekoma Boutik Hotel: A 4-star hotel situated by the lagoon, on Pointe Coton beach. Double rooms from 290€. Features a spa and an outdoor pool.

Car Rental in Mauritius

To move around easily from one place to another during your 3-week stay in Mauritius, I highly recommend renting a car upon arrival.

It’s the most convenient way to fully enjoy your trip without wasting time and being completely free to go wherever you want (essential for a successful holiday!).

A piece of advice: avoid at all costs the small individual renters. In terms of insurance in case of damage (not to mention scams), it is really not recommended and it would be a shame to spoil your stay over this kind of issue.

To benefit from the best price and the best insurance for your car rental, I advise you to go through Booking Cars.

To me, it’s the best provider and I always use it for my travels.

With Booking Cars you can be sure to:

  • easily compare prices of all car rental offers in Mauritius
  • benefit from a comprehensive insurance protection
  • be quickly refunded in case of any problems
  • be able to cancel your reservation for free until the last moment.

They are really very reliable, available, and their service is impeccable. Plus, if you find a cheaper offer elsewhere, they’ll refund the difference!

For comparing offers and finding your rental car in Mauritius it’s very easy, just click below:

Travel Insurance for Mauritius: My Advice

My Advice

Many travelers mistakenly think that healthcare in Mauritius is affordable and they don’t need travel insurance. However, in reality, the public healthcare system is fragile and even a single consultation at a private clinic can be very expensive!

That’s why it’s essential to have travel insurance before you leave that offers good medical coverage.

For safe travels, I recommend the following two insurances (both include epidemic coverage – like COVID-19 – which is very important!)

Signing up is easy, just click on the links below:

That wraps up this 3-week itinerary in Mauritius, including a visit to Rodrigues!

I hope this guide will help you prepare for your stay and that you’ll have an unforgettable holiday!

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