10 days in Mauritius: Epic 9-10 day Itinerary (First Time Visit)


10 Days in Mauritius: What to Do and See?

Are you getting ready to spend 10 days in Mauritius? Need help planning your vacation?

You’ve come to the right place!

In this article, I’ve put together a complete itinerary to help you discover Mauritius in 10 days.

This amount of time will allow you to visit all the country’s top attractions.

On the agenda: beaches (of course!), cultural visits, outdoor activities and lots of surprises!

From Grand Baie to Morne Brabant, via the capital Port Louis, the stunning Bellemare beaches and Flic en Flac, let’s embark on a full tour of the island!

Without further ado, here’s the itinerary I have carefully crafted for you.

Step 1: The North of Mauritius (4 days)

Day 1 – The Beaches

I suggest you start your holiday in Mauritius with the north coast of the island, one of the liveliest and most touristic regions.

It’s also along this coast that you can find some of the most beautiful hotels in the country.

Here you can enjoy the beaches, go on sea excursions, and do some shopping in Grand Baie.

Grand Baie is the main town and the center of activity in the north of Mauritius. This charming coastal village has a gorgeous beach and is full of shops and restaurants.

Over these 2 days, you’ll get to explore Grand Baie and its surroundings, focusing on the magnificent beaches of the North Coast.

Beaches you shouldn’t miss in the north:

  • The public beach of Grand Baie
  • The intimate beach of La Cuvette
  • The family-friendly beach of Pereybere
  • The authentic beach of Cap Malheureux
  • The lively beach of Trou-aux-Biches
  • The long, peaceful beach of Mont Choisy

Between lazing about, water activities, and strolls, you definitely won’t get bored!

Another important thing: Mauritius isn’t just about breathtaking landscapes; there’s also its culinary specialties! For the curious and the foodies, I recommend this guided gastronomic tour of Grand Baie.

Accompanied by a super friendly local guide, you will discover the town and its hidden nooks while tasting the best Mauritian specialties along the way.

Click the button below to book your food tour in Grand Baie:

My Advice

To learn more and discover all the activities to do on the North Coast, don’t hesitate to read my complete article: What to Do in Grand Baie, detailing all the things to do and see in this area.

Grand baie Ile Maurice
Grand Baie Beach

Day 2 – Boat Trip to Coin de Mire, Île Plate, and Îlot Gabriel

On the second day, you should embark on a boat trip to discover the offshore islets.

You’ll board a comfortable catamaran in the morning and spend the day in the turquoise lagoon.

On your way to the islets, you’ll make several snorkeling stops and visit the sublime beaches of these small islands. The captain will also prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on board!

Book your catamaran cruise to the Northern islets by clicking below (it’s a very popular outing, so you should book as early as possible!):

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Catamaran cruise to the 3 Northern islets, from Grand Baie in Mauritius

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 3 – Visiting Port-Louis

For the third day of your 10-day holiday in Mauritius, head to the Mauritian capital: Port-Louis!

About 25 km from Grand Baie, Port-Louis is a bustling city. Get ready to dive into a mix of noises, smells, and architectural jumble.

From historical monuments and old colonial houses to cobblestone streets, outdated buildings and state-of-the-art business centers, the architectural diversity of Port-Louis is striking.

This stop is a little detour from the tourist trails and far from idyllic beaches. It offers a chance to experience the real local life and taste the authentic Mauritian cultural and historical heritage!

I suggest you start with the downtown area of Port-Louis. It is quite compact and the visit can be done quickly.

Among the must-see places:

  • Place d’Armes
  • The Government House
  • Port-Louis Theatre (the oldest in the Indian Ocean!)
  • The Company’s Garden

Don’t hesitate to explore a little beyond the city center to also discover:

  • China Town, the Chinese district with its typical shops
  • The “grand bazaar,” an outdoor market brimming with all kinds of objects
  • Mauritian street art adorning the walls of the capital here and there
  • Aapravasi Ghat, a historic museum listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site

And let’s not forget another emblematic and must-visit site in Port-Louis: the Central Market, a large covered market filled with a thousand colors and flavors.

This market in Port-Louis is the largest on the island. You’ll find a wide range of fruits and vegetables, Mauritian crafts, all kinds of souvenirs to take back home as well as delicious street-food.

Speaking of which, if you’re curious to discover all the Mauritian culinary specialties, Port-Louis is also the perfect opportunity for that.

Street vendors are numerous throughout the city, offering all sorts of sweet and savory delights: rotis (or faratas), manioc puddings, alouda, dholl puri, samosas

To savor all these tasty little dishes, I highly recommend you to take the Port-Louis street-food guided tour.

By opting for this tour, you can kill two birds with one stone: explore the city and its heritage with a local guide who knows Port-Louis by heart, while tasting the best local specialties.

Book your Port-Louis street-food guided tour directly by clicking below:

Company's Garden in downtown Port-Louis
The Company’s Garden, in downtown Port-Louis
My Advice

For everything there is to do and see in Port-Louis, I invite you to read my complete article on this city: How to visit Port-Louis? The Complete Guide

After this jaunt in the city center, I suggest you go check out the Caudan Waterfront, located on the waterfront.

The Caudan is Mauritius’ oldest shopping center. It’s an open-air center featuring numerous small shops, a “food-court”, street vendors (offering snacks as well as temporary henna tattoos, for example), a casino, and a cinema.

It’s also here that you’ll find the Craft Market, a small artisanal and artistic market.

During the weekends, concerts and other events often take place on the waterfront square.

My Advice

In November 2021, unfortunately, there was a fire in the Craft Market, which completely burned down (fortunately without causing any casualties).

Today, you can discover it completely refurbished and modernized!

umbrella alley at Caudan Waterfront, Mauritius
The umbrella alley at Caudan Waterfront

Day 4 – Pamplemousses Garden, the Sugar Museum, and Château Labourdonnais

The following day, I suggest visiting the points of interest around Port-Louis.

The itinerary includes:

  • Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
  • The Sugar Adventure Museum
  • Labourdonnais Château

The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is located about 20 minutes by car from the capital. It’s one of Mauritius’ main attractions.

This vast botanical reserve of 37 hectares was established in the 18th century by Pierre Poivre, a French botanist. It is home to countless species of plants from all over the world.

The visit can be self-guided or with a guide. Guides offer their services at the entrance, and they’re really friendly and often funny!

If you want to really learn about the plant species on the site, I suggest you opt for the guided tour (it will be offered to you at the entrance when you buy your ticket).

My Advice

What’s nice when visiting Pamplemousses Garden is to plan a picnic! You can enjoy it on the grass, by the river, or in one of the charming kiosks throughout the park.

Pamplemousse Botanical Garden in Mauritius
The giant water lilies at Pamplemousse Botanical Garden – Mauritius
My Advice

Want to save time and combine a visit to the North coast and Port Louis in one day?

Then you should book this guided tour of the northern part of the island which includes the botanical garden, Port Louis, and the North coast, accompanied by an experienced and passionate driver-guide.

Book your spot by clicking right here:

Before or after visiting the Pamplemousses Garden, I invite you to explore the strong relationship between Mauritius and sugar cane.

The cultivation of sugar cane, sugar production, and exportation hold a massive place in the Mauritian economy.

You can discover this fascinating history at the L’Aventure du Sucre museum, also a must-visit during a 10-day trip to Mauritius. It’s located just 1km from the botanical garden.

The site includes a museum, a shop, and a restaurant. Allow for 1 to 2 hours for the visit.

If you still have some time, you should also visit the Labourdonnais Castle. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from the museum and botanical garden.

This beautiful 19th-century colonial mansion welcomes you as a historical museum dedicated to the colonial era.

The visit also includes the gardens, orchard, and a tasting of rums, juices, and fruit pastes produced on the estate.

For more info, check out the official site of the castle right here.

Labourdonnais Castle in Mauritius
Labourdonnais Castle, near Grand Baie in Mauritius

Where to stay in the North of Mauritius?

My Advice

Wondering where to stay during your 10-day stay in Mauritius?

Is it better to stay in one place and venture out from there, or to change hotels depending on your itinerary stages?

Both options are viable.

You can easily choose one accommodation for the 10 days and travel each day because the island is really small and journeys are quite short (a maximum of 1h30 between two sites, outside of peak hours).

However, if you want to reduce daily travel time (or simply want to try out multiple hotels), then it’s best to book accommodation for 3-4 days in each region.

To help you find accommodations suited to your desires and budget, I’ll give you my selection of the best hotels in Mauritius in each region throughout the article.

Simply click on the links in orange for more details and to book your room.

You can also find my complete selection and more advice in my full article: Where to Stay in Mauritius?

Here are the best places to stay in the North of Mauritius:

  • Cosi Dolce: villa with pool 700m from the Peyrébère beach, featuring a bar and garden. From €80 per night for a group of 5 people (2 double bedrooms and an extra bed).
  • Bleu de Toi Boutique Guesthouse: welcoming guesthouse a 5-minute walk from the beach, run by warm hosts. Double rooms and studios with elegant and fresh decor. Enjoy the garden, the beautiful covered terrace, and the pool. Prices start at a minimum of €150 per night for two people.
  • Océan V Hotel: 4-star hotel in Peyrébère, located 50m from the beach. With an infinity pool, gym, jacuzzi, and a restaurant. Double room from €150 per night, including breakfast.
  • Sakoa Boutik Hotel: charming and luxurious boutique hotel in Trou-aux-biches right on the beach. The hotel offers a pool, bar-restaurant, and a spa. Double room starting from  per night.
  • LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences: exquisite hotel at the height of luxury, with spacious and ultra-comfortable double rooms from €450/night (+ €25 for breakfast).

Stage 2: The West Coast of Mauritius (4 days)

After a 2-day cultural getaway, you’ll surely crave a return to beaches, the sea, and coconut trees!

And that’s perfect because I’m now suggesting you head to the magnificent West Coast of Mauritius.

Day 5 – Flic-en-Flac and Black River Gorges National Park

For this second stage of your 10-day itinerary in Mauritius, let’s move to Flic-en-Flac.

A hallmark of the Western region, Flic-en-Flac is a small coastal tourist village that boasts the longest beach on the island.

It’s the favorite meeting place for Mauritian locals who gather with family and friends on weekends.

The beach stretches for 10km and is bordered by a wide strip of white sand with filaos trees, those typical tropical pines, in the background.

There’s also no shortage of fresh fruit stalls, beach accessories, and all sorts of snacks here.

Flic-en-Flac is also a superb spot for diving and snorkeling. Underwater exploration enthusiasts will appreciate the presence of numerous centers offering scuba diving trips out at sea.

If you enjoy going out at night and partying, Flic-en-Flac should also meet your expectations with trendy restaurants, clubs, bars, and discos.

Not far from the village, you also have the Cascavelle shopping center, which is very pleasant for shopping and going out at night (frequent concerts).

Flic en Flac beach
The beach of Flic en Flac

A few kilometers to the south, Tamarin Bay also deserves a visit for its rich and beautiful landscapes. It’s actually one of the best diving spots in Mauritius.

If you want to have your first diving experience here, Tamarin Ocean Pro Diving offers a super well-managed introductory dive that you can book by clicking here.

My Advice

Tamarin Bay is also known for being a popular spot for dolphins! If you dream of watching them up close and even swimming with them, I suggest this dolphin boat outing. It’s organized in a small group by an animal- and marine-friendly provider:

After a morning by the sea at Flic-en-Flac, I suggest you take a little walk in nature.

About 20 minutes by car from Flic-en-Flac is the entrance to Black River Gorges National Park.

In this nature reserve of more than 6700 hectares (!), you can immerse yourself in the tropical forest and spot bats, parrots, monkeys, and other iconic species of Mauritius.

There are various trails for easy walks (though it’s quite a climb still!) or more strenuous hikes.

You can even hire a guide to discover the most beautiful areas of the park and learn more about the local fauna and flora.

To book your guided hike in the stunning Black River Gorges, simply click the button below:

Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

My Advice

The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest natural reserve on Mauritius island, home to no less than 300 plant species and 9 endemic bird species!

Taking a guided tour will increase your chances of spotting them!

And to better prepare for your excursion, I’ve prepared a complete guide to the park: Visit Black River Gorges Park

Day 6 – Climbing Morne Brabant + Beach

Let’s continue our 10-day itinerary in Mauritius by heading further south towards the magnificent Morne Brabant.

Morne Brabant is the most famous mountain on the island, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

My Advice

The history of Morne Brabant is sadly marked by the period of slavery.

At the time, many slaves fled their tormentors to seek refuge on this mountain. They were called the maroons.

They lived secluded on the mountain in a community for years, building shelters and cultivating the land. Hunted, many of them threw themselves from the summit to escape their oppressors.

Throughout the Indian Ocean and around the world, Morne symbolizes the resistance of slaves against oppression.

A tribute to this period of Mauritian history is paid in the form of a memorial which you can see at the foot of Morne Brabant, on the beach side.

Besides its cultural and historical importance, Morne is also a corner of preserved nature with breathtaking landscapes. This rich ecosystem shelters numerous endemic plants, including the famous Mandrinette.

To immerse yourself in all the heritage riches that Morne Brabant has to offer, you should plan to dedicate half a day to its ascent.

You can climb to the top of Morne without a guide, but some areas are very steep. For safety and to learn a lot about the nature and history of this place, I highly recommend hiring a guide.

The guided hike at sunrise on Morne Brabant, for instance, is one of my most beautiful experiences in Mauritius. The reward at the summit is a 360° breathtaking view!

Book your spot without delay by clicking below:

After your effort, some well-deserved rest at the beautiful Morne Beach will surely be welcome. Another paradisiacal beach to discover in Mauritius, for a delicious moment of relaxation.

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Morne Brabant beach, in the South West of Mauritius

Day 7 – Chamarel: The 7 Coloured Earth + Ebony Forest

On the second day, I suggest visiting another iconic site in the west of Mauritius: The 7 Coloured Earth in Chamarel.

This natural wonder is one of the most famous attractions in Mauritius and it draws many visitors.

It’s an area of volcanic soil made up of colorful dunes in shades of red, orange, purple, ocher, and other stunning hues.

My Advice

The amazing colors of Chamarel’s dunes are due to the presence of iron and aluminum oxides in the volcanic soil. Iron oxide brings red to brown hues to the soil, while aluminum oxide causes blue to purple shades.

The 7 Coloured Earth is located in the region of Chamarel, a picturesque and touristy village.

The site is situated on private land, where entry is chargeable. Before seeing the famous multicolored earth, you’ll pass by Chamarel waterfall, which you can see up close by taking a short detour.

With its nearly 100m height, it’s the tallest waterfall in Mauritius! You can also hike with a guide to get a closer look. To book, click here.

My Advice

To save time, you can already purchase your entry ticket for The 7 Coloured Earth and the Chamarel waterfall by clicking here.

And to prepare for your visit, don’t hesitate to read my complete guide: What to do and see in Chamarel?

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The Seven Colored Earth at Chamarel, southwest Mauritius

Right next to the Seven Colored Earth, on the same private site, you’ll also find the Ebony Forest Reserve.

This nature reserve, open to the public since 2017, aims to restore the indigenous forest that was decimated centuries ago for ebony wood trading.

It’s an incredibly interesting visit and I recommend you do it to discover the primary tropical forest and the ongoing conservation program underway to restore it.

The visit starts with a small yet exceptional museum about the natural history of Mauritius from its geological formation (I usually get bored in museums, but this one captivated me easily!).

Next, you’ll be invited to head into the forest to wander freely on the open trails.

Upon reaching the top, you’ll discover Sublime Point, and it truly lives up to its name! It offers a spectacular view over the entire southwest, especially of the Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire (the highest point of Mauritius).

It’s one of the most beautiful vistas I’ve ever seen!

There’s also a small bar where you can grab a drink and enjoy some snacks with the panoramic view before heading back down.

One last tip: in addition to the classic visit I just described, Ebony Forest offers several specific tour formats for:

  • bird watching
  • tree planting
  • sunset admiring
  • or guided trekking.

You can find all the information on their official website.

Sublime Point Ebony Forest
Spectacular panorama from Sublime Point, Ebony Forest

My Advice

If you have some time left after the visit, there’s an optical illusions museum (the Curious Corner) right across from the entrance to the Seven Colored Earth.

It’s brilliantly made and interactive – I personally love it! For families with children, couples, or friends, it’s a fun way to end the day with some laughs!

Day 8 – The Sacred Lake of Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao)

On this eighth day of your 10-day journey to Mauritius, we’re changing the vibe by discovering a sacred site in Mauritius: Ganga Talao, also known as Grand Bassin.

As its name suggests, it’s a large lake formed in an old volcanic crater and is surrounded by several temples dedicated to different Hindu gods.

This lake is a site of annual pilgrimage for Hindu Mauritians during the festival of Mahashivratri.

Grand Bassin is open to the public all year round. You can walk around the lake, visit the temples, and even have a “tika” (the red mark worn by Hindus on the forehead) drawn on you.

At the entrance of the site, you can’t miss the two huge statues of the gods Shiva and Durga. Perched on either side of the road, they tower over the lake at a staggering 30 meters tall!

My Advice

For more details on this site, I invite you to read my dedicated article on the sacred lake of Grand Bassin: How to visit Grand Bassin?

Before or after your visit, you’ll have time to check out 3 points of interest just a few minutes’ drive from Grand Bassin:

  • Alexandra Falls (or Alexandra waterfall): a spectacular waterfall nestled in the mountains with a viewpoint located here (Google Map point)
  • Plaine Sophie Nature Walk: a lovely botanical reserve just 6min drive north of Grand Bassin
  • Domaine Bois Chéri, with its tea plantations and tea museum.

My Advice

If you want to combine the visit to Chamarel with Grand Bassin in one day, I recommend this comprehensive guided tour of Southwest Mauritius with a guide-driver.

This includes visits to Chamarel, the Black River Gorges, Grand Bassin, and other bonuses.

This way, you can optimize your time and learn more about Ganga Talao and the Hindu culture from the guide’s commentary.

To book your private tour of Southwest Mauritius, simply click below:

Grand Bassin Mauritius
Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao

Where to stay in the West of Mauritius?

If you want to stay in the West of Mauritius to make the most of your 4 days in this area, here are my accommodation suggestions (for all budgets):

The best hotels near Flic-en-Flac:

  • Lariad BnB: a beautiful residence located just a 5-minute walk from Flic-en-Flac beach, featuring 2 swimming pools and a tropical garden. Double room starting at 50€, breakfast included.
  • Shanti Ghar Guest House: a guesthouse beautifully decorated and located less than 2km from Rivière Noire Tamarin beach. It includes an outdoor pool, garden, bar, and a shared lounge. Double room with balcony from 95€/night.
  • La Mariposa Mauritius: hotel located in Rivière Noire, 10km away from Chamarel, in a peaceful setting with a magnificent view of the Morne Brabant mountain. Private beach, pool, and garden. Double room starting at 120€/night, breakfast included.
  • Veranda Tamarin Hotel & Spa: stunning hotel in the bay of Tamarin with 2 pools, 2 restaurants, and a spa. Double room with a balcony and ocean or mountain view from 150€ per night.
  • Sugar Beach A Sun Resort: luxurious hotel situated on Flic-en-Flac beach. Expect to pay around 390€/night to stay in a small, independent, and comfortable villa with an ocean view.

The best hotels near Le Morne and Chamarel:

  • Surf House: comfortable apartment with views of Le Morne and a beautiful tropical garden. Located in the village of La Gaulette, 2km from the Terre des 7 Couleurs. The apartment is shared, and every guest has a comfortable room, in addition to a communal kitchen and a large terrace. Double room from 25€ per night (breakfast optional at 5€). The best for an economical stay in Chamarel!
  • Tam Studio: studio that can accommodate up to 4 people, 3km from Chamarel Geopark. Impeccably clean, comfortable, and perfectly equipped accommodations. On-site dining available. Lovely terrace to enjoy breakfast in the sun. Starting at 45€/night.
  • La Vieille Cheminée: all-comfort accommodation in nature at this charming hotel in Chamarel, with a mountain view. Stay in an independent chalet with a double room, bathroom, and equipped kitchen for 125€/night, breakfast (delicious) included.
  • LUX Le Morne Resort: one of the most luxurious hotels in the Southwest, located at the foot of Le Morne mountain with direct access to the beach. Double room starts at 295€ per night.
  • Hotel Chalets Chamarel: hotel located in the heights of Chamarel, with stunning views of the mountain and coast. Independent pavilions for an overnight stay at 300€, including breakfast and dinner (homemade with local products).

Step 3: The East Coast of Mauritius (2 days)

After visiting the North and West of Mauritius, it’s time to take a look at the East Coast!

For this last stage of your 10 days in Mauritius, head first to Bellemare, the iconic beach of Eastern Mauritius.

Day 9 – Bellemare and Île aux Cerfs

Bellemare is a tourist village mainly known for its beautiful sandy beach with turquoise waters.

It is more untouched than the beaches in the north and west, adding to its charm.

Take advantage of this day to lay your towel on the fine sand and enjoy the scenery. Swimming, snorkeling, or water sports: the choice is yours for a truly special moment!

Just 10 minutes drive south of Bellemare beach, the stunning Trou d’Eau Douce beach is also worth a visit. Not only to admire its beauty but also to catch a boat to Île aux Cerfs!

Île aux Cerfs is a small, idyllic offshore islet, uninhabited but home to various tourist attractions (water sports, restaurants, shops, sun loungers and parasols for hire, etc).

To get there, you can take a shuttle boat from the beach or the jetty at Trou d’Eau Douce. They generally run every 30 minutes.

My Advice

If you want to fully enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the East coast while relaxing, you should opt for the catamaran cruise to Île aux Cerfs.

You’ll embark in the morning from the bay of Trou d’Eau Douce and set off for a 6-hour excursion in the lagoon, including:

  • a lunch served onboard
  • several swimming and snorkeling stops
  • a stopover on Île aux Cerfs
  • a visit to the Grande Rivière Sud-Est waterfall

This is one of the most popular excursions in Mauritius, so if you already have your travel dates, I suggest you book now!

To book your catamaran cruise to Île aux Cerfs, click the button below:

Île aux Cerfs Mauritius
Île aux Cerfs
My Advice

To organize your visit to the East of Mauritius, I have prepared detailed articles for you to read below:

Day 10 – Mahébourg and Blue Bay

Your 10-day trip to Mauritius is coming to an end. To finish off beautifully, there’s nothing like spending the last day in Mahébourg, one of my favorite spots on the island!

Plus, you’ll be very close to the airport, making it convenient to catch your flight the next day.

Mahébourg is the very first city built in Mauritius and it still retains an authentic charm that’s truly special.

You’ll find the atmosphere here is quite different from elsewhere in Mauritius, an almost timeless feel where everything is even more “peace and love”!

Here are things to see during your visit to Mahébourg:

  • the quaint cobbled alleyways
  • the typical Creole houses
  • the stunning waterfront
  • the traditional Rault biscuit factory (which I recommend visiting)
  • the covered market
  • the historical and naval museum

I give you all the details in my dedicated article, just read it here: What to do and see in Mahébourg?

And if you want to visit the city with a guide, along with discovering local culinary specialties, I suggest this gastronomic guided tour of Mahébourg (which also includes a pirogue tour).

Book your culinary guided tour of Mahébourg by clicking this button:

I suggest you then end the day on Blue Bay beach or Pointe d’Esny beach, two exquisite beaches very close to Mahébourg.

My Advice

From Blue Bay beach, you can take a fantastic 4-hour glass-bottom boat excursion that includes:

  • 2 hours of snorkeling in the Blue Bay marine park
  • discovering an underwater wreck
  • an island stopover with a Creole picnic on the small Île des Deux Cocos

This Blue Bay sea excursion can be booked directly by clicking the button below:

Blue Bay Mahébourg Ile Maurice
Blue Bay – Mahébourg – Ile Maurice

Where to stay in the East of Mauritius?

The best accommodations near Belle Mare and Île aux Cerfs:

  • EvaZion: located 20 min from Belle Mare beach in a natural and calm setting. Access to the outdoor pool, restaurant, kayaks, and direct shuttles to Île aux Cerfs. Double room from 80€/night.
  • Otentic Eco Tent Experience: sleep in a comfortable tent for a luxury camping experience. Each tent can accommodate 2 to 5 people, for approximately 130€ per night. Delicious restaurant with local produce. My favorite for an unusual stay in Mauritius!
  • Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel: gorgeous hotel facing the lagoon in Belle Mare with a pool and spa. Sleep in a double room with a balcony from 175€/night, meals included.
  • Le Touessrok: luxury hotel on the beachfront at Trou d’Eau Douce in a paradise setting. Several pools, restaurants, a wellness center, and even a small private island! Double room with a balcony and sea view from 450€/night, breakfast included.

The best hotels near Mahébourg:

  • Le Jardin de Beauvallon: charming hotel in Mahébourg, only 10 min from the airport. Stay in a comfortable individual bungalow for 2 from 61€ a night. Outdoor pool, tropical garden, and restaurant.
  • La Peninsula Bay Beach Resort & Spa: hotel with a private beach 200m from Blue Bay beach and 1km from Pointe d’Esny beach. Family room (1 double bed and 2 single beds) from 160€ a night.
  • Preskil Island Resort: 4-star hotel facing the Mahébourg lagoon, with a view of Île aux Aigrettes. Stay in a superb double room with sea view from 170€. Enjoy the 2 pools, spa, and activities and excursions included with the room price.
  • Ferney Nature Lodge: eco-lodges 10km from the airport, in the heart of Ferney Valley. You’ll stay in a superb suite with a double bed, bathroom, and terrace from 295€ a night. Outdoor pool and restaurant.

Renting a car in Mauritius

To easily travel from one place to another during your 10-day stay in Mauritius, I strongly recommend renting a car upon arrival.

It’s the most convenient way to fully enjoy your trip without wasting time and being totally free to move around (essential for a successful holiday!).

Advice: avoid small individual car rental services at all costs. In terms of insurance in case of damage (not to mention scams), it’s really not recommended and it would be a shame to ruin your stay over such an issue.

To benefit from the best price and best insurance for your vehicle rental, you should use Booking Cars.

In my opinion, it’s the best provider and I always use it for my travels.

With Booking Cars you can be sure to:

  • Easily compare prices for all car rental offers in Mauritius
  • Benefit from comprehensive insurance protection
  • Get quickly refunded in case of any problem
  • Ability to cancel your reservation for free up to the last moment.

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

To compare offers and find your rental car in Mauritius it’s very simple, you just need to click below:

Super important to know: in Mauritius, they drive on the left!

If you’re apprehensive about driving in Mauritius, which is understandable, then I have another solution for you: rent a car with a driver!

You can define your 10-day Mauritius itinerary with him, and he will take you wherever you want, without you having to worry about the road.

Book your Mauritian island tour with a guide-driver directly by clicking the button below:

Renting a Boat in Mauritius

Do you want to rent a private boat to freely explore the lagoon during your 10 days in Mauritius?

Excellent idea!

For your boat rental in Mauritius, I recommend you go through Samboat.

Their service is really top-notch, and they offer the most comprehensive range on the market!

Motorboats, catamarans, sailboats, or even yachts, available to rent with or without a skipper: you have plenty of choices to craft a fantastic day at sea just the way you want it.

To compare offers and book your boat rental in Mauritius, click below:

Travel Insurance for Mauritius: My Advice

My Advice

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

This is why it’s essential to take out travel insurance that offers good medical coverage before departing.

For a safe trip, I recommend the following two insurance options (both include epidemic coverage – like for Covid-19 -, which is very important!)

To sign up, it’s very easy, you just need to click on the links below:

And what about you? What have you planned for your 10 days in Mauritius?

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I've been living in Mauritius for ten years now, and I'm passionate about this jewel of the Indian Ocean. As I love exploring and writing, I have created this blog to give you all my best tips to organize your trip to Mauritius!

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