Visit Mauritius: Top 24 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions


24 Best Things to Do in Mauritius + Where to Stay

Are you planning your next sun-filled vacation and wondering what to do in Mauritius?

This article is for you!

In the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an essential destination with its paradisiacal beaches, nature reserves, cosmopolitan culture, and warm population.

To help you organize your trip, here is my list of 21 must-visit places in Mauritius, complete with my tips and recommendations.

You’ll have plenty to do between discovering the island’s most beautiful beaches, hiking in nature, mountain climbing (including the famous Morne Brabant), boat trips, cultural visits… There’s something for everyone!

So, what to do and see in Mauritius?

I’ll tell you everything!

1. Cap Malheureux

The Cap Malheureux beach, on the northern coast of the island, is in my opinion one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

You’ll recognize the place instantly thanks to its bright red church that beautifully contrasts with the blue of the sky and sea.

As you explore the northern coast, you should definitely stop by Cap Malheureux and spend a few hours enjoying this peaceful little corner.

You can take a walk, swim, and maybe even picnic by the water in a splendid setting!

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The church at Cap Malheureux beach

2. Grand Bay

Close to Cap Malheureux, the coastal town of Grand Bay (or Grand Baie) is the vibrant center of northern Mauritius.

This small tourist town is a former fishing village turned into a seaside resort, home to many expatriates and a concentration of upscale villas and hotels.

Its bustling beach is framed by numerous street vendors on the land side and a multitude of colorful little boats on the sea side. It’s a delightful place to spend an afternoon or evening.

Grand Bay is a lively place, nice for evening outings. There are many seafront restaurants as well as nightclubs for those who like to party.

Here’s a brief list of things to do in and around Grand Bay:

  • Relax on the beach and enjoy the view.
  • Taste Mauritian specialties sold by vendors on the go (rotis, dhall puri, samosas, tropical fruits…).
  • Window shop on Sunset Boulevard.
  • Swim at Peyrébère or La Cuvette, two lovely nearby beaches.
  • Go shopping at La Croisette Shopping Mall, the largest mall on the island.
  • Discover the northern islands on a catamaran cruise!

The catamaran excursion from Grand Baie includes round-trip travel, meals, a stop at Flat Island where you can swim and snorkel. You will also make two more stops at Gabriel Island and Coin de Mire, known for their seabeds teeming with colorful fish.

For more info and to book this activity, click on the button below:

My Advice

If you’re tempted by this stunning cruise to the Northern islets, you should book as early as possible as it’s very popular and the boats fill up fast!

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For more info on things to do and see in Grand Bay, you can read my dedicated article: Grand Bay: The Ultimate Guide!

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Grand Baie

3. Port Louis

Your trip to Mauritius will be filled with beautiful beaches, but the country’s cultural heritage is just as fascinating to explore.

That’s why I strongly advise you to spend half a day visiting Port Louis, the Mauritian capital.

This authentic city, steeped in history with its colonial monuments, markets, traditional Creole houses and historic cobblestone streets, will immerse you in the true local lifestyle.

The main attractions in Port Louis include:

  • Place d’Armes: located opposite the port at the city’s entrance, this square is dominated by the statue of François Mahé La Bourdonnais, the French governor who founded the city in 1735. Lined with majestic royal palms and several cannons, it evokes Mauritius’ colonial history. Right across, you can see the Government Palace.
  • Central Market: probably the most lively place in the capital!

You can easily find the market a few minutes’ walk from Place d’Armes (and don’t hesitate to ask for directions if you can’t find it; Mauritians are particularly friendly to lost tourists!).

Upon arriving at the Central Market, you’ll be swept up in a whirlwind of aromas, colors, and hustle and bustle. It’s a true local market as one imagines!

The numerous stalls selling fruits and vegetables, spices, souvenirs, and other Mauritian specialties will likely tempt you to make some purchases.

(Vendors can be quite insistent with tourists, so be prepared and don’t hesitate to say no 🙂 )

My Advice

If you want to delve deeper into the flavors of Mauritius, you should join the Port Louis street-food guided tour.

For about 3 hours, your guide will take you to visit the market and various neighborhoods of Port Louis where you’ll have the chance to taste different local culinary specialties, with explanations and anecdotes about the city’s history.

You can book this tour by clicking here:

Other places of interest in Port Louis:

  • Aapravasi Ghat Museum:

It’s the site of the former immigration depot for Indian laborers, now turned into an open-air museum and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. There, you can discover the remnants of the kitchens, infirmary, dormitories, and imagine the lives of these immigrant workers who were welcomed here between 1849 and 1923.

  • Fort Adelaide, also known as the Port Louis Citadel:

Perched over 100 meters high, it offers a panoramic view of all of Port Louis, the harbor, and the surrounding mountains. The Citadel, built in 1834 by the British, was formerly used as a fortress and cannon firing point against the French colonists (with cannons still present on-site).

  • Caudan Waterfront:

A charming mall by the seaside promenade. It’s also the oldest shopping center in Mauritius, which I will detail shortly.

4. Caudan Waterfront

The Caudan Waterfront, affectionately known as “Caudan” to locals, is the oldest shopping center in Mauritius and certainly the most charming! It is located in Port-Louis, a bit outside the city, on the waterfront.

Opened in 1996, it resembles a small village and features numerous shops, snack bars and restaurants, a cinema, a casino, and a beautiful waterfront where concerts and musical shows often take place.

The Umbrella Alley with its street vendors on either side runs the length of Caudan.

Don’t miss the Craft Market, an artisan market where you can find all sorts of lovely souvenir items, clothing, jewelry, spices, and Mauritian food products.

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At Caudan, you will also find the Blue Penny Museum, which is very interesting to visit to learn more about the history of Mauritius. It’s located at the entrance, near the car parks.

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If you want a nice souvenir during your holidays in Mauritius, you should stop by the “Mehendi” stand on the Umbrella Alley (right next to the fresh juice stand).

There, you can get a beautiful temporary henna tattoo (part of Muslim and Hindu traditions in Mauritius) for a good price.

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There are many more sights to see and places to visit in Port-Louis, but listing them all here would be too lengthy. That’s why I’ve prepared a complete guide to the city for you, which I invite you to read here: The 18 Must-See Places in Port-Louis

Caudan Waterfront Port-Louis
Caudan Waterfront – Port-Louis

5. Trou-aux-Biches Beach

Belonging to the “postcard beaches” of Mauritius, with white sand, coconut trees, and turquoise waters, the stunning Trou-aux-Biches Beach is located in the North of the island, about 10 km from Grand Baie.

What to do at your Trou-aux-Biches Beach getaway:

  • Sunbathing! (don’t forget sunscreen of course)
  • Water activities: snorkeling, boat rides, water skiing, pedal boats, stand-up paddleboarding…
  • Swimming and relaxing (my favorite activities! ^^)
  • Tasting fruits and snacks offered by beach vendors.

The lagoon at Trou-aux-Biches is also one of the best snorkeling spots in Mauritius, located at the coral barrier.

My Advice

If you arrive at the beach via the public parking, don’t hesitate to walk a bit away from the beach “entrance” and head towards the right, in the direction of the hotels.

It’s much calmer and more idyllic around there, and you’ll easily find a peaceful patch of white sand to lay down your towel.

Trou aux Biches Beach Mauritius
Trou aux Biches – Mauritius
My Advice

To find out where all the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius are, I invite you to read my dedicated article right here: Top 11 most beautiful beaches in Mauritius

6. Flying Over Mauritius in a Seaplane

One of the most unmissable experiences in Mauritius is to take a seaplane flight over the lagoon.

This panoramic flight offers a whole new perspective of the island. From above, the lagoon reveals an extraordinary palette of blues, a true spectacle for the eyes!

There are 2 types of seaplane flights available in Mauritius:

  • The flight over the North Lagoon and its 7 islets, departing from Roches Noires on the northeast coast
  • The flight over the Morne Lagoon and the underwater waterfall, from La Prairie beach in the southwest.

Both are quite different and equally extraordinary for admiring Mauritius’ incredible landscapes from the sky.

You can choose between flights lasting from 15 to 80 minutes.

It’s an experience that I think is worth having at least once in a lifetime. During a stay in Mauritius it’s the perfect opportunity and it will make your stay even more unforgettable!

To book your seaplane flight over the lagoon in Mauritius, simply click on one of the links below:

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If you want to know more before booking, I share my own seaplane flight experience in detail in this article: Seaplane Flight in Mauritius – My Review + Tips

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Seaplane tour in Mauritius

7. Le Pouce Mountain

In Mauritius, there’s not only beaches but also terrains to explore!

If you want to vary your activities, you should dedicate half a day to climbing Le Pouce Mountain, the third highest mountain on the island!

Reaching 812 meters in elevation, Le Pouce Mountain is accessible from the town of Moka. Parking is readily available at the foot of the mountain at the start of the trail.

You can undertake this hike independently or choose to be accompanied by a guide by booking your 3-hour round trip guided hike here:

The climb is not very difficult, except for the last quarter hour to reach the peak, which is quite steep. At the summit, you’ll discover a breathtaking 360° view.

My Advice

To ensure you have a good time, make sure to bring plenty of water and mosquito repellent!

It’s essential because these little blood-thirsty creatures are quite numerous on the forest trail.

I advise against children and those with a fear of heights climbing to the very top of the peak at the end of the ascent. It’s extremely vertiginous and even dangerous at times. It’s perfectly fine to just stay on the grassy area just below, which also offers a very beautiful panorama.

Le Pouce Mountain Mauritius
Le Pouce Mountain, Mauritius

8. Bellemare Beach

Let’s head now to the East coast and the iconic Bellemare Beach. It’s a favorite spot for Mauritians to camp on weekends and have family picnics on Sundays.

Translucent waters, white sand, coconut trees… once again, the postcard effect is going to take your breath away!

So, here’s yet another beautiful beach to discover during your stay in Mauritius.

Extension of Bellemare Beach, Palmar Beach is 5 minutes away and also worth a visit, as is Trou d’Eau Douce Beach, which is truly sublime.

My Advice

I highly recommend planning a boat trip to Île aux Cerfs during your adventure on the East coast. The island is just opposite, about 15 minutes by boat.

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To learn more about Bellemare and its surroundings, I invite you to read my complete guide about things to do on the East coast: What to do in Bellemare? The complete guide

Belle Mare Beach Mauritius
Belle Mare Beach – Mauritius

9. Île aux Cerfs

If you’ve chosen to visit Mauritius for its paradisiacal beaches, then Île aux Cerfs must be on your itinerary!

It’s one of the most popular destinations in Mauritius, and you’re about to find out why.

To get there, of course, you need to take a boat. Shuttles depart every 20-30 minutes from the beach or the jetty at Trou d’Eau Douce.

You should book your full-day excursion that is truly awesome. The trip includes a little detour to the Grande-Rivière-Sud-Est waterfalls as well as drinks and a meal.

To ensure you have a spot on the date of your choice, book now by clicking here:

Just the boat ride through the lagoon is incredible!

Île aux Cerfs boasts endless white sand and turquoise blue ocean. The setting is truly luxurious.

The island is divided into 2 small islets separated by a strip of sand. It is uninhabited but there are restaurants and lots of recreational facilities (water activities, golf course, shops…) on the South islet. The North islet is much quieter and more preserved.

My Advice

On Île aux Cerfs, we are far from the “deserted island” atmosphere as it can often be quite crowded, but you can easily find a quiet spot on the beach if you walk around and get away from the restaurants.

You can also ask the boat captain to drop you off on the North side of the island, which is much wilder.

My Advice

If you’re planning to visit Île aux Cerfs, I’ve prepared a complete guide with all the details, practical info and my tips. It will help you plan your day to perfection and ensure you don’t miss a thing! To read it, click here: How to visit Île aux Cerfs?

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Île aux Cerfs

10. Eureka Creole House

The Eureka colonial house, located in Moka in the center of the island, is another interesting cultural visit to do during your trip to Mauritius. Plan for a half-day visit.

This is an old colonial house built in 1830. You can explore it and discover all the beautifully restored living spaces complete with period furniture.

The gardens are also very beautiful, and the small museum adjacent presents a collection of objects illustrating the lifestyle of the time.

At the end of the garden, a path leads down to the waterfalls below.

Follow the trail that runs along the riverbank to discover four successive waterfalls!

This is a perfect little walk to finish the visit on a high note (don’t forget your mosquito repellent!).

The site also includes a restaurant and a souvenir shop.

My Advice

Don’t hesitate to opt for the guided tour of the house, which I really recommend.

You can request it at the reception when paying for your entrance ticket. Generally, it will be offered to you spontaneously. And that with no additional charge!

This guided tour is quite short and very interesting to learn all about the history of the family that lived in the house, the origin of the objects, the purpose of each room, etc.

Eureka Creole House Mauritius
Eureka Creole House

11. Île aux Bénitiers

Here’s another small island to see during your vacation in Mauritius: Île aux Bénitiers.

This tiny island, 2km long and 500m wide, is less than 1km off the coast of La Gaulette, on the southwest coast.

Similar to Île aux Cerfs, catamaran cruises or speed-boat excursions are organized for a day to explore the islet and the surrounding lagoon.

Île aux Bénitiers is famous for its idyllic white sand beach bordered by a magnificent turquoise lagoon. Part of the beach is occupied by the “village” which is in fact a craft market offering all kinds of souvenirs, local specialties, and fresh juice for sale.

Just walk a few meters south to find a quieter area that is often deserted if you prefer to stay away from the crowds.

A few meters from the coast of Île aux Bénitiers, Crystal Rock proudly sits and also attracts the curious. It is indeed one of the most famous natural wonders of Mauritius.

The boat that takes you to the islet will make a stop so you can admire it up close. You’ll also be invited to put on a mask and snorkel to explore the beautiful fish-rich area there.

The cruises to Île aux Bénitiers also include a meal on the islet, as well as a stop in the Morne Lagoon to observe dolphins and even swim with them!

Don’t wait, book your excursion to Île aux Bénitiers including swimming with dolphins by clicking the button below:

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Want to know more about Île aux Bénitiers? Great, I’ve put together a complete article on the subject, right here: How to Visit Île aux Bénitiers?

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Il aux Benitiers beach

12. The Tea Route

To discover the cultural and gastronomic heritage of Mauritius through its colonial history, there’s nothing better than undertaking the Tea Route!

This journey takes you to the discovery of three emblematic places of Mauritian tea production:

  • 1st visit: Domaine des Aubineaux. Here you will visit one of the last colonial houses on the island (dating back to 1872). You will also see the old stables, the tea salon, the essential oil distillery, and the gardens.
  • 2nd visit: Bois Chéri. In this beautiful region of the south of the island, you can admire endless tea fields. This is where tea is grown, harvested, and packaged. You can visit the tea factory and the tea museum. You’ll finish beautifully with a tea tasting in the chalet with a panoramic view over the entire domain.
  • 3rd visit: Domaine de Saint Aubin. The program includes a visit to the colonial house turned restaurant where you can enjoy a typically Mauritian meal. You will also visit the sugar factory, the rum distillery, and the “House of Vanilla” where the vanilla from Mauritius, which flavors the local tea, is produced.

The Tea Route as a whole takes a full day. You can do it with your rental car or with a guide-driver.

To book your guided tour on the Tea Route, click here.

My Advice

If you want to spread the visit of these three places over several days at your own pace, that’s of course also possible!

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Bois Chéri – The Tea Route

13. Ferney Valley

The Ferney Valley is another must-visit natural destination on your trip to Mauritius!

This southeastern nature reserve spans more than 200 hectares and is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

The reserve is located near Mahébourg and starts at the old Ferney sugar factory. This is where the tour starts, which you can do with a guide or independently.

You can choose from 3 free hiking trails:

  • A 5 km trail, through sugarcane fields and forest land
  • A 13 km trail, more technical
  • Another 20 km trail, for experienced hikers.

4×4 tours are also available by reservation.

All information is available on the official website of Ferney Valley.

My Advice

Remember to look up during the walk, you might spot some endemic bird species of Mauritius like the Kestrel or the Pink Pigeon!

And once again, don’t forget your mosquito repellent and sunscreen!

Ferney Valley
Ferney Valley

14. The 7 Waterfalls Hiking Trail

The 7 Waterfalls natural site (also known as Tamarind Falls) is one of the most beautiful hiking adventures in Mauritius!

In the west of the island, near the town of Tamarin, this quite sporty trail takes you through a series of waterfalls in the heart of nature.

You can choose to do the complete trail to see all seven waterfalls, or just a part of it to see the first four.

The entire tour will take a full day, and a half-day for the shorter route.

I strongly recommend that you do this hike with a guide because the trails are not marked at all. For safety reasons, it’s much better to be accompanied by an expert of the area!

Here is the link to book your guided hike to the 7 Waterfalls:

This is one of the most incredible hikes I have done in Mauritius. Unforgettable!

My Advice

This hike includes river crossings and significant ascents where you need to grab onto trees to move forward. It’s quite physical! So I wouldn’t recommend it for the elderly, the totally non-sporty, or children under 12.

7 Waterfalls Tamarin
The 7 Waterfalls site – Tamarin

15. Flic-en-Flac Beach

Flic-en-Flac is the must-visit long beach on the west coast of Mauritius.

The beach is immense and stretches for about ten kilometers. It’s lined for a large part with filaos (Mauritian pine trees) providing ample shade.

At the beginning of the beach, numerous food trucks sell snacks, fruits, and beachwear.

My Advice

Don’t miss out on the “Roti AKA” food truck to taste the local specialty: faratas, also known as rotis. It’s a sort of savory stuffed crepe with different fillings to choose from, very filling and convenient for eating on the go. And the ones in Flic-en-Flac are the best I’ve had in Mauritius!

In this very touristy resort town you will also find plenty of restaurants, nightclubs, and several luxury hotels.

Visiting Flic-en-Flac is also the chance to try scuba diving! Several diving centers offer bottle diving sessions in the lagoon.

I had the opportunity to dive with one of the diving centers in Tamarin Bay, just 10 minutes from the center of Flic-en-Flac. I highly recommend you to do the same if you want to discover the marine beauty of Mauritius in optimal conditions with a super friendly team.

Here is the link to book your session:

My Advice

Mauritians have a tradition of camping at the beach with family on weekends. Flic-en-Flac beach is therefore usually crowded on Sundays. If you want to avoid the crowd, or if on the contrary, you want to enjoy the local festive atmosphere, it’s good to know!

My Advice

If you plan to go to Flic-en-Flac during your stay in Mauritius, I invite you to read my complete guide on the best things to do and see there: What to do in Flic-en-Flac?

Flic en Flac Beach
Flic en Flac Beach

16. Black River Gorges National Park

Located just a 15-minute drive from Flic-en-Flac, the Black River Gorges National Park is the largest natural reserve in the country.

It’s definitely a must-see during your Mauritian road trip!

In over 6,700 hectares, the reserve hosts protected forest landscapes home to a precious fauna and flora. There are more than 300 species of plants and 9 species of endemic birds!

You can explore it along designated trails. There are several hiking routes of various lengths and levels of difficulty.

Plan at least half a day to visit this natural park at your leisure. Along the way, you will encounter waterfalls, rivers to cross, and stunning viewpoints overlooking the ravines and the southwest coast.

You should definitely opt for the guided tour if you want to experience the best trails and discover the most beautiful hidden corners.

You need to book your guided hike in advance to ensure availability on your desired date. To do so, simply click below:

My Advice

From December to March it’s the rainy season in Mauritius and the park trails are very wet and thus quite slippery. Avoid this time if you can and if not, be cautious.

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For more information and to prepare your visit to the Black River Gorges Park, I invite you to read my detailed article: Visiting Black River Gorges National Park – Complete Guide

Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

17. Le Morne Brabant

It’s arguably the most famous mountain in Mauritius. Le Morne Brabant looms over the southwest coast of the country and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

In this area, there are several activities to enjoy including:

  • enjoying the beach,
  • climbing to the mountain top.

The public beach of Le Morne with its paradisiacal setting is a not-to-be-missed destination during your trip to Mauritius. More “wild” than the beaches in the North, the peaceful beach of Le Morne is situated right at the foot of the mountain.

Before settling down on the beach, you should take on the ascent of Le Morne Brabant! It’s an amazing hike, with breathtaking panoramic views from the top. It takes about 3 hours round trip.

The climb can be quite steep at times, so for a safe hiking experience, I recommend hiring a professional guide.

A guide will teach you a lot about the history and natural heritage of this region while ensuring your safety. You can book your guide right here:

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At the summit of Le Morne, you’ll find a large stone cross. It was erected as a tribute to the slaves who, in times past, were numerous in jumping from the high cliffs of Le Morne Brabant to escape their captors.

At the foot of Le Morne on the beach side, a memorial monument with several artistic works on the history of slavery can also be visited.

My Advice

I provide even more information and tips in my article dedicated to Le Morne Brabant and its region: What to do at Le Morne? The ultimate guide!

Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant

18. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

You shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden during your visit to Mauritius!

It’s one of the most famous tourist attractions on the island. Personally, I go there regularly for strolls and it’s very rejuvenating.

Near Port-Louis, this large tropical garden spans over 37 hectares and shelters several hundred plant species from around the world. It was created in the 18th century by the French governor and botanist Pierre Poivre.

Various fruit trees, palm trees, and bamboos of all kinds, baobabs, aquatic plants, aromatic plants… The collection is vast and some species, like the huge baobabs, are truly impressive.

Especially don’t miss the giant water lily pond, one of the garden’s highlights.

During your visit, you’ll also have the chance to observe animals: fruit bats hanging in the trees, endemic geckos, chameleons, and tropical birds. The park also has a few captive animals (deer and tortoises).

The walk through the park is very soothing and takes 1 to 2 hours for a complete tour.

If you want to learn details about the history of the garden and the species it contains, then you should opt for the guided tour.

Some really nice guides offer their services at the garden entrance for only 2€ per person. Most of the time, they are funny and enhance their explanations with touches of humor that make the visit even more captivating.

My Advice

You can choose to visit the entire northern part of Mauritius in one day with a private guide for a comprehensive tour that includes the Pamplemousses Garden as well as Port-Louis and the northern coast.

Your guide-driver will pick you up directly from your hotel. Click on the link below to book your guided tour of the north of Mauritius:

Pamplemousses Garden
The water lily pond at Pamplemousses Garden

19. Chamarel and the Seven Colored Earths

In the southwest of the island, Chamarel is also one of the must-visit sites during your stay in Mauritius.

The Chamarel plain is located near the Morne Brabant. It is home to one of the island’s most famous natural curiosities: the Seven Colored Earths.

This is a section of preserved natural volcanic land that forms a magnificent gradient of seven different colors. The small dunes range from brown to ochre, passing through shades of violet and purple. It’s truly a feast for the eyes!

The Seven Colored Earths is on private land, so there is an entrance fee. You can save time by purchasing your entry ticket online by clicking here.

On your walk to the site, you will come across the stunning Chamarel Waterfall and its 100 meters of cascading water. You can even get up close and swim underneath.

After visiting the Seven Colored Earths, you can continue with a visit to the Ebony Forest, which is located on the same private property.

My Advice

A few years ago it was possible to walk on the Seven Colored Earths and even collect a sample. Over time, as the site started to deteriorate, it was decided to close off access. That’s why there are barriers all around today.

On the day you visit Chamarel, also plan to visit the Rum Distillery. It’s really interesting, even for those who don’t enjoy the drink!

You’ll get to discover the entire process of producing Mauritian rum and enjoy, if you feel like it (and if you’re not driving afterwards ^^), a small tasting of different vintages!

My Advice

To make the most of your time and visit the entire southwest of Mauritius in one day, you should book this guided excursion with a driver that I personally loved.

It includes visits to the sacred site of Grand Bassin, Chamarel Rum Distillery, the Seven Colored Earths and other bonuses along the way. Book this guided tour with a driver by clicking here:

My Advice

For more details about all the things to see and do in Chamarel, feel free to read my comprehensive guide to this destination: What to do and see in Chamarel? Complete Guide

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The Seven Colored Earths – Chamarel

20. Ebony Forest

Right next to the Seven Colored Earths is the Ebony Forest Reserve.

This nature reserve has only been open to the public since 2017. It’s a protected tropical forest undergoing restoration. Once decimated for ebony wood harvesting, this native forest today benefits from a 50-hectare restoration project.

The site has recently opened a small section with the aim of raising visitor awareness for biodiversity conservation. It also welcomes schools for educational visits.

At the entrance, a small museum (which I adore) very educationally summarizes the entire natural history of Mauritius. Following that, you will be taken by 4×4 into the heart of the reserve where a guide will tell you about the project’s inception, the species present, and all the details about the forest.

You can choose between the classic tour, one focused on the observation of endemic birds, and a special tour where you can plant a tree. All the details are on the official Ebony Forest website.

At the end of the tour, you can climb up to “Sublime Point,” a panoramic viewpoint that truly lives up to its name. It’s definitely one of the most spectacular spots I’ve seen on the island.

You can admire the entire Morne Brabant Bay from a platform while sipping a drink.

My Advice

Since 2019, the team at Ebony Forest has begun a program for the reintroduction of giant tortoises into the forest. So, you might get a chance to observe them during your visit!

21. Mahebourg and Blue Bay

How could you not consider spending a day in Mahebourg during your trip to Mauritius?

This little slice of paradise on the southeast coast was a huge highlight for me!

Mahebourg is the very first city built in Mauritius. Full of history, it has retained a unique and very different vibe from the rest of the island. Here, time seems to slow down. Everything is very “roots,” all is cool, peaceful. Although I live in Mauritius, every time I come to Mahebourg, I always feel transported.

For me, it’s a truly special place that you shouldn’t miss!

This small coastal town can be quickly toured. The waterfront is very pretty, and you can continue your stroll in the surrounding streets.

You should then spend some time in the neighboring village of Blue Bay. The beaches are beautiful, especially the Pointe d’Esny beach, likely one of the most beautiful on the entire island.

My Advice

For dinner in an authentic place with an ultra-relaxing mood, I recommend the small snack spot named “L’Ajoupa“. It’s located on Souffleur Street in Mahebourg. Delicious food, good vibes, and relaxation guaranteed!

My Advice

Planning to visit the Mahebourg area during your holiday in Mauritius? Then don’t hesitate to read my article dedicated to the region: Top 12 Things to Do in Mahebourg

Blue Bay Mahébourg Mauritius
Blue Bay – Mahébourg – Mauritius

22. Eau Bleue

Just a few kilometers from Mahébourg (a 15-minute drive), a lesser-known treasure of Mauritius is hidden: Eau Bleue!

As its name suggests, it’s a succession of waterfalls descending into a river with stunning turquoise blue water.

A true little piece of paradise, still kept secret and unmarked by any signage (and that’s probably for the best!).

To find it, you need to head to the village of Cluny and follow the B83 road that runs through the sugarcane fields.

You’ll need to look out for the “CWA Water Tank” pumping station and, at this point, walk along the path that cuts through the cane field towards the trees.

After a few minutes of walking, you’ll come upon the first waterfall. You can then follow the river to see the successive waterfalls.

The second waterfall can also be found from the road, about 1km past the CWA Water Tank. Look for the small earth entrance. Then you’ll need to descend steeply to reach a beautiful waterfall and its turquoise water basin, where you can swim and take amazing photos!

My Advice

Be careful where you park your car! There’s no parking available, and it’s strongly advised not to park on the road. I recommend finding a spot at the entrance of a sugarcane field and walking to the path that leads to the waterfall.

23. Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin is a sacred place in Mauritius.

Known as “Ganga Talao” (referencing the sacred Ganges River in India), this ancient crater turned lake is a place of pilgrimage for Mauritian Hindus.

Every year, during the festival of Maha Shivaratri, many Hindus make the journey on foot from their homes to Grand Bassin, carrying colorful chariots depicting their gods.

If you’re visiting Mauritius during this time of the year (in February/March), you’re likely to see them along the roads!

Outside of this religious festival, the sacred lake is open to visitors all year round.

Upon arrival, I think you will be just as impressed as I was by the two massive statues of the gods Shiva and Durga, each erected on one side of the road. They stand over 30 meters tall and are truly spectacular!

The statue of Durga is actually the largest statue of this deity in the world.

Around the lake, you will discover several temples and statues honoring Hindu gods. You can even have a “tika” painted on your forehead to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Grand Bassin is also a haven for monkeys who are not shy to come close in search of treats (be careful not to feed them just anything, as it could make them sick!).

My Advice

I recommend booking the full guided tour of southwest Mauritius which includes a visit to Grand Bassin. This will allow you to combine several major sites of interest in one day and learn much more about Ganga Talao and Hindu culture. Book your spot right here:

My Advice

I have also prepared a detailed guide on Grand Bassin with all my tips and practical information you need to know to visit this iconic site. To read it, click here: Visiting Grand Bassin – What to Do and See + My Tips

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The sacred lake of Grand Bassin

24- Gris-Gris Beach

I couldn’t conclude this list of the most beautiful sights to see in Mauritius without mentioning Gris-Gris Beach!

Unlike other beaches in Mauritius, it’s quite a different scene, and that’s what makes it so interesting!

Located in the far south of the country, Gris-Gris Beach is wild, with a choppy sea, impressive waves and black volcanic rock cliffs.

This exceptional beach is near the village of Souillac at the southern tip of the island.

It offers a spectacular view from the overlook at the entrance. You can then descend the stairs to reach the sand and dip your feet in the water.

However, be warned, swimming here is not advised due to the rough seas!

Afterward, make sure to visit the “Roche qui Pleure” (Weeping Rock), a cliff that extends into the sea where waves crash against it, creating a continuous flow of “tears” down the rocks!

Good to know

The reason why Gris-Gris is subject to all these waves is because there is no coral reef barrier here, unlike the majority of Mauritius’s coastlines!

Gris-Gris beach
Gris-Gris Beach

Where to Stay in Mauritius?

To save you time in planning your vacation, I’ve compiled a small list of the best accommodations in Mauritius, according to your budget and sorted by region.

Simply click on the links to get more information and to book.

Accommodation in Northern Mauritius

  • Le Mandala Moris: guesthouse located in Pointe aux Canonniers, 700m from the beach, with a pool, comfortable rooms, and meticulous decoration. The staff are lovely and the location is ideal. Starting from 100€ per night for a couple.
  • Bleu de Toi Guesthouse: lovely and comfortable guest rooms located just 5 minutes walk from the beach. The guesthouse has a pool, a beautiful garden, and a large terrace where breakfast can be enjoyed to the sound of chirping birds. Double room from 140€. One of the best affordable luxury stays in the North!
  • Océan V Hotel: 4-star hotel in Peyrébère, 50m from the beach. It features an infinity pool, a gym, a jacuzzi, and a restaurant. Stay in a comfortable double room from 150€ per night, breakfast included.
  • Sakoa Boutik Hotel: wonderful small hotel in Trou-aux-Biches, located on the beach in a dream setting. White sand beach and pool, bar, restaurant, and spa. Highly attentive staff and all-comfort room. Double room from 230€ per night. I highly recommend it for a high-end stay in Mauritius.
  • Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort: luxurious grand hotel 5 minutes from the center of Grand Baie. Access to the pool, spa, and beach. 3 restaurants. The perfect choice for a luxury stay in the north of Mauritius. Starting from 250€ per night.
  • LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences: this is THE vacation hotel of the north, extravagantly luxurious, ideal for those who want to go all out! Double room from 450€ per night (extra 25€ for breakfast).

Where to Stay in West Mauritius

  • Lariad BnB: a welcoming residence, very well-located just 5 minutes walk from Flic-en-Flac beach. Stay in a comfortable double room from 50€, breakfast included. The residence features a lovely outdoor area with a tropical garden, 2 pools, and a terrace for breakfast. Ideal for an economical stay in Mauritius!
  • Shanti Ghar Guest House: settle into a beautifully decorated guest house, well-located less than 2km from Black River Tamarin beach. Free access to the outdoor pool, the shared lounge, the garden, and the bar. Comfortable double room with balcony from 95€/night.
  • La Mariposa Mauritius: hotel situated on the coast at Rivière Noire in a tranquil environment, just 10km from Chamarel and the Seven Colored Earth. Magnificent view of Le Morne Mountain. Double room with breakfast from 120€/night. The property has a private beach, a pool, and a lovely garden.
  • Veranda Tamarin Hotel & Spa: a gorgeous small hotel in Tamarin Bay. Double room with balcony and sea or mountain view for about 150€ per night. The hotel includes 2 restaurants, 2 pools, and a spa. Lovingly attentive staff. A great choice for an affordable luxury stay in Mauritius!
  • Sugar Beach A Sun Resort: splendid hotel located on Flic-en-Flac beach. For a minimum of 390€/night, stay in luxurious independent villas with direct ocean views. The ultimate luxury stay in West Mauritius.

The Best Hotels in Eastern Mauritius

  • EvaZion: located in Grande Rivière Sud-Est, nestled in a serene natural setting, 20 minutes from the beach of Bellemare. Comfortable double room with clean decor from 80€/night. Outdoor pool, restaurant, kayaks available, and direct shuttle to Île aux Cerfs. The welcome is warm, and the setting peaceful.
  • Otentic Eco Tent Experience: Live an incredible experience by sleeping in a comfortable tent surrounded by nature, between river and ocean, luxury camping style. Tent for 2 to 5 people from 130€ per night. Many on-site activities, swimming pool, and delicious restaurant with local products. My favorite for a rejuvenating stay in East Mauritius!
  • Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel: stunning hotel located by the lagoon in Bellemare. Bright, spacious, and cozy double room with balcony from 175€ per night, meals included. Access to the beach, pool, and spa.
  • Le Touessrok: grand luxury hotel on the seafront in Trou d’Eau Douce. A paradisiacal setting with pools, restaurants, a wellness center, and even access to the hotel’s private island! Top comfort double room with balcony and sea view for 450€/night, breakfast included. I recommend this if you’re looking for a grand luxury stay on Mauritius Island!

Where to Stay in the South of Mauritius?

South-East Region (near Mahébourg):

  • Le Jardin de Beauvallon: A charming small hotel located just 10 minutes from the airport, in Mahébourg. Individual bungalows for two starting at 61€ per night. Free access to the outdoor pool and tropical garden. The hotel also has a restaurant. I recommend it for affordable and comfortable holidays in Mauritius!
  • La Peninsula Bay Beach Resort & Spa: 200m away from Blue Bay beach and 1km from Pointe d’Esny beach. A beautiful hotel with family rooms (1 double bed and 2 single beds) from 160€ per night. Private beach, water activities, and a paradisiacal setting.
  • Preskil Island Resort: 4-star hotel facing the lagoon of Mahébourg, with a view of the Ile aux Aigrettes. Stay in a stunning double room with sea view starting at 170€. Enjoy the two pools, the spa, and activities and excursions included in the room price.
  • Ferney Nature Lodge: 10 km from the airport, stay in an eco-lodge in the heart of the beautiful Ferney Valley. The suites are superbly decorated, extremely comfortable, including a sleeping area with a double bed, private bathroom, and a terrace, all starting from 295€ per night. Outdoor swimming pool and restaurant with an amazing view of the valley. I absolutely love it!

South-West Region (near Chamarel/Le Morne):

  • La Vieille Cheminée: The absolute comfort in the heart of nature: this is what this extraordinary establishment offers, located in Chamarel at the edge of an endemic forest, with a mountain view. You will stay in an independent chalet with a double room, bathroom, and equipped kitchen for 125€/night, delicious breakfast included. My favorite in the south-west of Mauritius!
  • LUX Le Morne Resort: One of the most beautiful and largest hotels in the South-West, at the foot of Le Morne Mountain. Spacious double rooms tastefully decorated from 295€ per night. The hotel has several pools, restaurants, and a spa. Direct access to the stunning Le Morne beach.
  • Hotel Chalets Chamarel: A magnificent hotel in the heights of the village of Chamarel, with a breathtaking view of the mountain and the coast of Le Morne. Ultra-comfortable independent chalets available from 340€ per night minimum, breakfast and dinner included. The meals are homemade with fresh and local products. The ultimate luxury-nature stay in the south of Mauritius!

Now you are acquainted with the 24 must-see places in Mauritius and the best spots to stay on the island. I hope this article helps you plan your visit to Mauritius!

Renting a Car in Mauritius

To easily get around during your stay in Mauritius, the most convenient option is to rent a car upon arrival.

Having your own car will enable you to fully enjoy your trip without wasting time and without relying on buses or taxis.

My advice: Avoid small individual car rental companies at all costs. When it comes to insurance in case of damage (not to mention scams), it’s really not recommended and it would be a shame to spoil your stay for such a reason.

To benefit from the best price and the best insurance for your vehicle rental, I recommend using Booking Cars.

To me, it’s the best provider, and I use it every time I travel.

With Booking Cars you can be sure to:

  • easily compare prices for all car rental offers in Mauritius
  • benefit from a comprehensive insurance protection
  • receive a quick refund in case of any issues
  • have the ability to cancel your booking for free right up until the last moment

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

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

Travel Insurance for Mauritius: My Advice

My Advice

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

That’s why it is essential to take out travel insurance with good medical coverage before you go.

To ensure your safety while traveling, I recommend the following 2 insurance options (both include epidemic coverage – like Covid-19 – which is very important!)

Signing up is very simple; just click on the links below:

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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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