Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons, and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox.
Best time to visit is from May to November.
A tour of the North isn’t complete without a visit to Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius. The city is a blend of the old and the new. Learn about the history of the sugar industry set in an old sugar factory. Visit the Sugar World Museum L’Aventure du Sucre and also discover the slave trade and rum of Mauritius The second oldest racecourse in the world, Champ de Mars Racecourse stands here. A visit of the capital via the heavily-fortified rectangular Citadel is exhilarating and gives excellent views of its surrounding area. Visitors love to explore the Virgin Mary, Marie Reine De Paix; an open church. Enjoy browsing the shops at Le Caudan Waterfront where you can buy all the Mauritius souvenirs. And do not forget the Blue Penny Museum, which has two rarest postage stamps in the world.
Visit some of the highlights and landmarks in this corner of the island, including the Seven Colored Earth, the Chamarel Waterfall, the Black River Gorges Waterfall, Grand Bassin and Trou aux Cerf, among other destinations. Trou aux Cerf, a massive volcanic crater that measures 656 feet (200m) across and 279 feet (85m) deep. From the edge of the crater, you can see panoramic views of Mare aux Vacoas, Rose Hill and Cureipipe.
Visit Grand Bassin, home to a Hindu Temple and a surrounding sacred lake. Be amazed by the tall statue of Shiva and the view from the temple. Depart for Black River Gorges Natural Park, where you’ll visit the Alexandra Fall and get views over the southern portion of the island. From Black River Gorges Waterfall, snap photos of views over western Mauritius. Stop for a rum tasting at the Rhumerie de Chamarel, a distillery that makes Mauritius’ native rum, then continue to the nearby Chamarel Waterfall; the country’s tallest waterfall, which plunges 328 feet (100 meters) against a natural backdrop and makes for impressive photos
The 7 Colored Earth, one of the islands most famous sights. Colourful sand dunes mark natural geological formation. The stunning look is shifting and changing with the winds. Layers of volcanic rock, rich with iron and aluminium deposits impart unique colours. The different shades of blue, green, red and yellow are apparently the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash. The day’s last stop is the Shop of Ship Model, where you can see skilled craftsmen at work on ship miniatures, some of which take months.
Sailing is a dream activity in the peaceful waters and the stunning mountain scenery certainly adds to the view of the coast as you cruise through its longest lag. The day is packed with adventures, including the chance to snorkel; view the Grand River South East (GRSE) river and its spectacular waterfalls, giant bat colony, and monkeys; and maybe even see dolphins playing in the catamaran’s wake. It is your choice to either, swim in calm waters, snorkel with colorful reef fish or soak up the glorious sun rays or simply relax.
Wallow in the white beaches and turquoise waters of the Blue Bay Marine Park. Pristine and unexplored the islet is a gem sitting in the reef-filled Blue Bay Marine Park. It is verdant with palm trees, white sands, and a small, luxurious beach resort. The white beaches and turquoise waters of the Blue Bay Marine Park has some of the clearest waters on the island and is the best spot for snorkeling in Mauritius. Soak up the sun, explore the island or swim or See the exotic underwater life on a glass-bottom boat trip.
Tamarin Bay is a haven for the dolphin encounter. Experience swimming with untamed dolphins that call these waters home. You will enjoy 2.5 hours on the open sea viewing and swimming with dolphins. Depending on the amount of time left, you will then go to The Aquarium, a popular snorkelling and diving site with beautiful coral and tropical fish.
Whale watching tour on the open seas to view these magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat. Humpback whales can be sighted off the Mauritian coast between July and September/October. Whale watching is a different and more difficult outing as you will have to go further out to sea and the success will depend a lot on the weather and sea conditions.
An outdoor amusement complex with safari tours, camel rides, zip lines, and more. On the west end of Mauritius, you’ll explore beautiful gardens and a bird sanctuary. Then, board a safari vehicle to see Java deer, wild boars, monkeys, zebras, impalas, white rhinos, and more. See the best of African wildlife by safari bus, Quad or Segway. Explore the park’s terrain on horses or take a camel ride. Feed the giraffes, lorikeets and even pygmy hippos.