Mauritius is known for its reefs, beaches, and lagoons. Enjoy Black River Gorges National Park, hiking trails, rainforests, waterfalls, wildlife and flying fox etc.
Being a popular honeymoon and luxury place for celebs, Mauritius is now a high-class spot proposing top-class services in its many luxurious hotels, bungalows, and villas.
However, Mauritius is not only about beaches, it has tons of blossoming forests, breath-taking views and historic sites that are to be seen.
If you are planning to visit every corner of the island. Hire a car and visit it at your own speed. Check out the must-see places in Mauritius.
TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT:
1. Le Morne
Le Morne is a beautiful clean beach where one can swim in crystal clear waters and head over to kite-surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. And the Casuarina trees there, offer soothing shade along the beach.
From cultural attractions to historical sites, explore all other local attractions in Le Morne.
You must visit Le Morne Mountain which is the World Heritage. A single place has so much of Mauritius’ history in it.
Le Morne Brabant which is found in the South of Mauritius is a scarcely inhabited place that is mostly surrounded by the hotels.
Chamarel is a village in the southwest of Mauritius which has a unique volcanic natural phenomenon resulting in seven colored earth (red, green, blue, brown, violet, yellow and purple).
It is is a famous tourist attraction which is made up of sand dunes of different distinct colors. This geographical phenomenon is as a result of the cooling, at different temperatures, of volcanic rocks.
Chamarel attracts you to to the perfect spot which is the highest waterfall in Mauritius at 100 meters. Climbing the stairs to the viewing platform reveals a stunning view.
a) Mauritian resident
Adults- Rs 500
Children- Rs 250
Adults – Rs 1000
Children- Rs 500
Lunch: Rs 200
Opening hours: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Note: The tours runs 3 times a day which must be booked in advance.
3. Black River Gorges National Park
The Black River Gorges is one of the largest and best national parks in Mauritius which stretches over 6574 hectares of incredible wildlife and native forests covering 3.5% of land area.
This dense forest consists of nearly 300 species of flowering plants.
You can enjoy the breathtaking views of waterfalls, vistas, flying fox, hiking, gorges, and peaks. The national park is your best place if you want to see one of the rarest birds in the world.
Since it is the habitat of the Pink Pigeon (a bird endemic to Mauritius, which has approximately reached extinction. For the nature lovers, the national park has a number of long hiking trails.
For visitors the who loved immense outdoors, then black river gorges is an ideal place to let yourself be carried away with its charm.
Entry Tickets: No entry fee
Opening hours: Monday to Friday (8:00 am to 3:15 pm) and Saturday (8:00 am to 11:00 am)
4. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
The Botanic Garden is also known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden. It is one of the most famous tourist attraction which covers 60 acres of land with numerous of varieties of palm trees.
It is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. If you love the colorful flowers and green sights of Mauritius, you will enjoy this botanical garden a lot.
One unique feature of the garden is its giant lily ponds with frogs and tadpoles, lakes with giant fishes and turtles and fruit bat trees with bats hanging from the branches.
Address: Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Opening Hours: 8:30AM–5:30PM (Monday to Sunday including public holidays)
a) Mauritian resident
Under the age of 5 – Free
Between the age of 5 and 59- Rs 25.00
Of the age of 60 and over- Free
Under the age of 5- Free
Of the age of 5 and non-holder of a residence permit- Rs 200
Holder of a residence permit- Rs 25
Note: Entry free on Public Holidays and Sundays for Mauritians only.
5. La Vanille Crocodile Park
You will also see creatures including giant bats, monkeys, giant turtles and a huge insect collection except for crocodiles.
You will learn more about the endangered species endemic to Mauritius. Insectarium is one of the largest private collections of butterfly and other insects in the world.
The restaurant of the park even proposes Crocodile Curry on its menu.
a) Mauritian resident
Adult- Rs 270
Child (3 to 12 years old)- Rs 125
Adult- Rs 490
Child (3 to 12 years old)- Rs 250
c) Child under 3 years old- free
Guided tour offered:
Every half hour*
a) First tour at 8.30am
b) Last tour at 4.30pm
In summer (1st November – 30th April): Last tour at 5.00pm.
6. Chateau de La Bourdonnais
Chateau de Labourdonnais helps you to rediscover into lives of the 19th-century Mauritian lifestyle as well as its history. The grand mansion was restored between 2006 & 2010 and converted into a museum.
It is surrounded by beautiful orchards, Vanilla Plantation that consists of a large variety of fruit trees and decorative plants.
After visiting the château you can have a promenade in its garden, then go to its distillery and in the end, taste the Rhum locally produced at the Rhumerie des Mascareignes.
At the estate, you will also have the opportunity to taste typical Mauritian cuisine.
Address: Riviere Du Rempart, Mauritius
Opening Hours: 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM (All Days)
Adults: Rs 375
Senior Citizen: Rs 300
Children: From 4 to 12 (Rs 200) and under 4 (free)
Special prices for residents, groups, and schools, etc.
7. Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile Aux Cerfs Island located on the east coast of Mauritius with spectacular white sandy beaches, waters of all shades of blue and palm trees.
It remains one of the main attractions of the island. It is the perfect spot to relax, enjoy a BBQ and doing parasailing to have a majestic eye bird view of this isle.
The picture-postcard blue lagoon will make you feel as if you just come on a ‘Treasure Island.’ There you can enjoy cruising experience, water sports activities etc.
Its main beach offers basic services including restaurants serving tasty food. It also houses the Bernard Langer golf course.
8. La Roche Qui Pleure /Le Souffleur
This place is simply relaxing, amazing, and inspiring. Unique big waves hitting against the volcanic cliffs.
The rocks will make you hear, at each backslash, the rocks breathing that everyone should see and enjoy.
9. Grand Bassin
Address: Savanne District, Mauritius
Grand Bassin, an extinct volcano and now a lake high up in the mountains (nearly 1800 feet above sea level) is the most sacred Hindu place on the Mauritius Island.
Ganga Talao is a sacred place for Hindus that represents the Ganges river of India. The mountains of the South West surrounded by colorful Hindu gods and temples will keep lure you. You can visit Ganga Talao at any time of the year.
There is also a majestic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that has a 108-foot statue of Shiva. The people of the island believe that it is filled with sacred waters from the Ganges on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
10. Champ de Mars
Lover of horse races? Then this is surely a place for you. Put on your best dress and spend your holiday at the Champ de Mars racecourse.
The race course is the second oldest in the world and oldest in the southern hemisphere. It is situated in Mauritius’ capital of Port Louis.
You can enjoy drinks and canapes and electric atmosphere at the Champ de Mars. And who knows, if you bet, you might win a jackpot.
This is not the end because there are other places to visit also but the above mentioned are those whom you should not miss!!