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The 10 excursions you absolutely must do in Mauritius

Located in the Indian Ocean, about 2 hours flight from Madagascar, Mauritius is a real paradise, between dream beaches, crystal clear sea, coral reefs, nature and forests. Ideal for all types of travelers: whether you are a lover of the sea and relaxation, water sports or adventure, here you will find plenty of activities to take part in to discover every little corner of this magnificent destination.
The best way to get around is to rent a car or a scooter, while public transport connects the main towns.
Here are some tips for you on 10 excursions you absolutely must do in Mauritius.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Ile aux Cerfs
  3. Le Morne
  4. Tamarin Falls
  5. Île aux Aigrettes and Nature Reserve
  6. Ile des Deux Cocos
  7. Casela World of Adventures
  8. Diving in Grand Baie
  9. La Vanille Nature Park and South Coast
  10. Chamarel and Seven Colored Earth
  11. Black River Gorges National Park
  12. When to go: climate and best time
  13. User questions and comments
  14. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 1.240.000
  • Capital: Port Louis
  • Languages: English and French; in the Creole rural areas of Mauritius
  • Local currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR) / € 1,00 = 39,87 MUR
  • Weather: tropical, with average temperatures of 28 degrees for the whole year
  • Time zone: GMT + 4 (2 hours ahead of Italy)
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: passport; return flight ticket; visa not required for tourist stays of less than 90 days
  • 1 - Ile aux Cerfs

    An absolutely unmissable stop during your trip is the Isola dei Cervi. It is located on the eastern side of the islands, south of the smaller Ilot Mangenie. You can access the island every day from 9:00 to 18:00 and to reach it you can take advantage of the boat shuffle operating every day from 9:30 to 18:00, with a frequency of every 30 minutes, from Pointe Maurice to Ile aux Cerfs Masala Jetty and vice versa.

    Activities on the island are many and varied: You can relax on the beautiful beaches, have fun at the Adventure Park or play golf at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club. If you love water sports, you can go parasailing, wakeboarding, snorkeling and diving.

    If you want to visit the island in peace and without worrying about the organization, you can take part in one of the many organized tours that, in addition to the visit of the island, include a catamaran trip, a barbecue lunch and snorkeling in the beautiful bay of Deux Freres - book online



    • Cities / places concerned: Ile aux Cerfs
    • duration: about 7/8 hours
    • difficulties: relaxation, suitable for anyone
    • Average price: starting from € 70,00 per person

    2 - Le Morne

    A place of incredible beauty, to be visited absolutely! It is about a peninsula located at the southwestern tip of Mauritius, on the windiest side of the island. And also one of the areas little attacked by mass tourism, a true corner of paradise.

    Here they are some of the most fascinating landscapes of the whole island, with mountains overlooking the sea, many of which formed by volcanic rocks. The beach, more than 4 kilometers long, overlooks the lagoon with turquoise water. It is only 1/5 free, the rest is private and belongs to the numerous hotels present here.
    Thanks to the winds that often blow on the peninsula, this is the perfect area for windsurfing and kitesurfing lovers, but also for snorkeling and diving.

    If you want to visit the island in peace and without worrying about the organization, you can take part in one of the many organized tours that include excursions to the top of the mountains all around the peninsula, from which you can enjoy an absolutely magnificent view, which will repay everyone. efforts - book online

    • Cities / places concerned: Le Morne World Heritage Site, Le Morne Public Beach
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: relaxation if you only visit the beaches / difficult if you take the trekking path
    • Average price: starting from € 50,00 per person

    3 - Tamarin Falls

    They are located in the hinterland of the island, near Curepipe, the second city of the island after the capital Port Louis and which is located at the foot of the now extinct volcano Trou aux Cerfs. Curepipe is also the starting point for the excursion to the falls, from here you can take part in various tours. Attention: the paths you will follow are not always well marked, therefore it is essential to contact an expert guide and do not undertake the walk individually.

    The hike will take you to walk for a few hours in the midst of unspoiled nature, green and luxuriant, until you reach the entrance of the gorge, where an absolutely incredible spectacle will open before your eyes: a canyon with 11 waterfalls with several jumps of the total height of 300 meters that form a beautiful natural pool on the bottom.

    If you want to visit the island in peace and without worrying about the organization, you can take part in one of the many organized tours where an expert guide will take you on a 3-hour visit to discover the waterfalls and the surrounding area - book online



    • Cities / places concerned: Tamarin waterfalls, waterfalls nature reserve
    • duration: 3 hours
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 35,00 per person

    4 - Île aux Aigrettes and Nature Reserve

    It is a small island located off the southeastern coast of the island, near the city of Mahebourg. The islet can only be reached by boat and only by taking part in an organized tour, which depart daily, from 9:00 to 16:30, from Pointe Jerome, 3,5 kilometers from Mahebourg. The duration varies from an hour and a half to 2 hours.

    Of only 25 hectares, the Île aux Aigrettes has been declared a Nature Reserve and is controlled and preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. During the tour you will be accompanied by an expert forest ranger, who will tell you the history of the island, the project they are carrying out to preserve this natural sanctuary and will introduce you to the flora and fauna that live here.
    The tour includes boat transport and a hour guided tour - book online

    • Cities / places concerned: Île aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve
    • duration: 2 hours
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 20,00 per person

    5 - Ile des Deux Cocos

    It is a private island which is located off the south east coast of Mauritius, in the beautiful setting of the Blue Bay marine park.
    You can visit the island only by booking one of the official tours.

    There are so many activities to do and you will spend your day relaxing and having fun! You can relax on the beautiful beaches, swim in the warm and crystal clear waters. Don't forget to snorkel among the beautiful corals, in search of the tropical fish that live in this sea. If you don't want to snorkel, you can organize a ride in a glass bottom boat, which will still allow you to admire the beautiful seabed.

    You can take part in one of the many organized tours, such as the tour on the Ile des Deux Cocos, which includes boat transfer, buffet lunch, snorkeling in the marine park and, if selected, also the transfer from your hotel. Alternatively, you can book on the island's official website, which organizes both stays and day trips to discover this place.



    • Cities / places concerned: Ile des Deux Cocos, Blue Bay Marine Park
    • duration: a day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 100,00 per person

    6 - Casela World of Adventures

    It is an adventure park and natural park where you can discover the local culture where to spend fun hours with the family. It is open every day from 9:00 to 17:00 and the full basic ticket costs 850 MUR (about € 21,40) while the reduced one costs 595 MUR (about € 15,00), then there are several packages and offers in based on what you most would like to see, as well as some activities not included in the entrance such as the E-Bike Safari or the Safari Quad. All detailed information can be found on the official website.

    There are many activities offered: you can visit for example the bird park, the kingdom of monkeys, the farm and the land of the llamas, interact with the big cats, quad safari or e-bike. The 4D cinema projection is also included in the basic entrance ticket.

    If you want to visit the island in peace and without worrying about the organization, you can take part in one of the many organized tours - book online

    • Cities / places concerned: Casela World of Adventures
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: easy, suitable for families
    • Average price: starting from € 22,00 per person

    7 - Diving in Grand Baie

    If you lovers of diving and animals that live in the oceans, you cannot miss this small village characterized by sandy beaches, where there is also Grand-Baie Public Beach, an inlet where several sailboats stop every day.

    This area is perfect for diving, as offshore, around the islets of Gunner's Quoin and Flat Island, you will find hammerhead sharks and lots of different fish. You can then explore old wrecks, coral expanses and if you are lucky you may even come across some turtles. This really is paradise for diving.

    If you want to visit the island in peace and without worrying about the organization, you can take part in one of the many organized tours, it offers you two 40-minute dives in two different places, a certified instructor for every two participants and the complete set of diving equipment - book online

    • Cities / places concerned: Grand Baie, diving
    • duration: 4 hours
    • difficulties: difficult, suitable for those who like to dive
    • Average price: starting from € 75,00 per person

    8 - La Vanille Nature Park and south coast

    It is a natural park located in the south, near Souillac. You can interact with the turtles and meet Domino, the centennial turtle that weighs 275 kg, here is the largest herd of Aldabra tortoises in the world. You will also be able to discover and see many other animals up close, such as Mauritian monkeys, iguanas, lemurs and bats, crocodiles and every day at 11:30 you can witness the moment in which they are fed. The park is open every day from 8:30 to 17:00.

    In addition to the park, in this area, you should also visit the Bois Cheri tea plantation and factory, the largest on the island and the sugar estate of Saint Aubin, former sugar cane plantation.

    If you want to take part in one of the many organized tours, the Bois Cheri, Saint Aubin and La Vanille Tour reserve, it will allow you to enter the park, a rum tasting in Saint Aubin and lunch, also includes the transfer from your hotel , transport and a guide.

    • Cities / places concerned: La Vanille Nature Park, Bois Cheri, Saint Aubin
    • duration: a day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 100,00 per person

    9 - Chamarel and Seven Colored Earth

    Known as the Land of the 7 colors of Chamarel, are located in the southwestern part of the island, not far from La Morne. The colors of the earth are the result of a geological phenomenon of volcanic origin.
    The park is open all year from 8:30 to 17:30.

    Inside the Seven Colored Earth geothermal, there is the beautiful Chamarel waterfall, which makes a jump of about 100 meters. By taking part in a trekking excursion lasting about three hours, you can get to the base and swim in the natural pool. And don't forget to also visit the Turtle Park and meet the giant tortoises.

    If you want to visit the island in peace and without worrying about the organization, you can take part in one of the many organized tours that will take you to discover this beautiful area by bike and includes entry to the Seven Colored Earth and the Rum distillery, plus other activities - book online

    • Cities / places concerned: Chamarel, Seven Colored Earth
    • duration: a day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: admission to the park from 250 MUR (approximately € 6,30) per person

    10 - Black River Gorges National Park

    It is the national park whose main entrance is located in Les Gorges Road, 6 kilometers from Grande Riviere Noire, on the west coast of Mauritius. This is a large rain park not far from the aforementioned Chamarel, with 2 information centers, several picnic areas and about 60 kilometers of hiking trails, which will lead you to every corner of the national park.

    Founded in 1994 by the President of the Republic of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park covers 6.574 hectares of forest and the purpose is to preserve and conserve the flora and fauna of the park, educating visitors and locals to respect the environment. Inside, you will also find several panoramic terraces from which to enjoy a beautiful view of all the surrounding nature, such as Macchabee Viewpoint and the Gorges Viewpoint.

    • Cities / places concerned: Black River Gorges National Park
    • duration: half day or full day
    • difficulties: depending on the chosen trekking path, from easy to challenging
    • Average price: free entry

    When to go: climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, characterized by two seasons: a summer season, very humid, hot and rainy (from November to April) and a winter season, cooler and milder (from May to October); in summer temperatures range between 25 ° and 30 °, while in winter they can drop to 18 ° - for more info read Climate in Mauritius: when to go and not to go
    • Best time: if you prefer the sea, the best months are May, October and November; if you love water sports such as surfing and diving, the whole winter period is excellent, i.e. from May to October, as the trade winds blow on the island which create the perfect conditions for practicing these sports
    • Period to avoid: the months of January, February and beginning of March as they correspond to the period of maximum cyclone activity
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