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Welcome to Mauritius

Floating in the Indian Ocean with open-water access to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia, the African island of Mauritius is a cultural melting pot cradled by bone-white beaches and azure water. Even if you're short on time, Mauritius' relatively small size means it's easy to see the island in its entirety. Sightseeing tours that stop at top attractions such as the Chamarel Waterfall, the Black River Gorges National Park, Grand Bassin lake in Ganga Talao, and the Trou aux Cerfs Crater are a popular choice among first-time visitors. Cultivated gardens of giant water lilies, ebonies, and palms paint the landscape at Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (also called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden), while the Seven Colored Earth lures photographers and ecologists with its vibrant sand dunes. Off the coast of Mauritius, opportunities for diving and other water sports abound. Swim with dolphins off the coast of Port Louis, surf the waves at Le Morne, snorkel off Grand Baie, take a catamaran cruise to nearby Île aux Cerfs, or comb the beach at Trou d'Eau Douce. Kid-friendly options such as the Bois Cheri Plantation or the Vanille Réserve des Mascareigne nature park make Mauritius ideal for families too, while romantic beaches and luxurious resorts attract honeymooners in equal measure.

Top 10 attractions in Mauritius

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Île aux Cerfs

Île aux Cerfs

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In a region full of beautiful beaches it can be difficult to name a true standout, but if there is one, the sandy shores of Île aux Cerfs, may just take the title. This private island off the east coast of Mauritius in the Flacq district is owned by an exquisite five-star hotel and serves as a destination for travelers seeking island luxury.Visitors can wander approximately 100 hectares of pristine beaches and lush tropical foliage, visit the gilded and magnificent halls of one of the country’s top hotels, play a round on the exclusive 18-hole golf course, dine at one of the island’s incredible restaurants or take a dip in the clear blue lagoon. Travelers and locals agree—le aux Cerfs is the perfect destination to relax, unwind and recharge.More
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Curious Corner of Chamarel

Curious Corner of Chamarel

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From mind-bending optical illusions and mirror mazes to interactive puzzles and forced-perspective photo ops, the Curious Corner of Chamarel is a museum unlike any other in Mauritius. It’s full of fun exhibitions for the Instagram age that challenge your perceptions and make you smile.More
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Black River Gorges National Park

Black River Gorges National Park

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While Mauritius might be known for its world-class beaches and temptingly turquoise waters, the island offers more adventure than just snorkeling, swimming, and diving. In Black River Gorges National Park on the island’s southwestern tip, 18 miles of hiking trails are embedded in a canopy of what’s regarded as the island’s last pristine section of forest. Between deforestation and invasive species, there was once a time when the forests seemed in danger of disappearing. In 1994, however, when Black River Gorges became the island of Mauritius’ only national park, it provided a 25 square mile home for endemic plants and wildlife still found in the forest today. When hiking the trails in the forested uplands, remember to look up in the rustling branches for pink pigeons and Mauritius kestrels that flit their way through the trees. There’s the chance you might spot mischievous monkeys when hiking to a viewpoint or waterfall, and while it’s still possible to see the coast from the various hilltop viewpoints, the cobalt shores seem miles away from this green, protected sanctuary.More
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Trou aux Cerfs Volcano

Trou aux Cerfs Volcano

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This massive crater in the heart of Mauritius measures more than 980 feet (300 meters) in diameter and some 260 feet (80 meters) deep. Known for its humid climate and expansive 360-degree views, Trou aux Cerfs volcano is a favorite spot among travelers seeking out natural beauty and quiet tranquility. While this dormant volcano hasn’t erupted in lifetimes, experts say it’s primed to blow any time in the next thousand years—a fact that lends a bit of edge to an otherwise peaceful excursion. Travelers can wander the scenic paths surrounding Trou aux Crefs Crater and take in epic views of incredible island countryside.Some believe the Grand Bassin, a natural lake at the top of another nearby volcano, is an extension of the Ganges River, so travelers can sometimes find Hindus from throughout Mauritius worshiping at its sacred waters.More
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Ebony Forest Reserve

Ebony Forest Reserve

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Dedicated to conserving Mauritius’ indigenous forest and endangered wildlife, the Ebony Forest Reserve is one of the island’s most important ecoreserves. Home to more than 140 native and endemic plant and animal species, it’s a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, with scenic hiking trails and ocean-view overlooks.More
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Chamarel Waterfall

Chamarel Waterfall

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Mauritius is a country rich with pristine beaches, diverse cultures and colonial charm, and if that isn't enough, it’s also home to some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the world. Chamarel Waterfall, located in the southwest reaches of the island, is the nation’s highest waterfall. Its thundering waters plunge some 300 feet (100 meters) into crystal clear pools, and travelers say a trip to the top of this scenic spot proves one of the best photo opportunities in the country. Visitors can hire a car to navigate the lush landscape that surrounds the falls. It’s then a relatively easy walk to the top—complete with stairs—where travelers can see for themselves what Mark Twain once called “paradise.”More
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Casela World of Adventures

Casela World of Adventures

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When you think of beautiful, tropical Mauritius, it usually isn’t lions, rhinos, or giraffes that immediately spring to mind. At Casela World of Adventures, however, visitors will enter a safari-style compound that covers 620 acres, where seemingly every adventure possible is happening here in the park. Strap on a helmet and go on safari while also riding a quad bike, or get the feel for what it’s like to sit and ride on a camel. Fly down the island’s longest ziplines, or climb the Via Ferrata, before clipping into the canyon swing or touring the park on a Segway. All of the experiences have separate charges, although general admission still includes a guided safari adventure, where you drive around in search of zebras, ostriches, impalas, and kudus. You’re sure to see at least a dozen of the park’s 1,500 birds, and to up the adventure to heart-racing levels, join the staff on a stroll through fields full of cheetahs, lions, and tigers.More
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Gris Gris Cape

Gris Gris Cape

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At the southernmost point of the island of Mauritius is known as Gris Gris Cape, or Gris Gris Beach. It's a beautiful place to visit, but very dangerous for swimming.The term “gris gris” has many meanings, including some associated with voodoo magic, and although the water here looks inviting that's deceptive. Waves here are much stronger than they are along other parts of the Mauritius coast, so swimming at Gris Gris is strongly discouraged.Visiting Gris Gris, however, to soak in the natural beauty and watch the power of Mother Nature, is worth it. There's a trail behind the parking lot that leads to a spot from which you can watch waves beat against the rock repeatedly, making it look like the cliffs are weeping.More
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Bois Cheri Plantation

Bois Cheri Plantation

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Some countries have wine or whisky routes – Mauritius has a tea route. And the island's biggest tea producer – the Bois Cheri Plantation – is a stop on that route.The Bois Cheri Tea Plantation got its start on Mauritius in 1892, and today is the largest producer of tea on the island. The plantation covers 250 hectares, and includes the factory where the tea is made and a museum for visitors to explore the science and art of tea.Visits to the plantation include guided tours of the tea factory plus a chance to see the plantation and explore the museum. At the end of your visit, you'll also get to take part in a tea tasting.More
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Blue Bay Marine Park

Blue Bay Marine Park

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In case you’re wondering about the biodiversity at Mauritius’ Blue Bay Marine Park, there are more species of corals here than you could count fingers and toes. By some estimates over 40 different types of coral are found in these shallow, turquoise waters, which also house up to 70 species of colorful, tropical fish. With an average depth of only 10 to 20 feet, Blue Bay Marine Park is easily accessible to snorkelers and casual swimmers—most of whom are immersed in fish the moment they jump off the boat. If, on the other hand, you’d prefer to keep your head above water but still see all the fish, glass bottom boats are a dry-hair option for watching the action below. Despite the area’s beauty, however, overuse and abundance of fish feeding is quickly becoming a problem, and snorkelers are reminded to not touch the corals or feed the large schools of fish. The concerning reef degradation aside, Blue Bay Marine Park is one of the nicest areas in southeast Mauritius, and a laidback, warm, white sand shore for spending a day in the sun.More

Top activities in Mauritius

Whale watching

Whale watching

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Mauritius: Private tour of the South west

Mauritius: Private tour of the South west

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mauritius

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Amazing Mauritius and it's People!!💝
anjum48, Feb 2020
3-Day Private Tour of Mauritius Island with Optional Wild Dolphin Swim
Sooo much to see and do !!
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Mauritius South Tour
Noelle_T, Jan 2020
TAXI South guided tour.
I had lots of fun in the places that we went to in the South and would recommend Chucky to family and friends planning to visit Mauritius!
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Beautiful Day
Venessa D, Dec 2019
Mauritius tour : Private south west with lunch
We highly recomment this tour as a great way to see the highlights and more of the southwest.
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Great trip, fantastic guide
Timo_M, Nov 2019
Mauritius: Private tour of the South west
We can really recommend this trip, if you would like to get to know Mauritius a bit better and to see some of its nicest spots.
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Mauritius private south west tour
Robina_T, Sep 2019
Mauritius tour : Private south west with lunch
The driver Baboa was very good at explaining the history of Mauritius and ensuring we got to see all the sites we were interested in.
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Relaxing day out exploring natural wonders of Mauritius
Karin_L, Oct 2019
Mauritius: Private tour of the South west
A relaxing day out exploring the natural wonders of Mauritius, such as the volcanic crater, waterfalls, enchanting sands of Chamarel, and simply just some stunning views.
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A Great Overview of the South of Mauritius
Aaron_B, Jul 2019
Exotic South: A Journey into the Nature (Full Day Tour including Lunch)
In addition to taking us to see the most well-known sights, he also spoke to us about all aspects of life in Mauritius on the long drive form our hotel in the northwest.
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Amazing tour of the South West of Mauritius
Culture49446442132, Jun 2019
Full-Day Tour of South West Mauritius
From here we went to the Black River Gorges park where we were shown the various falls in the package.
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A wonderful day when I got to see the...
Louise L, Sep 2016
Private Mauritius South Day Tour
A wonderful day when I got to see the real untouched Mauritius.
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Amazing experience, highly...
Adrienn_T, Mar 2018
Full-Day Tour of South West Mauritius
All the main attractions are covered in this tour and Dhiren was very knowledgeable |about all the historical and cultural aspects of the spots we visited.
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Our flight was 4 hours late so we...
Paul_N, Jul 2018
Mauritius Airport Private Taxi Shuttle Transfer
Our flight was 4 hours late so we were very pleased to see our driver waiting for us at midnight.
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This tour is definitely recommended...
Gizem Y, Feb 2016
Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South
It was an incredible experience to see wild dolphins swim around you in their natural habitat!
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Would really recommend this trip as...
darrenleepeacock, Nov 2017
Full-Day Tour of South West Mauritius
Would really recommend this trip as a way to see Mauritius, we ended up having a private tour in the end for two people, although the driver did tell us the maximum is normally 6 people, so the group sizes are still relatively small.
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