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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 attractions in Mauritius for Fall

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Île aux Cerfs

Île aux Cerfs

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In Mauritius, a region replete with beautiful beaches, it’s difficult to name a true standout. However, the white sands of Île aux Cerfs may just take the title. This private island boasts unspoiled beaches, tropical jungle, an 18-hole golf course, and one of Mauritius’ most luxurious hotels.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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At 1,985 feet (605 meters above sea level, the Trou aux Cerfs volcano provides sweeping views of the Mauritian landscape and its dramatic mountain ranges. With a diameter of more than 980 feet (300 meters and depth of 260 feet (80 meters, its giant crater is also a sight in itself and is an ideal setting for a short stroll.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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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
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La Vanille Nature Park

La Vanille Nature Park

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Opened in 1985 near the town of Riviere des Anguilles, La Vanille Nature Park is part eco-trail, part zoo, covering 3.5 hectares. Visitors can walk along trails through giant bamboo, palm and banana trees, while guides talk about the types of animals found on the three Mascarenes Islands – Mauritius, Reunion, and Rodrigues.There are 1500 Nile crocodiles at La Vanille Nature Park, as well as butterflies, geckos, iguanas, frogs, mongoose, and giant tortoises – including the oldest tortoise, which is 97 years old.More
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Seven Coloured Earth Geopark

Seven Coloured Earth Geopark

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Located near the famed Chamarel Waterfall, Seven Coloured Earth Geopark is one of the most popular destinations in Mauritius. This natural geological formation, surrounded by lush greenery in the southwestern region of the country, is made up of colorful rolling sand dunes whose look is constantly shifting and changing with the winds.Layers of volcanic rock, rich with iron and aluminum, give the dunes their unique red and blue colors, and travelers agree Seven Coloured Earth is a must-see stop for those visiting the country. Although a relatively new wooden fence prevents people from climbing the dunes, it’s still impossible to miss the unique beauty of one of Mauritius’s famed natural wonders.More
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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

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Recognized as the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden was built in 1770 and stretches over some 37 hectares of land. The park is known for its massive pond of giant water lilies, while its lush gardens include species like ebony trees and sugar cane that serve as a reminder of the nation’s colonial influences, as well as plants from Central America, Asia and Africa, too. Visitors say that the sheer variety of plant species make the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden worth the visit but most agree that the grounds are in need of a bit of an update.More
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Savanne District

Savanne District

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The southern district of Savanne is known for its rolling hills, thick forests and rugged untouched beauty, and while the well-manicured greens of the Heritage Golf Club draw travelers eager to play the back nine, it’s the less developed reaches that bring travelers to this southern edge of the country.Whether it’s cruising the trails on board a quad bike or riding horseback through the quiet landscapes of this beautiful region, visitors will find plenty to do, see and experience in Savanne. La Vanille Crocodile Park offers travelers an alternative to surf and sand with an informative look at these giant reptiles, while the Grand Bassin, a tradition Hindu temple, offers a look at local spirituality and the historic Bois Cheri Tea Factory provides travelers with a literal taste of what this district has to offer.More
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Black River District (Rivière Noire)

Black River District (Rivière Noire)

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The Black River District (Rivière Noire)—the third largest district in the country—is home to one of the smallest populations in Mauritius. But its beautiful rural landscapes, dry climate and outdoor activities make it a favorite among travelers.Those in search of outdoor adventure can head to the area's coast and embark on a big-game fishing excursion. Nearby warm waters attract some of the best catches, and local charters know where to go to find tuna, sharks and even dolphins. Those looking to stay dry can head to the district’s scenic Casela Nature Park, where a network of epic trails, steep mountain climbs and beautiful canyons make it the perfect destination for land-loving travelers. The shores of Tamarin, One Eye, Kei Sei and Flic-en-Flac offer the best of both worlds, with white sandy beaches and cool ocean waters perfect for surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and scuba diving, too.More

Top activities in Mauritius

Hiking Le Morne Brabant

Hiking Le Morne Brabant

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Mauritius full day : Private north tour

Mauritius full day : Private north tour

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Discovery Tour 35km

Discovery Tour 35km

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mauritius

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Visiting sights was good but lunch was poor
JayneLesley_S, Apr 2022
Discovering the North of Mauritius: Full-day incl Botanical garden & lunch
It was great to see all the sights in Northern Mauritius and we learnt a lot about the history and culture of the island.
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Beautiful Nature Tour through the South West of Mauritius
Thorben_H, Apr 2022
Mauritius Sightseeing - South west tours
Another stop was a viewpoint with a wonderful waterfall.
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The Mauritius away from the beaches
Alison_V, Mar 2022
Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins
A tour well worth doing if you want to see Mauritius away from the beaches.
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Holiday highlight
Steven_H, Mar 2022
Full-Day Tour of South West Mauritius
Despite the weather trying to turn on us a couple of times, this was easily a highlight of our whole week, seeing all the biggest attractions of South West Mauritius.
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Great experience
Mandeep_K, Jan 2022
Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins
We got to see so much in such a short amount of time and didn’t feel rushed at all.
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Thank you
D_M, Dec 2021
Whale watching
We were fortunate to see whales but would have understood if we had not been so lucky at this time of year.
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Excellent experience!
Fabienne_M, Nov 2021
Airport & Hotels Transfers
He's also fluent in English and French.
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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 full day 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 Full day 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 full day 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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A very memorable experience.
SACHIN_N, Oct 2021
Authentic South Tour
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Mauritius and looking to visit the South area for a good time.
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Would recommend.
SACHIN_N, Oct 2021
Private North Day Tour: Botanical Garden, Sugar Museum, Rum Tasting, Port Louis
The service is essentially a taxi with driver to take you to spot for you to visit on your own and then return to the car to go to the next location.
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Relaxing day out exploring natural wonders of Mauritius
Karin_L, Oct 2019
Mauritius Full day 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: Journey into the Nature (Full-Day Tour incl Lunch & Ebony Forest)
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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Our flight was 4 hours late so we...
Paul_N, Jul 2018
Taxi 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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