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One Week in Mauritius: Your Best Itinerary Decoded

Ritika Jain

Last updated: Apr 10, 2018

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See

Watch skilled craftsmen at work at Phoenix. These glass sculptors will gladly customise reasonably-priced souvenirs for you.

Do

Take the Underwater Waterfalls Helicopter Tour near the shores of Le Morne Brabant in the South-West of Mauritius

Shop

Shop at flea markets of Goodlands or visit the historic chateau restaurant La Demeure

Trivia

Bats of the genus Pteropus are the largest bats in the world. They are commonly known as fruit bats or flying foxes, endemic to Mauritius and La Réunion.

Events

If you’re lucky enough to be in Mauritius in September, you may get to spot whales as they migrate here at this time of the year.

Want To Go ? 
   

Mauritius has something for everyone–be it honeymooners or solo trekkers, party makers or people seeking solitude. Since there’s so much to see and do, but we have it all sorted with this 7-day long itinerary. It’s got a bit of everything, from massages at luxe hotels to roughing it out on quad bikes!

Day 1: Explore the Capital, Port Louis

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Horse Racing: Check out the Champ de Mars race track, where horse racing is organised by the Mauritius Turf Club from late march to early December.

Culinary expedition: Try street food specialities like Dholl Puri (yellow split peas wrapped inside a roti), Halim and Vindaye de Poisson at the central market, or visit the impressive Caudan Waterfront with a stop at the Blue Penny museum.

Museum visit: Visit the Natural History museum, free of cost, for an array of naval artefacts and the taxidermy and Dodo exhibits.

Stay at: Le Suffren Hotel and Marina

Tariff: INR 8,908 per night*
Location: Le Caudan

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Features: Grands Rooms | Outdoor Pool | Spa | Fitness Centre | Bar | Fine Dining Restaurants | Squash Court | Free Water Taxi Service

Read more: Mauritius: A Quick and Handy Travel Guide

Day 2: Try out Adventures at Port Louis

Hiking: Plan a trek to Le Pouce, the thumb shaped mountain. It stretches over 3500 m, and anyone with a good physique can do it. Finish in Moka, taking in spectacular views of the green island all along.

Swimming with dolphins: This has to be the most enthralling experience in Mauritius. Learn to dive, try game fishing or simply go on a sunset cruise on a Catamaran.

Day 3: Rough it out at Rodrigues, Mascarene Islands

Caving and other sports: From kayaking trips and mountain hikes to skydiving and kite-surfing, this autonomous island east of Mauritius has it all. Hike the central Mont Limon for panoramic views or dive among intricate coral reefs. Take a guided tour of Caverne Patate to see the various rock formations that were created by tectonic plate movements. Also see the François Leguat Tortoise and Cave Reserve.

Stay at: Cotton Bay Hotel

Tariff: INR 14,276 per night*
Location: Pointe Cotton

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Features: Outdoor Pool | Spa | Wellness Centre | Bar | Fine Dining Restaurants

Day 4: Enjoy the Beaches in West and Southwest Mauritius

Flic en Flac is a popular location for weekend beach activities like swimming and snorkelling. It also has a range of bungalows for rent, restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.

Day 5: Revel in the Natural Wonders of Mauritius

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Nature reserves: Visit Trou aux Cerf, a massive crater of an extinct volcano. Next, see the Grand Basin Lake or Ganga Talao with a shrine to Lord Shiva. Head to the Black River Gorges Natural Park, a marvellous reserve full of wildlife and native flora and home to the Alexandra Falls. Don’t forget to put Chamarel on your itinerary. It’s famous for its seven coloured earth and waterfalls. Also check out Rhumerie de Chamarel, a distillery that makes Mauritius' native rum from its own sugar cane farmed on nearby fields.

Cuisine: Eat a Creole meal at Eureka — a restored colonial home that takes pride in serving the best Mauritian food.

Stay at: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort

Tariff: INR 26,955 per night*
Location: B9 Bel Ombre

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Features: Close to Frederica Nature Reserve | Golf Course | Sea Facing Rooms | Kitesurfing Centre | Outdoor Pool | Fine Dining Restaurants

Day 6: Have a Fun-Packed Day in North Mauritius

Botanical gardens: Visit the SSR Botanical Gardens with their giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and abundant birdlife. Shop for handicraft items like ship and aircraft models, paintings and jewellery.

Adventure activities: Take a biking tour in the village of Goodlands, participate in a tandem skydive from 10,000 ft above Cap Malheureux or go kitesurfing in Le Morne. Some of the most beautiful golf courses are also found here. The island’s most popular dive spots are Gunner's Coin, Whale Rock, Holt's Rocks and Pointe aux Piments. Don’t forget your waterproof camera! Other ways to explore the ocean is a trip in the Blue Safari submarine or an underwater scooter. You can pre-book with a diving school on Pereybere Beach.

Nightlife: If you want to mingle with the locals, there’s nowhere better than Grand Bay! Just follow the coastline at night and discover the various clubs, bars, lounges and billiard halls.

Stay at: The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Tariff: INR 41,855* per night*
Location: Le Morne Peninsula

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Features: Fitness Centre | Outdoor Pool | Sauna | Steam Room| Spa | Beauty Salon | Tennis Courts | Fine Dining Restaurants | Bar | Adventure Activities

Read more: An Adventure Holiday in Mauritius

Day 7: Cosy up With Nature in South and Southeast Mauritius

Fishing villages: Visit Mahebourg, the ancient capital in the island’s sleepy southeast region with its fishing villages. See the spectacular Le Souffleur, a 30 m geyser at high tide, or go snorkelling in a glass bottom boat at the Blue Bay Marine Park to watch trumpet fish and baby barracudas swim by. The Rochester Falls off Souillac are worth a visit, where you can find green crystals formed in the volcanic soil. Spot pink pigeons and giant tortoise at the Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve. The Mahebourg market is a shopping hub with spices, clothes, toys and traditional food like biryani and gateaux piments.

Eco tents: Go glamping at the Grand River South East. Journey through verdant hills to the Bois Teri Tea Factory, see giant tortoises and crocodiles at Le Vanille Nature Park, and then continue to the historical Saint Aubin Sugar Estate. 

Stay at: Anahita The Resort

Tariff: INR 12,599 per night*
Location: Beau Champ

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Features: Outdoor Pool | Spa | Fitness Centre | Bar | Fine Dining Restaurants | Golf Course

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