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GRAND BAIE

Grand Baie is a classy and a cosmopolitan town located in Rivière du Rempart District, which lies towards northwest of Mauritius. Excellent beaches, scintillating nightlife and shopping; this town has everything you need for a perfect holiday.

La Cuvette and Grand Baie Public are the two main beaches. They are small but the water is clean and turquoise-coloured. The Grand Baie Public beach is a bit crowded with fishing boats and tourists. If you are looking for some quiet time and space for private swimming then head towards the La Cuvette beach. You may choose to lie on the beach, go for a swim or indulge in water sports like swimming, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing. 

Grand Baie is a departure point for many cruises towards northern Mauritius; Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island. You can set your anchor here to explore such lesser known beaches of Mauritius. 

A small seaside town, Grand Baie also offers bustling nightlife and shopping experiences. There are a few fashion and craft shops where you can get good bargains.

Grand Baie

LE MORNE

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Morne is symbolic of history, and identity of Mauritius. This is the place where slaves would hide while trying to escape and so commemorates the struggle against slavery. 
Le Morne is a peninsula located towards south-western end of the Indian Ocean. The scenic beauty of this location is enchanting. It is also home to a few rare species of plants. Go here if you’re a nature lover, or history buff. 

 

Le Morne

BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL PARK

ENTRY FEE:- Entry is free, but you will need to pay for a guide if you wish to use their services.

OPENING HOURS:- Western Entrance- Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.| Eastern Entrance- Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

LOCATION:- Savanne, Mauritius

Covering an area of 67.54 square kilometres, Black River Gorges National Park is located in the hilly regions of south-western Mauritius. Protecting the country’s remaining rainforest, it is home to indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. Within Black River Gorges National Park is the Little Black River Peak, Mauritius' highest mountain that stands tall at 830 metres. 

Black River Gorges National Park

SIR SEEWOOSAGUR RAMGOOLAM BOTANICAL GARDEN

ENTRY FEE:- MUR 200 for non-Mauritians

OPENING HOURS:- 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Pamplemousses, Mauritius

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden or Pamplemousses Botanical Garden was built in 1729. Spanning 37 hectares, it has over 650 varieties of plants with the main attraction being the giant water lilies that can go up to three metres in diameter. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden also features spices and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean, amongst other flora.

 

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

CHAMAREL COLOURED EARTH

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MUR 125, Children: Free

OPENING HOURS:- 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

LOCATION:- Rivière Noire, Southwest Mauritius

Chamarel is a small village and a major tourist spot located in the south-western region of the country. What makes this place unique and a must-do in every traveller’s guidebook is the seven coloured layers of sand. It is a unique phenomenon and a very popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. The road to Chamarel is lined with sugarcane and pineapple plantations leading to a valley- a drive straight out of a movie scene! 

Once you reach Chamarel, climb up the observation outpost and enjoy incredible views. As far as the eyes can see, there are sand dunes in unbelievable colours; yellow, red, brown, violet, purple, green and even blue. A natural phenomenon that will stun you with its sheer beauty. 

Buy test tubes filled with seven coloured sands of Chamarel as a souvenir to keep memories of this natural wonder with you always. On your way back, a quick stop at the Chamarel waterfall and rum distilleries is recommended.

 

Chamarel Coloured Earth

CASELA NATURE PARK

ENTRY FEE:- Non-resident Adults: MUR 300, Children (3-12 years): MUR 175 | Resident Adults: MUR 180, Children (3-12 years): MUR 70

OPENING HOURS:- Summer: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Winter: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Cascavelle, Mauritius

Casela Nature Park is the ideal location to spend a leisurely day with your family and friends. Located in the western part of Mauritius, this park is a favourite with kids. Spread over 14 hectares of land, the Casela Nature Park is home to exotic flowers and plants, more than 150 species of birds and rare animals. The Casela restaurant perched on a beautiful hill top offers panoramic views of the park and a perfect photo opportunity. 

Casela Nature Park

GRAND BASSIN

Ganga Talao or the Grand Bassin is an important pilgrimage site. It is a natural lake within an extinct volcano crater. According to a mythological story it is believed that the water here is sourced from the sacred Ganges River in India. Taking a dip in this lake during the Shivratri festival is considered auspicious. 
At the northern side of the lake, just a little away from the parking lot you will see a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva, which is the second largest statue in the world. The tallest Lord Shiva statue at 120 feet is in New Delhi. Climb up the small hill on the banks of Ganga Talao and enjoy magnificent views at the top. You can capture everything from the forest, lake, volcano and temples.

 

Grand Bassin

DOWNTOWN PORT LOUIS

The business and administrative capital of Mauritius, Port Louis is a beautiful town. You must visit Champ de Mars, the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean region where official flag-raising ceremony marking independence of Mauritius was held in 1968. 
The bustling Port Louis Waterfront offers exciting shopping and entertainment venues along with world-class hotels and restaurants overlooking the Port Louis Harbour. Enjoy a cup of coffee in Le Capitaine, where the song Ajab Leher Hai from the movie ‘Break ke Baad’ starring Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan was shot.

 

Downtown Port Louis

RODRIGUES

Rodrigues, popularly known as the jewel in the crown of the Mascarene Islands, is just a short flight from Mauritius. This mountainous island, away from the hustle-bustle of a typical tourist destination, is a treat for sea lovers. The expansive lagoon with differing shades of blue will sweep you off. 
Discover Rodrigues on your own, just walk around or rent a bike. It’s beautiful beyond imagination and if you are a traveller who likes to take unbeaten paths, Rodrigues is just right for you.

 

Rodrigues

CHINA TOWN

LOCATION:- Rue Royale, Port Louis, Mauritius

Located in the Rue Royale locality of Port Louis, China Town is the hub of the Hakka Chinese who have made the island of Mauritius their home for many years. Founded in 1944, China Town is popular for its many Chinese restaurants serving delicious Cantonese cuisine, Chinese grocery stores and the hustle and bustle of the area which is quintessentially Chinese. 
China Town is also very famous for the Chinese Food and Cultural Festival which is held annually and is appreciated by Mauritians across ethnic groups.

 

China Town

ILE AUX CERFS

LOCATION:- East Coat of Mauritius

The Ile Aux Cerfs Island, also known as the Deer Islands in English is an island located near the east coast of Mauritius. Surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this gorgeous island is spread over 100 hectares of land and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. Popular for its beautiful beaches, serene lagoons and a plethora of activities and water sports, Ile Aux Cerfs is definitely a must visit.
The Ile Aux Cerfs is emerging as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mauritius and is a great place to spend the entire day just relaxing and enjoying yourself. The island also has many restaurants where you can sample delicious local cuisine. The island is highly recommended for snorkelling as the coral reefs are very beautiful and are teeming with marine life.
Apart from water sports like banana boat rides and glass bottom boat rides, the Ile Aux Cerfs is also a great place to enjoy golfing as the island has an 18 hole golf course. Boat and catamaran tours are very popular and depart from the village of Trou-d’Eau Douce and Point Jerome.

 

Ile Aux Cerfs

ROCHESTER FALLS

LOCATION:- Surinam, Savanne

Located towards the south of Mauritius on the Savanne River, the most fascinating feature of the Rochester Falls are the lava rocks, which is the result of years of erosion and which appear like rectangular blocks glued together. 
The Rochester Falls come cascading down a height of 10 metres and it is beautiful to see the milky white water come gushing through the rocks and landing in a clear pool below. With ample greenery around, the Rochester Falls is an interesting spot for a picnic and also interest daring teenagers who perform adventurous dives into the water below the falls. With its scenic location, the Rochester Falls is a great place for photo buffs to get pictures of dare devil jumpers who fling themselves off the rocks.

 

Rochester Falls

LA CUVETTE BEACH

LOCATION:- Near Grand Baie, Mauritius

Located in the North West part of Mauritius near the town of Grand Baie, La Cuvette Beach is a hidden gem in Mauritius and is only known to locals and a few tourists. Also known as Royal Palm Beach or La Mauricia Beach (owing to its proximity to these two resorts), the La Cuvette Beach is popular for the tranquillity it offers. 
There are many spots at the La Cuvette Beach where one can simply relax behind the many rocks and cliffs or soak in the natural beauty of the place. The beach also has a grassy patch where one can play football or just take a leisurely stroll while the sea breeze plays with your hair. 
Apart from this, the La Cuvette Beach also has ample parking space, shacks which serve delicious local snacks, changing rooms and shower facilities as well.

 

La Cuvette Beach

CHAMP DE MARS, RACE COURSE

ENTRY FEE:- Entry to the stands and loges range from MUR 50-100, but entry to the grounds is free

OPENING HOURS:- 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Port Louis, Mauritius

The second oldest race course in the world, the Champ De Mars used to be a military training area until the Turf Club was found here in 1812. It was at the Champs De Mars that the Independence of Mauritius was proclaimed in 1968. On the grounds of the Champs De Mars is the statue of King Edward VII and Malartic Tomb, a memorial dedicated to a former French Governor of Mauritius.
Racing season in Mauritius begins in April and continues till the end of November with races usually held over the weekends. One of the country’s biggest horse races, the Maiden Cup takes place in September and is a must watch if you’re in Mauritius. The excitement of this race is contagious and is well worth battling the crowds which turn up for the race. You can contact the Mauritius Turf Club for race dates and timings.

 

Champ De Mars, Race Course

PEYERBERE BEACH

LOCATION:- Coastal Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius

Located in the northern part of Mauritius, the Peyerbere Beach is blessed with clear blue water and sparkling white sands. This beach is mostly frequented by locals, especially on the weekends and you can avoid this time if you’re seeking solitude. 
The Peyerbere Beach is a great place to go snorkelling as the water is clear and there are many fish close to the shore. The beach is also dotted with many vendors who sell local snacks and is a great place to enjoy an evening watching the sunset. Apart from that there are also many small cafes near the beach where one can grab a quick bite to eat.

 

Peyerbere Beach

NOTRE DAME AUXILIATRICE

OPENING HOURS:- 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Cap Malheureux, Mauritius

The Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is a beautiful little Catholic church located in Cap Malheureux. Easily recognisable because of its red, sloping roof the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is one of the most popular churches in the region and is definitely a must visit when in the area. The church also offers stunning views of the island and the ocean. 
The church was built in the memory of victims of a shipwreck and has a beautiful altar carved out of stone. The church with its bright red roof against the blue sky provides photo enthusiasts with opportunities for some great shots.

 

Notre Dame Auxiliatrice

LA VANILLE

ENTRY FEE:- Weekdays-Adults: MUR 350, Children: MUR 200 | Weekends- Adults: MUR 200, Children: MUR 90

OPENING HOURS:- 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., everyday

LOCATION:- Riviere Des Anguilles, Mauritius

La Vanille is a massive park spread across 3.5 hectares of lush green area and is one of its kind parks in Mauritius. The park is full of palm and banana trees and large bamboos which will make you feel like you’re taking a walk through a tropical forest. 
The La Vanille is a great place to discover exotic species of animals, reptiles and insects from the Mascarenas Islands and other islands of the Indian Ocean. The park is home to species such as the Nilke Crocodile and giant tortoises, the oldest tortoise in the La Vanille is 97 years old. Apart from that, the park also has an insectarium with 23000 species of insects. The La Vanille is a great place for children to observe and learn about different species of animals.

 

La Vanille

BLUE BAY MARINE PARK

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Blue Bay, Mahebourg, Mauritius

Blue Bay Marine Park is essentially an underwater park which is home to many beautiful corals, fish and other underwater life. Possessing an extremely distinct sea bed, the marine park is also a popular diving spot in Mauritius. 
The Blue Bay Marine Park boasts of 38 different varieties of corals and 72 species of fish. This marine park is a great place for those wanting to learn diving. For those not too keen on getting under water it is possible to enjoy the underwater life through a glass bottom boat.

 

Blue Bay Marine Park

CHAMAREL WATERFALLS

ENTRY FEE:- MUR 60 per person

OPENING HOURS:- 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sunday closed)

LOCATION:- Savanne District, Mauritius

The Chamarel Waterfalls cascade down beautifully from a height of 83 metres and are formed by the St. Denis River. Surrounded by lush green, the Chamarel Waterfalls are one of the most popular waterfalls in Mauritius and are a popular tourist attraction.
Tourists can view the Chamarel Waterfalls either from an upper deck located at the Charamel Seven Coloured Earth Reserve or from the trail below, where one can also enjoy a swim in the shallow waters.

 

Chamarel Waterfalls

CASELA NATURE AND LEISURE PARK

ENTRY FEE:- Non-Residents- Adults: MUR 300, children (aged 3-12): MUR 175, Residents- Adults: MUR 180, Children (aged 3-12): MUR 70

OPENING HOURS:- Summer: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Winter: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Royal Road, Cascavelle, Mauritius

Located in the Western part of Mauritius, the Casela Nature Park is spread over an area of 14 hectares. The park is home to over 1500 birds and over 150 species of animals and reptiles such as lions, monkeys and the giant turtle. The park is also a great place to interact with animals, stroke them, go on a walk with them and even get clicked with them. 
Apart from animals and birds the Casela Nature Park also has many beautiful plants and flowers, including a botanical garden as well. Walking through the park is a great way to explore it, but the more adventurous can also do Segway and Quadbike tours as well. Other than this, there are options for adventure sports in the Casela Nature Park as well such as hiking and zip lining.

 

Casela Nature and Leisure Park

BLUE PENNY MUSEUM

ENTRY FEE:- Adult: MUR 225; Children: MUR 100

OPENING HOURS:- 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Port Louis, Mauritius

The Blue Penny Museum is a stamp museum in Port Louis. The most popular artefacts in this museum are two of the rarest stamps in the world- the red one penny and the blue two-pence stamps which were issued in 1847. 
To prevent them from losing their colour, the stamps are lit up for only ten minutes at a time. These stamps are considered as a national treasure and are extremely valuable for the Government of Mauritius. This is a great place to educate children about stamps from different parts of the world.

 

Blue Penny Museum

PAMPLEMOUSSES BOTANICAL GARDEN

ENTRY FEE:- MUR 100 per person

OPENING HOURS:- 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Pamplemousse, Mauritius

The Pamplemousse Botanical Garden is more popularly known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden and is named after the first Prime Minister of Mauritius. These gardens are one of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere and remain a very popular tourist attraction in Mauritius.
Spread over an area of 37 hectares, the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden was constructed in 1170 by Pierre Poivre. The garden is most popular for its large water lilies, sugar canes, ebonies and more than eighty varieties of palms from Asia, Africa and islands around the Indian Ocean. Most of the trees in the garden have been planted by world leaders such as Indira Gandhi, Princess Margaret and Robert Mugabe among others.

 

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

ILOT GABRIEL BEACH

LOCATION:- Grand Baie, Mauritius

Ilot Gabriel Beach on Ile De Gabriel is an island near Mauritius surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There are many boat and catamaran tours which can take you to Ilot Gabriel Beach for the day. 
The Ilot Gabriel Beach is a great place to go snorkelling as there are plenty of beautiful coral reefs and breath-taking natural beauty. If snorkelling and water sports are not for you then you can just take a walk by the beach and enjoy the sun, the sea breeze and the silvery sand beneath your feet.

 

Ilot Gabriel Beach

TROU AUX CERFS

LOCATION:- Curepipe, Mauritius

Trou aux Cerfs is a dormant volcano located in Curepipe. The volcano has a cone and crater and experts believe that the volcano could become active in the coming thousand years. The Trou aux Cerfs is a popular tourist attraction considering that one can get a 360 degrees view of the Curepine and neighbouring from the crater of the volcano. Trou aux Cerfs is a great place to get panoramic shots of Curepipe and neighbouring areas.

Trou aux Cerfs

CITADEL FORT

ENTRY FEE:- MUR 50

OPENING HOURS:- 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Port Louis, Mauritius

Perched on top of the hill Petite Montague, the Citadel Fort is located at a height of 100 metres. Also known as the Adelaide Fort (named after the wife of William II, when the British held land in Port Louis), the fort offers stunning views of the harbour and the entire city of Port Louis.
Constructed in the 19th century by Colonel Cunningham to protect the British Army from the enemy, the Citadel Fort has been constructed in a Moorish style, complete with horse shoe arches. The fort has been constructed using large rectangular blocks. 
In present times the fort has been converted into a National monument. Surrounding the fort are also the Caudan Water Front and the vast Indian Ocean. Fort Citadel remains a popular tourist destination owing to the stunning views it provides. The Fort Citadel is a great place to get eagle eye shots of the city of Port Louis.

 

Citadel Fort

LE MOREN BRABANT

Le Moren Brabant is essentially a peninsular located at the south-western tip of Mauritius. A popular tourist attraction, the Le Morne Brabant is instantly recognisable because of a monolith measuring 556 metres above sea level. The peak of the monolith is spread over an area of 12 hectares, covered in greenery and houses many caves. 
This peninsula is surrounded by beautiful lagoons and is home to rare plants such as the Mandrinette and the Boucled’Oreille. Such is the splendor of the Le Moren Brabant that it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

 

Le Moren Brabant

FRANCOIS LEGAT TORTOISE PARK

ENTRY FEE:- Adult/Child including tortoises and cave Rs 320/160, tortoises only Rs 200/100

OPENING HOURS:- 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Anse Quitor, Mauritius

The Francois Legat Tortoise Park is where Aldabra tortoises are bred in confinement. Set in beautiful natural surroundings, the park is home to millions of turtles and you can also take a guided tour if you wish. If you wish you can also choose to interact with the tortoises, which is believed to be a once in a lifetime experience. 
The aim of the Francois Legat Tortoise Park is to save the Aldabra tortoises and preserve the species to protect them from going extinct. If you wish, you can sponsor a tortoise as well.

 

Francois Legat Tortoise Park

AAPRAVASI GHAT

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Port Louis, Mauritius

Aapravasi Ghat, translated as Immigrant Depot is located in Port Louis and is a building which was used to receive contracted labour from India. The building was built in 1849 and till 1923; half a million labourers passed tough the Aapravasi Ghat to work in plantations across the British Empire. Due to this large scale migration of Indian workers has descended from Indian roots. 
In 2006 the Aapravasi Ghat was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the indelible mark it has left on the history, culture and society of Mauritius. Today the Aapravasi Ghat is managed by the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund and is definitely a must visit when in Port Louis.

 

Aapravasi Ghat

ILE AUX AIGRETTES ISLAND

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- South East Mauritius

Located 850 metres off the coast of the Mahebourg Bay, the Ile Aux Aigrettes Island is an island made up of coral limestone and remains a popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. In 1965 the Ile Aux Aigrettes was declared a Nature Reserve and is managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation since 1986. 
Apart from this, the Ile Aux Aigrettes Island is home to particular coastal vegetation which was once only present in the coastal and lowland areas of Mauritius. Considering that the island has been devoid of human presence for a long time, the Ile Aux Aigrettes is a natural museum in itself where one can find exotic species of flora and fauna of Mauritius. 
Guided touMUR of Ile Aux Aigrettes are also available and gain a greater understanding of the plants, animals and bird of the island. This island is also home to the famed giant tortoise of Mauritius. Some of the popular trees on the island are the Ox Wood, Pipe Wood, Rat Wood and Bottle Palm. Do look out for the Pink Pigeon, a bird which has been rescued from going extinct. Apart from this, the island offers stunning views of the South East of Mauritius. The Island is a great place to get natural shots of animals, birds and plants.

 

Ile Aux Aigrettes Island

RHUMERI DE CHAMAREL DISTILLERY

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MUR 350; Children: MUR 175

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Street Royal Road, Chamarel, Mauritius

Perched on a vast hillside sugarcane plantation, the Rhumeri de Chamarel is an operational distillery which is also a museum that educate visitors about the process of rum making. Opened in 2008, this distillery employ eco-friendly techniques which makes sure that all materials used to manufacture rum are recycled. 
Apart from that, the distillery also offers a guided tour and a rum tasting session. It is advised to visit Rhumeri de Chamarel around lunchtime, so that you can follow up the guided tour and rum tasting with a delicious meal at the gourmet onsite restaurant L'Alchimiste. The distillery also has a shop from where you can buy rum, local Mauritian crafts, jewellery and a special range of clothing which have been made using the Rhumeri sugar cane.

 

Rhumeri de Chamarel Distillery

DOMAINE LES PAILLES

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MUR 105

OPENING HOURS:- 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Port Louis, Mauritius

A sugarcane plantation at one time, the Domaine Les Pailles has now been transformed into cultural centre. On the premises you will find horse-drawn carriages, a replica of an ox-driver sugar mill, a miniature railway, a rum distillery, a spice garden, a children’s play-ground, and an area dedicated to quad biking. This is a great place to get pictures of the way Mauritius looked in retrospection.
Visitors can choose to explore the property of the Domain Les Pailles either by train, horse-carriage or jeep.

 

Domaine Les Pailles

MAISON EUREKA

ENTRY FEE:- Admission to house: MUR 175, House and Waterfall: MUR 300, Table menu: MUR 600

OPENING HOURS:- Monday to Saturday- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Table d^hote- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Moka, Mauritius

Maiosn Eureka is essentially a large colonial mansion which gives you a deep insight into Mauritius’s rich colonial history. Constructed in 1830, this very well preserved palatial colonial mansion gives one a clearer picture of the island’s history of plantation. 
The Maison Eureka is a fine example of tropical architecture, which helps the house stay cool even in the middle of hot summers. The house is complete with 109 rooms of furniture dating back to the 19th century and which are emblematic of the French East Indian Company. This large colonial mansion makes for beautiful photographs from any angle.
Behind the Maison Eureka is a large courtyard, complete with well-maintained gardens and stone cottages for the servants of the house. To enjoy your visit to the Maion Eureka, it is advised that you visit in the afternoon so that you can enjoy a relaxed tour of the house while soaking in its rich history. Follow this up with delicious lunch at the in-house restaurant. 
You can also choose to spend a night at the Maison Eureka. Two of the cottages on the property have been converted into comfortable, luxurious bedrooms.

 

Maison Eureka

LA VALLEE DES COULEURS NATURE PARK

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: Rs. 1100, Children: Rs. 550

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Savanne, Mauritius

La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius and is visited by locals and foreigners alike. Discovered in July 1998, the 23 coloured earth in this park dates back to millions of years after the eruption of the Bassin Blanc Volcano. The ash left behind after the eruption are considered very rare and one of its kind. 
The Vallee des CouleuMUR Nature Park is a great place for nature lovers as the park is rich in flora and fauna and myriad landscapes such as mountains, plateaus, valleys, craters and lakes formed by craters. 
Apart from that, the park also has an exhibition room and a fern garden which is rich in plants like tree ferns, wild orchids, Trochetia and the Bouquet Banane among others. Other than the plants, the Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park is also home to animals like tortoises, monkeys, stags and birds like the Mauritius’s famous Pink pigeon, Paille-en-Queue and Cateau Vert.

 

La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park

TAMARIN BEACH

LOCATION:- Anse Tamarin, Mauritius

Tamarin Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Mauritius. Also known as the Santosha Bay at one time (you’ll still find the name on a few buildings), Tamarin Beach remains a popular place for locals to relax on the weekend. On Saturdays, you’ll see many locals enjoying volleyball and football games on the beach. 
The best time to visit Tamarin Beach is between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. as the weather is nicer during this hour and the crowds are yet to descend upon the beach. If you love walking, the walk from Tamarin Beach to Wolmar is rather beautiful.

 

Tamarin Beach

LE WATERPARK

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: 500 MUR; Children: 250 MUR

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Belle Mare, Mauritius

This waterpark is a great place for those who are looking to spend a day full of fun with their family or friends. There are many interesting water rides such as the giant wave pool, shallow splash areas, inner tube rides, water cannons, funny wheel, swinger, Crazy River, mountain skull and many more. Kids will enjoy the many water rides at this park.

Le Waterpark

LE TOUESSROK GOLF COURSE

LOCATION:- Trou d’Eau, Mauritius

One of the most stunning golf courses in Mauritius, the Le Touessrok Golf Course is surrounded by silvery white sandy beaches. Recently, the Le Touessrok Golf Course has been recognised by the French Golf Federation. 
Complete with mangrove forests and sparkling tidal pools, the Le Touessrok Golf Course takes golfers on a mesmerizing journey. This 18-hole golf course was designed by Bernhard Langer, a famous golfer in his own right. 

 

Le Touessrok Golf Course

NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM

OPENING HOURS:- Wednesday to Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Street Royal Road, Port Louis, Mauritius

The National History Museum is a great way to travel back to the history of Mauritius. The large colonial mansion housing this museum was originally owned by the Robillard family and was an intrinsic part of the history of Mauritius. According to historical records it was here that injured French and English soldiers were taken for treatment after being injured in the Battle of Vieux Grand Port.
The National History Museum contains many interesting ancient artefacts relating to the Dodo (a flightless bird native to the region), ancient maps of Mauritius and coins among others. Recently new additions have been made to the museum including a train carriage and a replica of Napoleon’s boat which was used in one of his legendary battles which he won against the English.

 

National History Museum

ILE PLATE BEACH

LOCATION:- Cap Malheureux, Mauritius

One of Mauritius’s most stunning beaches, the Ile Plate Beach is a great destination for those who love to go swimming and snorkelling. Apart from that, this beach is a great place to relax and just enjoy a day by the beach.

Ile Plate Beach

BLUE BAY

LOCATION:- Blue Bay, Mauritius

One of the most sought after destinations in Mauritius remains Blue Bay. Famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, the beach is a great place to go swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.
Apart from this Blue Bay remains famous for the Blue Bay Marine Park which is a great place to explore underwater life through diving or a cruising on a glass bottom boat.

 

Blue Bay

L’AVENTURE DU SUCRE

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MUR 350; Children: MUR 175 | Students between age group of 13 and 26: MUR 175 (On showing a valid student ID)

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Pamplemousse, Mauritius

The L’Aventure du Sucre is an initiative by the Mauritius tourism sector which has an eco-tourism museum, a boutique and a restaurant. This is an interesting place to visit, especially for history enthusiasts who would like to educate themselves about the history of Mauritius- right from the beginning of colonisation to the history of sugar cane plantation on the island. 
The boutique in the L’Aventure du Sucre sells products like scented candles, amber rum, miniature sugar sacks and other small souvenirs like keep sakes.

 

L’Aventure du Sucre

TROU D’ARGENT BEACH

LOCATION:- Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Located on the Rodrigues Island, this tiny and secluded beach is definitely a must visit. Surrounded by clear waters, white sand and rocky coastline, the Trou d’Argent Beach is a great place for a relaxing picnic or just lounging in the sun.

Trou d’Argent Beach

BOIS CHERI TEA FACTORY

ENTRY FEE:- Adult: MUR 530; Children: MUR 300

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Bois Cheri, Mauritius

The Boris Cheri Tea Plantation is the largest tea producer in Mauritius and is also the site of a tea factory and tea museum. Guided tours of the tea plantation, factory and museum are available which throw light upon the history and importance of tea production in Mauritius. 
Apart from that the Bois Cheri Tea Factory also provides stunning views of the south of Mauritius. The Bois Cheri Tea Factory offers black teas, green and herbal teas which you can taste when you visit.

 

Bois Cheri Tea Factory

CAVADEE FESTIVAL

The Cavadee festival is one of the most important festivals in Mauritius and is celebrated by Indians who originally belong to Tamil Nadu. Celebrated towards the end of January or February, this occasion is one of the most elaborately celebrated festivals in Mauritius. Some devotes get their cheeks, tongues and chests pierced with needles before going to the temple carrying their offerings tied to their backs. 
The devotees walk bare feet and carry the Cavadee (an arch made of wood, plastic or metal) on their backs, which represents the holy Cavdee Mountain. The Cavadee is adorned with flowers and is covered with a pot of milk. The Cavadee Festival also includes fire-walking and sword-climbing, which is a popular attraction of the festival.

 

Cavadee Festival

CHATEAU DE LABOURDONNAIS

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MUR 150 - 350; Child: MUR 75 - 175; Senior citizen: MUR 100 - 250

OPENING HOURS:- Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Mapou, Mauritius

A large family home constructed in 1859, The Chateau de Labourdonnais is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius. This is a great place to acquaint oneself with the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle. This place has been well preserved and restored and hence makes for a great way to get a glimpse of the history of this beautiful island. 
The property includes well maintained gardens, a distillery, a tasting bar where you can taste products manufactured in the distillery or harvested from the orchards and a boutique which sells products crafted by local artisans.

For Mauritians
MUR 75 (children aged 5-12)
MUR 150 (teenagers and adults between 13-59 years)
MUR 100 (seniors, above 60 years)
For Non-Mauritians
MUR 175 (children aged 5-12)
MUR 350 (teenagers and adults between 13-59 years) 
MUR 250 (seniors, above 60 years) 

 

 

Chateau de Labourdonnais

KITE SURFING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 451 5763

LOCATION:- Le Morne, Anse-la-Raie and Cap Malheureux to Post Lafayette, Belle-Mare and Pointe d’Esny

Mauritius offers some excellent opportunities for Kite surfing. You won’t be disappointed as you have the best of Africa and Asia in Mauritius. 
Le Morne, famous for surfing since the early 1970's is the best place to surf. Anse-la-Raie and Cap Malheureux to Post Lafayette, Belle-Mare and Pointe d’Esny are other renowned places to kite surf.
Location
Le Morne, Anse-la-Raie and Cap Malheureux to Post Lafayette, Belle-Mare and Pointe d’Esny
Tour Operator: 
Ropsen Tour Operator
Address: La Morne, La Gaulette, Mauritius
Telephone No: +230 451 5763
Webste: http://www.ropsen.net/ 

 

Kite surfing

TANDEM SKY DIVING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 5499 5551

LOCATION:- SkyDive Road, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius

If you want to feel like a bird, then tandem sky diving is your sport. And you get a bird's eye view of the gorgeous Mauritius too! It is an exhilarating and a unique experience. 
Tandem sky diving takes around 4 to 5 hours that also includes your get basic training and briefing session. Once you complete the adventure, you are awarded a certificate which can be the best memorabilia from Mauritius that you must proudly hang it in your house!
Tour Operator:
SkyDive Austral Mauritius 
Address: SkyDive Road, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius
Telephone No: +230 5499 5551
Website: http://www.skydivemauritius.com/en/welcome/ 

 

Tandem Sky Diving

DIVING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 204 9191

LOCATION:- Pointe Rejane, Grand Gaube 227756, Mauritius

Over 300 kilometres of coastline, coral reefs, turquoise water lagoons- the island of Mauritius offeMUR an amazing diving experience. Enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, glass bottom boat rides, or simply opt for an undersea walk wearing a helmet and weight belt. Some companies providing diving tours in Mauritius are:
Tour Operator:
Legends Hotel Dive Centre
Address: Pointe Rejane, Grand Gaube 227756, Mauritius 
Phone Number: +230 204 9191

 

Diving

BLUE SAFARI SUBMARINE

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 265 7272

LOCATION:- Le Pescatore Restaurant, B36, Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius

Sit in a comfortable air-conditioned cabin and go as deep as 35 meters under the sea. Blue Safari Submarine is a 45 minute journey that shows you around a ship wreck, corals and an anchor that dates back to 17th century. 
Extremely romantic yet adventurous, it is an experience that must not be missed. If you thought a candlelit dinner was the most romantic experience you could have, then you must take the Blue Safari excursion and romance in a unique way. Sip on wine, enjoy gourmet food, and all this while you meander amidst coral reefs and aquatic beings. Truly, an unforgettable lunch date!
Tour Operator:    
Blue Safari Submarines
Address: Le Pescatore Restaurant, B36, Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius
Telephone No: +230 265 7272
Website: http://www.blue-safari.com/ 

 

Blue Safari Submarine

DEEP SEA FISHING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 5775 2279

LOCATION:- Flacq, Mauritius

Angling enthusiasts can’t miss deep sea fishing in Mauritius. The adrenaline rush of catching big fish like shark is definitely an exciting aspiration.
Apart from the thrill of catching a big fish you also get to enjoy the flora and fauna of the sea. Hire a fishing boat from the hotel you are staying at (most of them have it, or can arrange one) and look out for sharks, tuna, marlins, and bonitos. The best places to go fishing are Le Morne, Grand Baie, Flic en Flac and Riviere Noire.
Tour Operator:
Royal Big Game Fishing
Address: Flacq, Mauritius
Telephone No: +230 5775 2279
Website: http://www.royalbiggamefishing.com/

 

Deep Sea Fishing

CATAMARAN CRUISE

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 7050795

LOCATION:- Mocellmont Anna 251, Cap Malheureux, Mauritius

For the ultimate romantic experience, a catamaran cruise is recommended. It starts from Sunset Boulevard in North Mauritius and is a day long trip that also stops at a private island. 
While on the cruise, you can sip the finest wines and enjoy the famous folk dance of Mauritius- the Sega. It is an energetic and colourful dance with foot tapping music that is sure to lift your spirits. 
Tour Operators:
Dreamcatcher Catamaran Tours
Address: Mocellmont Anna 251, Cap Malheureux, Mauritius 
Telephone Number: +230 7050795
Website: http://www.dreamcatcher-mauritius.com/index.php/de/ 

 

Catamaran Cruise

DOLPHIN SPOTTING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 5422 9281

LOCATION:- Dolswim, La Jetée Road, Grand Rivière Noire, Mauritius

For an exhilarating experience in Mauritius, you must go for spotting dolphins. A dolphin cruise ideally starts early in the morning, just a little before sunrise and you are taken to deep see where you can spot dolphins and even take a refreshing swim with these magnificent creatures. Kids will have a whale of a time gazing at dolphins! Tamarin Bay or Flic en Flac are the best beaches for this activity. 
Tour Operator:
Address: Dolswim, La Jetée Road, Grand Rivière Noire, Mauritius
 Telephone No: :+230 5422 9281 
Website: http://www.dolswim.com/index.php/en/ 

 

Dolphin Spotting

HIKING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 5428 1909

LOCATION:- Royal Road, Black River 742CU001, Mauritius

There are many mountains and hiking trails in Mauritius eagerly waiting to be explored by enthusiastic travellers like you. Black River Gorges provides the best hiking trail to explore rare trees and birds. 
Black River Peak mountain hiking is good for experienced hikers. For off-beat tracks, try the hike trail near Mahébourg across the Kestrel Valley.
Tour Operator:
Yanature
Address: Royal Road, Black River 742CU001, Mauritius 
Telephone: +230 5428 1909
Website: http://www.trekkingmauritius.com/ 

 

Hiking

WALK WITH THE LIONS, CASELA NATURE PARK

ENTRY FEE:- Non-resident Adults: MUR 300; Children (3-12 years): MUR 175 | Resident Adults: MUR 180; Children (3-12 years): MUR 70

OPENING HOURS:- Summer: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Winter: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The main attraction of Casela Nature Park is the ‘walk with the lions’ tour. This is a once in a lifetime experience where you can actually walk with the lions, stroke them and get yourself clicked with the king of the jungle. 
During this tour, you will be escorted by guides who are trained and make the tour interesting with their informative anecdotes. If you are not such a brave heart, you can watch the lions from the observation posts or take a safari tour.

 

Walk with the lions, Casela Nature Park

HORSE RIDING

PHONE NUMBER:- +230 5729 4572

Horseback riding on the beach is a unique experience altogether. Riding a horse on a beach with the sound of the waves, the gentle sea breeze and the sunset out in the distance is definitely a memory that will stay with for a long time. 
What’s more, you can even go swimming with the horses, something which promises to be a fun activity.
Tour Operator: 
Centre Equestre De Raimbel
Telephone Number: +230 5729 4572
Website: http://www.centreequestrederiambel.com/ 

 

Horse Riding

FORBACH STABLES

ENTRY FEE:- Riding charges start from MUR 100 and can go up to MUR 500.

OPENING HOURS:- Open from Tuesday to Sunday

LOCATION:- Forbach Branch Road, Esperance Trebuchet, Mauritius

The Forbach Stables is a great place for those interested in horse riding. Even if you are not a horse riding enthusiast, you can enjoy the peace and clam of this place. The stables are a family run establishment which provide horse riding classes as well as trail rides. The stables are open to horse riding enthusiasts across all ages.

Forbach Stables