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Mauritius Explored : 9 Best Places To Visit In Mauritius

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Planning a visit to Africa? Then consider exploring Mauritius at these most beautiful places to visit in the island.

When you think of Mauritius, the thought of white sandy beaches, lush green vegetation landscaping over hectares or land, crystal-clear waters, dense coral reefs, underwater life, colored earth and a variety of flora and fauna should come to your mind.

Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean that is considered as the pearl of the Indian Ocean thanks to its breathtaking natural beauty!

In Mauritius, you can appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature while at the same time, experience luxury in its exotic resorts. If you’re thinking of coming to Africa, then Mauritius should be top on your list. And in this guide, we’ll share 9 amazing places to visit in Mauritius to make the most of your stay!

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9 Jaw-Dropping Places To Visit In Mauritius For A Life Time Experience

1.Black River Gorges National Park

First on our list of the best places to visit in Mauritius is the Black River Gorges National Park!

Imagine 18 miles of hiking trails embedded in a canopy of the island’s pristine forested lands? You’d definitely want to drop by Black River Gorges National Park when in Mauritius.

The park is the largest national park in Mauritius that has beautiful gorges that will leave you spell-bound.

The thick jungle is home for endemic plants and wildlife. You’ll spot birds like pink pigeons, the Mauritius kestrels, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike; animals like wild pigs, Rusa deers, mischievous monkeys, and even Mauritanian fruit bats.

From the hilltop, you’ll visibly spot the coast, its lagoons, and clean shores. So, if you love nature, the take a soul-soothing trip to Black River National Park in Mauritius.

Best Time to Visit:

January to September

Entrance Fee: Free Entry

Opening Hours: 7 am to 4 pm.

Stay In Black River>>

2. Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne is a peninsula in the south-western part of Mauritius.

The peninsula features marine tropical climate so if you want to run away from the harsh winter in Europe, come to Africa and enjoy warmer in Le Morne. Le Morne is absolutely picturesque, allowing you to experience paradise.

You can rest on the white sandy beaches in Le Morne, go hiking or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters, explore the rich underwater marine life, watch romantic sunsets at the charming Brabant beach, visit the underwater waterfall and go on helicopter rides. You might also want to visit the International Slave Monument while here.

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Best Time To Visit: 

October to April during the humid rains making it not so hot.

Between May and September, it’s a slight winter period with the temperatures still hot and extremely windy.

There are no visiting fees but be sure to book your hotel in advance because it is a popular tourist hotspot in Mauritius.

Stay In Le Morne>>

3. Pamplemousse

A visit to Pamplemousse is never complete without a visit to the Mauritius National Botanical Garden.

The garden is located in the North of Mauritius, in the district of Pamplemousse, in the proximity of Port Louis.

It is home to an amazing variety of tropical plants with most of them being indigenous. Talk about dozens of medicinal plants, giant water lilies, baobabs, spices, tons of palm tree varieties

While it stretches over acres of land that it would take you more than a week to cover the whole garden, the garden is a popular destination for tourists visiting Mauritius.

Best Times:

Operating Days: All Days

Operating Hours: 08:30 am to 17:00 pm

Prices: 8 Euros for adults, free for kids under the age of 5.

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Have an 8-hour private tour in Pamplemousse>>

Mauritius Botanical Garden Tour

4. Grand Bay

Grand bay is a seaside village in the North of Mauritius located in the district of Riviere du Rempart.

Planning for a proper holiday destination? Then you’ll love to visit the Grand Bay to enjoy the calm sun and beautiful beaches for sunbathing. Grand Bay is also known for its modern and world-class setup and vibrant nightlife.

In Grand Bay, you will also experience enchanting emerald blue waters perfect for safe swimming, sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and water skiing. Go island-hopping on boat rides and cruise excursions to the nearby Flat Island, Round Island and Serpent Island. No one would also miss the underwater sea walks, submarine excursions, and the underwater scooter.

Grand Bay is also a perfect spot for buying souvenirs thanks to its large fashion and craft shops. You can buy clothes, jewelry, and textiles.

Best Time to Visit:

Any time of the year since there are warm summers and mild winters at the Grand Bay. In summer (November to March), it can get super-hot that you’ll only wear a t-shirt.

Stay In Grand Bay>>

5. Rodriguez Island

Rodrigues Island is a remote island east of Mauritius in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The island is surrounded by coral reefs offering world-class diving and snorkeling.

First off, Mont Limon should be your go-to destination if you have to see a 360-degree panoramic view of the Rodrigues Island.

From here, you can have magnificent views of the island, gorgeous geological terrain, the lush green vegetation, and the azure blue ocean.

The capital of Rodrigues gets quite busy as a town center so if you want to escape to a quiet place so that you can savor each minute of pure bliss in a totally relaxing unspoiled beach fringed with casuarina trees and exotic flowers, be sure to visit the Rodrigues beaches.

Walk along the coastline of Trov d’Argent- one of the best-preserved beaches, visit Ile aux Cocos for bird watching, visit Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve, explore Caverne Palette to see 600m long stalactites and stalagmites and tour the Rodrigues Jardin des 5 Sens botanical garden!

Best Time to Visit:

All year round

Go on a Rodriguez Island Guided Tour

6. Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs is one of the most beautiful islands in Mauritius that is accessed by boat from the mainland.

As the largest lagoon in Mauritius, the island is a popular tourist destination that offers picturesque surroundings that are simply beautiful. That means that the island can get too populated.

While in Ile aux Cerfs, be sure to take a beach stroll on the sandy beaches, enjoy a swim and snorkeling in the lagoon which is full of marine life. There are also many hotels and restaurants on the island to ensure you’re exposed to the local cuisine, a golf course and tons of beach activities too.

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Travel Hack:

Take an organized tour to Ile aux Cerfs to minimize spending instead of traveling alone since transportation can be quite a hassle and more expensive that way.

The catamaran cruise has to be your best bet to visit the island. However, there are other tours like a helicopter flight trip or a yacht cruise.

Stay In Cerfs Island>>

7. Eau Bleue

The Eau Bleue waterfalls are Mauritius’ hidden gems for anyone who wants to escape the crowds in some of the beautiful beaches. Imagine 6 waterfalls scattered in between the dense lush green vegetation?! I love it!

The waterfall has an incredible emerald blue hue and is among the clearest in Mauritius

The waterfalls are located in the village of Cluny, southeast Mauritius. Anyone can get there on the drive.

Good Tip:

It is absolutely free to visit the Eau Bleue waterfalls.

Go on a Guided Tour to Eau Bleue Waterfalls 

8. Domaine de i’Etoile

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Afraid of heights? Then you should definitely face your fears at Domaine de i’Etoile! And if you have a need for speed, then take a thrilling zipline adventure over here.

The 3.5 km zipline spreads over 1200 hectares of pristine forest in the vast Southeast mountains making it such an adventure for the adrenaline junkie. I would personally love to fly over the domain, looking at spectacular panoramic views, indigenous forests, beautiful valleys, sparkling rivers, wild animals and birds!

Prices:

60 Euros per participant

Optional lunch Prices: 25 Euro for adults and 11 Euro for the kids’ menu

9. Chamarel

A prominent tourist attraction in Mauritius has to be the seven-colored earth of Chamarel.

The area features small sand dunes comprising sand of seven different colors: red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Puzzling enough, when you mix the colored earth together, they eventually settle into separate layers.

Quick Tip:

The colored earth of Chamarel is now surrounded by a wooden fence to ensure no one climbs and walks over the earth.

You can also buy a small test tube filled up with the colored earth as a souvenir from the curio shops in the area.

Go on a seven day southeastern Mauritius Day Tour to see the Seven Colored Earth

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Well, are you inspired to visit Mauritius? Will you explore these 9 best places to visit in Mauritius? Please share your thoughts in the comments below…

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Dalene. 

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Comments

  1. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    These are all beautiful places in Mauritius. I cannot pick which one is the best because all of them have different and unique experiences to offer. The 7 colored earth of Chamarel is a sight to see!

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      I couldn’t agree more! Mauritius is just so beautiful and anyone would definitely explore all these places. I would definitely buy the bottle with with the colored earth as souvenir.

  2. Samantha Carraro says

    Mauritius is now definitely in my bucket list! I know a lot of people that went there but I must say that you portray it like such an amazing and beautiful place. Eau Bleue and Chamarel look incredible!

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      IT IS BEAUTIFUL Samantha! You’d better get here ASAP! I’m rolling a series on travelling Mauritius so that you’ll be so prepared when you come by! Stay tuned for more!
      Xx

  3. Kate Murray says

    Mauritius looks absolutely stunning! Thanks you for these stunning photos and indepth review! Definitely adding to my wishlist of travel destinations!

  4. Michele Dennis says

    I have never heard of Mauritius before. It looks and sounds like such a wondrous place to visit. The landscapes you’ve captured in your photos look absolutely breathtaking.

  5. Elena Toma says

    I wish I was there right now, it looks so beautiful! I still didn’t had a proper holiday this year and seeing your post now with this amazing location makes me have the travel bug instantly and go to Mauritius.

  6. Emily Fata says

    Oh my goodness, this place looks beautiful! Although I’ve never been to Mauritius before myself, I would love to make my way over in the near future. Thanks for sharing all of this! 🙂

  7. Tammie Reinhart says

    I had no idea that Africa is so beautiful! I’m going to have to plan a trip here soon!

  8. Viano Dee says

    Would it be weird if I say I didn’t know Mauritius was in Africa? I mean, I’ve heard the name a couple of times but never really bothered about its location. It is really beautiful. Also, I can’t believe there are pink pigeons– that’s some exotic wildlife there. Thanks for this.

  9. Kemi says

    I want to go to there! The idyllic beaches and ambience and chill atmosphere…wow. Mauritius, Seychelles and Zanzibar are islands I sorely wish to experience. Very soon.

  10. Kiwi says

    Mauritius is definitely a magical place I would love to visit. This stand alone island just seem amazing and these photos are so beautiful!

  11. Kuntala Banerjee says

    Mauritius is my dream place to visit. Loved the photos and the article. I will plan soon.

  12. Mudpiefridays says

    This was such a thorough guide! And now I feel like I must visit Mauritius! Your photos are stunning as well

  13. Lyanna Soria says

    Never been to Mauritius before but that looks like a wonderful place to have a vacation. Definitely would want to check out those areas if ever we visit Mauritius in the future.

  14. Karla says

    Mauritius seems like a great place to spend our honeymoon! Do you have any idea how many days should we allot to visit all 9 of them? Also, how much should we prepare?

  15. Sundeep says

    Mauritius is stunning place to spend quality time with friends and family. We are planning to visit in Mauritius in Feb 2020. We almost fixed our plan. But after reading your blog I am adding all those places which you mentioned above

  16. twinspirational says

    Mauritius sounds like a very nice place, the pictures looks great and stunning, thanks for sharing..!

  17. DoiBedouin says

    Oh my goodness.. .. Just look at the pictures.. .. . I am feeling like running to the place right now. Mauritius has been love but the pictures made it just a more alluring.

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