Places to visit in Mauritius

In the vastness of the Indian Ocean, is a small island that’s big on adventure, activity and culture. It is a harmonious mix of Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and French influences with a strong creole heritage. Holidaying here will give you a glimpse of them all, alongside stunning waterscapes, natural phenomena and lush native jungles.

Explore all of the best places to visit in Mauritius and you’re sure to go home with a whole new sense of being — isn’t that what you’ve always wanted from your travels?

Once you know which corners and landmarks of the island, all that’s left is selecting a Mauritius tour package  from SOTC to make a holiday of it.

One of the must visit places in Mauritius is its Capital, Port Louis. Wandering down its paths is a trip in itself, with plenty of interesting sights. The ones you shouldn’t skip are the Port Louis Theatre, a grand theatre that wouldn’t look out of place in 19th Century London and Fort Adelaide, the citadel from where you can catch exquisite views of the city and beyond.

Go cultural at the Aapravasi Ghat, the place where thousands of Indian immigrants first stepped onto the island or see the skeleton of the extinct dodo at the Natural History Museum.

For a bit of shopping, the famed Caudan Waterfront is where you can find high-end brands at bargain prices — but do give some of the more artsy shops a glance too.

One of the top places to visit in Mauritius is the Champ de Mars. It is the second-oldest racecourse in the world and surely deserves a place on your itinerary. A leisurely stroll around Chinatown is also highly recommended.

Venture north for a mix of nature and nightlife. The main places in the area are Grand Bay and the beautiful village of Cap Malheureux. In and around, you’ll have the chance to witness some of the places to see in Mauritius of great ecological significance, like Les Vergers of Labourdonnais at Mapou, where most resident islanders source their plants.

The renowned Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden has a massive collection of native and foreign flora, including the giant water lilies that are amazing to look at.

The Red Roof Chapel in Cap Malherureux and Maheswarnath Mandir are among the popular cultural Mauritius tourist places in the region. 

A little distance away from Mauritius, lies a pearl is the ocean in the form of a pristine tiny island enveloped by a lagoon just as flawless — Rodrigues. For beginner or experienced divers, an underwater explosion of life and colour awaits. But there’s also surfing, sailing, fishing and more to enjoy on your visit. How can this not be on your list of places to visit in Mauritius!

The predominant Mauritius tourist places of the East are the amazing beach stretches, dotted with top class resorts and local settlements. Be sure to visit Ile aux Cerfs for an assortment of activities, the Grand River South East for its waterfall views and the beaches of Roches Noires and Poste Lafayette, Bras d’Eau for a spectacular sunset and of course, the winding white sands of Belle Mare.

Flacq is a nearby village with a historic courthouse and open-air market on Sundays and Wednesdays that everyone is welcomed to. While Bras d’Eau National Park, Roches Noires Caves (there’s freshwater springs inside for you to snorkel in), and the volcanic Pont Bon Dieu are also stunning places to visit in Mauritius.

Another beautiful region of the island that many famed places to see in Mauritius call home. Tamarin and Black River — the first to surf, the second to fish. The highlight is surely the Black River Gorges National Park, a must-visit destination that holds countless species including some exclusive ones. Remember to wear your hiking boots! Amazingly, this is also where you go if you want the once-in-a-lifetime chance of swimming with dolphins.

The predominant Mauritius tourist places of the East are the amazing beach stretches, dotted with top class resorts and local settlements. Be sure to visit Ile aux Cerfs for an assortment of activities, the Grand River South East for its waterfall views and the beaches of Roches Noires and Poste Lafayette, Bras d’Eau for a spectacular sunset and of course, the winding white sands of Belle Mare.

Flacq is a nearby village with a historic courthouse and open-air market on Sundays and Wednesdays that everyone is welcomed to. While Bras d’Eau National Park, Roches Noires Caves (there’s freshwater springs inside for you to snorkel in), and the volcanic Pont Bon Dieu are also stunning places to visit in Mauritius.

Leaving the beach is a good thing when there’s so many interesting places to visit inland. The four towns — Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Vacoas and Curepipe — which each have their own things to do. Then there’s Trou aux Cerfs, a dormant volcano that you simply have to see to believe.

Then there’s the Ganga Talao, the volcano crater lake said to be filled with the waters of River Ganga. The Botanical Gardens, La Maison Créole and the natural wonders of Chamarel village are some of the others you must fit into your tour.

You’ve finally made it to the South and southeast of the island, which has its own set of wonderful places to see in Mauritius. For one, there’s the lovely fishing village of Mahebourg, Ile aux Aigrettes, a nature reserve, the Le Souffleur geyser, Rochester Falls and the famous beaches of Blue Bay and Gris Gris. And yet, there’s much more that this part of the island has to offer.

You’ve yet to make it to the waters! Go to Trou aux Biches or Mont Choisy or to the more secluded Casita and Bain Boeuf. This is one of the chosen places to go in Mauritius for its exquisite diving spots, including Gunner’s Coin and Whale Rock. From here, you can also visit the northern islets for a day of surf and sand at Flat and Gabriel Islands. If you’re still up for more, the Aquarium at Pointe aux Biches is a great visit. Unwind after a long day at some of the lively bars, pubs and nightclubs along the Grand Bay coastline.

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