Mauritius may seem like a sleepy tropical island. But there are many things to do in Mauritius. From simple sightseeing to adrenaline-churning water sports, you can do it all in Mauritius. There are also some unusual attractions here. Like the Seven Coloured Earths. Volcanic activity has gifted this patch of land with seven beautiful and distinct colours that remain untouched even through heavy and frequent rainfall.
Come here and witness this colour palette on Nature’s earth with seven shades that veer from brown, violet to green, yellow and more. These dunes, surrounded by a forest, are alluring and exploring them is one of the top things to do in Mauritius.
There are two legends surrounding the Slave Route Mountain. One is that the slaves jumped and fell to their deaths to escape slavery. And the other says that when the British passed the Anti-Slavery Act in 1834, a group of officials were headed to the slaves with the news. But the slaves lived in fear of being recaptured and therefore jumped to escape. Either way, this monument deserves regard with a moment of contemplation and silence. So do put it in your itinerary of things to do in Mauritius.
If Mauritius were to have a Champs de Elysees, it would be the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis. Shop or dine at its street-side cafes. Walk the short distance to any of the museums here – The Stamp Museum, The Natural History Museum or the Blue Penny Museum. It is a wonderful experience.
The Grand Bay’s La Cuvette beach is one of the top Mauritius tourist attractions. Come here and sunbathe or shop and sign it off with a night of partying. If you’re tired, there are many pubs here where you can put your feet up.
Come visit this national park that is spread over 6,574 hectares. This park not only protects the country’s native forests but also has a spread of landscapes and a conservation area with rare orchids and birds.
This old estate’s foundations were laid down by Mahe de Labourdonnais and still reveal the old sea walls that kept it protected. The Baie aux Tortues was named after an abundance of tortoises found in the area. The Dutch Ruin excavation makes for an interesting, one-of-a-kind experience because you don’t chance upon them every day.
The Thumb or Le Pouce is named so because its peak looks like a human thumb. If you are fit, this should be on your Mauritius sightseeing list. It is about a 2-hour hike and the hilltop is just wide enough to picnic on. From here, treat yourself to views of vessels going in and out of the harbour and pretty much all of Mauritius. It’s a scenic spot that should be on the list of the top things to do in Mauritius.
There are only two of the Bois Dentelle trees remaining in the entire world. And they’re here on the Cloud Mountain. Also known as Lace Wood, this beautiful flowering tree is a rare and almost-extinct species. But take heart, a nursery here is trying to grow its offspring.
The Champ de Mars Racecourse was founded in 1812. It is the second-oldest racecourse in the world and the oldest racecourse in the Southern hemisphere. Its link to the British is an interesting one. The year the first race took place here is also the year the British took over the island from the French. And this was also the venue for the declaration of independence when they left.
Deep sea fishing is one of the must-dos when you go Mauritius sightseeing. Sync your calendar to the Marlin World cup where there are several records for capturing the Mako shark, Bonito white tuna and more. Don’t want to dive yourself? Come and witness this incredible sport as onlooker. It is great fun.
No list of Mauritius sightseeing spots is complete without a trip here. This islet, made of old coral reef and covered by sand and soil, is famous because the unique plant eco-system found here. It also houses some of the world’s rarest birds like the pink pigeon and the kestrel.
Drop in at one of the biggest Mauritius tourist attractions to participate in all of any water sport here – from snorkelling to scuba diving and sailing to sunbathing with a cocktail! You can have all sorts of experiences here. An abundance of fish in shallow waters makes the diving and snorkelling unique.
The village of Flacq is a place you just have to flock to. This main meeting point has the largest open-air market in the country. It is loud, cheery and colourful. Come here to shop and dine uninhibitedly and leave with some great memories.