Calling Mauritius an island paradise is an understatement; with white sandy beaches, lush green foliage, turquoise blue waters, lavish resorts, Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination. Being a volcanically erupted island, it’s completely surrounded by vast and colourful coral reefs making it an ideal place for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Although Mauritius is world-famous for its heavenly beaches and resorts, it also has intriguing history and unperturbed environmental beauty. One can explore the endless sea on a calming boat tour, or embark on the popular Mauritian trek up to the Les 7 Cascades, a group of 7 waterfalls in a forest.
Visit the historic Le Morne Brabant, where slaves used to hide in refuge from the countries of nearby, and also check out Eureka, a 19th century Creole house preserved in perfect condition to make a fascinating history museum. The great Mauritian nightlife and endless shopping avenues make Mauritius even better and complete place to visit.
This premier multicultural destination also allows one to indulge in gastronomic adventures. Numerous restaurants offer traditional Mauritius’ food which is a delectable mix of flavours from Europe, India and even China.
Mauritius is a breathtaking island that can not be missed! As Mark Twain rightly said heaven was copied after the creation of Mauritius!
Trou Aux Biches
A small town with a public beach situated on the North-Western coast of Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is a much-loved tourist destination. Literally translating to ‘Deer’s Watching Hole’, Trou aux Biches, with its beachside hotels and classy restaurants bars is the most frequented tourist towns in Mauritius. It is also home to one of Mauritius’s best beaches with the same name, which is also internationally acclaimed having won the World’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards of 2011.
Belle Mare Plage Beach
Mauritius is home to a vast number of beaches scattered across the entirety of its perimeters and with such a vast array of beaches to choose from, picking the perfect beach that you want to spend a relaxing day at often becomes a hard chore. Ranging from powder soft white sand beaches fringed with rows of palm trees to coarse black sand beaches bordered by rocky cliffs and boulders, the vast variety of beaches in Mauritius is stunning. Out of all these beaches, one of the most well-renowned beaches on the eastern side of the island is the Belle Mare Plage beach.
The Belle Mare Plage beach is surrounded by a very shallow lagoon, with coral reefs completely enclosing the lagoon off from the bay, thus resulting in calm, clear water that is extremely safe for swimming in, creating the ideal family beach for families with kids. The shallow bay also provides for a fantastic snorkelling experience, an activity for which the beach is extremely well known not only on the eastern side of the island but across the whole of Mauritius as well.
Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel
While Mauritius is mostly globally renowned for its jaw-dropping beaches, the island is home to a vast variety of other geographical phenomena that you will not find anywhere else across the world. One such extremely curious natural phenomenon is the Seven-Coloured Earth or the Terres de 7 Couleurs.
Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs Island, also known as “Deer Island”, is a private island located near the east coast of Mauritius. There aren’t any deer left here, but it remains a hugely popular tourist spot for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and wide variety of activities and facilities. With homestays and hotels available on the island, Ile aux Cerfs is ideal for both day trips and multiple-day stays.
The white sand beaches and crystal clear waters are ideal for water activities like parasailing, diving, snorkelling, and underwater walking. Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club has a massive 18-hole golf course. And for those who’d like nothing better than to enjoy a day of doing nothing, there are beach chairs, personal waiters, and delicious cocktails to lounge away the hours without a care in the world.
Located on the northern side of Mauritius, Pereybere beach is one of the most famous beaches near Grand Baie, with plenty of decent, affordable hotels and resorts lining the beach and the area around it. Stretching 150 meters, Pereybere is a family-friendly beach that’s safe for swimming given that it’s quite crowded most of the time. Apart from this, the beach is a hub for adventure sports like windsurfing and parasailing. You can also go kayaking or rent a catamaran, and go deep-sea fishing. The best time to visit the beach is from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM. Although topless sunbathing is allowed, nudity is prohibited since the beach isn’t a private space.
Black River Gorges National Park
Being the only and largest in the island nation of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park is the sanctuary for the diversified wildlife and tropical rainforests. It is the central attraction of the tourists with an unparalleled love for nature and those who have a zeal for adventure treks. Prior to 1994, it was nothing more than hunting grounds. Later, it was officially declared by the President of the Republic of Mauritius as a National Park and has been available for public exploration ever since.
It is located on the highlands of Champagne plain in the south-western part of Mauritius. It encompasses an area of 6700 hectares of lowland forests, lands of heath and more forests further uphill, constituting 5% of the island nation. The climate is the park varies on moving from the eastern side to the west; from damp rainy forestland to relatively much drier lowlands. The park offers some dramatic views and terrains between mountain ranges and numerous waterfalls along the way.
Flic en Flac Beach
Flic en Flac, which was once an idyllic little beach town, is one of the most popular tourist areas in Mauritius second to Grand Baie. With its name translating to ‘Free and Flat Land’, which used to be an old Dutch proverb, Flic en Flac originally started out as a fishing village which was a hunting ground for wild birds and ducks. Situated on the west coast of Mauritius, the Flic en Flac beach is the foremost frequented tourist destination in the area with miles of sand and azure waters.
An 8-kilometre wide beach with a range of watersports, the Flic en Flac boasts long stretches of casuarina trees lining the entire west-facing waterfront. The northern side of flic en flac is a little rocky beach, while the southern side gives you an enchanting view of Tamarin Bay nestled at the foothills of a rocky mountain.