Tumbling waterfalls shrouded by lush rainforest, volcanic crater lakes adorned with kaleidoscopic Hindu statues, and verdant tea plantations ultimate for tranquil kayaking are maybe not the primary scenes that spring to thoughts while you think about this idyllic island nation. They’re, nonetheless, only a few of one of the best locations to go to in Mauritius past the cyan waters and silky tender white sands.
Typically touted as a dream honeymoon vacation spot, due to the plethora of luxurious resorts and seemingly countless seashores, many overlook the opposite affords of the island.
Whereas, for some, the irresistible cocktails crafted with native rum and heat, welcoming Indian ocean waters are sufficient of a draw, there are loads extra causes to go to Mauritius. Listed here are a few of the finest locations (for my part) to discover and expertise, whether or not you wish to devour scrumptious dishes, uncover the tradition, or dig into some adventure-fuelled actions.
Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao)
Sitting some 500 metres above sea degree and set amongst the verdant mountainous southwest, the volcanic crater lake of Ganga Talao is without doubt one of the finest locations to go to in Mauritius each for the attractive wild setting and to dig a little bit deeper into the islands predominant faith, Hinduism.
Begin your go to with a stroll across the serene lake, typically with animated monkeys preserving an keen eye, earlier than admiring the temple, small shrines and statues of influential Hindu gods.
Through the important pilgrimage, round February or March, for the Maha Shivaratri Competition, tons of of hundreds of worshipers flock to the lake.
Make it occur: When you have a automotive, it’s a straightforward drive to the Grand Bassin. Throughout February and March, when the pilgrimage takes place, tons of of hundreds of individuals go to the positioning, so price preserving in thoughts. There are numerous excursions of the island’s southwest if you’re with no automotive, like this one, which embody time on the lake.
Le Morne Brabant
Located on the island’s southwestern tip, the hypnotising magnificence of Le Morne Brabant is greater than deserving of its UNESCO listed standing.
Flanked by wonderful white sandy shores and tranquil waters that glimmer in shades of cerulean and cyan, it’s a must-visit vacation spot in Mauritius. When you have ever seen a picture of the underwater ‘waterfall’ phantasm, you then’ll recognise the basaltic monolith towering within the background.
Rising to a top of 556 metres and creating one of the vital imposing backdrops for a seaside day on the planet, you’ll wrestle to discover a extra spectacular place to seize your vacation snaps on the island.
The mountain, for a lot of, is an emblem and reminder of the islands enslaved peoples combat for freedom, for it was in these remoted cliffs and wooded areas that many escaped to, forming small settlements. Spend a while studying in regards to the Maroon Republic throughout your time on the island.
Make it occur: Relying on the way you want to expertise the Peninsula, you may both drive or take a switch to the seashores. If, nonetheless, you wish to summit the height, particularly at dawn, you’ll be finest to e book a tour with a neighborhood information.
Ile Aux Aigrettes
Only a temporary boat experience from the mainland, the islet of Ile Aux Aigrettes is one in every of many isles and boat tour tour choices to contemplate. What makes this a must-visit place for wildlife lovers in Mauritius is the give attention to scientific analysis inside the nature reserve.
Following some important restoration work, it’s a paradise inside a paradise, the place you may witness large tortoises roaming free (typically present in pens, for defense, elsewhere on the island), the intriguing Pink Pigeon, and an intensive array of indigenous fauna and flora.
Make it occur: There are numerous excursions and operators operating journeys to the Islands.
Bois Cheri Tea Manufacturing unit
The biggest tea producer on the isle, Bois Cheri, is a pleasant setting and guarantees rather more than an honest cuppa.
Take a tour of the grounds, the place row upon row of manicured tea vegetation information you all the way down to a blissful lake ultimate for kayaking, earlier than taking a tour of the manufacturing facility. Witness the tea in all phases of the method, from drying to packaging, earlier than having fun with a flavoursome tasting. The vanilla tea is one to not miss.
Verdant and luxurious, the setting cries out for rather more than simply sampling the infusions, although. Devour a gastronomic deal with within the connected restaurant to the backdrop of the rolling hills of Mauritius and playful deer. For a novel in a single day journey, you may e book a keep within the small bubble lodge with a clear domed roof ultimate for stargazing – full with the promise of the proper morning cup of chai!
Make it occur: The manufacturing facility is open for guests Monday – Saturday, from 9:00 – 17:00, and the roads are good for driving entry. A few of the excursions of the south coast embody stops right here.
Port Louis & Market
Make sure you go away time for some city exploring throughout your keep, and naturally, the capital metropolis of Port Louis is one of the best place in Mauritius to take action.
The compact capital affords a terrific perception into day-to-day life on the island, significantly for individuals who have opted to remain in a resort. Le Caudan Waterfront is great for strolling, with vibrant umbrellas hanging above procuring passages and an abundance of bars and eating places to relaxation at alongside the water.
One of many most interesting methods to expertise and savour the flavours of town is on the central market. The hive of exercise is discovered on the bottom ground, stocked with multicoloured fruit, veg, tea and snacks from the provinces, whereas native materials and goos are situated upstairs. Typically referred to as the nationwide dish of Mauritius, Dholl Puri is a must-try, particularly from the small distributors on the road exterior. These flatbreads, full of smashed break up peas are mouthwatering when topped up with a spicy chilli paste – although in case your tastebuds can’t deal with sizzling meals with a kick, go straightforward!
Make it occur: Because the capital metropolis, it’s straightforward to get to – together with by native bus. The sooner you go to the market, the higher, which is open from round 5:00 to 16:00, besides on Sunday, when it closes earlier.
Pamplemousses Botanical Backyard
Formally referred to as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Backyard, but extra sometimes known as Pamplemousses Botanical Backyard, botanists and amateurs can be drawn in by the wonderful array of flora.
The oldest botanical backyard within the southern hemisphere, relationship again some 300 years, is just a brief drive from Port Louis but feels a world away as you commerce within the ambiance of the markets for a peaceable stroll by way of towering palms and delicate flowerbeds.
The pool of large water-lilies (Victoria Amazonica) is sort of the sight, and their safety is paramount on account of going through extension. Permit your self a minimum of an hour to discover the gardens, but with 90 acres and over 600 vegetation, many indigenous, you may effectively end up right here for lengthy.
Make it occur: Open from 8:30 – 17:30 day by day, the gardens are lower than a 15-minute drive, or taxi, from Port Louis.
The most well-liked vacation spot for vacationers to Mauritius, and with good cause, Grand Baie isn’t going to take you off-the-beaten-path, but it surely serves up all the things one might need for a water-based time out.
Water sports activities lovers will discover their day rapidly crammed right here, with crusing, windsurfing, SUP, and numerous boat excursions – together with scuba diving – out there alongside this part of the coast.
With loads of retailers, eating places, and nightlife till the early hours, even if you happen to aren’t staying shut by, likelihood is you’ll end up passing by way of Grand Baie in some unspecified time in the future throughout your Mauritius vacation.
Make it occur: A well-liked vacation spot, with many inns close by, likelihood is you could be shut by – particularly if you happen to keep on the unimaginable Beachcombers resort as I did, an absolute dream of a lodge!
Certainly one of my favorite moments in Mauritius was the morning we spent splashing across the chilly waters of Rochester Falls. There was simply our group there, till shortly after when a coconut vendor joined us, his wrinkled handles expertly hacking open the inexperienced balls of goodness for us.
To entry these comparatively small falls, we ploughed our four-wheel-drive alongside tough mud tracks, shrouded in towering sugar cane so shut we might attain from the home windows and stroke it. On arrival, it was a slippy muddy climb all the way down to the waterfalls, however the web site of the falls and chilly awakening of the waters was greater than reward sufficient for the hassle.
In fact, there are various waterfalls dotted throughout the island, some simpler to entry than others, however for me, and maybe it was the reminiscence of that candy coconut water as my toes cooled within the pool that made this one in every of my finest locations to go to in Mauritius.
Make it occur: You’ll want a little bit of journey, and maybe a 4WD, to discover the dense vegetation out this fashion, however it’s effectively price it! Think about reserving a quad bike tour to entry the falls and expertise one other facet of Mauritius.
Black River Gorges Nationwide Park
Within the hilly south of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges Nationwide Park, the biggest protected forest within the nation, offers ample alternative to strap in your mountain climbing boots and get misplaced totally in leafy, dense nature. The landscapes are chic, with the rolling hills assembly rainforest simply as magical because the lapping waves on heavenly sands.
For a lot of, the primary draw is to witness the spectacular Alexandra waterfall tumbling 150 metres down into the luxurious greenery under. Nevertheless, with tons of of species of vegetation, monkeys, pleasant chicken watching choices, and difficult mountain climbing trails to sort out, you may simply and fortunately spend a day, or longer, discovering the nationwide park.
Make it occur: There are a lot of alternative ways to discover and expertise the nationwide park relying in your pursuits, however contemplate taking an eco-tour with a information to get caught in.
With sugar cane throughout the island, it ought to come as no shock that among the finest locations to go to in Mauritius is a rum distillery.
At Chamarel Rhumierie, you may anticipate a slick tour and tasting expertise on the southwest coast – from the in depth grounds to the manufacturing rooms and the all-important tasting room, the place cocktails are shaken and straight pours served. Maybe, take a taxi for this one!
Make it occur: You’ll be able to go to Monday – Saturday, between 9:00 – 16:00, and the tour with tasting is lower than €15.
In fact, there are loads extra superb locations to go to in Mauritius – Tamarind & Chamarel Falls, Ile Aux Cerfs, and numerous different seashores – uncover extra causes to go to Mauritius right here.