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!
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, then 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.
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2. Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne is a peninsula in the southwestern 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Rodrigues Island.
From here, you can have magnificent views of the island, gorgeous geological terrain, 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
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.
Take an organized tour to Ile aux Cerfs to minimize spending instead of travelling 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.
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
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
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.
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 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
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…