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Things to do in Mauritius

Though Mauritius is blessed with sparkling white sands that shelve into aquamarine waters, it’s much more than a tropical island paradise. Our carefully chosen experiences aim to offer you a local perspective on island life and a deeper insight into Mauritius’s rich, multi-cultural heritage — as well as showing off its natural beauty.

You can sit down to lunch with a Creole family, walk the streets of Port Louis with a local guide or watch the fine art of rum distillation. There are French-colonial homes and botanical gardens to explore, as well as tea and sugar museums that introduce you to the island’s heritage. Active pursuits include hiking through the Chamarel Mountains and learning a new water sport. Or, you could take a leisurely boat trip out along the coast, stopping to snorkel as you go.

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Ideas for experiencing Mauritius

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Mauritius, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

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    Watersports in Mauritius

    With calm lagoons for paddle boarding, long stretches of coastline for kayaking and exposed reef breaks for surfing, Mauritius is a watersports playground. Parts of the island are ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and there’s a plethora of experienced instructors to get you into (or above) the water.

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    Snorkeling and Diving in Mauritius

    Mauritius’ aquamarine waters shelter pods of dolphins, turtles and a kaleidoscope of bright fish. A halo of rock and coral surrounds the island, creating calm lagoons to snorkel in, while divers can explore the underwater caves and shipwrecks below.

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    Hiking in Black River Gorges National Park

    Explore Mauritius’ volcanic, forested interior on foot, following one of the many trails winding through Black River Georges National Park. Hike past endemic ebony trees, watch out for the rare Mauritian kestrel and enjoy views across forest-covered volcanic hills.

  • Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

    Private Tour of South Mauritius

    This guided tour takes you into Mauritius’ verdant interior, through sugar cane fields, tea plantations and forested national parks. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about rum production and Mauritius’ tea heritage.

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    Indo-Mauritian Cultural Highlights Tour

    This full day private guided tour reveals the prominence of Indo-Mauritian culture across the island, including lunch with a Hindu family and time to explore Ganga Talao, a revered pilgrimage site.

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    Exploring Mauritius’ Culture and Heritage

    Step away from the beach to explore local Mauritian life which reflects the Creole, Indian and colonial heritage in the island. The colonial development of the island has left a legacy of tea plantations, mansion houses and rum distilleries to explore.

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    Boat Trips Around Mauritius

    On a boat trip around Mauritius you can hop between tiny islets, protected nature reserves and some of the island’s best snorkeling spots. Sail past remote bays with a chilled drink in hand and stop for a fresh lobster lunch on slither of sand.

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    Port Louis and Eureka Colonial Mansion Tour

    Learn about traditional Mauritian ingredients in Port Louis’ market before visiting one of the best preserved 19th-century colonial homes for a traditional Creole meal in this full-day guided tour.

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    Mauritian Heritage and Food Tour

    Mauritius is an island influenced by colonial tea-planters, Indian migrants and Creole heritage. Learn more about this multicultural mix by taking a walking tour of Port Louis, having lunch with a Creole family and visiting a colonial home.