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Plan Your Trip to Mauritius: Best of Mauritius Tourism

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Explore Mauritius

Mauritius is a tropical paradise with tons to do and some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Of course, this Indian Ocean island nation is known for its gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, lagoons, and mountain views. Port Louis, the modern capital of this 38-mile by 29-mile island, is a bustling port with a revitalised waterfront and busy market. It’s worth a visit, but most visitors gravitate toward resort areas such as ritzy Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches, and the bustling Flic en Flac, popular with divers. Rivière Noise has all the right conditions for deep-sea fishing. While you can go the five-star resort route here, there are also budget options with a bohemian vibe.

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Connecting with nature in Mauritius

Mark Twain famously said: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven. And heaven was copied after Mauritius.” When I first set eyes on this far-flung island in the Indian Ocean, I immediately agreed that it was heaven on earth, thanks to the spectacular seascape and rainforests everywhere you look. Here are my favourite ways to connect with nature on this heavenly island.
Rashmi Narayan, London, UK
  • Belle Mare Tours
    Mauritius has a legendary coastline. While you can check out all the pretty coconut-fringed beaches along the west coast (Flic En Flac and Tamarin are two of the highlights), I recommend heading to the remote east coast near Belle Mare. There, the coast is more rugged and windswept. It’s home to quieter beaches where you can spot dolphins or snorkel near giant turtles.
  • Black River Gorges National Park
    Mauritius has tons of options for hiking. My pick: the Black River Gorges National Park, which protects the country’s rainforest in the hilly southwest region. Besides the incredible wildlife here—parakeets, flying foxes—you’ll also see some species unique to the region, such as the rare pink pigeon. After admiring all the flora and fauna, dip your feet in the invigorating waters at Alexandra Falls.
  • Bubble Lodge Bois Cheri
    There is plenty to do during the day, but Mauritius is equally enthralling at night, thanks to the lack of light pollution. The eco-friendly Bubble Lodge is my top spot to sleep under the stars. The round, glass-enclosed rooms have a spectacular view of the Milky Way and other southern hemisphere sights—from the Centaurus constellation to bright stars like Alpha Centauri and Canopus.
  • Underwater Waterfall
    Ever heard of an underwater waterfall? At Le Morne—a stunning monolith basalt rock that overlooks the sea—you can witness this mesmerising spectacle. It’s actually a marvellous illusion created when silt on the seabed falls into a deeper abyss—but it looks like an underwater waterfall when seen from above. For the most exhilarating views, it’s worth booking a 30-minute seaplane journey, which soars over the waterfall.
  • Yemaya Adventures
    Sure, you can do plenty of snorkelling and diving in Mauritius. But for the ultimate adventure, book a kayaking experience along the west coast, which is studded with rock caves. You’ll spot crabs and dolphins and pass by dramatic cliffs and the iconic Albion lighthouse. But the highlight is kayaking through the calm azure waters inside eight, dimly lit caves.
  • Tamarind Falls
    Hidden deep in the heart of the island, Tamarind is known for its seven massive waterfalls set in a dense jungle. You can hike around and see the falls from various vantage points. It’s so peaceful that you’ll feel like you have this part of the island all to yourself. If you’re unsure of how to get around, hire a guide to help you navigate. Best of all: After a morning of exploring, you can cool off with a rejuvenating swim.
  • Rhumerie de Chamarel
    When I’m looking for an easy adventure, I head to the Rhumerie de Chamarel—set in the hills around the historic village of Chamarel—for a light walk and a rum tasting tour, followed by a hearty, local lunch. After that, you may be tempted to head back to your hotel for a snooze, but I suggest making a day of it and taking a hike around the neighbouring Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, a gorgeous, multihued landmark.