Sparkling like a gem in the southern Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an island nation located east of Madagascar and southeast of Seychelles. Port Louis is the capital city and the largest port of the nation. Mauritius will leave you totally mesmerized with quite a number of places to visit in Mauritius. The sparkling waters of the Grand Baie will definitely soothe your soul. And if that doesn’t suffice, you cannot definitely miss out on the natural beauty of the Chamarel Coloured Earth where you will find colorful sand dunes of reddish, black, cyan and purple color. Mauritius is well known for it’s breathtaking beaches. Apart from beaches, Exhilarating mountainous landscapes, rolling valleys, a dormant volcano and easily accessible waterfalls makes Mauritius Tourism so charming and ideal for a memorable holiday. The amazing beauty and natural aesthetics of this country will definitely leave you spellbound. There are so many places of attractions in Mauritius and all of them are worth visiting. Mauritius is one of the top holiday destinations in the world and also among the best honeymoon destinations.
Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Mauritius
1. Grand Baie
Great Bay or Grand Baie is a shoreline town and a substantial visitor shoreline in Riviere du Rempart region of Mauritius. Once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay without End) by the Dutch in the 17 th century, the retreat town of Grand Bay is prominent for its charming nature of emerald waters and is the most prevalent occasion goal in Mauritius. It offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. It is the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius like Gunners’ Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island. This is also a great place to discover the breathtaking underwater marine life of Mauritius
2. Tamarind Falls
Seven Cascades or Tamarind Falls play an important role in adding up the beauty of Mauritius as a tourist destination. The Falls are situated at a height of around 290 meters and this is the highest one in Mauritius. The seven simultaneous falls make it more charming amidst the splendid greenery. It obviously is rich with tranquil surrounding and exotic flora and those who expect clear beaches and islands in Mauritius, this water falls will be a surprise. It has been pointed out as a haven for trek lovers bird watchers and adventure seekers. It is located in Black River Gorges National Park near Henrietta Village. There are multiple adventure activities available at the location which include hiking, canyoning, cliff jumping, bird watching and swimming.
3. Grand Bassin
Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao is a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, Mauritius. Situated at an altitude of 1800 feet, Ganga Talao is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius and one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites outside of India. The Sagar Shiv Mandir is located on the bank of the lake and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are temples dedicated to other Gods including Lord Hanuman, Goddess Ganga, and Lord Ganesh along the Grand Bassin. There is also a 108 foot tall statue of Lord Shiva at the entrance which is a faithful copy of the Shiva statue of Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. During Shivaratri, many pilgrims in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake.
4. Mauritius Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden, formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden, is located in the proximity of Port-Louis in the district of Pamplemousse. After London’s Kew Gardens the SSR Gardens is one of the world’s best botanical gardens and also one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. The garden was initially opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, later it became the national botanical garden of Mauritius.
5. Chamarel Coloured Earth
Chamarel is a small village on the west coast of Mauritius, near Tamarin and Le Morne. It is a special tourist attraction since it comprises of sand of seven different colors. The colors evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. It is said that if you mix the colours together, they will separate on their own. Due to the tropical weather which is prevalent in Mauritius the colors has of the sand dunes have faded away and you will see reddish, black, cyan and purple. If you mix the colored earth together, they will eventually settle in different colors. Your trip to Mauritius will be simply incomplete without seeing Chamarel Coloured Earth.
6. Ile aux Cerfs Island
Ile aux Cerfs Island, also known as Deer Island is a beautiful island near the east coast of Mauritius in the Flacq district. This Mauritius Island is sprawling over an area of 100 hectares. The island has an undulating terrain and natural vegetation and is dotted with outcrops of volcanic rock, little lakes and magnificent white sandy beaches. It is one of the must include places in Mauritius Tour Packages. It is famous for the sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and various activities. Considered as water sports paradise, Ile aux Cerfs Island offers various water sports like swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, glass bottom boats and more. The coral reef is beautiful and full of marine life, and together with the large black rocks that protrude into the water, it is an ideal place to snorkel and to enjoy the rich underwater world.It also has restaurants, and a five stars hotel with a golf course.
7. Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park is the only national park situated in south-western part of Mauritius. It is famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking trails. It can be a spectacular place for all the bird watchers and also one of the top places to experience Mauritius Tourism. Many endemic plants and animals can be found in the park including the Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul, etc. It nurtures around 311 rare species of plants out of the 700 of the Mauritian Islands. The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest protected forest of Mauritius, providing over 50 km of hiking trails.
8. Blue Bay Marine Park at Blue Bay
If you are a true snorkeling lover then your visit to Mauritius will be however incomplete without the Blue Bay Marine Park. Exploring the marine life through the glass bottom boat is something which shouldn’t be missed. The Blue bay marine park has housed some mangroves, algae, sea grasses and more. The journey will let you witness some of the bluest water which you would have never seen. It is approximately 54 km away from Blue Bay Marine Park. The best time to visit this place will be during October.