The enchanting island nation of Mauritius is most well-known for its healthy dosing of sun and sparkling water, these are the 5 best things to do in Mauritius should you visit.
Mauritius is an Island located in southeast Africa, a marvellous destination with crystalline turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and breathtaking mountains.
Scenery and picturesque landscapes aren't all this island has to offer, with plenty of adventurous outdoor activities to do and historical attractions to see.
Treat yourself to the luxury of this relaxing escape and get the most out of your Mauritius experience with these top 5 things to do while you're there.
5. Swim With Dolphins
If you’re looking for long-lasting memories, hop on this speedboat tour that will take you, after an enjoyable ride, to the middle of the ocean, right where dozens of wild spinner and bottlenose dolphins will come out of the water to say hi.
This eco-tour will give you the chance to see these amazing sea-creatures face to face in their natural habitat, take a swim alongside them in small groups, and also experience the beautiful marine life such as the colourful coral reefs of Tamarin Bay.
Tours are generally in the morning and last about 3 hours.
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4. Visit Port Louis
Port Louis is the capital of the Island, and being the largest city here you will surely find a lot of things to do and see.
Start with a visit to the Central Market, a buzzing building of French inspiration dating back to the 18th century. You will be able to find locally grown products as well as homemade food such as curry. If you feel like doing a little shopping spree, there’s also nice and cheap clothing options and a myriad of souvenirs to take back home.
Stop by the imposing mansion known as Eureka, a colonial residence that used to be the home of British nobles. Today it serves as a museum that recounts the history of the place and the people of the island.
Complete the tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage site Aapravasi Ghat, which stands in honour of the millions of workers that used to work in the British sugar plantations back in the 19th century.
3. Go On Safari
If you have a thing for outdoors and wildlife, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Casela World of Adventures, one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius.
Among the plethora of activities that you will find here, you can enjoy an African Safari tour in the natural habitats of zebras, rhinos, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, and so many others.
You can also engage in e-bike riding and giraffe feeding or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous take a walk with the king of the jungle himself; the walk with lions take place near the Rempart River and is without doubt a once in a lifetime experience.
If you need a final adrenaline shot, try the diverse Zip Lines throughout the park and the 45m Canyon Swing!
2. Go on a Submarine or Helicopter
Have you ever been in a submarine? If the answer is no, Mauritius has your back. Offered by Blue Safari Mauritius, this ride will take you 40 meters into the sea, allowing you to see a myriad of colorful and mind-blowing sea creatures.
Before you get on the actual submarine you will be provided with safety measures and a full explanation of what you will do and see in the next 40 minutes, so you can get the most of your underwater adventure.
To get a better view of this paradise, hop on a helicopter ride to appreciate all the splendour of the Island from the air. Experience the exhilarating panoramic picture-perfect views of the sugar cane fields, mountains and waterfalls, as well as the coastline and its amazing turquoise sandy beaches.
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1. Visit Sugar Factory
Sugar crops and Mauritius are deeply connected, as its economy relied on it for most part of the Island history. This museum will give you the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Island, while providing lots of fun.
The tour, which has a duration of about 1:30hrs takes place in the Beau Plan Sugar State, starting with the factory building where you will be shown the machines that were used up until 1970, and then proceeding to walk along the Sugar Adventure trail where you will feel like you have stepped back in time with the sugar cane fields as backdrops.
At the end of the our you will be able to engage in a sugar and rum tasting. Before you leave, stop by The Village Boutique to buy sugar-based products and other souvenirs.
How To Get To Mauritius?
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In reverse order, starting with the largest they are; Luxembourg, Fiji, Singapore, Dominica, Tonga, Andorra, Seychelles, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Malta, Maldives, Saint Kitts, Marshall Islands, Liechtenstein.
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