Mauritius has a lot more to offer than fine sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear water. On the island it is not only the various cultures and their influences that make Mauritius distinctive and varied, but also the contrast rich leisure program that nature has to offer. Explore Mauritius on your own way and learn more about the flora and fauna of the island.
Find in our list below various ways to make your holiday memorable.
Tip: Read some of our travel reviews in our blog to get some suggestions for your stay on the island.
With a coastal length of about 160km, coral reef surround almost the entire island of Mauritius. It is one of the largest unbroken reef in the world. With the crystal clear water, the flora and fauna of the underwater world of Mauritius is most impressive – not only the island's beaches are beautiful, also the view below the water surface is worthwhile. You can see clown fish or butterfly fish in their natural habitat as well as dolphins up close.
You can generally dive in Mauritius throughout the year. Only at the beginning of the year, hurricanes can occur in January and February. On the island there are several diving centres and many dive sites that can be reached by boat by less than an hour. Perfect destinations for beginners and as well for advanced divers (up to Dive Master or Instructor level). Dives go down to 40 metres in depth with variations in the difficulty levels. There are outer reefs, channels, drop-offs, wrecks, caves and even places to see sharks. Even at night dives are offered.
Note: Make sure that the diving centres are members of the MSDA (Mauritius Scuba Diving Association). This ensures that you will be guided by qualified, internationally recognized diving instructors.
For kitesurfers the island is a true paradise. Especially in the low season from May to October the winds in Mauritius are perfect for kiting at various bays. For example, go for Pointe d'Esny or Le Morne in the south, Belle Mare in the east or Cap Malheureux in the north. But notice the scattered volcanic rocks and corals in the water to avoid injury.
For beginners, a lagoon with calm waters and onshore wind is optimal, here you cannot be adrifted and you can try out your moves and jumps. By starting you should consider enough distance from the trees on the beach in order to avoid time-consuming line ordering.
Generally you get good waves on the south-west coast in the bay of Tamarin throughout the year. The peak season is, however, May to October. Likewise, beginners and advanced surfers will feel comfortable here. While beginners can prove their talent within the reef (lagoon), advanced surfers can venture out of the reef in the south and surf big waves. In Le Morne you can meet real professionals who surf the famous "One-Eye-Wave". At the end of the year (November/December) the annual surfing competition takes place in Riviere des Gallets.
Note: The outer reefs "Manawa", "Chameaux" and "One-Eye" are only recommended for experienced surfers due to the 2-4 meters high waves. Partially there is no rescue assured.
Mauritius is a popular base among golfers – for beginners as well as for experienced ones. In Mauritius, there are golf courses where you can play surrounded by mangroves and sugar cane fields or enjoy the view of turquoise blue lagoons, white beaches, mountains and forests of the island. The courts have a length of up to 7 km or a size of up to 140 hectares.
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Mauritius is well suited to explore the different parts of the island by foot. You can hike along the south coast, where they have breathtaking views of the sea and the waves dash against the cliff. You can also hike through the tropical surroundings and enjoy nature in the Black River Gorges National Park, at the Tamarind Falls (7 Cascades) or in the Ferney Valley. In the southeast of the island there are caves that can be explored. Find out in advance which routes can be hiked safely on your own and for which ones you should better ask for a local guide.
This option is becoming increasingly popular in Mauritius. You can rent a bike at at local rental station or directly from your hotel. Hotels often offer guided tours as well. The north of the island is flat, towards the south, the island slopes upwards – sometimes even up to 16 percent. When you decide to cycle around the island, please consider the left-hand traffic and remember that you are probably not used to the endemic temperatures and humidity. In the urbanized regions and in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, you will incur traffic chaos on the main roads. In Charamel for example, you can still drive through the jungle, because the slopes are too steep for sugar cane cultivation. In the east the tropical forest extends almost up to the coast, here you can explore the green countryside.
Tip: At the end of September the annual "The Circle", a 100km-long race with more than 500 participants, takes place.
On the island you can experience horse riding in the woods, on the beach and inland. It's up to you. "Mont Choisy Horse Riding Delights" for example, offers tours which are led by a former jockey. The horses are mostly retired racehorses. The rides are offered in the morning and afternoon. Rides on the beach are offered by some hotels, some of them even have their own stables.
In Belle Mare and on Île aux Cerfs in the east of Mauritius as well as in Grand Baie in the north of the island you can try parasailing. You will glide through the air and enjoy the view of the sea with a different perspective. And if that's not enough, why don't you try a parachute jump from 3,000 meters above sea level - Skydiving is offered in the north of the island.
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