Mauritius Excursions

Excursions in Mauritius

Whether it’s summertime or wintertime, Mauritius never lacks places for you to chill out or have an adventure. Despite being surrounded by sugarcane all around, much more can be found as well.

The paradise island of Mauritius, offers you a range of excursions. Visit either one of the little islands off the Mauritian coast or find a number of amazing places in the four cardinal directions.
Each person is sure to find the ideal excursion for them as per their preferences, liking and budget.

North of Mauritius – Point of Interests and Sights

Grand Baie

Grand Baie is a popular seaside village in the north of Mauritius. There is so much to do in here from sihopping to fun activities including water sports as well as cruises. Along with allowing visitors to enjoy the sun, calm sea and the beautiful beaches for sunbathing and swimming, you can also enjoy a range of facilities offered on and alongside the beaches, such as fresh juice, fast food stalls, beach restaurants and many more. Grand Bay also offers a large choice of fashion & craft shops, hotels and restaurants.

Grand-Baie

Botanical Garden

The Botanic Garden, also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden, is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. It is populated with more than 650 varieties of plants amongst which are the famous Baobabs, the Palmier Bouteille, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and many more. One of the main attractions of the botanical garden is the 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from different corners of the world. Other indigenous species of plants are also exhibited here.

Botanical-Garden

Port Louis

Port Louis has conserved many historic and colonial buildings throughout the years. One of them is a fortification named Fort Adelaide built by the British in 1835. Other main tourist attractions in Port Louis include the Caudan Waterfront, the Central Market, the 18th Century Police Barracks and the Mauritian Chinatown. Champ de Mars is another popular landmark,inaugurated by the Mauritius Turf Club in 1812, making it the oldest horse racing club in the Southern Hemisphere. At the city center, there are a number of French styled buildings, which enhance the charm of Port Louis.

Port-Louis

North of Mauritius – Excursions, Sightseeing & Day Trips

Centre of Mauritius – Point of Interests and Sights

Trou aux Cerfs

A famous natural tourist attractions in the central region of Mauritius is the Trou aux Cerfs dormant volcano, located about 1 kilometer from the town of Curepipe. It is believed that the Trou aux Cerfs volcano erupted once and has remained dormant for the last 700 000 years, though experts believe that there is a potential chance for it to become active again. From the viewpoint on the crater you will have a spectacular view of major part of Mauritius Island.

Trou-aux-Cerfs

Centre of Mauritius – Excursions, Sightseeing & Day Trips

East of Mauritius – Point of Interests and Sights

Mahebourg

Mahebourg is the main village of the Grand Port District and bears testimony to the Dutch and French colonial past. The waterfront allows you to enjoy nice, refreshing walks along the seaside and you can visit the Historical Naval Museum. The museum recounts the epic naval battles between the Royal Navy and the French Navy in 1810 and also showcases shipwrecks and other artefacts. Be sure not to miss the Monday Market, a real treat for avid shoppers, where you can find local produce, food and handicrafts.

Mahebourg

Blue Bay

Blue Bay situated near Mahebourg, offers a fine stretch of white sandy beach, and deep, blue waters. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius and is perfectly suited for swimming and relaxing. The Blue Bay Marine Park is one of the best places to see the marine life of the island. You can choose to either go there by glass bottom boat or snorkel and have a great view of the reef, fish and of a large selection of coral- there are more than 50 different species of coral at the park.

Ile aux Aigrettes

Ile aux Aigrettes is a tiny coral island of only 25 hectares, just off the coast of Mahebourg. The island has been declared a nature conservation site and has since been preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Some of the plants found on Ile aux Aigrettes grow nowhere else in the world and they form the last remnant of a coastal forest that once surrounded much of Mauritius. 18 Mauritian plant species which grow on the island are classified as endangered or very rare.

Ile-aux-Aigrettes

Ile aux Cerfs

Île aux Cerfs is an island near the east coast of Mauritius. This paradise island of Mauritius constitutes of around 100 hectares of land and has one of the most beautiful beaches. You are sure to have a day of relaxation and fun on one of the picture-postcard beaches, and to enjoy a swim and or snorkel in the lagoon. Visitors of Ile Aux Cerfs often spend the whole day on the island and benefit from the range of facilities and activities offered, including water sports and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Ile-aux-Cerfs

East of Mauritius – Excursions, Sightseeing & Day Trips

West of Mauritius- Excursions

Casela

Casela Nature Park is a scenic nature park situated besides the Rempart Mountain, is repeatedly described as the leading attraction in Mauritius. Spread over an area of 250 hectares, the Casela park is home to a number of indigenous and exotic animals, including the Big Cats, Giraffes, Camels, farm animals, birds and many more. The dynamic and vibrant park stands out for numerous leisure activities including authentic safari tours, speedy rides on off-road vehicles and extreme adventures taking you up in the air and above the forested lands.

Casela

Flic en Flac

Flic en Flac, situated along the west coast of Mauritius, has become the second most popular tourist area of Mauritius after Grand Baie. Flic en Flac is a great place to spend your holiday where you can find excellent beaches and a range of watersports. It also offers a pleasant and charming setting with beautiful white, sandy beaches and beautiful blue lagoons. Along its very long stretch of beach there are many restaurants, hotels and shopping centers in the vicinity.

Flic-en-Flac

West of Mauritius – Excursions, Sightseeing & Day Trips

South of Mauritius – Excursions

La Vanille Crocodile Park

Set in a tropical forest, in the midst of exotic fauna and flora, La Vanille Crocodile Park showcases a diverse range of animal species, including a large number of crocodiles and giant tortoises, iguanas, deer, and wild pigs, amongst others. You can also learn more about various insects and colourful butterflies at the park’s Insectarium, one of the largest collections in the world with over 20,000 species of insects and butterflies originating from all five continents. The restaurant offers an exotic menu featuring crocodile meat dishes as their specialty along with other conventional meals.

La-Vanille-Crocodile-Park

Gris Gris

Gris-Gris, at the southernmost point of Mauritius is well known for its sea cliffs and offers visitors a magnificent view from the atop. Coral reefs do not surround this part of the island, which allows large waves to crash directly on the cliffs, creating big splashes of water. Further down the road from the Gris Gris Viewpoint is the ‘Roche qui Pleure’ (Weeping Rock). This is also another fantastic viewpoint where if you look at the rock from the right angle, it will appear as a face with tears constantly streaming down, as the waves continually crash.

Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao is a lake situated deep in the heart of Mauritius – in a secluded mountain area. The lake rests in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is a sacred site of worship with a temple and holy lake for Mauritians of Hindu faith. Many people visit the site to pray, meditate, or simply enjoy the gorgeous surrounding views, including the towering statue of the Lord Shiva. The statue stands at 108 feet (33 meters) high and is the highest known statue in Mauritius.

Grand-Bassin

Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest protected forest of Mauritius. Providing over 50 km of magnificent and yet challenging hiking trails, it is the best way to explore and discover the natural side of Mauritius. The enchanting, wild expanse of thick forest is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and 9 species of birds unique to Mauritius, including the famous pink pigeon. The Alexandra Falls can also be found in the Black River Gorges National Park.

Black-River-Gorges-National-Park

Chamarel

Primarily known for its breathtaking scenic locations and natural attractions, the village of Chamarel is home to a few Mauritian landmarks and sites. Among them are; the geological curiosity- the Seven Colored Earths, the highest waterfall in Mauritius- Chamarel Falls and the Ebony Forest Reserve. The village and its surrounding areas are also known for its plantations of sugarcane & pineapples, as well as locally grown coffee. The Rhumerie de Chamarel is surrounded by vast sugarcane fields and offers an insight into the local production of rum.

Chamarel

Le Morne

Le Morne Brabant Mountain, forms part of the Le Morne peninsula at the extreme southwestern tip of Mauritius. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This majestic basaltic mountain with a summit of 556 metres bears enormous cultural significance for the islanders – an exceptional testimony to the marronage and resistance to slavery, as the mountain was being used as a fortress to shelter escaped slaves. While some choose to admire this sight from afar, other choose to conquer its peak with a challenging hike.

Le-Morne

South of Mauritius – Excursions, Sightseeing & Day Trips

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