Mauritius Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Mauritius
Mauritius is an island nation located off the coast of Eastern Africa. The nation has been a premium travel destination for many decades, competing with the likes of the Maldives, the Cook Islands, Hawaii, and Seychelles. The main islands in the nation are Mauritius and Rodrigues, but there are numerous smaller, outer islands that form the Mascarene Islands.
Mauritius is a paradise on earth, with incredible silver beaches, amazing blue water, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, gently sloping landscape with eucalyptus and ebony, and many more attractions packed in the small islands. The below list comprises of ideas of what you can do and see in Mauritius
15 Best Things to Do in Mauritius
Explore Port Louis
You will land in Port Louis, the capital, and a populous city in Mauritius. This seaport city has a lot of things to do and see that can cover more than a day.
The bazaar or central market for example is a beautiful place to visit and interact with the locals. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, local spices, foods, souvenirs, crafts, artworks, and many more.
The city also has a theater where you can watch some live performances in the evening.
Visit China Town
Many cities around the world have their own unique versions of Chinatown. You have probably visited a number of them.
Port Louis’s Chinatown is quite different from any Chinatown you have ever visited. It plays an important role in the life and culture of the city. Here you will experience the rich merchant life and tradition of the Chinese people.
There are also many restaurants and shops with a distinct flavor and taste you can only experience here.
Go deep-sea fishing
With its clear water bays and diversity of marine life, deep-sea fishing is one of the most popular activities in Mauritius.
The best part is that no experience is required and you could catch some of the biggest fish on the island such as blue marlin.
Interact with the locals at Caudan Waterfront
Besides the central market and the streets of Port Louis, the Cuadan Waterfront is another great place to meet the locals and other tourists.
The place is usually vibrant with street performances and arrays of food stalls.
There are also some ancient buildings that you can visit such as The Stamp Museum, Blue Penny Museum, as well as the Mauritius Natural History Museum.
Take in rich local culture in Mahebourg
Though it remains hugely underdeveloped, the southern ears of Mauritius is a must-visit if you are in the island.
This area has a very small stretch of sand beach and as such, receives few visitors, leaving most of its untouched.
It is an ideal place to experience true Mauritanian life while enjoying some of the uninhabited lands on the island.
Discover colorful coral reef at Ile Aux Aigrettes
Located on the southern region of Mauritius, Ile Au Aigrettes is one of the best-hidden gems on the island with its unique ancient calcareous coral reef that is fairly covered by soil and sand.
The area is known worldwide because of its native plants and was declared by the government of Mauritius in 1965 as a nature reserve.
Here you will see some of the rarest birds in the world like the pink pigeon and kestrel as well as animals such as the Green Gecko Phelsuma and giant tortoise Aldabra.
Have fun at Grand Bay
The Grand Bay is where everyone on the island goes for an action-packed night. This place has some of the finest restaurants, discos, bars, and shops in Mauritius.
The islet has something for everyone. If you want a crazy, vibrant night, you can hop into one of the discos and bars, whereas if you just want some quiet time, you can head over to one of the less crowded beaches such as La Cuvette.
Visit the island’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Mauritius has two world heritage sites, Le Morne Cultural Landscape and Aapravasi Ghat, which are both wonderful sights that should not be missed.
The two sites have significant historical importance to the people of Mauritius. For instance, Aapravasi Ghat is where the indentured slaves from India landed in 1843 after the abolition of slavery. Le Morne Landscape on the other hand is a jagged mountain that protrudes into the ocean and was used as a shelter by escaped slaves.
Explore the marine life at Blue Bay Marine Park
The Blue Bay Marine Park is the perfect place to explore the marine life of Mauritius. It is located in the southeastern shore of the island and close to many restaurants as well as the main airport.
Here you can snorkel, scuba dive, sail, surf, or just swim in the clear water and sunbath.
Enjoy horse racing in Champs de Mars
Despite being one of the oldest horse racing tracks in the world and oldest in the southern hemisphere, Champs de Mars still has the charm of any major racing tracks around the globe.
Besides watching the race, visitors can also enjoy the beautiful Pamplemousses Garden, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Birdwatch at Casela Nature Park
One of the most famous attractions in Mauritius is the Casela Wildlife Park, which houses over 140 species of birds from across the world.
A park is an ideal place for birdwatchers to enjoy different species of migratory and indigenous birds on the island as well as watch animals such as tigers, deer, and lions.
Visit the Flacq District
Flacq village is located in the eastern region of the island. It is where you can meet a lot of locals especially due to the large market found here.
The market is quite vibrant and colorful and worth checking out.
Explore Dutch and Balaclava Ruins
For historians, the Dutch and Balaclava Ruins should be in your Mauritius bucket list.
The Dutch Ruins are the remains of what used to be a powerful Dutch fortification on the island while the Balaclava Ruins form parts of an old estate built originally by Mahe de Labourdonnais.
You can explore the original ocean walls that used to shield the estate.
Check out the Hindu Tempe in Triolet
The Maheswarnath Mandir temple in Triolet village is the largest Hindu temple in the island. It was built in 1819 for the gods of Krishna, Shiva, Murugan, Vishnu, Ganesha, and Brahma.
Relax at Flic en Flac Beach
Mauritius is known for its many stunning beaches, but I am going to recommend the best. Flic en Flac lies on the western side of the island and is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars, and other tourist amenities such as spas and sports facilities.
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