An idyllic island nation drifting in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a treasure trove of rich heritage and culture, powder-white beaches, exotic coral reefs and luxuriously secluded resorts – all within a short, six-hour Air Mauritius flight of India.
Mark Twain once said, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius,” and it is hard not to see why. This Indian Ocean superstar is one of mother nature’s most spectacular feats, overflowing with extraordinary stays and unmissable experiences.
From diving into a kaleidoscopic underwater world to soaring above rambling rainforest, these are our top six things to do in Mauritius.
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Visit a mind-boggling underwater waterfall
A helicopter ride above the majestic Le Morne Brabant Peninsula in Mauritius will see you witness nature’s biggest magic trick – an underwater waterfall! This captivating phenomenon is an optical illusion formed by sand and silt that’s visible year-round and is completely safe to swim in or even surf on. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this magical sight from above or within the ultra-clear, turquoise waters.
Take a submarine journey through a breathtaking reef
You’re guaranteed a spectacular underwater experience in Mauritius, but you can take it one step further with a submarine expedition at Trou aux Biches in the Northwest. Explore the deep blue teeming with exotic marine life as you submerge to a breathtaking depth of up to 35m below the glistening surface. In a short span of time, you’ll find yourself immersed in otherworldly, cerulean hues and the joyful colours of angelfish and black and whites of Mauritian clownfish! Take in these enchanting sights of the waterworld through portholes in your iron chariot over approximately 40 minutes with Blue Safari Mauritius.
Ride the Indian Ocean’s longest zip line above a verdant rainforest
Zip across Mauritius on the longest zip line in the Indian Ocean and the third-largest in the world at La Vallée Des Couleurs Nature Park! This thrilling wonder will sweep you right off your feet (literally) and take you over lush, green landscapes, cascading waterfalls, a rich nature park and canyons. You can even choose how far you want to go in pursuit of an aerial adrenaline rush with four zip line lengths to choose from: 500m, 1.5km, 1.6km or 3.1km – the superset offering remarkable nature reserve vistas and the chance to witness six waterfalls from above.
Safari through Yemen Nature Reserve
A visit to the Yemen Nature Reserve is an experience that all nature lovers will find difficult to resist. Immerse yourself amid 3,400 hectares of scenic beauty and savour the opportunity to see wildlife in their natural habitat! Whether you choose to walk along the West Coast, observe herds of deer from a chauffeur-driven 4x4 or enjoy a family picnic from 180m above sea level, this park promises to tickle the fancy of hiking and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Become a rum connoisseur at at Rhumerie de Chamarel
The rum is never gone at Rhumerie de Chamarel, a distillery where you get to see how this delicious golden elixir is made and learn to distinguish the unique oak flavours. 300m above Southwest Mauritius, this unique distillery is hidden within a fertile valley, surrounded by plantations of sugar cane and other tropical fruit making it a joyous ride to the entrance. Check that off your list!
Try your hand at canyoning excursion
For extreme seekers of thrill and euphoria – a canyoning excursion is just the thing to do in Mauritius! Combine stunning views, refreshing sprays from waterfalls, abseils and literal leaps of faith and you get one of the most adventurous experiences in Mauritius.
One of the best spots is at Tamarind Falls. Abseil down a 40m waterfall, swing lower under the waterfall with the help of a rope, cross a 50m pond and jump from a 6m height into a waterfall! The ultimate thrill awaits!
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