The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It is located 2400 km off the southeastern coast of Africa. Mauritius is a top-rated destination for luxury tourism and is known for its stunning beaches and several nature attractions. The island which rose to the surface due to volcanic eruptions now rests on a dormant volcanic plateau – there have not been any eruption in over 100,000 years. The turquoise waters with the unique flora and fauna have made the island a tourist magnet. There are dozens of beaches spread across the 2040 sq km land area. Numerous water activities aimed at the whole family or for adventure lovers have made it a favorite for visitors of all ages and interests. In this blog, we will list 12 of the most popular destinations that must feature in your Mauritius trip.
- Tamarin and Noire Riviere
Tamarin and Noire are 2 rivers that flow in the western part of Mauritius. The area falls under the westernmost district of the island, called the Riviera Noire district. It is mostly rural in nature, although its northern border overlaps the western fringes of the city of Port Louis, the busiest city of Mauritius. The Tamarin and Noire Riviere area have a number of nature attractions that would delight any nature lover. One of the most prominent is the Terres des Sept Couleurs or the Seven Colored Earth – a small area with sand dunes which have 7 natural colors to them. The Tamarin Falls and the Le Morne Brabant monolith are other popular attractions in the district. A short drive from Tamarin and Noire Riviere will lead you to a number of pristine and popular beaches of Mauritius.
- Bel Ombre
Bel Ombre is a coastal village that is situated on the southernmost coastline of Mauritius. It is spread over 2500 hectares, from the inland hills to the turquoise lagoons facing the Indian Ocean. Bel Ombre was created in 1765, but it was between 1810 and 1833 when Charles Telfair contributed to the development of this region with his social, engineering, and botanical innovations. Today, Bel Ombre has grown into one of the most popular tourist resorts in south Mauritius, mixing the old-world charm of the island with some new age swanky tourist infrastructure. The estate has two 5-star deluxe resorts, a number of private villas, a beach club, a colonial house, a championship golf course, and a refurbished former sugar factory. Other attractions of Bel Ombre include the Bois Cheri Tea Plantation, Crocodile & Giant Tortoise Park, and La Valle des Couleurs nature park.
The village of Souillac is located at the southern tip of Mauritius. There are a number of attractions in and around the village that attract a large number of tourists every year to this place. A very popular attraction for those visiting Souillac is the 30m high Rochester Falls. It is at a cross-point of the villages Saint Aubin and Souillac. The uneven approach road through the sugarcane fields hardly has any road-signs. Once there, the Falls provides a beautiful view with water flowing through the lava rocks. Another attraction is Le Souffleur –it is not to be missed. It is a half-formed grotto on the side of a cliff. During high tide and rough seas, water shoots through a naturally formed hole up to a height of 20 m. When the sea is calm, one can explore this natural bridge which is also a photographer’s delight.
Pereybere is located near the northern tip of the island of Mauritius, between Cap Malheureux and Grand Bay. Pereybere almost overlaps with the very popular Grand Bay which is dotted with many upscale spas, hotels and restaurants. The main attraction of Pereybere is its beach and the diving facilities. There are many diving centers which offer diving tours with multilingual guides. It is an opportunity for even first-time divers to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of exploring the sea bed filled with corals, turtles, octopus, and colorful fish. Other than the beach and numerous beach activities on offer, Pereybere has a couple of Hindu temples within a short drive. The Mauritius Aquarium and the neo-classical Chateau Labourdonnais are also not very far from Pereybere and worth a visit.
Curepipe is a beautiful small commercial town located on the Central Plateau on the island of Mauritius. Although Mauritius is known for its stunning beaches and lagoons, Curepipe has developed as a tourist attraction even though it is deep inland – primarily for its cool weather and natural beauty. It is also one of the highest points on the island at about 550 m above sea level. Curepipe is the ideal vacation destination for those who want to explore the natural greenery of the island of Mauritius. Attractions in and around Curepipe include the Black River Gorges National Park, the SSR Botanical Garden, and several colonial buildings like the Carnegie Library, Domaine des Aubineaux, and Hotel de Ville. You can also visit several scenic neighboring towns with exceptional natural scenery like Beau Bassin, Moka, and Phoenix.
Chamarel is a scenic village located in southern Mauritius. Part of this village lies in the Riviere Noire, or Black River District, while the eastern part lies in the Savanne District. The village is home to less than 1000 people, making it one of the least populated places in the island nation. Chamarel is known for its coffee plantations along with a number of nature attractions, making it a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The highlight is certainly the Chamarel Waterfall – the most popular waterfall in the country. The waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery, is fed by the River St. Denis and has a free fall of nearly 83 m. However, the side of the cliff from where the water cascades is much higher than the surrounding landscape, so the waterfall is visible from very far off.
- Cap Malheureux
Cap Malheureux is the northernmost point of the island of Mauritius. It is a coastal fishing village that is a part of the Riviere du Rempart District. Cap Malheureux has stunning views of the Indian Ocean as well as some of the islands that are located off the coast of Mauritius like Gunner’s Quoin and Flat Island. Other than its scenic beauty, Cap Malheureux is also visited for its beautiful Red-Roofed Church – the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, which is probably the most photographed church on the island. The distinctive red roof of the church, with the turquoise ocean water and the blue sky, is a photographer’s delight. It has intricate woodwork that justifies a visit to its interiors. The embankments for fishing pirogues are right behind the Church where one can buy exotic fish at a reasonable price.
- Balaclava and Pointe Aux Piments
Balaclava and Pointe Aux Piments are located on the northwestern coast of Mauritius. They have become popular with many tourists in the recent years who want to escape the overcrowded beaches and streets of Grand Bay and Mont Choisy. Balaclava is just 10 km north of the island capital Port Louis. It has beautiful white sand beaches with casuarina trees forming the ideal backdrop. A short stroll northwards will take one to Pointe Aux Piments. Other than the beaches, you can also visit the Mauritius Aquarium on Coastal Road. A short drive from Balaclava will take you to the Rivulet Terre Rouge Bird Sanctuary.
Pamplemousses is a district located on the northwest of the island of Mauritius. It is one of the most popular tourist areas of the island nation, with over 20 km of coastline. It is just south of the chic Grand Bay area but has retained the typical Mauritian feel. Major attractions in Pamplemousses include the botanical gardens and the refurbished sugar factory museum. The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden opened its doors to the public in 1771 making it the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. The Sugar Factory Museum – also known as L’Aventure du Sucre – is an interactive museum taking a visitor through the history of one of the major industries of Mauritius in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is a coastal village located in the Rivere Noire District. Although we have listed Riviera Noire in this list, Flic en Flac deserves a separate mention. It boasts of having not only one of the longest white sand beaches in Mauritius, but also one of the most beautiful. Flic en Flac has grown in popularity as a weekend destination and draws a substantial crowd for not only the beach but also the many shopping spots. It is an ideal place to enjoy the sunset in the Indian Ocean while sipping a drink in one of the many seaside restaurants or bars. The beach also has a number of upscale resorts and hotels for those who want to splurge. If you are traveling with family then try to visit the Casela World of Adventure which is located just a kilometer west of Flic en Flac. This adventure park offers a variety of outdoor activities to engage visitors of all ages.
- Grand Bay
Grand Baie, or Grand Bay in English, is a coastal village that has developed into the most popular beach resort in the island of Mauritius. Grand Bay is located at the northern tip of the island. The beautiful blue water of Grand Bay attracts tourists from all across the globe. The place also has a very active nightlife with plenty of restaurants, clubs, and bars. There is also plenty on offer for shopaholics. Dotted with numerous hotels and spas to suit every budget and interest, Grand Bay has truly developed in to a haven for beach lovers and vacationers. However, with Grand Bay becoming extremely crowded with overflowing tourists, many visitors are constantly trying to identify more serene places for their vacation. The Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy – a neighboring village – provide the perfect escape from the crowded beaches and streets of Grand Bay.
- Port Louis
Located on the northwestern coast of the island of Mauritius, the city of Port Louis is the capital of the country. Although the city is mostly in the Port Louis District, its southern fringes are part of the Riviere Noire – or Black River – District. Port Louis is unquestionably the political, social, and cultural capital of Mauritius. It is also the primary port stop of the island nation. The city is very popular with the visiting tourists for its varied attractions. Other than the natural beauty, Port Louis has attractions like the Apravasi Ghat, China Town, museums, and numerous colonial monuments. The Champ de Mars horse racing track in Port Louis was opened in 1812, making it the oldest track in the southern hemisphere.
Originally posted 2017-03-30 06:59:05.