Mauritius is so much more than a tropical beach holiday destination. Aside from its magnificent coastlines, ash-white beach sand and never-ending sapphire ocean, the island is also a rich cultural hub of history, landmarks and tradition. Mauritius contains a wealth of contrasting scenery that ranges from the drier regions of the north-west coast to the lush green of the east coast. A spine of dramatic volcanic mountains cuts through the central area, influencing weather conditions. There is much to see with something to appeal to all interests. Consult the Mautourco representative or concierge at your resort for reservations.
This attraction includes a rum distillery and an agricultural plantation on an eco-friendly estate, located 300 m above sea level on the south-west coast of the island. A guided tour of the distillery provides a detailed explanation of rum making and a rum tasting. The menu at the chic on-site restaurant, L'Alchimiste, features dishes made of local produce.
The setting for this gem of a museum is an old sugar factory, evoking bygone days. It lies within the beautiful Beau Plan Sugar Estate, located close to the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. Visitors learn about the deeply intertwined history of sugar and Mauritius and how it has led to the multicultural society of today.
The famous botanical gardens of Pamplemousses are a leading Mauritian attraction, where visitors view the giant Victoria regia water lilies and the rare talipot palm.
Port Louis is the bustling capital of Mauritius, bursting with a colourful history and a soulful character. Port Louis reflects the cosmopolitan population that is Mauritius, with fantastic markets that exude the aroma of exotic spices and offer all sorts of treasures. For more high-end and designer finds, visit the Caudan Waterfront.
This attraction is the result of a volcanic phenomenon, which has resulted in seven colours of earth having swirled together to create a beautiful feature. Chamarel is reached by a panoramic route cutting through lush tropical forest. There are many viewpoints along the way, one being at an 83 m high waterfall. Also, worth viewing in the area is the Church of St. Anne built in 1876.
Located just opposite the Seven Coloured Earths, Curious Corner of Chamarel is the first of its kind in Mauritius, a house of illusion and mystery sure to stir the visitor's curiosity. The exhibits introduce visitors to a world of mind-bending fun. Browse the many curios in the Puzzles & Things Shop and enjoy the delights on offer at The Corner Café in the garden.
Catamarans head north from Grand Bay to Ilôt Gabrielle, from Pointe des Regattes to Ile aux Cerfs or south from Tamarin Bay towards Ilôt Benitiers, a small island off the west coast of Mauritius. Each cruise invites guests to snorkel when the cat is at anchor and a delicious barbecue lunch is prepared by the crew.
One of the main fishing centres in Mauritius and a lovely spot to shop for bargains.
One of the natural wonders Mauritius is most famous for is a collection of natural lakes that rest in a volcanic crater. The local Hindu population considers it a holy place of pilgrimage. Don’t miss out on a visit to this wondrous, soul-reviving place.
Since the country was declared a duty-free destination, Mauritius has become a popular shopping attraction. Luxury goods, designer clothing, cameras and electronics – shopping up a storm is much more fun at duty-free prices! Take a chauffeur-driven or self-drive vehicle, or hail a taxi and hit the shops! Here are some of the favourite shopping destinations on the island:
If you can tear yourself away from the beach to explore the island of Mauritius, you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime. Connect to the raw wonders of nature and discover secrets in deep ravines and towering volcanic peaks.
Join a tour at Eau Bleue Waterfalls for abseiling, mountain bike riding and kayaking. Hop on a ‘big cat' for a day-cruise to the islands off the north of Mauritius, east to Ile aux Cerfs or west from Rivière Noire to Ile aux Bénitiers.
Indulge your spirit of adventure with quad biking expeditions in the lush hilltop greenery of Valriche to the south-west. True to Beachcomber style, smart two-seater quad bikes are perfect for an adrenaline-filled ride through the lush vegetation, over rivers and through streams at an exhilarating pace.
Excursions are subject to a minimum number of participants and are available on specific days. Enquire for more information.
Test your resilience and bravery with an expedition through a natural forested area where you can meander along shady paths and lose yourself in the lush forestry of the region. Cross footbridges high above the trees and enjoy the view beneath you.
No trip to an exotic island would be complete without marvelling at its bird life. More than 2,500 birds of 140 species inhabit the Casela Bird Park. Among the specimens from five continents, the Mauritian pink pigeon is one of the rarest birds in the world. Choose a quad or a Segway to travel around the park on a guided excursion.
See the sugar cane fields, waterfalls, forests and rivers like you’ve never seen them before! Fly through the trees on a zip line cable ride that stretches 2 km over the Rivière des Galets. An extraordinary highlight of this adventure is a hidden spot surrounded by high trees and a magnificent waterfall, where you can enjoy a swim in the coolest, purest water you’ve ever experienced.
The marlin fishing season is at its best between November and April, but there is a lot to challenge the big game fisherman all year round.
There are many quad bike adventures available in Mauritius, to whizz visitors through forests, sugar cane fields, hunting grounds, rivers or leisure parks. Zip lines thrill visitors with magnificent views over the tree tops. These are ideal activities for the groups and incentive market.