Mauritius has much more to offer than simply being a pretty place to sunbathe. Here you can enjoy the tropical climate, African wildlife, tasty food and incredible Mauritian hospitality.
Here is a list of the activities that I enjoyed during my trip to give you some ideas – but they are lots more things besides to discover!
This is a small but popular island near the east coast which is only accessible by boat where you can relax, eat in restaurants, do water activities and sunbathe.
The waters surrounding the islet are rather shallow, so you can walk for around 100 meters or so into the sea and the water will barely cover your knees! The turquoise waters and paradise surrounds make this an iconic place that should not to be missed.
This gives you the opportunity to understand how tea is made, see the different stages of tea production inside the factory, walk around the tea plantation and, at the end, enjoy a tea tasting a your leisure. If you are not into tea you can always visit the rhum factories.
There are all types of water activities to enjoy in Mauritius. Some of the resorts offer them for free to their customers, such as kayaking, pedalos, snorkelling and sailing. It’s worth taking advantage of these, especially when the waters are turquoise and clear, and you get to see the amazing sea-life up close!
If you like sailing I recommend that you take a half-day catamaran excursion. You will be able to explore some remote islands, enjoy a barbecue of fresh fish on board, swim in the amazing transparent waters and generally just have a great day out.
At the Casela park, situated at the West of the island, I did zip lining, a safari tour and I had the opportunity to get up very close to wild animals and feed the giraffes. It was an incredible experience being so close to giraffes and getting to eat out of your hands.
The Vainilla park located in the south east corner of the island has thousands of Nile crocodiles and also gives you the opportunity to see giant tortoises and even feed them. Make sure to watch out your fingers as they have very strong jaws and can bite through thick branches easily! They appear to be very gentle creatures, however, and they appear to love nothing more than being stroked under their chins. It’s amazing to think many of them are over a hundred years old and will live for a hundred years more! They eat almost nonstop – which is a lot of leaves over a lifetime!
Go and explore!