Mauritius is a dreamy island country destination in the Indian Ocean. It is so beautiful,which is why it has been ranked as part of the 100 best travel destinations in the world. If you would like to treat yourself to a tropical vacation, this is the place for you.
Here are the 10 best dreamy vacation spots in Mauritius that you can enjoy on your visit:
1. Ile aux Cerfs
White, sandy beaches, tall palm trees, and turquoise lagoons are what you will get when you come to Ile aux Cerfs or Deer Island. The island is privately owned, well maintained, and has its own golf course. There are different resorts to stay in, plus an array of restaurants that offer authentic Mauritian dining experiences. If you are traveling with children, the island has an adventure park where your kids can explore and have fun. Water sports such as water skiing, wake boarding, parasailing, and banana rides will keep you occupied during your whole stay.
2. Le Morne Brabant
There are two major reasons why tourists and locals visit Le Morne Brabant: first, to swim in the beautiful lagoons; second, to hike up Le Morne Mountain. Aside from its beauty that attracts tourists, the mountain is celebrated as a huge part of Mauritius’ history. It was said that Le Morne Mountain was the place where slaves go to when escaping from their masters. Le Morne has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotels surround the area. They provide accommodations and activities perfect for families on a vacation.
3. Ganga Talao
Ganga Talao, or Grand Bassin,is a crater lake that sits 1.800 feet above sea level. Before it became a famous tourist attraction, its main purpose was a pilgrimage area for Hindus. This is considered the most sacred Hindu place in the country. At the present time, the place is open to tourists who would like to have a look around or have a picnic with their families. The area is full of colorful temples and shrines. A 108-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva, a supreme Hindu deity, can also be found here. February and March are busy months in Ganga Talao because of the Maha Shivaratri Festival.
This small village in Mauritius is full of great treasures in the form of scenic locations and natural attractions. Chamarel is most famous for its Seven Colored Earths. You may have seen sand dunes before, but what makes this sand dune special would be the seven different colors in it which makes it look like an earth in an animated movie. Aside from the Seven Colored Earths, Chamarel is also famous for having the highest waterfall in Mauritius. Extreme adventure seekers may find abseiling down this waterfall interesting. This can be arranged by professionals in the area. Chamarel also has a distillery which visitors frequent. Rhumerie de Chamarel’s products are based on sugarcane, and can be sampled at the restaurant in the site.
5. Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park plays an important role in protecting the remaining rainforests in Mauritius. It is also a home to pink pigeons, which is one of the rarest bird species in the world. The park has picnic areas where you can sit and have lunch with your family while enjoying your surroundings. There are also hiking trails in the park, which is perfect for outdoorsy visitors.
6. Champ de Mars Racecourse
Port Louis takes pride in being home of Champ de Mars Racecourse. If you are a fan of horses and racing, this is a must-visit place on your trip to Mauritius. Even Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret have visited the place. Inaugurated in June 1812, this horse race track is still a buzz until now. Racing season is from March to December, so there’s a huge window of opportunity for you to catch one of the races. Even if you won’t be betting on any horse, being surrounded by horse enthusiasts cheering on their horses would bring you good vibes.
7. Ile aux Aigrettes
Located in Mahebourg Bay, this small island is made up of coralline limestone. The island was declared a nature reserve and a scientific research station in 1965, which helped in restoring the island’s forest. The island has various tour packages available that involve guided trail tours and boat tours which last for about two hours. Visiting Isle aux Aigrettes would be a great escape and would give you a chance to see different plants and animals that are not commonly seen outside of Mauritius.
8. Le Souffleur
Locals recommend Le Souffleur to tourists who are brave at heart. Coming to this rugged landscape beside a steep cliff is no easy feat. The bigger and rougher the waves, the more beautiful the place becomes. Le Souffleur has that tough personality to it which makes it even more beautiful. The sound of the big waves crashing the cliffs has a surprising calming effect. This is the perfect place to come when you have to gather your thoughts or just clear your head.
9. Casela World of Adventures
Mauritius is a destination for solo travelers or traveling families. If you are traveling with your kids, you won’t have a problem keeping them entertained in the Casela World of Adventures. They have everything from exploring adventures to extreme sports. Their safari also has a lot of animals. Here you can see at least nine lions, ride on giraffes, and spend an hour or two in petting and feeding farms.
10. Tamarin Beach
Who doesn’t love a good beach trip? Mauritius, being an island, has a lot of wonderful beaches that are perfect for families. In Tamarin, aside from the sandy beach where you can make perfect sand castles, you can also explore great snorkeling spots, free dive, and swim with the fishes, or if you are lucky, get a sight of the dolphins living in the area. When the waves are huge, you can bring your boards and surf with the locals and other tourists.