The island gem of Mauritius offers far more than powder-soft sand, azure lagoons and luscious landscapes. Lounge beachside, then take your time to explore the beauty of this tropical paradise before watching the sun set across the Indian Ocean. Discover the treasures of this sanctuary; they’re beyond belief.
Explore La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park
Immerse yourself in a blend of beauty and thrills in this scenic park, bursting with exciting activities that will leave you gasping for breath. Hike your way through to see the legendary Seven Coloured Earth before soaring across the third-longest zipline in the world (a whopping 1.5km long). Soak up the panoramic views of the south coast, then add to your adrenaline rush with a skywalk over a verdant ravine on the Longest Nepalese Bridge. If your legs get shaky while you are suspended between 80 – 100 metres above the velvet forest canopy, stop peering down and gaze across the stretch of epic scenery.
Top tip: Calling all nature lovers – keep your eyes peeled for wildlife wonders, with monkeys, tortoises, rare birds (including the pink pigeon), just to name a few.
Dive into the Indian Ocean for an unforgettable experience with the most playful underwater creatures of all: dolphins.
Discover the heights of Tamarind Falls
Visit the revitalising waters of Tamarind Falls on the southwest of Mauritius. Take part in a guided trek through a fascinating landscape of forests, mountains, rivers and waterfalls. Known as the seven cascades, this dazzling canyon is one of the most tranquil spots in Mauritius. When you reach Tamarind Falls, be sure to bask in the cool waters of the natural pool and stand underneath the tumbling chutes for a natural massage. Ready for more excitement? Book onto a canyoning experience, where you can abseil down waterfalls and jump into gorges.
Top tip: The best time to come here is from November – May, when the warm summer rain creates a flourishing utopia for visitors.
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Blissful beaches in Mauritius
With cobalt-blue seas and powder-soft white sands, Mauritius beaches are some of the most picturesque in the world. Here, you can soak up over 160km of beautiful beaches. The east and west coasts boast stunning bays, the south offers shallow lagoons for snorkelling and the rugged north offers tranquillity on secluded beaches. The pristine beach of Belle Mare provides 10km of sparkling sands and turquoise waters for those perfect lazy days. Grand Baie glistens, popular for its scenery and activities, while Trou aux Biches is perfect for families with pretty pearl-sand beaches. It also features shallow waters and a reef close to the shore. Flic en Flac is a must-visit on the sunset coast.
Top tip: Get to Le Morne, one of the island’s best and most exclusive beaches. Kick back on icing sugar sands with the dramatic Le Morne Mountain in the distance. Ride along the beaches on horseback, or cool off with a swim in the turquoise oceans.
West coast dolphin encounters
Dive into the Indian Ocean for an unforgettable experience with the most playful underwater creatures of all: dolphins. Glide out over the waters on the South West of Mauritius for the best spot to swim with these friendly creatures. Appreciate the incredible visibility as you splash into crystal-clear waters and swim side-by-side with wild Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins. The hottest spots for your ocean adventure are Black River and Tamarin Bay, where you can join private or group trips. Choose to snorkel alongside these sprightly animals, or simply take it all in from the comfort of the boat.
Top tip: As your boat heads deeper into the ocean, look out for gigantic whales diving, puffing and drifting through the vast glistening waters.