10 Reasons to Visit Mauritius

Tee off in paradise, sample diverse cuisine and explore botanical gardens on your next beach getaway.

Nov 6, 2014
  • Beautiful mountain landscape in Mauritius.
  • A Mauritius curry dish, served at Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita.
  • Snorkel, swim or relax on Ile aux Cerfs, a private island off the coast of Mauritius.
  • Quad biking on a safari in Mauritius.
  • Mauritius giant aldabra tortoise
  • Mauritius Flacq Market
  • Mauritian tandoori babonne fish and rice dish.
  • Paddle boarding in Mauritius.
Take a walk through the island's beautiful landscape and keep your eyes open for wildlife -- Mauritius is home to over 1,500 tropical birds.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Taste a blend of Mauritian, Indian and Chinese flavours at Bambou restaurant.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Spend a day on Ile aux Cerfs – relax on pristine beaches, walk along white, sandy shores or snorkel in the blue lagoon.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Find adventure as you discover the island's wildlife on safari – all from the seat of a quad bike.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
On Ile aux Aigrettes, meet native island wildlife, such as this Aldabra giant tortoise.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
You're sure to find treasure at one of Mauritius's many markets – shop for handicrafts, spices and savoury street food from a variety of vendors.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Unique Indian flavours, such as this tandoori babonne fish and rice dish, have been incorporated into many local Mauritian restaurants.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Paddle your way through the crystal blue waters of Mauritius, or try another popular aquatic sport. With calm waters and protected lagoons, it's the perfect place for beginners.
Photography Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Mauritius’ marvellous blend of cultures—its diverse, welcoming people, varied cuisine and Hindu temples—is evident the moment you arrive onto the island, not to mention its sandy white beaches and lush landscapes. Once the home of the flightless dodo bird, now extinct, this tropical island in the southern Indian Ocean still has moderate temperatures, gentle trade winds and ample sunshine, offered up alongside natural history, bustling markets and vivid festivals.

Spice haven for foodies

Mauritian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world, borrowing from French, Indian, African and Asian kitchens to create its own unique flavours. Be sure to scan restaurant menus for daube, a classic tomato-based chicken stew, and fish vindaye, a Mauritian take on Indian vindaloo. You can also try Mauritian snacks like dhal puri, a traditional flatbread filled with spicy ground split peas and served with chutney. Or, sample the island’s iconic Babonne—a fleshy white fish similar to red snapper—at Bambou restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita.

Vibrant festivals

To experience what’s said to be the largest Hindu pilgrimage outside India, plan a visit during Maha Shivaratri. Each February, roughly 500,000 people make the pilgrimage on foot to Grand Bassin, a lake near which stands a giant statue of Lord Shiva. You can also visit during Diwali, the festival of light, held every fall, and feast on gâteau patate—sweet potato and coconut cakes made and offered as gifts between families and neighbours.

To market, to market

Eccentric shopping for local wares is easy to find in Mauritius. Just 20 minutes from the Resort in the Centre de Flacq is a vibrant Sunday market. Featuring fruit and vegetable vendors, artisans with handicrafts for sale, spice vendors and street food hawkers, the market offers a cheerful slice of Mauritian life. Other notable markets include those in Port Louis, Rose Hill and Vacoas, and the beachside fish market in Grand Baie.

The golfer’s retreat

Designed by golf legend Ernie Els, Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita winds along lagoons and beautiful coastlines that make it one of the most picturesque courses in Mauritius. With a driving range and putting green, GPS-equipped buggies and a variety of classes to improve your game, the Club offers golfers a prime tropical retreat.

Island escape

A complimentary 20-minute boat shuttle from the Resort takes you to one of Mauritius’ most idyllic islands, Île aux Cerfs, located off its eastern shore. There, you’ll find white sand coves, golf courses, ideal spots for sunbathing and clear waters for snorkelling.

For the love of nature

Mauritius caters to the nature lover with roughly a dozen nature reserves and botanical gardens to explore, plus mountainous vistas, waterfalls and tropical forests. Created in 1750 and considered the oldest botanical garden in the Southern hemisphere, the Ser Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousses has 500 species of plants, including giant water lilies and more than 80 varieties of palms. On Île aux Aigrettes, off the southeast coast of Mauritius, search for endemic species like Mauritius kestrels and pink pigeons, as well as Aldabra giant tortoises. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Morne Cultural Landscape is an impressive mountain that juts out into the ocean; its peninsula sheltered runaway slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Adventurous spirits

Adventure travellers can explore locations like the lush Domaine de l’Étoile reserve via quad bike, buggy, horseback, mountain bike or foot. You’ll venture through spectacular landscapes and thick forests, across rivers and valleys, and among some of the island’s indigenous wildlife. For those who prefer water, the Resort offers kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding and sailing.

Dance demonstrations

Dizzying and invigorating, the traditional sega is a folk dance that originated in Africa and is regularly performed around the island. Women wear colourful skirts or dresses, and groups dance to the beat of ravanne drums and maravanne rattles.

Sugar and rum

The history of sugar cane production on Mauritius spans more than 400 years, and the sweet crop is still the island’s major export, vital to its economy and lifestyle. Embark on The Sugar Adventure tour to explore an old sugar mill, sample unrefined sugars, and learn about sugar’s history and production through interactive exhibits. A widely appreciated by-product of the island’s sugar production is rum, and you can try locally produced varieties at bars and restaurants across the island—Green Island Rum is a favourite.

Rainbow dunes

Mauritius is known for the Seven-Coloured Earth in Chamarel, where the soil is marked by vibrant swirls and stripes—red, green, yellow, indigo, violet. Some say these rolling, technicolour dunes were formed by volcanic lava cooling at different speeds, while others believe it is the result of various metal oxides.


One Comment about 10 Reasons to Visit Mauritius

  1. I have visit Mauritius, its really nice place to visit. thanks for sharing about Mauritius through his blog, you have created nicely your blog. thanks

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