Step beyond the beach
Mauritius, synonymous with powder white beaches and warm crystal-clear waters, but there's so much more to this diverse island than just lazy beach days. So perhaps after you've relaxed on the pristine beaches or dipped your toes in the turquoise oceans you'll be looking for something else to keep you occupied. From diverse cultural experiences and wildlife encounters to golf and adrenaline pumping activities, Mauritius is ideal for sun worshipers, thrill seekers, wildlife lovers and sport enthusiasts. So read on and enjoy our top things to do in Mauritius that lie beyond the beach.
Experience local life
You can't say you've experienced a country until you've seen how the locals live. And warm, friendly locals and tantalising culinary experiences await you in Mauritius. Mauritian cuisine is a colourful and varied blend of Indian, French, Creole, African and Chinese cuisine, and one of the best places to try traditional cuisine would be to taste street food at the markets. So, become an islander and wander through the vibrant old market in Port Louis tasting fresh pineapples sprinkled with chilli flakes and crunchy deep fried spicy samosas.
Or take a taste of your holiday home as you use fresh produce, herbs and spices to experiment with flavours and learn how to prepare a traditional Mauritian curry.
Admire Natural Wonders
The Chamarel region is home to one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Mauritius, the geological wonder of the Seven Coloured Earths. Arrive at sunset for the best view of the multi-coloured lunar like landscape as this time of the day provides a great opportunity to spot the differentiation in the purple, yellow, orange and red sands.
Another place nature lovers will want to explore is the beautiful National Botanical Garden, populated with more than 650 varieties of plants including giant water lilies and the famous Baobabs. Take a stroll through the spice garden and spot a vast abundance of bird life, giant tortoises and deers.
Participate in Adrenaline pumping activities
Looking to indulge your inner thrill seeker whilst in Mauritius? Those hoping to forsake their sun loungers for adrenaline pumping activities won't be disappointed. Does exploring the island as you zoom along on a quad bike or admiring the landscape as you zap through the treetops take your fancy?
Mauritius is in fact home to the longest zip line course in the world. Ranging from 350-750m long soar over the tree tops and spot fruit bats as you admire the magnificent Mauritian landscape from a totally different perspective. Or stay on the ground and enjoy a thrilling Quad biking adventure through sugarcane fields, forests and along the dramatic coastline where if you are lucky you'll spot whales.
Enjoy wildlife encounters
Transport yourself back to the prehistoric era as you stroke the scaly necks of the giant Aldabra tortoises at the La Vanille Crocodile Park and Tortoise Reserve. Make sure you say hello and grab a cheeky selfie with the famous and charismatic resident tortoise - Domino.
And the best part about the reserve aside from its lush green scenery is the work conservationists are doing to re-introduce the species back into their natural habitat.
Tee off for a round of golf
Famous for its magnificent scenery, sub-tropical climate and championship golf courses it's not hard to see why Mauritius is high on many golfers wish-lists. And when you stay at one of our Mauritian hotels you'll have exclusive access to five of the best courses on the island.
Relish in the unique opportunity that the 18-hole Paradis Golf Course presents - how many people can say they've hit over the Indian Ocean? And with an excellent golfing academy both amateurs and seasoned golfers can benefit from tailor-made coaching programmes to improve swing and technique. Or you could test your nerve on the islands newest course, Mont Choisy Le Golf.
And after all that excitement no one would blame you for wanting to enjoy an indulgent spa treatment or kicking back and relaxing on the beach - and for that there is no place better than our hotels in Mauritius.
Feeling inspired by all the things you can do in Mauritius? Give our friendly reservation team a call to discuss your holiday to Mauritius.