Despite its size, just 40 miles long by 30 miles wide Mauritius packs a whole host of things to do outside of the resorts. From adventure sports such as quad biking and zip-lining to sightseeing and shopping – Mauritius has it all.

Mauritius holidays

Sightseeing & Excursions

There is so much more to a Mauritius Holiday than just sand, sea and sunshine! You can explore the island in so many ways, by boat, on horseback, trekking, quad biking, mountain biking, 4x4 driving or simply a leisurely drive around the island stopping at tourist attractions along the way. Listed below are just a few of the many excursions available in Mauritius.

Explore the Nature Parks

Enjoy thrilling activities and wildlife encounters

Spot the rare Pink Pigeon and over 140 bird varieties in the Casela Nature & Leisure Park and get your adrenaline pumping with activities including quad biking, segway and zip lining.
For a great family day out get up close to crocodiles, giant tortoises and monkeys at the La Vanille Nature Park, located in south Mauritius.
Close to Port Louis at the foot of a mountain range visit Domaine Les Pailles to play mini golf, go mountain biking and embark on 4x4 drives to spot deers and rare birds.


Discover Chamarel

Geological wonders and tasty rum

A truly enigmatic sight, the contrasting layers of blue, green, red and yellow earth are famously named the Seven Coloured Earths or Chamarel Coloured Earth.
Witness the awe-inspiring Chamarel Falls as the River St Denis cascades 83m into the lush Black River Gorges. Then take a refreshing dip in the shallower part of the falls.
After all that exploring, visit Chamarel Rhumerie nestled in the heart of the sugar cane fields near La Gaulette to learn about rum production and sample some of the premium and aged rums.

Unforgettable Adventures

Explore the island with adrenaline pumping land activities and memorable water experiences
  • Try your hand at quad biking with a visit to Domaine de L’Etoile, make sure to look out for deer, wild boar and monkeys as you zoom along.
  • Arranged from most of our hotels, Catamaran trips are a great way to enjoy a day out or a sundowner on the sparkling Indian Ocean.
  • For a fun and unique way to explore the island, saddle up and ride around Le Morne peninsula and along fantastic white beaches on horseback. With expert coaching for beginners and experienced riders, the Haras du Morne stables are just a short drive away from Paradis and Dinarobin hotels.
  • Encounter an experience of a lifetime as you swim with dolphins in the clear blue waters of Mauritius’s south west coast.

Natural Wonders

Marvel at picturesque plantations and beautiful flowers

Hike through the Black River Gorges National Park, famed for its spectacular waterfalls, unique endemic plants and birds to experience the true natural beauty of Mauritius.
Visit the colonial St Aubin Estate house to discover the history of the sugar production. Tuck into a traditional Creole lunch before enjoying a guided tour of the Bois Cheri Tea Estate where you can learn about the process and sample the teas.
Awaken your senses with the fragrant scent of Ylang-Ylang, lavender and geraniums at Le Domanie de l’Ylang Ylang. Here you can purchase the essential and massage oils that are distilled at the plantation.
The world famous and beautiful National Botanical Garden, located in Pamplemousses is well worth a visit. With over 650 varieties of indigenous and exotic palms including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies.

A Day at the Races

Between April and December enjoy a sun-drenched day at the races

Stroll through the Champ de Mars racecourse, home to the Mauritius Turf Club - the oldest horse-racing club in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the finish line and paddock from the converted private steward suite – the Crown Lodge.

Shopping & Sightseeing

Experience local life

Wander through the vibrant old market in Port Louis to discover local produce, bright textiles and barter with the friendly locals. Visit the sheltered harbour then shop ‘til you drop at the capital’s largest shopping centre.
If you are looking for more shops and factory outlets to explore, why not visit the islands main urban centre, Curepipe. But for a more relaxed pace of life you can hire bicycles from Shandrani Hotel to discover Mahebourg, one of the main fishing villages.

Golf in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is home to a number of stunning golf courses.

Spa & Wellness

Relax and be pampered in a haven of peace and tranquillity.

Diving in Mauritius

Explore the coral reefs that surround Mauritius and wrecks from ancient battles.

Useful Information

Find out more about the weather in Mauritius and flight information.

Jeremy Dale Golf

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