Sweet dreamy slow island life: Mauritius in a nutshell. It’s a small island but Mauritius packs a tonne of things to do in its shores. You’re never bored in Mauritius.

That said, there’s a very distinct tourist life in Mauritius. It’s well-cemented and not cut for the broke at heart. Mauritius has fashioned its tourist spots into the idyllic resort life: casinos, hollow days lying on beaches, and expensive tourist activities.

Now, if that’s your jam, that’s cool. But as for me, I think it’s dumb; I fart audaciously in its general direction. Mauritius is way cooler than just pretty white beaches and expensive accommodation!

That’s why I’ve penned this list of the top things to do in Mauritius, and I’ve balanced it out too. It’s got some tourist typicalities, it’s got some activities, but it’s also got some local life. It’s got some choices built for the backpackers and the lovers of travel – not just vacations.

So, if you’re planning on visiting Mauritius for whatever reason, I urge you to take a read. You’ll find a much more expansive list than any other on the internets, and we’ll probably also have a bang-up time doing it! Show Mauritius what a traveller looks like!

Traveller hitchhiking in Mauritius during his bucket list trip
3 Hours to Cover a 45-Minute Drive: The Hitchhiking in Mauritius Story | Photo: @_as_earth_to_sky

 

The Top Things to Do in Mauritius

First up, we’re looking at some of the best things to do in Mauritius! The quantifier is kinda arbitrary, so it’s really just a collection of some of my favourite things about the little big island.

For most people wondering what to do in Mauritius, something in here will tickle your fancies.

 

1. Get Yourself Some Munchies

A local restaurant in Mauritius
If your cook has nice clothes, an intelligently laid-out menu, and his original hairline, he ain’t dank enough! | Photo: sébastien amiet;l (Flickr)

Mmm, yes, forever and always. Sweet and glorious munchies from the dankest of local eateries!

Street food vendors and hole-in-the-walls are where it’s at for places to eat in Mauritius: restaurants be damned! From central bus stations to roti-bearing bikies mercilessly patrolling the streets (bearing arms of deliciousness), remember to eat local. It’s cheaper AND tastier!

Here are a few picks of must-try foods in Mauritius:

  • Dahl Puri – A food unique to Mauritius and it’s da bomb. Dahl puri is the cheap everyman’s sustenance that’s kinda like roti except fluffier – a spicy Indian burrito.
  • Boulette – They’re like dumplings. Ok, they really are just dumplings but damn, son! Find a brewer of boulette that does them right, and you’ll find that the Mauritians give the Chinese a run for their money!
  • Mine Bouille – Boiled noodles, Sino-Mauritian cuisine again and so bangin’. It always fills you up just right. A seafood mine bouille is the perfect level; just add boulette for the heavenly food coma overdose.
  • Alouda – It’s falooda but spelt different. A delicious dessert drink coming now to a local dank shop near you.
  • Nips – They’re M&M’s but cheaper and you get more in a packet! Just one of the endless cheap veg-out munchies to explore in Mauritius.

 

2. Take a Lot of Photos of Mauritius

Photographing eggplant crops while sightseeing in Mauritius
Brinjal: both a fun and nutritious snack and a source of artistic inspiration. | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Oh sweet baby Shiva, if Mauritius was a woman I’d marry her, and take her on a honeymoon to a beautiful remote tropical island! Hang on…

Photogenic doesn’t even begin to describe the countless amazing attractions scattered around Mauritius. Even in the cities and urban centres, a captivating shot can be waiting for you just around any bend.

So whether you’re an aspiring photographer or just a casual snapper, pack your travel camera cause this is one of the top things to do in Mauritius on holiday! Bonus points if it’s more unique than someone standing with their back to the camera on a white sandy beach… A dodo would be cool!

 

3. Like, the Beaches in Mauritius for Sure…

Graund Gaube beach - a must-see in Mauritius
Duh. | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Speaking of blisteringly beautiful things you must see in Mauritius, have you heard about the beaches? They’re kinda like long white stretches of gleaming sand backdropped by twinkling turquoise waters. It’s a stock photo that you can chuck a piss in!

I’m not usually a beach person but the beaches in Mauritius are stupidly beautiful. It’s not just the famous tourist spots either: there are secret beaches, sandy beaches, swimming beaches, beaches that if you swim at, you’ll probably die. It’s a beach bonanza!

This is easily a must-do thing in Mauritius and one you’ll definitely be doing, so it’s almost redundant to talk about it. I will remind you, however, that Mauritius is an island which means a shitton of beaches and a shitton away from the tourist hubs so pack your beach gear and get searching!

Life’s a beach.

 

4. Drop Some Knowledgebombs on Yourself at Aapravasi Ghat

A historical photo of Mauritius indentured labourers
History’s a beach. | Photo: Henri Georgi (Vers 1853-1891) (WikiCommons)

This is a historical point of interest in Mauritius and one for the more ‘educate yourself’ model. Though Mauritius has a comparatively peaceful history to many places in the world, it’s still not a strictly light and fluffy “Yay we found an uninhabited island, so let’s use it for the betterment of mankind,” type ordeal.

Mauritius has a darker tale originating in slavery and ugly French and British colonialism. Aapravasi Ghat, now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, was the arrival point for nearly half a million “indentured labourers” transferred from India. It now stands as a homage and museum dedicated to that sober history featuring exhibits, artifacts, and a chunk of the original infrastructure still in place.

Located in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, it’s a thing to do with a historical twist and an important place to see. It’s also free. Free education is tight!

 

5. Explore Mauritius’s South

Waterfall while hiking on Mauritius's south coast wild beaches
The Wild South. | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

The south of Mauritius is a real hidden gem and much deserving of attention. Expansive is a strong word considering the size of Mauritius, but it’s definitely more spread out and just more ‘dynamic’ feeling. There’s always some curiosity of nature or people around every coastal bend.

There are some swimming beaches, sure, but you’ve also got the wild beaches: crashing waves on rocky coastlines. Wildlife is abundant (mongooses, big crabs, teeny fish with tiny legs, sea urchins that wouldn’t open their mouth when I poked them with a stick like they’re supposed to), and just off the coastline, you’ll find sleepy villages and endless swathes of sugarcane.

Also, people are noticeably grungier but also super friendly! The south is mad.

 

Looking for a dope spot? This is the best area in Mauritius to chill!

The best area to stay in Mauritius - Le Morne

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Le Morne
You get a little bit of everything Mauritius in the Le Morne area. Stunning beaches, slow village life, hulking mountains, hiking, waterfalls, and local eats… it’s the best!
 
Things to do:
  • Climb Le Morne mountain for a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
  • Hit the beach for s spot of kitesurfing, fishing, or just chilling.
  • Explore more of Mauritius’s wild south coast.

 

Fun Things to Do in Mauritius

Because goddamn that previous section was dull! I was practically drooling from the boredom-induced coma of writing it. Literal picture-perfect photo-ops and learning about the local people. Bleh!

I want to do some fun things in Mauritius – not Snore-itius!

 

6. Forage for the Fineries

Picked mushrooms on a book - a fun thing to do in Mauritius at night
There are some added benefits to visiting Mauritius during the rains… | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Am I talking about fruits? Sure, why not? Mauritius is a little tropical island of paradise, so everywhere you go you’ll find something growing on a tree. Some of it I’d never seen before either!

Mangos, avocados, coconuts, red thingies (I dunno their name), almonds, passionfruit…Sometimes, you’ll find these things growing wildly, at other times overhanging people’s fences. Generally, it’s chill to pick if there’s an abundance of food overflowing onto the ground in a rotten spew-smelling heap.

Except, I wasn’t talking about fruit, was I?

You know how sometimes after lots of rain something magical and mind-bending grows outta cow poop? Yeah, go find that. That’s one of the best things to do in Mauritius.

 

7. Get Out Hiking in Mauritius

Hiking across a waterfall - top things to do in Mauritius
Gotta burn off the roti and noodles somehow! | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

It’s not all about them marshmallow beaches. How about some harsh and unforgiving wildernesses? Well, too bad! Mauritius doesn’t have any.

There is, however, a serious breadth of gorgeous natural attractions in Mauritius. You could also probably still die if you did something stupid like try climbing a waterfall after too much rum and mangoes. That’s an adventure!

Mauritius has got some spectacular waterfalls, gorgeous isolated mountains, wonderful coastal walks (the south is especially good for this). Getting out and properly enjoying the nature is definitely one of the coolest things to do in Mauritius. Luckily for you, I wrote a sweet guide on hiking in Mauritius cause holy hell, there are way too many trekking places to list here.

 

8. Laugh Gallantly in the Face of Privatisation

Finding a secret waterfall - a fun thing to do in Mauritius
Nice private waterfall, man. It’d be a shame if someone… enjoyed it! | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Definitely a fun thing to do in Mauritius for me since nothing quite gets my jollies going like defiantly turkey-slapping the face of authoritarian capitalism!

This is both a carry-on of the previous section, a thing to do, and a shout-out all in one. Despite a noticeable lack of square-kilometres available, this hasn’t prevented governments, old-money (rooted in colonialism), and the tourism industry from privatising large chunks of many beautiful places in Mauritius. So this is just a reminder to say fuck ‘em!

If a hotel has a private beach, don’t give them your patronage. If there’s a glorious mountain on someone’s plantation, climb that sucker! If you hear of a waterfall hidden deep in locked off land, chase it.

Some of the best-hidden gems in Mauritius are gonna require some ingenuity.

 

9. Just Some Random Fun Places to Visit in Mauritius!

Flyboarding man - a cool water activity in Mauritius
The trick is that once you’re up there, they tell you that getting down costs extra.

These are just some random oddities I stumbled across. They’re fun things to do in Mauritius with the family or for couples. You could also probably do them alone, but that might just taste like bitter loneliness.

Much like a lot of various leisure activities in Mauritius, these things aren’t necessarily crazy-expensive (comparative to the West), however, there are still a lot of cheaper places in the world for shenanigans – mid-tier prices for mid-tier silliness!

  • Dodo Quest (Escape Rooms) – Escape rooms are the shit! I told my colleague about this and he was like “I don’t see the point.” Now, I don’t know who died and made him captain of the fun police but fuck the police! The games get cheaper the bigger your group is.
  • The Curious Corner of Chamarel – An illusion house that’s truthfully kinda lacking in a huge array of illusions. The kids will love it though.
  • Casela Karting – Vroooom! Oh, sorry, were you saying something? I couldn’t hear you… I was too busy kicking yo’ ass Mario Kart style!
  • Fly’n’Dive Flyboarding – This one isn’t even mid-tier prices – it’s just expensive. However, wrap a cape around your neck and I imagine it will reinvigorate a lot of lost childhood fantasies… of being Batman… na na na na na na na na…

 

10. A Little Bit of Urban Exploration Beckons

Man finds stop sign while exploring abandonded hidden gems in Mauritius
No doogs allowed. | Photo: @_as_earth_to_sky

Mmm, abandoned buildings are my jam. I didn’t even know they were my jam until Mauritius – usually, I just used them for a place to crash – but exploring them is dope!

There are a lot of abandoned places of interest in Mauritius: dilapidated sugar cane factories, seaside ghost houses, old colonial remnants… Whether it’s for the thrill of exploration or for the free sleeping facilities, hunting down some of these empty establishments is a total must-do in Mauritius.

If you do it at night after enjoying some of Mauritius’s finest fungi fruitery, I owe you a dahl puri.

 

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Safety in Mauritius

Mauritius is safe – no doubt about it! The people are mega-chill and the crime rate is low, both relative to Africa and as a whole. It still always pays to be smart and follow the basic travel safety guidelines though.

Look out for pickpockets in busy areas or Mauritius’s touristic attractions. It’s rare but always a possibility. Travelling with a money belt is an excellent way to deter the sleight of hand.

Grumpy monkey in Black River Gorges National Park - must-do Mauritius hiking
That is the look of a monkey that knows you have more bananas. | Source: Khoroshunova Olga (Shutterstock)

Break-ins, similarly, aren’t common. It still, however, never hurts to lock your possessions up proper. Furthermore, keep an eye on your valuables on the beaches.

If you asked me, I’d tell you the tap water in Mauritius is safe to drink. I’ve been drinking it for two months (including the river water – sorry, Mum) and haven’t gotten sick. That said, my constitution has been more India-ified than the average tourist so investing in a filtered water bottle is a recommendation, especially to avoid buying plastic bottles.

Lastly, beach safety is always important. A lot of the tourist beach destinations in Mauritius are crazy chill; flat blue water with little in the way of currents. The wilder beaches are another story – don’t do anything stupid and don’t go past your limits.

Oh, and one more thing on the safety in Mauritius: get some damn good travel insurance! It’s crucial preparation for any trip anywhere and Mauritius ain’t no different.

 

The Le Morne Brabant mountain climb southside

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Things to Do in Mauritius on a Honeymoon

Well, I’ve never been on a honeymoon. I’ve heard they’re alright though, filled with romance, sex, and loving yet fierce elbow caresses.

Ok, so maybe I’ll have to project a little bit but we’re a team! We got dis. These are the best things to do in Mauritius for couples who recently gave up the last remaining shreds of their personal freedom!

 

11. Bang Somewhere Breathtaking

Abandonded building with underwear at a northern point of interest found in Mauritius
You wouldn’t be the first… | Photo: @_as_earth_to_sky

See, I know what couples like! Mauritius isn’t Asia; the modern generation is incredibly secular and not at all afraid of some exhibitionistic activities.

I’d say that any country where I found a half-empty bottle of Durex lube – 3X longer-lasting for perfect glide action – sitting on a hiking trail is prime for a hedonistic escapade. Besides, you’re on a honeymoon vacation in Mauritius!

So find somewhere secret and spectacular and let the good times roll.

 

12. Kick Your Partner’s Ass in Tekken

A couple on a honeymoon in Mauritius spar in capoeira
After many years of Jacques surreptitiously dribbling pee on the toilet seat, Claire just snapped. | Source: CREATISTA (Shutterstock)

Well, this is definitely a projection but wouldn’t the perfect life partner be one who knows exactly how to roundhouse kick your teeth in (in a virtual setting)?

Funzone in Quatre Bornes has got mothertrucking PlayStations, VR rigs, laser tag, simulators… Now that’s a date! Pair it with a couple of joints and I think it may just be love.

Unless they pick Bob. Then you dump their ass.

 

13. Rent a Car in Mauritius or Better Yet… a Motorbike!

Roads and roundabout while on a road trip in Mauritius
The wide, open road… with frequent slow-downs roundabouts. | Source: Ajan Alen (Shutterstock)

Yessss, this is a damn cool thing to do in Mauritius: it’s time for a road trip! Mauritius is so small yet so packed with goodness that it’s built for renting a vehicle. A car is nice, but a motorbike is even better.

Just picture it: your arms wrapped around your lover’s waist as they weave along magnificent coastlines and through verdant fields of sugarcane. Every so often, you gently lean forward into your captivated partner’s ear and apply a surprise wet willy!

This may be why I’m single…

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14. Do the Honeymooner Thing in Mauritius

Couple walking on a white beach - best thing to do in Mauritius while on a honeymoon
Sure, you may be happy now, but just you wait until your three kids are getting bullied in school, your crushing mortgage debt is strangling your relationship, and your partner stops doing squats and starts eating too many potato chips to cope!

Alright, let’s be serious for a sec… sort of. Mauritius is one of the best honeymoon destinations in not just Africa but the world as a whole. Spectacular nature and easy to travel yet still far and removed from any sense of reality back home. Better yet, Mauritius’s tourism industry has built itself to catering to love-drunk couples.

There’s no shortage of romantic things to do in Mauritius! Lay on the beach and gaze lovingly at each other’s butts. Have romantic candlelit dinners and gaze at each other’s butts. Go on a catamaran cruise and gaze lovingly at each other’s butts.

What?

 

15. Don’t Do the Honeymooner Thing in Mauritius

A man and a dog on a beautiful public beach in Mauritius
Sadboi and his dog: a Mauritius solo backpacker story. | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Na, forget that – that’s dumb! When I get married, the honeymoon is going to be spent in Nepal catching insanely long bus rides to go smoke in untouched locales!

In all seriousness though, you don’t have to spend the whole honeymoon crooning. There are so many top-notch things to do in Mauritius: north, south, west coast, east coast… it doesn’t matter! There’ll be plenty of time to talk about how much you love each other when you’re old and wrinkly; now is the time for adventure!

So go have an adventure. Make it a backpacking adventure in Mauritius. Meet the locals, feast on the street eats, take an Airbnb in a random village way off the tourist trail. How often do you catch a flight out to a remote tropical African island?

 

Where to Stay in Mauritius

Knowing where to stay in Mauritius is one of the most challenging aspects of backpacking there. Hostels are non-existent in Mauritius, and even the “budget hotels” forgot how to be budget.

Is everything bleak and hopeless? Nay! Enter Mauritius’s Airbnb accommodations!

Look, many of the Airbnbs in Mauritius are stupidly expensive and even with the cheaper ones, many are overpriced. There are still plenty of good ones though, and given the compact size of Mauritius, you don’t have to accommodation-hop a lot. Making do with a handful of bases in strategic places of interest across Mauritius is perfectly viable and potentially the best way to visit the island.

So with that in mind, here are a few accommodation picks for Mauritius!

 

Best Cheap Airbnb in Mauritius with Good Bus Access: Home for Travellers in Port Louis

Best Cheap Airbnb in Mauritius with Good Bus Access: Home for Travellers in Port LouisYou’re in one of the outer suburbs of Port Louis here; it’s quiet and chill with not much going on. The surrounding mango trees are a nice bonus too!

It’s an extremely spacious apartment with a helluva lot of bang for your buck. It’s cheap enough for a solo traveller, big enough for a group, and fully equipped with everything you need. The best part is that it’s in Port Louis: you can get buses to and from Port Louis for pretty much anywhere on the island.

 

A Peaceful Airbnb in Mauritius’s North: Chez Mano in Poudre d’Or

A Peaceful Airbnb in Mauritius's North: Chez Mano in Poudre d'OrPoudre d’Or is dope and so is this Airbnb! It’s in a perfectly placid fishing village, purely local and nothing else. It’s also close to Grand Baie and Grand Gaube as well as several other top attractions in Mauritius’s north.

The upstairs flat itself is mint: super cosy, brightly lit, with an outlook from the verandah of the sugarcane fields and mountains behind. Best of all, it’s cheap: awesome value for all the goodness you’re getting!

 

The Best Airbnb in Mauritius’s South: Apartment 1, Vue Sur le Lagon in Le Morne

The Best Airbnb in Mauritius's South: Apartment 1, Vue Sur le Lagon in Le MorneLe Morne is a gorgeous spot with a little bit of everything: hiking, beaches, mountains, gentle lagoons. This Airbnb is on the local side of town away from the tourist shops and restaurants. It’s slow quiet village life at it’s finest.

This apartment is pricier than the two previous Airbnbs, but Le Morne is more expensive overall. It’s still easily worth the price of entry though. A dope pad (with air-con – yay), comfy-ass beds, and a balcony just made for chillin’. Love here!

 

A Tourist Beach Hotel in Mauritius: Aanari Hotel and Spa in Flic en Flac

A Tourist Beach Hotel in Mauritius: Aanari Hotel and Spa in Flic en FlacI’m throwing one beach hotel in a tourist spot at ya because it’s still Mauritius after all. Flic en Flac is one of the top tourist spots in Mauritius and with good reason: hot damn that beach is something special… and only 61 m away!

You get tight amenities, a smashing breakfast buffet, heated pool, and a bar with live music. If you’re wanting to do the beach life in Mauritius thang, this is the place to go.

 

Things to Do in Mauritius at Night

So what about when the sun goes down and the stars come out? What is there to do in Mauritius when the owls start hooting?

That was a joke; the Mauritius owl went extinct in the 1850s. Boom – trivia joke! Now you’re smarter.

 

16. Let the Doof Times Commence!

A dog at a pstrance party - cool thing to do in Mauritius
Doof-doof-doof-doof… | Source: Marek Prokes (Shutterstock)

Ooh, I’m yet to travel somewhere that doesn’t have a kickin’ underground party scene. Doofs are like raves except their better… they’re outside!

Oh, that’s a forest rave.

You shut your beautiful mouth. It’s a doof and that is the only appropriate wordage! So, how do you find a doof?

You’ll have to go local, but if you make friends with the right people, you’ll find some proper parties in Mauritius in no time. They’re a regularly bangin’ occurrence, get some seriously mental international acts (some proper good psy tunage), and despite the rabid hounding of the law, stoner culture always prevails. Long live doofs.

 

17. Camp Out Under the Stars

Group of people camping at night - top thing to do in Mauritius at night
Where you wanna sleep?

You’ll want to get away from the light pollution for this. I mean, there are always stars in Mauritius, however, everything is so compact it’s also hard to be in total blackness.

The south, again, is just made for going camping. Seaside cliffs or wide beaches, it’s easy to find beautiful places to camp in the south of Mauritius.

If it’s a gorgeous starscape you’re specifically seeking, check out Maconde Beach. Oh, you’ll also probably want to pack camping gear too, but you can keep it light. You’re not exactly disappearing into the backcountry here.

 

18. Let the Rum Times Commence!

A pirate man drinking some Mauritian rum
Me, Mauritius, circa 2020. | Source: ArtOfPhotos (Shutterstock)

In the past, Mauritius’s primary export (and a tremendous source of revenue) was sugarcane. Fields of sugarcane are still literally everywhere you visit in Mauritius. (Must-do things in Mauritius honourable mention: start a crop circle hoax.)

So, how do you make rum? (I just googled it.) You start by dissolving sugar and molasses in hot water!

How do you make molasses? (I just googled it). From sugarcane!

Damn straight, Mauritius is a goddamn pirate rum country! For a measly few doubloons, you can get you heavenly wasted and that’s a thing to do at night in Mauritius for sure. It’s cheap, it’s mega-tasty, and rum is the tits.

There’s even a rum museum with rum tastings. More rum perhaps, monsieur?

 

19. Golden Hour

Sunrise at the beach - romantic thing to do in Mauritius
Well, that’s a sunrise… still counts though. | Photo: Vaughan McShane (Flickr)

Sure, ok, we can get semantic and say that sunsets are more a thing to do in Mauritius at dusk. Or even evenfall if you’re trying too hard.

Who cares! The sunsets in Mauritius are so damn yummy so make sure you go chase them down. Be in the right spot at the right time and enjoy the setting.

Some choice points of interest in Mauritius for sunsets are:

  • The West Coast (duh)
  • Le Morne (both the beach and mountain)
  • Trou Aux Cerfs
  • Maconde Beach

 

20. Obligatory Section on Mauritius’s Nightlife

Man dancing at a Mauritius nightlife venue
The man who boogies while everyone is drinking and talking is my hero.

There is other nightlife in Mauritius, but it’s not my vibe. It’s all glitzy and glammy clubs, bars, and casinos. You can definitely find somewhere to wet your whistle in the right areas, but it’s also not a crankin’ scene. That said, pair it with some cheap pirate rum and anything’s fun!

There’s no shortage of Mauritian nightlife in the tourist spots, but your number one go-to destinations are Grand Baie and Flic en Flac easy. There are casinos too if that’s your thing…

 

Always Be Insured

Insurance, insurance, insurance… well, I definitely wouldn’t want to have to foot a medical bill in Mauritius!

Now, you may have a perfectly chill trip to Mauritius; days spent lying on the beach not doing much. Maybe the worst you’ll get is some sunburn.

Or you may do any of the non-touristic things in Mauritius that I’ve recommended on this list, say, exploring an abandoned sugarcane factory. You fall in the machine, it churns you into molasses, and now the docs are trying to decide if they should fix you up or just turn you into rum! It happened to a friend of a friend of mine – true story!

Shoutout from Will – The OG Broke Backpacker: Have fun on your backpacking adventure, but please do get insurance – take it from someone who has racked up tens of thousands of bucks on an insurance claim before, you need it.

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Things to See in Mauritius

They’re also things to do, sure, but I picked some must-see places from around Mauritius. They’re all nature things which is great because nature is great! Time for some yummy nature.

 

21. Mauritius’s Full-Power Underwater Waterfall

The optical illusion underwater waterfall in Mauritius from a helicopter tour
The gateway to paradise. | Source: Myroslava Bozhko (Shutterstock)

Oh, snap! There’s an underwater waterfall in Mauritius and its name is Underwater Waterfall! Hmm, that’s anticlimactic…

So, it’s not actually an underwater waterfall (damn you, physics). It’s an optical illusion caused by the movement of sand on the seafloor. Does that matter? Na, cause it’s a goddamn underwater waterfall!

Since it’s out at sea and off the coast, seeing it is a bit trickier. A drone will work, but that’s not really seeing it.

The best way to see the spectacle in its full delight is a helicopter tour. Yes, it’s expensive as hell, but, again, it’s an underwater waterfall. This is a must-see in both Mauritius and on any bucket list.

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22. See the Spectrum of Seven Coloured Earth at Chamarel

Seven Coloured Earth at Chamarel - tourist spot in Mauritius
If psytrance was a geological formation. | Source: Balate Dorin (Shutterstock)

Brown is the new boring! Whoever decided brown should be the colour of dirt anyway? God? Pfft, what’d he ever do for anyone?

Welcome to Seven Coloured Earth – Terres des Sept Couleurs – the most psychedelic dunes in the Indian Ocean! Located in Chamarel, volcanic activity brought around the creation of this marvel, and it’s certainly a place to go in Mauritius to be all like “Damn, nature is sexy!”

There’s a small entrance fee (200 rups), but it’s worth it to see something awesome. There are also mega-cute tortoises hanging about and Chamarel Waterfall – Mauritius’s highest waterfall – is there too. It’s just a wonderful day

The bonus option is to head La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park nearby in Chamouny. There are actually 23 colours in the dirt if that matters; I think at a certain point you’re just a bit obsessed with comparing girth. You do get some more walking trails here though as well as a zipline and other goodies!

 

23. Sightseeing Mauritius’s Even Tiner Islands

Crystal Rock at Ile aux Benitiers - a famous beautiful island of Mauritius
Just big enough for a picnic! | Source: T.Wilbertz (Shutterstock)

While there’s plenty of things to do on Mauritius island proper, there are also a whole bunch of even smaller islands. Like, crazy small!

Some have mountains, some have super sexy beaches, some will require you to bribe a local fisherman to take you there (and hopefully back…).

So, for some bonus Mauritius sightseeing icing on the cake, check out:

  • Ile aux Cerfs – Privately owned (told you) and will require you to charter a ride, but the payoff is worth it! It’s super touristy but there are enough beaches and trees that you can find somewhere chill.
  • Ile aux Aigrettes – It’s only possible to visit this island as part of a guided tour because it’s a nature reserve and an important one at that. Home to a lot of endangered Mauritian wildlife and flora, it’s really the only place you can travel to in Mauritius to experience Mauritius as it once was.
  • Ile aux Bentiers – Also touristy but so damn blue and the floating Crystal Rock just gives the scenery a little extra stylistic flair. An island that accessorises!
  • Gunner’s Quoin/Coin de Mire – Just a big ol’ mountain island. This one isn’t touristy at all, so it will require a kindly fisherman’s assistance to go climb that beast.

 

24. Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Beach with Le Morne Brabant mountain behind
Beach, forest, and a mountain – it’s the Neapolitan ice-cream of peninsulas. | Source: Myroslava Bozhko (Shutterstock)

Le Morne is definitely up there as one of my favourite places in Mauritius and visiting it is easily a must-do. It’s just absolutely gorgeous and has something for every kind of person. There’s even a really interesting, if dark, history surrounding Le Morne.

North of the peninsula (and the peninsula itself) is touristy and not my vibe, however, the south side is just idyllic local village life and where things start opening up to really begin to feel like the south coast. As for what things there are to do in Le Morne Brabant?

  • Climbing Le Morne mountain, for sure. Sunrise or sunset just bring the spectral madness in absolute droves.
  • Hiking the peninsula as a whole is dope! There are lotsa forests and beaches and secret spots.
  • Speaking of the beaches, Le Morne’s are super pretty with lots of activities to find. How about a spot of kitesurfing?
  • Also, fishing in the lagoon is tops. Well, if you’re into fishing. If I was into fishing, it’d definitely be tops!
  • Or just use Le Morne as a base of exploration. It’s a good spot to access Chamarel, Tamarin, more of the south coast, or even Black River Gorges National Park for some proper hiking!

Speaking of…

 

25. Black River Gorges National Park

Tamarin Bay from Black River Gorges viewpoint - things to do on Mauritius's west coast
Free things to do in Mauritius: watch the sky. | Image source: @themanwiththetinyguitar

…it’s also super dope and not be missed out on. Perhaps it’s not what to do when it’s raining in Mauritius, but who am I to judge? Go hiking in the rain – why not!

I said you were somewhat restricted for proper trekking in Mauritius, however, Black River Gorges is definitely the place to go to at least partially scratch that itch. And it’s good to have a scratch sometimes. Black River Gorge is teeming with hiking trails, animals, fresh and tasty river water, and viewpoints of the gorge, west coast, and other surroundings.

How about the highest mountain in Mauritius? That’s there too: Piton de la Riviere Noire.

If you’re quaking to get your legs aching, head to Black River Gorge. Hug a tree while you’re there! … You dirty hippy.

 

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How About Some Awesome Activities in Mauritius?

I’ll reiterate it again, prices vary wildly in Mauritius as a whole. Backpacking and local life is relatively cheap. Anything aimed at tourists though, well… let’s just say Mauritius is accustomed to a finer class of tourist then us crusty ferals.

But maybe you got some spare rupees burning a hole in your pocket or maybe you’re just finally treating yourself to a well-earned splurge. Either way how about some awesome activities in Mauritius?

 

26. Dive Deep Under Mauritius

Woman diving in Mauritius with a whale - best activity for tourists
I peed a little. | Source: wildestanimal (Shutterstock)

Ya saw this one coming, no doubt. Immensely clear waters of deep sulking turquoise mixed with an abundance of sea and coral life. Diving is a no-brainer!

It’s not the cheapest place to dive in the world, let alone to get certified, but it’s definitely worth the price of entry. This is a hefty subject with a lot of prettiness to cover, so you’ll need to check out my guide on scuba diving in Mauritius if you’re ready to go below.

Alternatively, if you just wanna cut to the goodies, book an introductory scuba dive to just see something awesome!

BOOK A BEGINNER'S DIVE

 

27. Catch Your Dinner

Two locals rock fishing - their top leisure activity in Mauritius
It’s just like, you stand around for hours, stare at your toes, and then what’s your reward? A fish that you need to gut, clean, and descale – woo… | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Do you enjoy fishing? I don’t! It bores me absolutely shitless.

But I’m not you and maybe you love fishing? Maybe it’s like the ultimate zen and I’m just missing the point – I dunno. Regardless, Mauritius is a tropical island nation and that usually comes paired with some pretty goddamn tasty sea life! And, well, if you’re catching your own dinner, I tip my broke backpacker hat to you, madame.

Rock fishing, beach fishing, river fishing: fishing is an activity in Mauritius for the tourists and locals alike. Get out, meet some folks, and find the best spots! Or just book a fishing tour. In that case, I retract my hat tip; good day, sah!

BOOK A FISHING TOUR

 

28. Some Bonus Water Activities in Mauritius

Kitesurfing at Le Morne, Mauritius
Beware localist kitesurfers. Na, jokes, there are none. They’re not surfers – they’re adults.

The countless water activities in Mauritius that are available are, like, three articles in of itself, so instead, I’m just gonna condense that stuff here for you real nice. Mmm, brevity:

  • Snorkelling – Wherever there are diving conditions, there’s snorkelling conditions.
  • Surfing – Although not necessarily a premier surfing destination, there are still some sweet surf spots in Mauritius with the swell to carve. Surfing lessons tend to be as expensive as diving though, so making some friends to get you going is way smarter. The south and west coast are where it’s at and check out Riviere des Galet and Tamarin Bay to start the search for some barrelling fun.
  • Kayaking – The blissfully blue open sea beckons! There is also some awesome cave sea kayaking starting from the Point aux Sable paddling on down to the Cliffs of Albion.
  • Kitesurfing – It’s like surfing except you’re also flying a kite at the same time. Kites are excellent fun! Le Morne is the go-to spot in Mauritius for kitesurfing.
  • Parasailing – Level up! Grand Baie, Trou d’eau Douce, and Ile aux Cerfs are all good spots to go for a whirl.

 

29. Four Wheels of Madness

Quad biking tour in Mauritius's South - fun tourist activity
Mario Kart Mauritius-style.

Mario Kart, sadly, never released a quad biking edition, but you can make your own! Better yet, make your own in Mauritius.

Even better, you can go quad biking in the Wild South, and you know how I feel about the south. (Hint: it’s dope.) So that’s a pretty all-round kickass adventure activity in Mauritius. Throw in some scrumptious waterfalls, and it all sounds like a pretty excellent day!

START YOUR ENGINES!

 

30. Submarine… Scooters?

Submarine scooter underwater - the collest and best thing to do in Mauritius
Ok, I lied. This is the actual best way to get around Mauritius.

Hold the fucking phone because James bond is calling and he wants you to know that I saved the absolute best thing to do in Mauritius for last! It’s an underwater submarine scooter… An underwater submarine scooter!

What does that mean? That means it’s a submarine that you drive like a scooter… underwater!

It’s expensive, but, hot damn, I hope I don’t have to explain to you why this is a must-do in Mauritius. Hell to the yes!

SUB-SCOOTERS AHOY!

 

Mauritius Packing List

There simply are just some backpacking essentials and necessities that you should never leave home without. Here are our favourites!

 

1. Travel Water Bottle: Always travel with a water bottle – it’ll save you money and reduce your plastic footprint on our planet. AR bottles are tough, lightweight and maintain the temperature of your beverage; hot coffee, iced coffee, somewhere in the middle coffee – it’s all good! For every AR bottle sold, Active Roots donates 10% to PlasticOceans.org – an initiative to reduce plastic in our oceans!

 

AR microfibre towel 2. Microfibre TowelIt’s always worth packing a proper towel. A towel is the most massively useful thing a hitchhiker (or traveller) can have anywhere in the galaxy. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight and can be used as a blanket, yoga mat, and a million other things when the need arises.

 

AR Security Belt 3. Security Belt with Hidden Pocket: Never hit the road without a security belt for stashing yo’ cash. This is a regular looking belt with a concealed pocket on the inside – you can hide up to twenty notes inside and wear it through airport scanners without it setting them off. This is hands down the best way to hide your cash.

 

Cell Phone Camera Lens

4. Camera or Cell Phone Camera Accessories: Yummy sunsets, yummy sunrises, and magical starscapes over desert hills – Israel is pretty! Get perfect shots from your phone using a clip-on-lenses with wide-angle, close-up and optical zoom. With the ability to turn travel pictures from basic to professional, this universal lens sits neatly over any phone camera and comes with a durable, travel-friendly case!

 

Universal Travel Adapter

5. International Adapter: If you’re travelling internationally whether to Israel or anywhere else on a long haul, pack a universal adapter. It’s like a Transformer; no power outlet will be left unfulfilled! Save yourself the hassle of trying to track down a charger or adapter at your destination and pre-plan.

 

Books to Read in Mauritius

For those days on the beach when nothing matters, read a book. How about some light reading on the racial conquest and ethnic subjugation of an entire continent? Fun!

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  • The Last Brother: A Novel – An elderly Mauritian narrates the defining tale of his youth: helping a young Jewish boy escape a prison on Mauritius after him and his family were detained there following their refusal of entry into Palestine during WWII. It’s a skillfully penned novel that delivers its themes with finesse.
  • Eve Out of  Her Ruins Set in an impoverished neighbourhood of Port Louis, this is interwoven novella of four adolescents experiences. A poetic story, dark and consuming, yet it still comes up beautiful in a way that sinks deep.
  • Creating the Creole Island: Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Mauritius A vivid portrayal of the historical setting of 18th-century Mauritius. Provides invaluable insight into the Creole and slavery-based roots that birthed Mauritius.
  • Heart of Darkness This is a smart person joke. By highlighting it as a smart person joke, it is now a dumb person joke. Thanks for ruining the joke.
  • The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912 – A an extensive historical text that covers the period of New Imperialism in Africa. This is a historian’s go-to read on the subject and it’s a must-read for truly beginning to understand Africa’s history. It’s incisive and it’s not an easy read; Belgium has done things you can’t even begin to comprehend.

 

Day Trips from Mauritius

Most day trips from Mauritius are going to involve a visit to any of the islands I listed above or any of the other ones that I didn’t. There are, however, a couple of other mentions that definitely shouldn’t go forgotten.

These two babies aren’t a day trip at all. If you make the journey, it’s definitely worth putting yourself up for a few nights and soaking in the island life. All the same…

 

Rodrigues Island

Rodrigues Island and a cow - a must-see destination in Mauritius
Even the cows here are secluded. | Source: julienjanusko (Shutterstock)

Secluded island life only gets more secluded! Rodrigues Island is a territory of Mauritius and further east of the island. It’s one of those gorgeous places where no matter where you stand, you can see the island’s edge.

Rodrigues still has a wealth of things to do despite its tiny stature – including a chunk of the water activities above and even more scuba diving – plus a whole bunch more. Friendly fauna, beach-time solitude where camping is an honoured tradition, and even an endemic Rodirguan lemon! What’s different about it? I dunno, but it’s endemic!

Getting to Rodrigues Island from Mauritius is easy but pricey. There are regular flights and the distance is nothing – 2 hours max. Alternatively, if you plan in advance, you can take the ferry, but it’s a much longer journey – up to 48 hours. The ferry comes up cheaper than the flight but it’s still expensive, roughly about $120 vs. $230.

If you have the extra days and dollars, a trip from Mauritius to Rodrigues is well worth the consideration. It’s chill island life boiled down to its finest components.

 

Reunion Island

Reunion Island mountains at sunrise - a place of interest outside of Mauritius
Like Mauritius but with more mountains. | Source: Balate Dorin (Shutterstock)

The biggest of the Mascarene Islands (the other two being Mauritius and Rodrigues) and also totally not Mauritius at all. It’s actually a department and region of France, i.e still a part of France. That means it’s a separate visa from Mauritius entirely, and since it’s an “overseas territory”, they have their own Reunion visa separate from France.

Luckily, the visa for Reunion is pretty chill. Citizens of the European Union states will have an easy time as will most travellers from the usual first-world contenders. Still, it’s always better to check these things first depending on where you’re from or how many countries you’ve been personally blacklisted from prior.

So why travel to Reunion?

Well, the weed is cheaper for a start! And more available. And not dangerously illegal. Yay!

Otherwise, culturally, the difference between Reunion and Mauritius isn’t huge except in the finer nuances. There are a few more whiteys around (though you technically can’t call them expats cause they’re technically still in France) and the Reunion Creole differs pretty substantially from the Mauritian Creole.

The landscape, however, is a massive difference. You still got all the bombshell beaches, of course, but then there are the mountains!

Mauritius has some pretty mountains but you can’t exactly call them big. Reunion, conversely, has the highest point in the Indian Ocean: the inactive volcano Piton des Neiges. You’ll also find some wonderful ranges that you won’t find in Mauritius (the island’s centre is predominantly just nature goodness) and a still-totally-active ‘holy shit is that lava’ volcano!

There’s no ship or ferry from Mauritius to Reunion; you’ll have to catch a flight. Given that, it’s worth considering Reunion as the next stop on your trip after Mauritius rather than a there-and-back-again style journey.

 

Concluding the Best Things to Do in Mauritius

Mauritius is chill; it’s ultra-chill. No day in Mauritius ever feels like an off-day. Just a slightly less on-day.

It’s easy to travel Mauritius and it’s safe. You’ll probably never have those “Holy hell, what the shit is going on?” moments. It’s a perfect blend – the familiar structure of the West but a whole bunch of the best parts of a lot of other places too.

So go have a top-tier adventure! You may really be needing that empty-days beach vacation in Mauritius so why not soak it up? Just remember that there is a lot more to Mauritius than what gets advertised: a whole vibrant island of people.

If the tourist trail isn’t lighting that traveller fire, break away from it. You got this list of the best things to do in Mauritius now. That’s just a fraction of the whole too. Mauritius is super cool!

Well, actually, it’s super hot. And humid. Humidity is the worst… The people are good though!

Group of Mauritius young people chill and wonder what to do
Good vibes only. | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

 

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