Mauritius is a beautiful island to visit – not only to relax but it also offers a lot of activities for your perfect holiday. Let me introduce you to 6 fun activities you shouldn’t miss on Mauritius!
photos taken with a Canon 6d / lenses: Canon 24-70mm 2.8f, 35mm 1.4 Sigma (*affiliate)
A day on ÎLE AUX CERFS
The famous Île Aux Cerfs is nowadays covered with a private golf course. Having its name from the beautiful deers, which used to live on the island. There are a couple of wild deers still living there but they’re super shy. We’ve enjoyed some beautiful hours on the island and were privileged to stay at the private strecht of the Long Beach – A Sun Resort. The public beach was quite crowded but still beautiful as you’ll see below.
TAKE A MAURITIAN COOKING CLASS with local market visit
A week on Mauritius doesn’t get boring at all. We booked a cooking class through our hotel, the Long Beach – A Sun Resort. Executive chef Prakash Seetul (picture below) took us on avegetable and meat shopping tourat the local Marché de Flacq. You know how much I love markets. Afterwards we returned to the hotel’s kitchen and heated the stove. We cooked a delicious lamb stew along with some typical Mauritian specialities. Delicious!
Explore PORT LOUIS
To discover more of Mauritius we booked a driver who took us to the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis. The city is quite industrial in my opinion and you’ll see the mix of cultures. However, there is not much to be seen. We drove up to the Citadel Fort Adelaide to get a glimpse over the city and then headed down to the port. All in all, not really a lot to see there.
Sights to see in Port Louis
- Jummah Mosque
- Citadel Fort Adelaide
- Photography Museum
- Le Jardin de Pamplemousse (more below)
- Marché Central
- The Creole House in Eureka
Buy some VANILLA!
If there is one useful souvenir from Mauritius, then it’s vanilla. It’s indeed half the price than in Europe. However, you should be careful when buying vanilla.
- BEWARE! We bought a pre-packed package and half of the vanilla pods were already scratched out – stupid tourist mistake!
Visit the PAMPLEMOUSSES BOTANICAL GARDEN
You definitely can’t miss the beautiful Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, also called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, we caught some bad weather but the garden was still beautiful to walk through. There are some super old species of ebonies, sugar cane, palms and bamboo which are just too beautiful. Very famous is indeed the large waterlily pond.
Drive Northwards to CAP MALHEUREUX
Cap Malheureux is quite a famous spot for partying and there are a lot of cute boutiques. However, it was quite calm when we were there in the afternoon (of course also due to low season). The North felt a lot more authentic and relaxed – just like Mauritian people are. There are a lot of beautiful public beaches and you can also visit the famous church with the red roof,
Of course, there are plenty more activities which you can do on Mauritius. We took it quite relaxed but there are lots of sports activities to do. Moreover, there are gorgeous waterfalls you can visit and the Seven Earths in Chamarel (which we skipped as it seems to be quite a touristic spot). I hope you’ve enjoyed these recommendations.