27 Things To Do On A Mauritius Honeymoon or Holiday In 2020
Mauritius is undeniably a magnet for people looking for a place where to relax and for honeymooners. But it is too easy to dismiss Mauritius as just another beach destination for honeymoon goers; in fact, Mauritius is far from just a beach place and the incredible number of things to do in Mauritius on your honeymoon or holiday will amaze you and reveal quite a different side of this island.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip, this list puts together 27 such enjoyable things to do in Mauritius.
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Best Places and Things to Do in Mauritius
- 1. Visit Chamarel Waterfall
- 2. Visit L’Aventure du Sucre
- 3. Enjoy the view at Le Morne Brabant
- 4. Cave Sea Kayaking
- 5. Discover Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
- 6. Have a dinner at Le Barachois Restaurant
- 7. Enjoy Sunset At Sugar Beach
- 8. Try Underwater Sea Walk
- 9. Try Safari Submarines
- 10. Dolphin Spotting
- 11. Enjoy a Catamaran Cruise
- 12. Visit Coloured Earths of Chamarel
- 13. Tamarind Falls
- 14. Get Tanned
- 15. Visit the unique Underwater Waterfall
- 16. Try the lychee wine
- 17. Visit the Central Market of Port Louis
- 18. Indulge in local food
- 19. Visit the Rhumerie de Chamarel
- 20. Visit Casela Wildlife Park
- 21. Explore Black River Gorges National Park
- 22. Visit Aapravasi Ghat
- 23. Quad Biking at Domaine de l’Etoile
- 24. Ganga Talao
- 25. Explore Tea Plantations
- 26. Hike Trou aux Cerfs
- 27. Visit Île aux Cerfs Island
- Mauritius Video Travel Guide
- How to explore the sights in Mauritius
- The best time to go to Mauritius
- Where to stay in Mauritius: our advice
Best Places and Things to Do in Mauritius
1. Visit Chamarel Waterfall
If you like waterfalls, do not miss the Chamarel Waterfall, surrounded by the lush vegetation of the Black River Gorges. You can take a picture of the waterfalls from the Coloured Earth of Chamarel or, if you’re extremely brave, you can do water bungee-jumpee descending from the top of the waterfall to the pool at the bottom.
2. Visit L’Aventure du Sucre
L’Aventure du Sucre is one of those things everyone should do when in Mauritius. Sugar is, in fact, one of the main economic sources for Mauritius and the production is so culturally eradicated that visiting L’Aventure du Sucre allows visitors to know more about the country and the population. At the end of the tour of the museum, people can take part to a sugar tasting.
3. Enjoy the view at Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant is located in the extreme southwest of the island and it is one of two World Heritage Sites in Mauritius. Not so funny thing: the mountain is privately owned, and for this it can be hard descending it. Also, the hike is quite hard and somehow risky, that’s why it’s recommendable to experience hikers and climbers! Once you’re on top, the view is stunning! The beach of Le Morne is also worth seeing.
4. Cave Sea Kayaking
If you love kayaking, then you’ll love cave sea kayaking in Mauritius! The tours always start at Pointe Aux Sable and from there you will visit some of the best sea caves in Mauritius. You can opt for a single kayak or a double kayak.
5. Discover Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, originally named Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, is the second best botanical garden in the world and the most popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. The garden is absolutely stunning and even if you’re not into attractions of this kind, it’s worth a visit in order to discover the incredible array of flora, fauna, monuments, palms, medicinal and spice plants.
Address: Royal Road, Pamplemousses, Mauritius, Phone: +24-39-02-74-54
6. Have a dinner at Le Barachois Restaurant
We did stay at the Constance Prince Maurice and one of the most incredible experiences we recommend in Mauritius is a dinner at Le Barachois Restaurant. Located in a secluded area inside the resort, Le Barachois literally floats over a bountiful barachois with an amazing view. You can opt for a la carte dinner or a set menu, paired with wines. Put this experience on the list of the things you have to do in Mauritius on your honeymoon or holiday and you won’t regret it.
7. Enjoy Sunset At Sugar Beach
One of the perks of staying at Sugar Beach was the sunset and the Buddha Bar. The beach is possibly the most famous in Mauritius and the hotel has direct access to it. But for us, the best thing was to enjoy a cocktail at the Buddha Bar while listening to the music at sunset: it’s such a nice way to end up your day!
8. Try Underwater Sea Walk
We’ve heard mixed reports on this: someone hated it, others strongly recommend Underwater Sea Walk as one of the best things to do in Mauritius during a honeymoon or a holiday. Basically, a helmet with a transparent visor is placed on your head and you can breath regularly and normally while immersing yourself in the sea and walking. The underwater walk is suitable for all people aged from 10 years old and participants do not need to know how to swim.
9. Try Safari Submarines
Safari Submarines in Mauritius allow visitors to go deep in the Indian Ocean to see diverse wildlife. No children under the age of 2 are allowed on the submarine and it is possible to “drive” a single submarine, a double or a group one.
10. Dolphin Spotting
Dolphin spotting can definitely make your trip unforgettable, especially if you end up swimming with the dolphins. It may require a bit of patience and hunting, but the result is priceless. It’s an easy adventure, suitable both for couples and for individuals, better if done on the coast of Tamarin.
11. Enjoy a Catamaran Cruise
Let yourself be guided by the waves and enjoy one of the many catamaran cruises offered in Mauritius. If you think this is not something you wanna do during your holiday or your honeymoon because it’s too boring, then think about the possibility to swim in one of the best seas ever and at the same time staying far from the crowd. Or, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway, book your cruise at sunset and you’ll definitely won’t regret it.
12. Visit Coloured Earths of Chamarel
If you wanna blow your mind, plan a visit to the Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel, a series of colorful dunes created by the volcanic activity when different sand particles settled together. The colors featured are brown, red, purple, blue, green, violet, and yellow.
Address: Chamarel Plain, Rivière Noire District, Mauritius
13. Tamarind Falls
Waterfalls are not a well known attractions in Mauritius but they’re truly stunning. The Tamarind Falls are located in the southwest region of Mauritius surrounded by untouched nature; they’re quite hard to reach, that’s why they’re not so touristy. This means they’re breathtaking. Wear suitable shoes to visit these waterfall and bring a swimming suit with you.
Address: Suite 206, Grand Bay Business Park, Royal Road, Grand Bay, Mauritius
14. Get Tanned
With over 160km of beaches, Mauritius is really THE place to get a tan. Trou aux Biches is probably the most famous but Belle Mare Plage is probably the best one.
15. Visit the unique Underwater Waterfall
Wanna see Mauritius from a different perspective? Then book a helicopter tour and explore the island from above! Make sure your tour includes the spectacular Underwater Waterfall, an optical illusion located near the shores of Le Morne Brabant in the South-West of Mauritius. The illusion is the result from the movement of sand and silt sediments under the influence of powerful underwater currents.
16. Try the lychee wine
Wine lovers, this is for you: when in Mauritius you have the opportunity to try the local lychee wine, made with real lychees. The process is the same used for traditional wine: the lychees are hand picked, then put into a tank where alcoholic fermentation is induced by specific yeast strains. Takamaka Boutique Winery is the producer of the lychee wine, that ranges from the white Tanara, a dry lychee wine aged in oak barrels, to the off-dry litchi Aquarel through the great barrel-aged Icone.
17. Visit the Central Market of Port Louis
One of the highlights of our visit of Port Louis has been the central market, where you can have a glimpse on how the locals live and shop. Aside from selling vegetables, fruits, and every sort of typical food, this place is a gathering for families and friends. We found extremely interesting the tradition of trying your luck at the lottery upon entering the Market (starting at $0.30 per ticket): may be touristy, but locals queue to get their tickets! Market’s food court is one of the best places to sample Mauritian food.
Be aware: the market is very touristy, locals will tell you meaningless stories, but in the end this is the beauty of the markets!
18. Indulge in local food
Food wise, Mauritius is a real melting pot and it’s impossible to leave the island without trying its food.
Dholl pori can definitely be considered the national dish of Mauritius: a fried thin bread stuffed with ground yellow split peas, and served in a pair with bean curry, atchar (vegetable pickles made with mustard) and chutney. Mauritian curry is pretty unique and it’s a combo of Creole curries and Indian ones. If you wanna have a snack while on the go, ask for gajak, a series of deep fried goodness you can find everywhere on the street.
Thanks to its Chinese population, Mauritius also has delicious Cantonese food and thanks to its Indian population, Mauritius also has something similar to an Indiana paratha called farata, aka flat bread.
19. Visit the Rhumerie de Chamarel
Certainly Mauritian rum isn’t up to the standard of Reunion island or the Caribbean, but it’s still pretty good. The best way and place to taste Mauritian rum is the Rhumerie de Chamarel, where the rum is still made from sugar cane juice instead of molasses. The double-distilled rum is also aged in oak, and for this reason a visit to the factory is well worth it.
Website –> https://www.rhumeriedechamarel.com/
20. Visit Casela Wildlife Park
Casela Nature and Leisure Park sits on a hill overlooking sugarcane fields with Rempart Mountain in the background. The park allows families with children and adults to spend a day in Mauritius without even seeing the beach. The main ticket gives access to the park but to access the zip line and the safari quad you need to buy a separate pass. The zip line is located over a spectacular canyon and it’s reachable only by walking a Nepalese bridge. Despite the fact that the park is usually crowded, zip lining and safari quad isn’t because these two activities are not included in the main ticket and they’re not for everyone.
Casela is a natural park for families and children, and for this reason a lot of activities with animals are carried on all day long: feeding the giraffes, petting the lions, and so on. We haven’t taken part in any of these activities and we highly recommend you do the same: stay away from every activity that includes playing with wild animals. It’s not a matter of fear, it’s a matter of respect.
21. Explore Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park is the largest protected land area in Mauritius Island. There’s no entrance fee and it is possible to spend a full day hiking in the area; there are quite a few trails in the park, up to 14Km, all extremely feasible both for beginners (with appropriate shoes) and experts.
22. Visit Aapravasi Ghat
Aapravasi Ghat is only Unesco World Heritage site in Mauritius and it’s strictly connected with the Mauritian History. In fact, more than half a million workers arrived at Aapravasi Ghat between 1849 and 1923 to work for the British on the sugar plantations, very often working and living under miserable conditions. Today, Aapravasi Ghat is a witness of the past.
23. Quad Biking at Domaine de l’Etoile
Domaine de l’Etoile is a 2000 hectares natural reserve where the oldest ebony tree of Mauritius is located. If you’re into quad biking, this is the place where to go in Mauritius. During our quad biking experience we drove through the cane plantations up to the top of the park where panoramic view across Mauritius was amazing.
A large river flows through the Domaine as well as trickling streams and flowing waterfalls and a various number of activities are offered.
24. Ganga Talao
Mauritius’ Most Sacred Hindu Site is definitely worth a visit in order to understand the Mauritian culture and how the different religions live together. In fact Ganga Talao is the most important Hindu pilgrimage site outside of India.
25. Explore Tea Plantations
A few kilometers further east from Ganga Talao is the tea plantation Bois Cheri, such a unique and unexpected place in Mauritius. It looks like you’ve landed in Sri Lanka but! In Bois Cheri you can take a look at the plantations and visit the tea factory; best thing to do is stopping by the local restaurant, enjoy the view and the traditional food.
26. Hike Trou aux Cerfs
You can “hike” a volcano in Mauritius. Well, not exactly but you can surely reach the crater on top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano to enjoy the view of the island in all directions. If you’re a hiker, this is not an overwhelming walk but the view is worth the trip.
27. Visit Île aux Cerfs Island
The Île aux Cerfs is a true paradise and if you’re looking for pristine beaches, this is the place to visit. Unfortunately there’s no regular ferry, only private charter boats so you need to be able to negotiate your price in order to get a good deal; we recommend to book a boat beforehand so that your only duty will be to get ready in the morning for your pickup at the hotel and get ready at the end of the day to be picked up at Île aux Cerfs and go back to your hotel.
Mauritius Video Travel Guide
How to explore the sights in Mauritius
Mauritius isn’t very large and you don’t really need more than 2 hours by car. There are three options to explore the island: renting a car, with public buses, and with a private driver.
Rental Car in Mauritius
Exploring Mauritius with a rented car is certainly the most flexible option and you can plan your day at your own pace also adding unscheduled stops as you wish. Traffic is on the left-hand side in Mauritius, traffic can become heavy but still manageable. Rental car in Mauritius starts at 30-40 euros per day.
Visiting Mauritius by bus
Mauritius has an extensive network of buses, which you can use to reach almost all the places. The big problem is that public transports are not flexible and sometimes are not on time.
Exploring Mauritius with a private driver
You can hire a private driver on Mauritius in order to visit the island. The cost is pretty much the same of the rental car in Mauritius and the only difference is that you’ll always have someone driving on your behalf and bringing you from place to place. This is a nice way to support the local economy and also to know more about the island, always considering that this is a touristy service so everything has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
The best time to go to Mauritius
Mauritius is a good destination all year round. Peak season and best season for Mauritius is between September and December, when you can really do all the things we’ve recommended and even more.
Between January and March the temperatures are nice but you have to be prepared for more rainy days. April to June is still a good time, even if it’s a little bit colder.
The coldest months go from June to August, but the temperatures still reach 26°C to 28°C during the day.
Where to stay in Mauritius: our advice
The selection of hotels in Mauritius is huge; the island is famous for its luxury hotels that of course come with a price tag attached.
We stayed at Constance Prince Maurice and this easily became our favourite resort in Mauritius; service is top notch and tranquility is always guaranteed. Read about our stay at Constance Prince Maurice and check rates for Constance Prince Maurice.
We also visited the Sugar Beach Resort, a different concept located in one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius: not ideal if you’re looking for a quiet place, but the resort is huge and there are many things to do. Read about our stay at Sugar Beach Resort and check rates for Sugar Beach Resort.
We asked some fellow bloggers to recommend their favorite hotels in Mauritius:
- Jurga recommends the Ravenala Attitude Hotel (–> check rates and availability);
- Nienke suggests The Four Season Hotel (–> check rates and availability);
- Emily recommends the Beachcomber Trou aux Biches (–> check rates and availability).
So, these are some of the most amazing things to do in Mauritius on your honeymoon or during your holiday. If you’re looking for more inspiration, we recommend you buy this guide by Marco Polo, with plenty of advice for honeymooners and holidaymakers.
[Our trip to Mauritius was in association with Visit Mauritius and iAmbassador for the MyMauritius campaign highlighting some of the best things to do on the island and some of the best 5 Stars Hotels in Mauritius. As always, views are entirely our own and without bias]