Mauritus | Ile Maurice | Things to see and do | The best touring options
Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures and the diversity of its people makes it a very unique destination. Getting around the island is easy and we recommend that you get out and about to experience everything this country has to offer.
You can walk with lions, mix it with the cheetahs, shop till you drop or drop to the bottom of the ocean floor, fly through the canopy of the forest, climb a mountain, go hiking, or try your hand at canyoning, hop on a Quad Bike, kayak the lagoons, swim with the dolphins or hire a car and discover the hidden treasures.
Day Tour 1 | Mauritian Heritage
Full day: Visit the capital Port Louis, the Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousse, the Sugar Museum, visit the Colonial House of Eureka with lunch on the veranda
at L’Escale, return to Port Louis with time to shop at Le Caudan Waterfront.
Day Tour 2 | The Tea Route
Full day: Includes visits of the Colonial house of Le Domaine des Aubineaux for morning high tea, the Tea Factory of Bois Cheri, St Aubin and the Rhummery where you stop for lunch, afternoon visit the wild south coast with a stop at Gris Gris.
Day Tour 3 | Carlie 4WD Discovery Tour
Full day: Explore the hidden treasures of the island in a 4WD by going off the beaten track, you will discover waterfalls and endemic flora and fauna. The tour crosses the interior of the island and includes lunch.
Day Tour 4 | Southern Discovery
Visit the first capital, Mahebourg with its colourful local markets and typical laid back Creole lifestyle. At Pointe D’Esny board a small boat and visit the island of Ile Aux Aigrettes. It is the last refuge of the Ebony forest and here you will see 100% endemic flora and fauna such as the Pink Pigeon. Lunch is included at a typical Creole restaurant. On the way back, visit La Vanille Reserve, home of the giant Aladabra tortoises.
Day Tour 5 | Shop till you Drop
Some of the great buys in Mauritius include, textiles – designer labels at a fraction of the cost, cashmere and personal tailoring. Diamonds can be purchased duty free at the factories of Floreal. Shop for local spices, Mauritian tea and Green Island Rum. Take one of the tours on market days – Thursdays and Sundays at Quatre Bornes and Mondays in Mahebourg; you will needcash and get ready to bargain. Tours can be half or full day.
Day Tours | Various
Casela Nature Park | Walking with the Lions & Cheetah Interaction
This is a must-do when you visit in Mauritius, one of only 3 places in the world where you can do this activity. You will interact with the big cats and experience
their behavior up close and personally. Walking with Lions in the natural bush setting of the Domaine, it is an unforgettable and thrilling experience. Walks operate daily between 9am and 5pm and bookings are essential.
Quad Biking & Zip lines & Canyoning | There are many locations around Mauritius where you can do this activity. We recommend…
Casela Nature Park – West Coast. Enjoy a glance of Africa in the middle of the savannah at the reserve of Yemen mainly constituted of deer, zebras and different species of African antelopes introduced recently. 1 and 2 hour sessions available for solo and double quad biking. Also available in the Domaine, is ‘Rando Fun’, great fun as you fly across the canopy on Zip lines and/or swim in the canyons – A perfect extension to Walking with the Lions.
Domaine des 7 Vallees – Nouvelle France. Combine this day out with a visit to Mahebourg village. Quad 4×4 ride, hiking and swimming at the waterfall are the activities of the domain. Have your lunch at the authentic Cabane Creole, the Taste of Tradition!
Chazal – South Coast. Discover La Rievere des Galets using a course of 11 speed Zip lines. You can choose to do the whole or part of the course. Bookings essential. (Mauritian lunch is available on reservation)