MAURITIUS ~ paradise island

Mauritius has a variety of landscapes ranging from waterfalls to vast coral and stone reefs, with spectacular scenery, stunning forests, white sandy beaches and a wonderful underwater world.

Mauritius has something to offer for everyone.

    • Tourist attractions in the North region

      • Grand Bay - The heart of the island's nightlife. Also a first choice shopping and leisure destination.
      • Pereybere - A public beach very popular among tourists especially for its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs. Watersports are also available.
      • Mont Choisy - The longest and largest public beach in Mauritius. It is much appreciated for its fine white sand and the facilities has to offer.
      • Balaclava Ruins - The ruins of the old Balaclava estate.
      • The Triolet Shivala - The longest village on the island, Triolet, is also home of the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath Mandir.
      • The Cathedral St Louis - One of the oldest churches in Mauritius can be found in Port Louis. There are also several other churches that present a beautiful architecture.
      • The Pamplemousses Gardens - A botanical garden mainly known for its Victoria regia giant water lilies as for the many species of exotic plants and palm trees. Another attraction is the talipot palm, which flowers once every sixty years and then dies.
      • The Labourdonnais Orchards - Visitors can hike or mountain bike through perfumed exotic flowers and tropical fruit trees.
      • The Aquarium Maurice - Five buildings with numerous tanks and pools containing many specimens of marine life from the Indian Ocean.
    • Tourist attractions in the East region

      • Ile aux Cerfs (Deer Island) - This island has one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius and is a paradise for watersport enthusiasts. You can dive, ride in a glass-bottomed boat, parasail or rent speedboats, water skiis and water scooters. It also offers a 18 hole golf course.
      • The Waterpark Leisure Village - A water park located on Coastal road, Belle Mare. Guaranteed fun for kids and adults alike.
      • Belle Mare Beach - A beautiful white sandy beach ideal for those who wants to swim or just lie back and relax in a tranquil environment.
      • Flacq Market - One of the country's largest open-air markets.
    • Tourist attractions in the South-East region

      • Domaine du Chasseur - A magnificent park covering 2,000 acres, home to a variety of animals including the Java deer, wild boar, Kestrel and monkeys.
      • Domaine L'Ylang Ylang - A plantation of ylang ylang trees located at Anse Jonchée few kilometres of Vieux Grand Port.
      • La Vanille Crocodile Park - More than a thousand Nile crocodiles living in a secure enviroment. The place is situated in a luxuriant tropical forest with rare vegetation, banana and palm trees. Monkeys, deer, tenrecs, giant tortoises, bats, wild pigs, geckos, and mangooses are the other attractions.
      • Ile aux Aigrettes - F For a genuine ecotourism trip you must visit this Nature Reserve situated at about 800 meters off the south-east coast of Mauritius.
      • Dutch Ruins - The ruins of the first Dutch fortifications located at Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlements in Mauritius.
      • Mahebourg - One of the main fishing centres where you can find the Naval Museum of Mauritius.
      • Souillac - A village with several historical remains and the coral-built "La Nef" house of famous Mauritian poet Robert Edward Hart.
    • Tourist attractions in the West region

      • Chamarel (coloured earth) - Created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures, the earth forms here beautiful patterns of color in the exposed hillsides.
      • Casela Bird Park - Home to about 140 bird species and over 2500 birds from all over the world. There are also deer, tortoises, kangaroos, tigers, monkeys etc.
      • Yemen - Java deers, wild boars, monkeys, mongoose and many other animals, birds or exotic plants can be found in this natural park.
      • Martello Towers - These five small defensive forts were built by the British Empire at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. The one near the La Preneuse beach has been restored in 1999 and is now open for visitors.
      • Black River - Tamarin's Salt Pans
    • Tourist attractions in the inland region

      • Black River Gorges National Park - Highly recommended for its spectacular scenery, endemic plants and some of the rarest bird species.
      • Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin) - Resting within the crater of an extinct volcano, this natural lake is the most sacred pilgrim place for Hindus living in Mauritius.
      • Domaine les Pailles - A nature park and cultural center covering more than 3,000 acres.
      • Eureka - A unique creole residence built in 1830 in a magnificient garden surrounded by the waterfalls of Moka River and the Moka Range.
      • Domaine des 7 Vallees - A natural reserve situated near Mare aux Vacoas.