Mauritius is a beautiful friendly island in the Indian Ocean much loved by us and our loyal guests. We have compiled a guide with maps about the various areas we love to visit and a library of images collected during our stays.
Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius, located on the North-West Coast.
Port Louis’ picturesque central market continues to be a meeting point for Mauritians looking for a «cari» (curry) or «dithé» (tea). Here, you will find all the ingredients that help to create the charm of Mauritius: local crafts, vegetables, famous «dholl purris» as well as herbal tea sellers. Built in 1844, the market is currently being renovated.
Enjoy a scenic and affordable visit to Port Louis’ Chinatown. The sellers of boiled chow mein and fish balls form part of the picturesque scene, in an area where you can find almost anything at a reasonable price.
In recent years, the Caudan Waterfront has become an unmissable stop for those who want to have a taste of the best of Mauritius. Offering more than just rows of shops and restaurants, Caudan Waterfront also enables you to discover Mauritian expertise in all fields as you stroll around the area. From fast food to gourmet cooking, jewellery to local crafts, there is everything to suit all tastes.
Invigorate yourself. Go mountain climbing or explore nature with Mauritius’ forests, plants and native flowers. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the waterfalls, or have a breathtaking adventure going down them. Take in the spectacular views on foot, by bike or by kayak, or go trekking through the fields, rivers and forests on all-terrain quad bikes, and discover the magnificent views of the south-eastern coastal regions. Adventure also means sharing the thrill of game hunting in the south-east of the island, where many stags, does and boars roam freely on grounds of 900 hectares, covered with tropical forests. The main tour operators of the island have included in their packages a “nature” element which all manage to reveal a few spectacular sites, so that green Mauritius can now be discovered at any pace .
Regions of Mauritius
Explore each region below for information on the best beaches, sights and restaurants in each region:
Grand Bay was the first area of the island to truly experience the tourist boom. A shopping and leisure paradise, Grand Bay is also the area where Mauritians head when they want a fun-filled night out, for its restaurants, bars and discos. Recently renovated, La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.
The wonderful public beach of Pereybère is popular because of its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs.
A few metres from Baie aux Tortues, which 17th century sailors named after the many tortoises in the area, can be found the ruins of the old Balaclava estate. Visitors will be able to see the sea walls, whose foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais.
The Triolet Shivala
The longest village on the island, Triolet offers tourists an opportunity to visit Mauritius’ biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.
The Labourdonnais Orchards
Discover a large variety of tropical fruit trees and colourful and perfumed exotic flowers. Mountain bike trips and hiking are available.
L’Aventure du Sucre
Visit an interactive and ultra-modern exhibition at the heart of an ancient sugar mill and discover the fascinating history of Mauritius and sugarcane displayed over 5000 m2! Then let yourself be tempted by the tropical boutique with its unique gifts and souvenirs, and tasting of special unrefined sugars as well as local rum. Do not miss the opportunity to relish authentic Mauritian cuisine with refined flavours at the “Le Fangourin” restaurant.
Domaine les Pailles
Nestling in the Pailles Valley, Domaine les Pailles takes you back in time through the history of Mauritius and offers a unique culinary experience. This typical Mauritian estate sparks your imagination with its combination of history, culture and nature.
These gardens are known to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and many species of palm trees. The 60-acre garden boasts 500 different species of plants, of which 80 are palms. Of particular interest are the giant water lilies, a spice garden, and the Talipot Palms, said to flower every 60 years, after which they die. The deer and tortoises are sure to delight younger visitors, whilst the old French mansion of Château Mon Plaisir and the old sugar mill conjure up pictures of Mauritius’ rich historical past.
One of the best areas on the island for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. La Cuvette beach has recently been renovated.
This remarkable cove, half-way between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, is one of the finest bathing spots on the island.
Flacq is one of the most important villages in Mauritius. This meeting point for inhabitants of the East boasts the country’s largest open air market, which attracts a large number of people.
The Waterpark Leisure Village
Enjoy unforgettable moments on the giant chutes with family or friends. Relaxation and pleasure guaranteed.
Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, and has the most beautiful beach in Mauritius. You cannot afford to miss this tiny island delicately poised on the ocean; a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape.
An old Creole residence built in 1830, Eureka is an essential place to visit during your stay in Mauritius, to immerse yourself in tropical sweetness.
Miles and miles of white and spotless beaches stretch from Belle Mare to Trou-d’Eau Douce.
At Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlement in Mauritius, you can see the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications. Excavation work is currently underway, in a bid to uncover an important part of Mauritian history.
Ile aux Aigrettes
Owing to the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, this island has set an international benchmark for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen here. You can also discover the extremely rare pink pigeon, the Phelsuma green gecko and the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Mahébourg is one of the main fishing villages on the island. Built on the magnificent Grand Port Bay, it was founded in 1804 by the French, and is home to one of Mauritius’ most traditional markets.
The Martello Towers represent the scene of the ancient rivalry between old colonial powers and the ingenuity of mankind. They are a milestone in the island’s history, symbolising the end of slavery and the beginning of Indian immigration.
Domaine du Chasseur
Nestled in the Anse Jonchée hills, the Domaine du Chasseur has splendid hunting grounds covering an area of 900 hectares. Stags, monkeys and boars live amidst the luxuriant vegetation of the hillside, and you can watch several species of endangered birds, including the kestrel. The Domaine contains four thatched-roof bungalows and a restaurant with a panoramic sea view. Take the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal of venison and seafood.
A famous feature of this small seaside resort along the rugged coast of the Savanne district is the garden overlooking the sea, named after Dr. Charles Telfair. The popular viewpoint of Gris Gris is found at the southern end of the village, right on the cliff top.
Blue Bay beach is one of the most popular bathing spots on the South-East of the island, and an ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing.
A winding road takes you from the village of Case Noyale to the coloured earths of Chamarel, an undulating landscape of different and contrasting colours. The different shades of blue, green, red and yellow are the result of the erosion of volcanic ash. The neighbouring waterfalls of Chamarel rise from amongst the moors and the native plant life. The site possesses a rare beauty. Some «Table d’hôtes» have been recently set up in the village of Chamarel, where you can enjoy the taste of typical Mauritian cuisine.
Ganga Talao – Grand Bassin
Beyond La Marie and Mare-aux-Vacoas lies one of the two natural lakes of Mauritius, lying within the crater of an extinct volcano. Ganga Talao is an important pilgrimage site and many Mauritians of the Hindu faith walk there during the Maha Shivaratri festival, or the night of fasting dedicated to Shiva.
Black River Gorge
This national park of 6,574 hectares was established in 1994 for the protection of Mauritius’ remaining native forests. Visitors can enjoy magnificent landscapes, with plants unique to the island and many rare bird species. A trail leads from the Pétrin information centre to an area of typical Mauritian plant life and to a conservation area.
Due to the exceptionally high level of sunshine this area receives, Tamarin is naturally the heart of salt production in Mauritius.
Situated in the Rivière Noire district, this bird park stretches over 25 hectares and contains more than 140 bird species from all six continents. Other attractions include fish ponds, tigers, tortoises, monkeys, deer and orchids.
Yemen Reserve may not be the largest game reserve on the island, but there is still a lot to see. You will be able to get in close to the herds of deer, as well as admire some splendid species of native Mauritian fauna. A few rustic kiosks available in the reserve provide an unobstructed view of the sea, where you can sip a local punch while watching the sunset over the ocean.
LE MORNE & TAMARIN
These offer kilometres of sandy beach for bathing, and are very popular for surfing.
FLIC EN FLAC
White sand beaches fringed with casuarina trees.