There are so many things to do in Mauritius; it is worth planning your time well to make the most of the island. Head to Gorge's National Park where you'll find over 300 species of flowering plants and nine birds that are unique to Mauritius. At the Balaclava Ruins you'll find ancient sea walls that were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais. Ile Aux Cerfs is a perfect destination for lovers of water sports.
Enjoy the diverse flavours of Mauritius by trying out the street food. With cuisines largely inspired by Africa, India and China, you’re sure to discover a new dish you’ll love. Port Louis is particularly famous for its market food, with locals and tourists queuing at trailers and motorbikes fitted with cases of food. A popular street food favourite is the dholl puri, a crepe-like flat bread that is either served with savoury dishes like the Rougaille Mauricien and Mauritian chicken curry, or with sweeter dishes such as rice puddings (kheer).
Take a walk with giant tortoises and experience the scenic grandeur of Francois Leguat Reserve. Only an hour’s flight from Mauritius, the reserve on Rodrigues Island is abundant with caves, local wildlife, over 100,000 indigenous trees and, of course, hundreds of roaming tortoises. Embark on a guided tour along a two-kilometre track, learn about the island’s rich geological history and hear about the restoration project that is reclaiming the land’s natural beauty. After the tour, take some time to relax in the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, where you can enjoy stunning views of the lagoon.
If you can pull yourself away from the gorgeous Mauritian beaches, try taking a relaxed tour of a tea plantation. At the biggest tea producer in Mauritius, Bois Cheri Tea Factory, you can see tea-pickers at work first-hand and learn how the tea is processed. The best time to visit is earlier in the day as this is when you can see the freshly picked tea leaves being brought in. You’ll also have the chance to taste tea with views of the country, and you can dine at Bois Cheri’s terrace restaurant, where there are stunning views of inland Mauritius.
No trip to Mauritius is complete without visiting the natural phenomenon, the Seven Coloured Earths. Located in the village of Chamarel in South Mauritius, The Coloured Earth comprises of a small area of volcanic sand dunes, which boast seven distinct colours: red, brown, green, violet, purple, blue and yellow. Try visiting at sunrise for an unbeatable perspective of each colour. On the way to Chamarel, you can stop by a number of scenic waterfalls and gorges.
If you’re in the north of Mauritius, La Cuvette is a fantastic beach to visit, with its tranquil surroundings, hidden mini-beaches, cliffs and rocks. This is the perfect stop if you’re in need of some quiet relaxation. Take a dip in the turquoise waters, or soak in some sun on the powder-like sand. While this beach is relatively small, its charm is worth experiencing. You can rent out deck chairs or umbrellas for added sun protection.