Despite its size, just 40 miles long by 30 miles wide Mauritius packs a whole host of things to do outside of the resorts. From adventure sports such as quad biking and zip-lining to sightseeing and shopping – Mauritius has it all.
Sightseeing and Excursions
There is so much more to a Mauritius Holiday than just sand, sea and sunshine! You can explore the island in so many ways, by boat, on horseback, trekking, quad biking, mountain biking, 4x4 driving or simply a leisurely drive around the island stopping at tourist attractions along the way. Listed below are just a few of the many excursions available in Mauritius.
A Day at the Races
The Champ de Mars racecourse is home to the Mauritius Turf Club which was founded in 1812, making it the oldest horse-racing club in the southern hemisphere and one of the oldest in the world. Crown Lodge is a private steward suite converted to allow tourists to have an unobstructed view of the finish line and ‘the paddock’. The lodge is located on the VIP balcony next to the Mauritius Turf Club president’s lodge. The racing season runs from April through to December with races every Saturday. Prices are approximately from Rs4400.00 per adult.
Casela Nature & Leisure Park
Set in the district of Black River the park stretches over 14 hectares and carries more than 140 varieties of birds from five continents.Here you can not only view the very rare Mauritian Pink Pigeon, but also take part in adventurous activities such as quad biking, segways and zip lining.
Chamarel Coloured Earth
This is a mound of undulating land stretching in contrasting layers of colour and patches of blue, green, red and yellow earth, believed to be the result of weathering.
Black River Gorges National Park
This 6574 hectare park, proclaimed in 1994, protects much of the remaining native forests of Mauritius and provides opportunities for the visitors to enjoy spectacular natural scenery and some of the unique endemic plants and birdlife.
Try your hand at quad biking with a visit to Domaine de L'Etoile in the south-eastern area of Mauritius or Casela in the south west.
The botanical gardens known to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of indigenous and exotic palms, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies, and many species of palm trees.
A great way to enjoy a day out or a sundowner on the Indian Ocean, Catamaran cruises can be arranged from most hotels.
Horse Riding at Le Morne
Get out and explore Mauritius on horseback along fantastic white sandy beaches or around the stunning Le Morne peninsula. Haras du Morne offers horseback and carriage rides with professional staff and quality coaches for beginners or experienced riders. The Haras du Morne stables are only a few minutes drive away from the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club and Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa.
La Vanille Nature Park
Situated in the south of the island La Vanille Nature Park is a great for families. Here you can get up close to crocodiles, giant tortoises, monkeys and loads of other animals.
St Aubin & Bois Chéri Tea Estate
In the south of Mauritius St Aubin estate no longer produces sugar but there is an anthurium and vanilla plantation that you can walk around. The colonial house also serves up a very good Creole lunch. Located only about 10kms from Curepipe is Bois Chéri Tea Estate where visitors are taken on a guided tour of the tea-making process. You can sample the teas afterwards and even have lunch whilst looking at the panoramic views of the coast.
The capital and main port of Mauritius, Port Louis was founded in 1735 and offers some great shopping spots. The harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains, and the town has plenty of character, and proudly displays signs of it's historical past as well being home to one of the capital's largest shopping centres within the Caudan Waterfront, a short stroll from here will take you into the old market where you will be able to barter with the locals to get some great deals!
This is the islands main urban centre, a pleasant town with good shops, and factory outlets.
Domaine les Pailles
Close to Port Louis this is a nature park covering 3000 acres, at the foot of a mountain range. Other facilities are offered including restaurants, mini golf, and drives in Land Rovers to the mountains for deer and rare bird spotting.
One of the main fishing villages, Mahebourg lies in Vieux Grand Port, near the Shandrani Hotel where you can hire bicycles for a visit.
Le Domaine de l'Ylang Ylang
The main resource is the plantation of Ylang-Ylang from whose fragrant yellow flowers perfume is distilled. Panoramic views over the bay of Vieux Grand Port and the neighbouring islets can be seen.
Contracts for excursions are between the consumer and the ground handler in Mauritius, excursions are neither run nor controlled by Beachcomber. Beachcomber will not be liable for the excursion and nor do any excursions booked form part of the package and your booking conditions do not apply to them.