Mauritius is an island paradise which lies on the southeastern coast of the African continent. And it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world because there is a lot to see and do here. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a honeymoon vacation or an adventurous trip; Mauritius caters to every traveler’s needs. From gorgeous waterfalls to white sandy beaches, it has everything that you could need for a perfect holiday.
A Guest Post by Rachita Saxena from Nomllers
Frankly, I think you would easily need 15-20 days to cover this beautiful island as there is a lot to see and do here. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get the essence of this place if you have just 2 days with you. In this guide, you will read about the places that you can visit and the things that you do here if you have just 2 days with you. So, get ready to have an amazing time of this African island!
How to Reach Mauritius
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the only major airport in Mauritius which has flights coming and going from all over the world. This is the only way to enter Mauritius so make sure you book your flights well in advance if you are planning a trip here.
This sole airport in Mauritius has direct flights to several destinations in Asia, Africa, and Europe. And it serves numerous airlines so you won’t find difficulty in finding a flight to this place.
Getting Around in Mauritius
Mauritius is a small island so you can easily cover the entire island in a limited time. There are a few transportation options that you can choose when trying to explore this island nation.
One of the cheapest and most convenient modes of travel in Mauritius is the government-run buses which cover the entire island. You can check out the bus route and prices on their online website here.
From the Quatre Bornes bus station; you will get buses traveling to the east coast, west coast, center Mauritius and Port Louis. And at other places, you would need to often change the bus to reach your exact destination. Also, one thing to remember is that buses are cheap but they would take you double time to reach your destination.
Self-Drive Car Rentals
For people who have a driving license, the best way of traveling around Mauritius in limited time would be by renting a car here. There are several online websites from where you can rent a car in Mauritius but make sure that you read the insurance documents properly before signing up for it.
If you don’t know how to drive a car or are unwilling to spend on renting a car then renting a scooter/bike is the next best option. It is indeed an amazing way to experience Mauritius too because riding along the coast here is an altogether different feeling.
Things to Do in Mauritius – Day 1
If you wish to not miss out on important places here then you would need to start your day early both the days here. Start by driving to the southern region of Mauritius where you would be spending your entire first day, covering the top attractions here.
Le Morne Brabant
In southern Mauritius, start your day by hiking to the famous Le Morne peak which is a UNESCO heritage site and has a tragic story associated with it. It is said that several people committed suicide from this peak in order to escape slavery. While it is undeniably tragic, the mountain itself is too beautiful to be described in words and offers an amazing panoramic view of the southern tip.
In fact, on a clear sunny day, you can also see a glimpse of the underwater waterfall from here. So, make sure that you don’t miss out on this amazing site and start early so that you can be back to the base by 12 p.m.
Once you have completed the Le Morne hike, you can go for the Underwater Waterfall helicopter tour. This is a 1-2 hour tour which will take you right above the waterfall illusion so that you can get a better look. From this position, you will also see the Le Morne mountain peak and the southern coastline which is a true beauty.
The Underwater Waterfall is a natural phenomenon which is caused by the slipping of the ocean sand into the deeper part of the ocean. And it is said that this waterfall is home to some of the rarest species in the world. So, a helicopter tour is a must if you don’t want to miss out on one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world.
Next, you can head to the Chamarel park where you have two top attractions to cover. In the Chamarel park, you would also find the Chamarel waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Mauritius.
Chamarel Seven Colored Earth
After you are done admiring the waterfall, it is time to make way to the Chamarel Seven Colored Earth which is another amazing natural wonder in Mauritius. Here, you will find a small area of sand dunes with different colored sand which makes it look like a rainbow. There a 7 colored sands present in this small region which is also available in jars as a souvenir.
The most interesting thing about this sand is that when you shake the jar, different colored sands form layers which look absolutely magical.
After exploring the southern side, you can head to the North side of Mauritius island to experience the nightlife here. In Grand Baie, you can enjoy a nice dinner at a seaside restaurant and then you can hit a club to enjoy the rest of the night.
Grand Baie is known as the party center of Mauritius and has some really amazing clubs and hotels where you can enjoy some live music and happening DJ events. One such place is the Banana Beach Bar in Grand Bar which is one of the most happening clubs here for the past 20 years. If you are here during the weekend then make sure you check out this place to have unlimited fun.
Things to Do in Mauritius – Day 2
For your second day, you can start by exploring the northwestern coast and then head to the east coast of Mauritius for an amazing day.
When you are exploring this beautiful island, a visit to the capital city is a must to understand the essence and culture of this destination. Particularly known for its French colonial architecture, Port Louis also has the famous Champ de Mars horse-racing track where you can see the horse-racing events throughout the day, every Saturday. In Port Louis, you also have some amazing places like the Blue Penny Museum, Le Caudan Waterfront, and so on.
You can also shop some local handicrafts at the Central Market but make sure that you are well-versed in bargaining else you would end up paying a lot.
Blue Bay Marine Park
Another place that you can head to is the Blue Bay Marine Park which is famous for its exotic marine life. Located near the southeast coast of Mauritius island, Blue Bay Marine Park also offers the Glass Bottom Boat Tour which allows you to admire the marine life from the safety of the boat.
There is a glass attached at the bottom of the boat which allows you to see everything underwater. If you wish then you can snorkel or swim here among the amazing marine animals as well which gives you a better feel of the underwater life.
Trou Aux Cerfs
One of the most popular attractions in Mauritius is the dormant volcano which lies in the central part of Mauritius, Curepipe. Trou Aux Cerfs is an incredible natural attraction whose crater is now covered with vegetation and has become a popular jogging/walking ground for the people living here.
You can reach this place by your car and then walk around the crater to observe the surrounding and can even hike to the bottom of the crater if you so wish.
Make sure that you come here during the evening time because sunsets from this place are truly mesmerizing as you gaze at the distant peaks. And you can also see the Indian ocean stretch before you which is truly amazing.
Other Mauritius Attractions
In case you have a few more days to stay in Mauritius then here are a few more places for you to check out here.
Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is said to be the most gorgeous beach in Mauritius which is lined with gorgeous resorts and hotels. One can walk on the seashore here to enter the resort beach areas and can actually hike till Tamarin which is another great beach on the west coast. In Flic en Flac, you can also go for the amazing dolphin tour which is a 1-day event.
In this tour, you are shown different types of dolphins and are allowed to swim beside them to get a better look. After swimming with the dolphins, you are taken to the Crystal Rock and shown around it. Then, you go to Benitiers Island and have an amazing BBQ and enjoy a little local shopping. So, if you have another day with you then Flic en Flac should definitely be on your itinerary.
Black River Gorges National Park
For people who love the hilly areas and hiking a lot, Black River Gorges National Park is the best place to visit. However, it is only possible if you have a full day with you because this park covers a majority of the southeastern part of Mauritius.
Here, you can experience the different hiking trails and see some really exotic birds and animals like the pink pigeon, Mauritius kestrel, and so on. There are a few waterfalls and viewpoints also on the way which are definitely worth a stop.
Eau Bleue and Rochester Waterfall
Mauritius is not just a land of beaches and ocean. You would find mountains, interesting attractions, and a few amazing waterfalls here too. And two such waterfalls are the Eau Bleue waterfall in Cluny and Rochester waterfall and Souillac. Eau Bleue waterfall is an absolute paradise with turquoise blue water flowing down and greenery surrounding you everywhere. This is an offbeat place in Mauritius which not many tourists know about so it is always a delight to visit here as you can enjoy a peaceful time at this pristine destination.
Another equally amazing and pristine location is the Rochester waterfall which is located amidst the trees and gives off a jungle vibe. You have to hike through the sugarcane field and forest a little to reach here but once you do, you have a hard time leaving this place. So, in case you have a few more days with you then make sure you explore these waterfalls to see a new side of Mauritius.
Best Time to Visit Mauritius
If you want to avoid the tourists and enjoy a cool and pleasant climate then the best time to visit Mauritius is in the winter season, i.e., May to October. As Mauritius is a tropical island, you experience hot and balmy climate throughout the year but winters are slightly more bearable and you would find fewer tourists here and the prices are more reasonable too.
You can also visit Mauritius in summer, from November to April when the weather is hot and humid but it is a good time for swimming in the ocean and enjoying the beaches.
Avoid visiting Mauritius from January to March as this is the cyclone season although there hasn’t been a major cyclone incident in the past 20 years.
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