Mauritius Leisure Activities and Excursions

23 December of 2013 by

When you want to get away, there is no place better than the enchanting island country of Mauritius. A holiday in Mauritius offers some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, natural wonders, wonderful waters, and refined amenities such as restaurants, golf, and spas. In Mauritius, you can soak up the sun, enjoy nature, go snorkeling, play world class golf, and enjoy a variety of museums.

Beaches

Tamarin Bay, Mauritius
Tamarin Bay, Mauritius – image source

No tropical holiday is complete without sun, sand, and sea. The beautiful beaches of Mauritius offer an abundance of all three. You’ll find the public beaches of Grand Bay, Pereybere, Belle Mare, Blue Bay, La Morne and Tamarin, and Flic en Flac to be enchanting escapes from the ordinary world. The waters of the Indian Ocean are clear and blue. If you are a wind surfer, you’ll find Blue Bay and Grand Bay to be great spots. If you are seeking waves, surfers love the beaches of Le Morne and Tamarin. Sun worshipers will find any of the spotless white sand beaches of Mauritius wonderful for tanning.

Hiking

Seven Colored Earth at Chamarel
Seven Colored Earth at Chamarel – image source

Mauritius is a lush tropical paradise filled with beautiful plants, warm breezes, waterfalls, forests, small mountains, and beautiful beaches. If you enjoy bird watching and hiking, you can strap on your best walking shoes, stock up on water and energy snacks, arm yourself with a map or hire a local guide, and set out on the many hiking trails of Black River Gorges National Park [1]. Another interesting spot to see is a natural wonder called the Seven Colored Earth at Chamarel [2].

Visitor Information

Black River Gorges National Park (map), Phone: +230 258 0057 ( *You can get the hiking trails information from Petrin Information Centre )
Seven Colored Earth at Chamarel (map)

Garden

Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens
Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens – image source

If you are more refined than rugged, you’ll find the more controlled environment of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) Botanical Gardens [1] more inviting. Set on the grounds of a old French manor in the Pamplemousses district, the well manicured gardens feature hundreds of plants and over 80 species of palm. Highlights include ponds filled with giant lily pads and huge Buddha trees. Colorful birds, giant tortoises, and deer also delight visitors in this beautiful setting.

Visitor Information

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (map), Phone: +230 243 9401

Underwater

Snorkeling in Mauritius
Snorkeling in Mauritius – image source

Some of the most scenic areas around Mauritius are actually underwater. The island is encircled by colorful coral reefs that team with aquatic life. Fortunately, a variety of reefs are accessible in shallow waters simply by snorkeling. Lots of hotels offer complimentary equipment, advice, and excursions. The water is crystal clear and easy to navigate. The plentiful fish are colorful and the sea turtles are curious.

Fishing

Deep sea fishing in Mauritius
Deep sea fishing in Mauritius – image source

Of course, if fish just make you hungry, the seafood offerings of Mauritius are wonderful. Mauritius has wonderful seafood restaurants. There are hundreds of quality restaurants serving French or Mauritian Creole Cuisine. You can even catch the big game fish like Marlin, Tuna or Shark aboard one of the many deep sea fishing charter vessels that call Mauritius home. Even fly fishing enthusiasts are discovering Mauritius. Fly fishing aficionados typically hire a guide and stalk a giant kingfish called the Geant Trevally (or GT for short). However, lots of other predator fish can be found just outside the reefs that encircle the island.

Visitor Information

Recommended companies for deep sea fishing in Mauritus
http://www.morneanglers.com/
http://www.sportfisher.com/
http://www.royalbiggamefishing.com/

Golf courses

Golf courses, Mauritius
Golf courses, Mauritius – image source

Mauritius is known as a stable, business-friendly, island nation. It’s only natural that world-class golf courses are available for busy executives who are ready to get away and unwind. Mauritius has three eighteen hole and five nine hole golf courses. Perhaps the most exciting course is the Le Touessrok Golf Course which was designed by renowned course designer Bernhard Langer. Set on it’s own island, this championship course has 18 holes set among beautiful ocean vistas and mangroves. With four tee decks for each hole, the beautiful course is playable by anyone from recreational duffers to champions.

Visitor Information

Le Touessrok Golf Course, official website, Phone: +230 2304027720

Culture and History

Sugar museum
Sugar museumimage source

Many travelers like to learn about the culture and history of their travel destinations. Discovered by the Portuguese, cleared by initial Dutch settlers, permanently settled by the French, and eventually ruled by the British, there is much to learn about Mauritius and it’s evolution into one of Africa’s most prosperous island nations. There are over a dozen museums on the Island. The National History Museum is a good place to start to understand the history. The Frederik Hendrik Museum on the southeastern coast of Mauritius commemorates the first Dutch Settlement on the island in 1638. It showcases the work of archeologists who have been conducting excavations at the site of the old fort. The Natural History Museum is a wonderful place to learn about the geology, geography, and natural wonders of Mauritius. The Sugar Museum in Pamplemousses is a great place to learn about one of the major industries of the Island. Finally, stamp collectors and history lovers will enjoy the treasures of the Blue Penny Museum in Port Luis.

On some tropical islands, there are only a few things to do. But, Mauritius has much to offer on land, on the sea, and around every corner in every district and town. It’s a wonderful, prosperous, diverse, green and historic place to visit and relax.

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