Places To Visit In Mauritius

4.6 /5
Sub-Region: Indian Ocean, East of Africa

Here are the top 133 tourist attractions to see in Mauritius:

1. Trou Aux Biches

3.6 /5

35 km
from city center
1 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

A small town with a public beach situated on the North-Western coast of Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is a much-loved tourist destination. Literally translating to 'Deer's Watching Hole', Trou aux Biches, with its beachside hotels and classy restaurants bars is the most frequented tourist towns in Mauritius. It is also home to one of Mauritius's best beaches with the same name, which is also internationally acclaimed having won the World's Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards of 2011.

2. Belle Mare Plage Beach

29 km
from city center
2 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Mauritius is home to a vast number of beaches scattered across the entirety of its perimeters and with such a vast array of beaches to choose from, picking the perfect beach that you want to spend a relaxing day at often becomes a hard chore. Ranging from powder soft white sand beaches fringed with rows of palm trees to coarse black sand beaches bordered by rocky cliffs and boulders, the vast variety of beaches in Mauritius is stunning. Out of all these beaches, one of the most well-renowned beaches on the eastern side of the island is the Belle Mare Plage beach.

3. Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel

21 km
from city center
3 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

While Mauritius is mostly globally renowned for its jaw-dropping beaches, the island is home to a vast variety of other geographical phenomena that you will not find anywhere else across the world. One such extremely curious natural phenomenon is the Seven-Coloured Earth or the Terres de 7 Couleurs.

4. Ile Aux Cerfs

28 km
from city center
4 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Ile aux Cerfs Island, also known as “Deer Island”, is a private island located near the east coast of Mauritius. There aren’t any deer left here, but it remains a hugely popular tourist spot for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and wide variety of activities and facilities. With homestays and hotels available on the island, Ile aux Cerfs is ideal for both day trips and multiple-day stays.

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5. Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

20 km
from city center
5 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Ile Aux Aigrettes is a 26 hectare nature reserve 800 meters towards the south east off the coast of Mahebourg bay and has gained popularity over the years as an ecotourism destination. Unlike Mauritius, the most of which was formed by volcanic rocks. Ile Aux Aigrettes was primarily formed from coral limestone and it is pretty low-lying. It has a scientific research station which works towards the preservation of the numerous rare and endangered plant and animal species.

6. Pereybere Beach

39 km
from city center
6 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Located on the northern side of Mauritius, Pereybere beach is one of the most famous beaches near Grand Baie, with plenty of decent, affordable hotels and resorts lining the beach and the area around it. Stretching 150 meters, Pereybere is a family-friendly beach that's safe for swimming given that it's quite crowded most of the time. Apart from this, the beach is a hub for adventure sports like windsurfing and parasailing. You can also go kayaking or rent a catamaran, and go deep-sea fishing. The best time to visit the beach is from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM. Although topless sunbathing is allowed, nudity is prohibited since the beach isn't a private space.

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7. Black River Gorges National Park

3.7 /5

14 km
from city center
7 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Being the only and largest in the island nation of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park is the sanctuary for the diversified wildlife and tropical rainforests. It is the central attraction of the tourists with an unparalleled love for nature and those who have a zeal for adventure treks. Prior to 1994, it was nothing more than hunting grounds. Later, it was officially declared by the President of the Republic of Mauritius as a National Park and has been available for public exploration ever since.

8. Flic en Flac Beach

20 km
from city center
8 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Flic en Flac, which was once an idyllic little beach town, is one of the most popular tourist areas in Mauritius second to Grand Baie. With its name translating to 'Free and Flat Land', which used to be an old Dutch proverb, Flic en Flac originally started out as a fishing village which was a hunting ground for wild birds and ducks. Situated on the west coast of Mauritius, the Flic en Flac beach is the foremost frequented tourist destination in the area with miles of sand and azure waters.

9. Scuba Diving in Mauritius

40 km
from city center
9 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

One of the most aesthetically pleasing tourist destinations in the southern hemisphere, Mauritius, is renowned all over the world for being a scuba diving hotspot. Almost every traveller who goes to Mauritius wants to experience the feeling of diving deep into the depths of the ocean and exploring the plethora of marine life that lies in underwater. It is a well-known fact that Mauritius boasts of housing some of the most jaw-dropping coral reefs that you can ever find anywhere in the world, and the sheer variety of marine life that exists in and around these coral reefs is no less than astounding.

10. Casela World of Adventures

16 km
from city center
10 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

As the name suggests for itself, the Casela Nature Park is popularly known as Casela World of Adventures. Covering an area of over 250 hectares, this park is a haven of nature, adventure and wildlife activities. It is situated in the Cascavelle, a Mauritian village on the west coast of the island. Surrounded by sugarcane fields and with the majestic Rempart Mountain as a background view, the Casela nature park is an ideal destination for enjoying a tropical wildlife experience with family and friends.

11. Port Louis Waterfront

22 km
from city center
11 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

The Port Louis Waterfront, or as it is commonly known as the Le Caudan Waterfront, is a commercial development area located in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis. It has gained its reputation as the first of its kind major shopping expansion on the island nation, including various shops, casinos, banking facilities, restaurants, movie theatres, and a five-star hotel by the name of Le Labourdonnais.

12. Le Morne Beach

26 km
from city center
12 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Situated on the south-western part of Mauritius, the entire Le Morne peninsula takes the appearance of a hammerhead shark when viewed from a bird's eye viewpoint. The coastline along the entire peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island, including the renowned Le Morne beach.

13. Le Morne Brabant

4.3 /5

27 km
from city center
13 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Mauritius' south-western tip is where the famous peninsular island of Le Morne Brabant can be found. It is distinguished by its basaltic monolith scaling up to 556 metres above the sea level and it itself covers an area of 30 acres of the peninsula. The bluish-green lagoon surrounding the peninsula from all directions and the water tempering playfully with the stretches of white sandy beaches clustered with palm trees makes it an attractive tourist location.

14. Kitesurfing in Mauritius

27 km
from city center
14 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Mauritius has long since established its firm position as the dream location of all kitesurfers from around the area. This is because kitesurfing is an extremely challenging sport which, on top of requiring immense muscular strength within the people who are performing the sport, calls for the weather and climatic conditions to be on their side. Flat lagoons free of boating activity and crowds are very important to avoid dangerous accidents during the manoeuvring process. However, by some means, Mauritius satisfies all demands of even the most meticulous kitesurfer starting from the largest flat-water lagoons to the protective coral reef barrier surrounding the lagoon, Mauritius has it all.

15. La Vanille Nature Park

17 km
from city center
15 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Located close to the Riviere des Anguilles village towards the south of Mauritius is the 5-hectare surface area of the La Vanille Nature Park. The park is set up in the middle of a tropical forest inhibiting vivid flora and fauna, the main attraction being the crocodile farm comprising of numerous crocodiles preserved in the premises and categorized according to age and species. Other than that, the park is home to giant tortoises, iguanas, wild pigs and deer.

16. Eureka House

3.7 /5

16 km
from city center
16 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Eureka House is a 19th century Creole-style house built in 1830 by the banks of the Mauritian river Moka. It is one of the island’s most visited historical sites and is totally loved by the tourists. The interior decorations and furniture are well maintained along with the mahogany and ebony antiques, old ceramics and beautifully painted chinaware, photographs of daily life and books. It is considered to be the largest house in all of Mauritius with its 109 doors and windows.

17. Blue Bay Marine Park

20 km
from city center
17 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Located near Mahebourg and off the south-east coast of Mauritius, the Blue Bay Marine Park is renowned for its coral gardens, harbouring numerous varieties of flora and fauna and experience the marine life by going for sea diving. Blue Bay was initially declared as a national park back in 1997 and then in 2008, it was designated as a wetland site.

18. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

3.6 /5

27 km
from city center
18 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Popularly famous by the name of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Port Louis, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (SSR Botanical Garden) is the largest Botanical Garden in Mauritius. Featuring an extravagant variety exotic and rare species of plants along with some endemic animals on the verge of getting endangered, this massive garden covers the ground of over a whopping 37 hectares!

19. Trou Aux Cerfs

5 km
from city center
19 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

A natural geographical volcanic outcrop, the island of Mauritius is home to more than just beaches and lagoon. The island boasts of a vast variety of unique natural topography including caves, waterfalls and even volcanic craters. The most popular tourist attraction of Curepipe, Trou Aux Cerfs is a dormant volcanic crater, where you can stand on the rim of the crater and look deep down into the pit of the now-dormant volcano.

20. Chamarel Waterfall

20 km
from city center
20 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Being a tropical island, there are quite a few waterfalls spread out all over Mauritius, that makes for a beautiful tourist destination, one of the most important ones being the Chamarel Waterfalls. Chamarel, as a town in itself, doesn’t stand out on the Mauritius tourism map, but it is home to quite a few unique natural sights, which makes it a huge tourist draw.

21. Aapravasi Ghat

22 km
from city center
21 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

The Aapravasi Ghat, located in Port Louis, was the very centre of the establishment of indentured – or contracted – labour in Mauritius. Before the 1800s, slavery was rampant in the country, and after the British Government decided to do away with slavery in what is known as the ‘Great Mauritian Experiment’, the Aapravasi Ghat was built as the central depot for receiving indentured labourers from countries like India, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

22. Central Market, Mauritius

5,836 km
from city center
22 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

The Central Market is an indoor bazaar located at a walking distance from Port Louis Harbour. It had a major source of the local economy since Victorian times and underwent a complete renovation in 2004. underwent a complete renovation in 2004. The stone walls of the crossroads on which the Central Market stands have many stories to tell to its visitors that dates back to the Victorian era of 1839.

23. Mahebourg Waterfront

18 km
from city center
23 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Located in Mahebourg, Mahebourg Waterfront is one of the iconic attractions in Mauritius. The village is an effortless blend of Creole and colonial architecture that has a history dating back to the centuries. The new waterfront complex is ideal for relaxation or enjoying a casual walk by the azure water. Explore the naval museum that sheds light into the epic battle fought in this region. A memorial stands tall at the waterfront. It is known as Bataille de la Passe and pays homage to the fighters who lost their lives in the battle. Another highlight is the boardwalk that starts at Mahebourg Social Welfare and continues to the bus station at the westernmost point.

24. Chateau de Labourdonnais

17 km
from city center
24 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Built back in the 1800s, the Château de Labourdonnais is a grand Creole mansion which was once owned by Christian Wiehe and his family, but has long since been renovated and is now in use as a heritage tourism spot. Built entirely out of teak and sporting a dual-collonaded gallery, the Château de Labourdonnais gives off a distinct neoclassical vibe, and the exterior, as well as the interiors of the mansion, give off a distinctly Victorian feel.

25. Blue Penny Museum

20 km
from city center
25 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Blue Penny Museum is a famous stamp museum located at the capital of Mauritius in Port Louis. Ever since its inauguration in 2011, the Blue Penny Museum has continue to take visitors on enthralling journeys of the rich culture and history of the island. The Museum is named after the famous 1847 2-pence Blue Penny Stamp, which had been engraved for Mauritian post offices by Joseph Osmond, back in the 1800s.

26. L'Aventure du Sucre

9,141 km
from city center
26 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

L'Aventure du Sucre meaning 'Sugar Adventure' in English is a sugar museum located in the beautiful Pamplemousses village, which is also the home to the historical Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden. A tour of this sugar museum gives you the chance to explore the old Beau Plan Sugar Factory which used to operate during the 18th century up until the 20th century.

27. Mauritius Photography Museum

21 km
from city center
27 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

The Photography Museum of Mauritius in Port Louis gives you the privilege of getting acquainted with a different angle of the camera along with a vast exhibition of some of the first photographs that were taken by the predecessors of the camera. Established by passionate photographers Mr Tristan Breville and his wife Marie Julie, the Museum keeps the traditions and history rooted. The exhibits are as old as the 1800s and are a treasure trove of old camera, photograph prints, including daguerreotypes (the forerunner of photographs) that was produced in 1840. 

28. Rochester Waterfalls

14,929 km
from city center
28 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Rochester Falls is located in Savanne District, a few kilometres from the town of Souillac. Set amidst rugged and pristine landscape, it is a must-visit attraction in Mauritius. The ten metres long waterfalls rushing down the rocky bed look perfect for a refreshing dip or a small picnic with loved ones. It is ideal for relaxation and reconnecting with nature at its enchanting glory.

29. Catamaran Cruise Mauritius

15,825 km
from city center
29 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Catamaran Cruises are the most popular in Luxury Honeymoon destinations and Mauritius is one among them. Exploring the island nation by sailing onboard could be a different experience altogether. There are several day cruises and dinner cruises that sail across various destinations and coasts. The four major destinations covered by a Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius are - West coast, Gabriel Island, Ile Aux Cerfs and Flat Island. 

30. Tamarind Waterfalls

16 km
from city center
30 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Being a tropical island, Mauritius is home to not just beaches and lagoons, but a vast number of rivers and associated lakes, rivulets, and waterfalls as well. Being a popular tourist destination, the abundant natural attractions of the island might not be as untainted and untouched as they were even twenty years ago, but they’re still a sight for sore eyes. There are plenty of waterfalls scattered all over the island, and one of the most popular falls on the southwestern side of Mauritius is the Tamarind Falls.

31. La Cuvette Beach

39 km
from city center
31 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Situated on the north-west coast of Mauritius, the La Cuvette beach is close to the famous tourist town of Grand Baie, and plenty of tourists who stay in Grand Baie pop over to the La Cuvette beach to spend a lazy day soaking in the sun. More often than not, you will find locals of the area gathered on the beach, either for picnics or to spend a while by the ocean. The absence of coral reefs coupled with its clear waters adds an aesthetic touch to its beauty. Although there aren't any underwater activities that take place here, tourists are allowed to swim.

32. Champ de Mars Racecourse

20 km
from city center
32 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Mauritius is renowned all over the world for its beautiful beaches and its popularity as a tropical tourist haven, but there is so much more to the island than just its beaches and its shimmering coral lagoons. While most travellers today know of Mauritius' history of colonisation and the country's tryst with and renunciation from slavery (which forms an important aspect of the country's tourism), not many people are aware of a very niche subset of the tourist industry that Mauritius is very proud of ? Horse Racing. Ever since the colonial era, Horse Racing has been a prevalent sport with people from various walks of life, and the frenetic, vigorous atmosphere that you get to experience at a racecourse cannot compare to any other feeling in the world. Mauritius proudly boasts of being home to the second oldest racecourse in the world ? the Champ de Mars Race Course.

33. Curious Corner of Chamarel

20 km
from city center
33 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Located in the south-western part of Mauritius, opposite to the popularly known 7 Coloured Earth of Chamarel, the Curious Corner of Chamarel is only one its kind in the entire island. It is a house full of mysteries, illusions, mind games and various other activities meant to excite the curious minds of the people. The mystery house is located on the hilly roads of Chamarel village and has been constructed with the primary objective to offer an enthralling experience for those with an intrigued mind.

34. Francois Leguat Nature Reserve

618 km
from city center
34 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

While the mainstay of Mauritius is its stellar stretches of white sand beaches and crystal-clear azure lagoons, Mauritius is an exotic island and is home to a plethora of such exotic places that draw as many tourists as its tropical beaches do. Unbeknownst to many, Mauritius is not a lone island in itself but is surrounded by many smaller islets that serve as perfect weekend getaways when you're on a trip to Mauritius. One such island is Rodrigues, which is home to the Francois Leguat Nature Reserve, a very popular nature reserve in the country where you can experience the beauty of Mauritius in all its untouched, untainted glory, far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country's tropical tourist destinations.

35. Hike to Le Pouce

17 km
from city center
35 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

After the two mountains - Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire and Pieter Both - the Le Pouce is Mauritius’ third highest mountain with a height of 812 metres. It gets its named as Le Pouce due to its thumb-shaped peak. It is clearly visible from Mauritius’ capital Port Louis, and from the top of the mountain, you can get an outstanding view of the city as well.

36. Albion Lighthouse - Pointe Aux Caves Lighthouse

23 km
from city center
36 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

During the 18th century, Mauritius’ period of colonisation, a number of lighthouses were built for helping ships to navigate the sea. This resulted in the boom in trading in the island as it increased the rate of import and export. Mauritius was considered to be a crucial trading location due to its strategic placement on the map and hence it attracted many European states during the time of colonial expansion. Since ships were the only source of overseas trading, lighthouses played a major role in the process.

37. Ilot Gabriel Beach

24 km
from city center
37 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

While it is common knowledge that when it comes to tropical tourist destinations, Mauritius is, by far, one of the first options. However, unbeknownst to many people. The island of Mauritius is comprised not just of its mainland alone, but of many other tiny islands and islets surrounding the region, which are as beautiful as the main island of Mauritius. One such island is the Ile aux Gabriel, an island off the northern coast of Mauritius, which is very famous for its catamaran cruises, and its watersports activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving.

38. Tamarin Beach

18 km
from city center
38 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Located in Tamarin, Tamarin Beach is one of the most impressive beaches in Mauritius. The interesting mix of verdant hues, turquoise water and powdery soft sand makes this beach perfect for relaxation and sunbathing. Tamarin Beach is usually thronged by upmarket locals and vacationers who do not prefer crowded beaches.

39. Balaclava Ruins

30 km
from city center
39 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

For some Mauritius may be all about beautiful beaches, crystal clear ocean and lagoons, natural excursions, shopping haven and buzzing nightlife. Its true all of this makes Mauritius the awesome holiday destination that it is. However, it would be a sin if we ignore the historical sites that the place has in store us; one of them being the marvellous Balaclava Ruins, embraced by the authentic estate of Maritim Resort and Spa on the Turtle Bay shore. Every place has a history of its own that shapes a visitor’s perspective and experience about that place, and Mauritius has a vibrant one in that case.

40. National History Museum, Mauritius

21 km
from city center
40 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

The south-west part of the Indian Ocean is home to the island nation of Mauritius. Quite a lesser known fact, Mauritius has a rich historical and geological background other than widely popular as an exotic tourist destination. It is the youngest among the Mascarene groups of islands and sitting nearly 800 kms to the east of Madagascar alongside the submerged Seychelles-Mauritius Plateau ridge.

41. Chinatown, Mauritius

22 km
from city center
41 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

In the year 1940 a large number of Chinese immigrants set foot in Mauritius in search of trade business under the French and British rule. They started settling around Royal Road, in the heart of Mauritius' capital, Port Louis and this is how the Mauritian Chinatown's birth took place.

42. The Rhumerie De Chamarel

18 km
from city center
42 out of 133
places to visit in Mauritius

Mauritius is bestowed with numerous unique attractions and destinations that have caught the attention of hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world; one of the most excellent examples being the Rhumerie de Chamarel.

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