Friday, September 10, 2021

Things To Do in Mauritius

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  • Views – Climb Le Pouce or ‘The Thumb’ at 812m for spectacular 360-degree views of Port Louis and the north. It’s an easy 2-hour climb from the village of Petit Verger (near St Pierre), and it takes another 2 hours to walk to Port Louis. The summit of Signal Mountain offers spectacular views of Port Louis and the north. It is much easier to climb Signal Mountain from Labourdonnais Street, where there is a paved jogging path and it takes about 45 minutes to walk to the top. A start from Saint Louis is also possible.
  • Take a tour of the Moka Mountains – by quad bike, on horseback or by off-road vehicle in Domaine Les Pailles’ accessible 1,500-hectare nature park. Take a train or horse-drawn carriage to the sugar mill and rum distillery before dining in one of the four restaurants.
  • Deep sea fishing – The island of Mauritius is ideally located for game fishing. Depending on the season, it is possible to catch blue or black marlin, sailfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, bonito, dolphinfish, sharks and many more. Almost all big game fishing boats are fully equipped with a VHF radio, a cell phone, navigation system with GPS, a radio phone, radar, a safety gear, a Penn International reel, a safety kit, a life jacket, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, flares and all relevant such as fighting chairs and rods (usually 9). Visitors can choose either a half-day or a full-day fishing trip. Big game fishing is best on the west coast of Mauritius because the currents swirl around the base of Le Morne, creating a marine environment attractive to baitfish, which in turn attracts the bigger fish.
  • Head to Grand Baie – for water sports such as parasailing, an underwater walk, submarine and semi-submersible scooter, or to La Cuvette, a long beach with clear waters between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux, for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.
  • Safari Jeep Excursions – The Safari Jeep Excursion takes place in the Yemen Nature Reserve on the west coast of Mauritius. It is home to two of the longest rivers on the island – Rivière Rempart and Tamarin River – and is a haven for all kinds of native and exotic wildlife. The actual size of this nature reserve is about 4,500 hectares. Yemen Park is the setting for safari excursions where you can experience an exciting ride and see many beautiful animals such as zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, Java deer, monkeys, ducks and geese and enjoy exceptional panoramic views of this stunning part of the island.
  • Safari Quad Biking Excursions – Adventure quad biking activities in the most magnificent and unique natural environment in the 4,500 hectare Yemeni Nature Reserve. More than a quad biking excursion as it includes a safari. During the ride it is possible to see deer, zebra, ostrich, African antelope and wild boar.
  • Swimming – At the northern beaches such as Trou aux Biches, shaded by casuarinas, Mont Choisy, a 2 km long narrow strip of white sand that winds northwards from there, and Péreybère, a small bay between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux.
  • Diving – When diving in Mauritius, you can explore coral reefs, multi-coloured marine life, 18th and 19th century shipwrecks or some more recently sunken ships that form beautiful artificial reefs. There are numerous dive sites scattered all over the island, as well as some near the offshore island of Rodrigues. One of the most famous and popular dive sites in Mauritius is Cathedral, located off Flic en Flac on the west coast of Mauritius. Other dive sites in Mauritius include Whale Rock and Roche Zozo, an underwater pinnacle, and the sunken crater at Ile Ronde. Mauritius is almost completely surrounded by coral reef, which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of colourful fish such as damselfish, trumpetfish, boxfish and clownfish, as well as the orange Mauritius dragonhead. Most dive sites are on the west coast around Flic-en-Flac or in the north, at Trou aux Biches or the Northern Islands. The best time to dive is from November to April with very good visibility underwater. The Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA) can provide more information.
  • Watch dolphins – up close in their natural habitat off the west coast (Tamarin) of the island.
  • Speedboat trips are available from Trou d’eau Douce to the popular island playground of Ile aux Cerfs for beaches, golf and water sports. During quieter days, a catamaran can also take you to the Northern Islands, Gabriel Island, Flat Island and Gunners Quoin.
  • Hiking and Trekking – In Mauritius, a breathtaking landscape of mountains, rivers and forests. Discover this magnificent natural paradise by hiking through the fields, zip-lining or trekking on a bike. Mauritius is a volcanic island and has several stunning peaks and valleys that you can explore on foot. You can visit the Black River Gorges National Park, a 6,794-hectare forest, to see native plants, birds and wildlife. While the Black River Peak Trail leads to the highest mountain in Mauritius, the Maccabee Trail begins nearby and continues down the gorge to the Black River.
  • Tandem Skydiving – Experience a skydive at 10,000 feet in Mauritius. Spectacular scenic flights combined with amazing tandem skydiving. Skydiving tandem is a type of skydiving where the students of skydiving are attached to a tandem skydiving instructor via a safety harness. The instructor guides the student through the entire jump, from exit to freefall, parachute control and landing. The student needs minimal instruction before making a tandem jump.
  • Horse Racing – The Horse Racing Club of Mauritius, also known as Champ de Mars, was established in 1812 which makes it the oldest horse racing club of the Southern Hemisphere. Horse racing is the most popular sport in Mauritius and attracts about 30,000 visitors every race day. The horse racing season usually starts in April and ends at the end of November. There is an average of 9 and a maximum of 12 horses per race. On average, about 60 horses take part in each race day. It is highly recommended to experience the electrifying atmosphere of horse racing in Mauritius. For those interested, it is also possible to get VIP treatment in one of the VIP suites while enjoying snacks and drinks and an unobstructed view of the race from your private balcony
  • Parasailing – If you are looking for a more exciting sea and air activity, you should try parasailing. It will give you a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the stunning lagoon and beaches. Parasailing begins with a short safety briefing. Then you will be taken by boat to the launch gondola where you will take off and start parasailing. The sails follow the course of the ship, so no steering is required.
  • Water Skiing – Water skiing is one of the most popular water sports in Mauritius. You can enjoy water skiing on several of the coasts of Mauritius or in some of the lakes. The best area for water skiing is considered to be the northern area of the island, along the coasts, where the lagoon provides full protection from the large waves of the open sea and offers ideal water skiing conditions of very calm seas
  • Dolphin watching – Go on a speedboat trip and watch dolphins in the open sea. You can choose from 2-hour, half-day and full-day trips where you can watch the bottlenose and spinner dolphins that have made the west coast of Mauritius a place where they rest before heading into the deep sea to fish.
  • Lion & Cheetah Walk – Experience a one-to-one encounter with lions and cheetahs. Watch the lions up close, see them playing and hopping on the rocks of the riverbank and climbing the trees. The participants have a rare opportunity to interact with the lions as they roam freely among them.
  • Blue Safari Submarine – See the wonderful tropical underwater fish without even getting your feet wet. Go underwater aboard a real submarine to a depth of 35m. Visitors can explore the shipwreck, and the rich coral reefs, and observe and encounter a variety of fish species. Each submarine is equipped with air-conditioning and features see-through cabins, giving you an extraordinary panoramic view of the underwater world.
  • Underwater Scooter Adventure – Control your own underwater scooter, or as a pair, at a depth of 3-4m. Sitting comfortably one behind the other, you breathe freely and naturally in a transparent and panoramic dome that allows you to enjoy the view of the reef and marine life. You will be briefed on how to operate the underwater scooter beforehand and will be required to wear a diving suit.
  • Sea kayaking – It’s a great way to explore the green beauty of the lagoon and the open waters of the Indian Ocean. It is possible to find a wide range of sea kayak tours and packages, from breezy, quieter routes to a multi-day trip around the island in the deep ocean waters. It is also possible to take a kayak tour to one of the small islands surrounding the main island, such as Ile D’Ambre.
  • Rock Climbing – Rock climbing on the southwest coast of Mauritius. Experience rock climbing near the famous Albion Lighthouse in the beautiful setting of Belle Vue Cliffs, lined with the caves of “La Pointe aux Caves”. It is a great outdoor sport to learn basic knot tying techniques, safe climbing and rock progression from Mauritius’ top professional guides.
  • Canyoning – For those seeking more adrenaline and thrills, canyoning is abseiling down the steep walls of canyons using natural watercourses and canyoning equipment. Canyoning is offered in a few places in Mauritius. Canyoning ( aka canyoneering) of Mauritius is composed of navigating through canyons with the use of various techniques which can include walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling and swimming.
  • Rodrigues Island – It is a small volcanic island located 550 km (340 miles) northeast of Mauritius and is known as the “Anti-Stress Island”. The capital, Port Mathurin, is only seven roads wide and inhabited by a Creole population. Rodrigues offers opportunities for hiking, scuba diving, kite surfing and deep sea fishing.
  • Tamarind Falls – Tamarind Falls is a lovely tourist attraction located in the southwestern part of Mauritius. These falls are circuitous to reach, but no doubt worth the effort. The Tamarind Falls in the inner part of the island are an incredible string of about 7 waterfalls, surrounded by green mountains and hidden behind a sugar cane field. Bring something to swim in as there are numerous pools to dip into below some of the falls. There are a few places where you have to get a little dirty, but it’s well worth it. We advise first-time visitors not to go without a guide. This is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Mauritius and one of the best places for nature and animal lovers and to find exotic plants and birds.
  • La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes – A wide variety of animals, reptiles, and plants live here. The park is situated in a stunning rainforest valley, with natural freshwater springs full of shrimp and fish. It is commonly referred to as “The Crocodile Park” because of its thousands of Nile crocodiles. It is the only place in the world where Aldabra turtles are bred. It also includes a mini-zoo of Mauritanian fauna, where visitors will be able to find most Mauritanian mammals and reptiles, which include skinks, felsma (geckos), turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, pigs, and domestic animals such as goats, fat-tailed sheep, and donkeys. In the park shop you will find crocodile belts and other crocodile merchandise.