Northern Tourist Zone
- Grand Bay. It was the first area on the island to fully experience the tourist boom. Grand Bay is a shopping and leisure paradise and is also where Mauritians go when they want to have a fun night out (restaurants, bars and discos). The newly renovated La Cuvette beach is definitely a must see.
- Pereybere. Pereybere’s beautiful public beach is popular for its shopping, restaurants and pubs.
- Balaclava Ruins. Just a few metres from the Baie aux Tortues, named by 17th century sailors after the many turtles in the area, are the ruins of the ancient estate of Balaclava. Visitors can see the sea walls, the first foundations of which were laid by Mahé de Labourdonnais. The archaeological site is nowadays part of the Maritim Hotel and access for the wider public may be restricted.
- Triolet Shivala. In Triolet, the longest village on the island, you can visit Maheswar Nath, the largest Hindu temple, built in 1819 to worship Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Muruga, Lord Brahma and Lord Ganesha.
- Labourdonnais Orchards – Discover a great variety of tropical fruit trees as well as colourful and fragrant exotic flowers. Excursions by mountain bike or on foot are possible.
- Caudan Waterfront. The Caudan Waterfront and its surrounding area has a wide selection of local souvenir shops and other foreign branded items such as clothing, spirits Besides the Mauritius Harbour, you will also find the cinema, amusement arcades, local restaurants
- Blue Penny Museum. A modern museum which is dedicated to Mauritius’ history and the well-known legends of Paul and Virginia. The museum is also the owner of the two most famous stamps in the world: the Post Office Blue Two Pence and the Post Office Red One Penny. Both stamps are on display at the museum, but they are only lit for 10 minutes on the half hour, first at 10:30am and last at 4:30pm. The museum is open Monday to Tuesday from 10:00 to 16:30, closed on Sundays and public holidays.
- “Bazar” of Port-Louis (Central Market). The name literally translated as “Market of Port Louis”, is where you can find a wide range of local snacks as well as tropical fruits. These are the cheapest foods you will find in the capital. Many shops sell handicraft items such as the “Goni” basket. You will also find many stalls selling pirated TV shows, movies and games: they are cheap but of varying quality. As in all busy areas, be aware of your surroundings and carry your belongings with you. Food sold on the street can have health problems, but problems are rare.
- SSR Botanical Garden. If you want to see some plants native to Mauritius, this is the place to be. SSR is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. Founded in 1770 by Pierre Poivre (1719 – 1786), it contains some plants unique to Mauritius and covers an area of about 37 hectares. It also houses some animals, being particularly known for its fish, deer and turtles, as well as an old replica of a sugar mill.
- Restaurants – Don’t hesitate to seek out the various local restaurants in the city. Although many of them advertise a particular ethnic cuisine, they have their own mix of traditional and local, just like anywhere else in the world. You may discover that “fried rice” can have more than one flavour.
- Flacq. One of the most important villages in Mauritius. This meeting place for the inhabitants of the East has the largest open-air market in the country. This very colourful market is a magnet for many people.
- Ile aux Cerfs. A paradise for water sports enthusiasts and has one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. This tiny island perched delicately on the ocean, a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape, is not to be missed. Price-conscious visitors are well advised to take plenty of food and drink with them, as the only bar and restaurant on the island cater primarily to well-heeled tourists. Boats depart regularly from the village of Trou-d’Eau Douce to the east (itself home to some of the island’s best seafood restaurants). There are a variety of vessels serving the route, including catamarans, yachts and “pirate ships”. Some meals ( predominately barbecue, particularly seafood) which are included in the price are served on board, and there is a tendency to take a diversion to the Grand River South East Falls. The island also offers a 5-star hotel (Le Touessrok) as well as a golf course.
- Beaches- The eastern part of the island is known for its long sandy beaches and famous hotels such as “The Coco Beach Hotel” and the 5-star “Le Touessrok”.
- Dutch ruins. At Vieux Grand Port, which is the oldest settlement in Mauritius, visitors can see the remains of the very first Dutch fortifications. Excavation work is underway to uncover an important part of Mauritian history.
- Ile aux Aigrettes. Thanks to the remarkable work of the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. Some of the rarest birds in the world, including the kestrel, can be seen there.
- Mahebourg. The most significant fishing town on the island. The village, situated in the magnificent bay of Grand Port, was established in 1804 by Charles Decaen, the French governor. Monday market is the biggest market on the island and is located next to the main bus station.
- Domaine du Chasseur, +230 634-5011, Fax: +230 634-5261. Situated on the hills of Anse-Jonchet, the Domaine des Grands Bois covers 900 hectares of magnificent hunting grounds. Deer, monkeys and wild boar live amidst the lush vegetation of the hill. One can observe some endangered bird species, including the kestrel. The domaine consists of four thatched bungalows and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the sea. Take the opportunity to enjoy a meal of game meat. The view is great and worth the visit, but the food can be described as average at best. The venison is very chewy. From the car park there is a steep path up the hill to the restaurant. The restaurant offers a 4wd taxi service, which is free if you eat one of their overpriced meals, but if you just want a cup of tea or a dessert, they charge 230 MUR per person for the 5-minute ride.
- Souillac. A small seaside resort on the rugged coast of the Savannah District. The garden overlooking the sea, named after Dr Charles Telfair, is remarkable. A popular lookout point at the southern end of the village, right on the cliff: Gris Gris.
- Blue Bay. The bluest water and the most amazing white sand beaches you will ever see…. Take the trip across the island from Port Louis and see what this quiet place has to offer. Very busy with locals at weekends. Try to go during the week. Glass bottom boats are an excellent place to visit. Part of Blue Bay has been designated as a Marine Park and the snorkelling trips by boat to this area, available for purchase at the main public beach, are worth a try.
- Tamarin beach. White sand and crystal clear water. Both beginners and experienced surfers come here to find some of the best waves on the island. There are also pods of dolphins in the bay and dramatic views of the Montage du Rempart, an extinct volcano. It was voted Beach of the Week by luxury online travel magazine Beach Tomato on 29 November.
- Flic en Flac. A local fishing village that has become a popular destination for tourists and expats. Flic en Flac has an exceptionally nice long white sand beach stretching along the west coast of Tamarin, where both locals and tourists can enjoy themselves. The main attraction is the outstanding diving, which is only a couple of minutes away from the beach. There is a reasonable supermarket and a variety of accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets.
- Martello Towers, La Preneuse, Black River. They represent a milestone of the island’s history, symbolising the end of slavery and beginning of Indian immigration.
- Chamarel. A winding road leads from the village of Case Noyale to the coloured earths of Chamarel: a hilly landscape with different and contrasting hues. The various tonal shades of green, blue, red and yellow appear to be the consequence of volcanic ash erosion. The neighbouring waterfalls of Chamarel spring from the bogs and native flora. The place has a rare beauty. An adventure park was also recently opened in Chamarel. Much of the sand was acquired by the locals as a souvenir. It is now segregated, but not as impressive.
- Salt pans. Tamarin is the heart of salt production in Mauritius due to the exceptionally high levels of sunshine the district receives.
- Casela, +230 452-2828. Located in the Rivière Noire district, the Casela Nature and Leisure Park covers 25 hectares. It is home to more than 140 species of birds from five continents and many other animals, including giant tortoises, zebras, a tiger and ostriches. Activities include lion walks, rando fun (ziplines & suspension bridges), quad, buggy & segway and a petting farm.
- Yemen. The Yemen Reserve may not be the largest game reserve on the island, but there is still plenty to see. You will be able to get close to herds of deer and admire some magnificent species of Mauritian fauna. There are some rustic kiosks in the reserve that offer an unobstructed view of the sea. There you can sip a local punch while watching the sunset.
- Beaches – The west coast has some of the best and longest white sand beaches on the island. These include Trou aux Biches, winner of the World’s Best Beach at the 2011 World Travel Awards, and Le Morne Beach, which is used by a number of 5-star resorts, including the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club (winner of the 2012 World Travel Award “Mauritius Leading Golf Resort”), the all-suite Dinarobin Golf & Spa and the Lux* Le Morne. There is also a dedicated public beach between Dinarobin and Lux* Le Morne, although it must be said that all beaches in Mauritius are public.
- Cultural landscape Le Morne. A peninsula and mountain of the same name in the southwest of Mauritius. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Black River Gorges. This 6,574-hectare national park was established in 1994 to protect the remaining native forests of Mauritius. It is home to endemic plant species, rare bird species and magnificent scenery. A trail leads from the information centre in Pétrin to an area of typical flora and a nature reserve.
- Eureka, +230 326-4775, Fax: +230 326-9732. The Eureka is an old Creole residence built in 1830. It is an essential place to visit during your stay in Mauritius if you want to immerse yourself in tropical sweetness. Includes a tour of the colonial house with the opportunity to buy overpriced textile products, as well as a tour of the gardens and a visit to the waterfalls below.
- Ganga Talao – Grand Bassin. Behind La Marie and Mare-aux-Vacoas is one of Mauritius’ two natural lakes. It sits on an extinct volcano crater. Ganga Talao is an important pilgrimage site and many Mauritians of Hindu faith walk there during the Maha Shivaratri festival, the nightly fast in honour of Shiva. Giant eels live in the lake and are fed by the pilgrims. A walk to the top of the mountain next to the lake is recommended for a beautiful view over the area known as the “Plaine Champagne”.
L’AventureduSucre, +230 243 06 60. Daily 09:00-18:00. Interactive exhibition in the heart of an old sugar mill. Discover the history of Mauritius and the adventure of sugar cane on 5,000 m². Souvenirs, tasting of special unrefined sugars as well as local rum.