Mauritius is an island of surprises. Many visitors have little idea of the huge array of things to do in Mauritius. Mix the rich culture, history and natural beauty that’s on your doorstep with an ever-increasing choice of activities and Mauritius becomes a great choice for anyone wanting to combine a luxury beach holiday with a little exploration that doesn’t demand too much.
Here’s a round up of some of our favourite things to do in Mauritius
Exhilaration adventure sports
Being on holiday is a great time to try something new and Mauritius has become a bit of an adrenalin sport hotspot. Take your pick from kitesurfing, deep sea fishing, kayaking or scuba diving. And if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, the scuba-doo sub scooters are a novel way to explore the ocean bed.
Mauritius has established itself on the international golf circuit with a number of championships held annually. These include the MCB Tour Championship, the finale of the senior European Tour, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage every December. Golf fans or newcomers to the game can play on the same course, a spectacular 18 hole championship golf course before ending the day at the exquisite Deer Hunter restaurant set alongside the course.
Take a helicopter tour
Air Mauritius runs helicopter tours either as part of an exhilarating way to transfer from the airport to your hotel, or as a sightseeing tour. The interior of the island is mountainous and the views from a helicopter are not to be missed.
Taste local Mauritian food
The trend for street food is huge in Mauritius, with many local delicacies on offer at local markets including Flacq near to Constance Le Prince Maurice or at the market in Port Louis. Keep your eye out for Gateaux piment and Dhal Puri. While at Constance, the local Mauritian flavours feature prominently on the menu at the Deer Hunter (Belle Mare Plage) and L’Archipel (Le Prince Maurice).
Explore Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
Part of the cultural legacy of the island is the plant species to be found here. Pamplemousses is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. There are 85 global species of palm here, and the stunning amazonica waterlilies that abound in the pond.
Hike into Black River Gorges
The spectacular interior of the island is dominated by Black River Gorges. If you’re a challenge-seeker the hiking trails offer a great opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the island while looking for protected endangered species such as the bright green echo parakeet to be seen near Alexandra Falls. If you’d like to explore but are after something a little more leisurely, you can organise a day trip from our Constance hotels including guided walks or bike rides.
There are many historical sites to visit for an easy enjoyable day trip. The red roof church at Cap Malhereux nearby to the lovely northern fishing village of Grand Baie is a must-visit on many people’s list when in Mauritius. Other highlights include the plantation houses of Eureka and Labourdonnais. The beautiful setting for the Hindu temple of Ganga Talao is also very popular.
Mauritius is a well-established destination for spa breaks, with hotels offering treatments using local ingredients including the Uspa by Constance. This is particularly popular out of season or during the hottest times of day when the sun is at its strongest in December/January.
No visit to Mauritius would be complete without a visit to the horse races. Established in 1812, the Champ de Mars Racecourse was inaugurated by the Mauritius Turf Club and hosts regular races every Saturday. Located in Port Louis it’s busy, loud and fun.
Dine at the island’s only floating restaurant
Perched over the still lagoon at Constance Le Prince Maurice is the romantic floating restaurant Le Barchois. Serving spice-infused seafood and other local delicacies, this is a must-book for visitors at the hotel. Accessed along a gangway lit by tiny fairy lights, watch out for the friendly resident shark that swims alongside the restaurant edge.
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