Top 10 Things to do in Mauritius

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Beyond its pristine beaches, Mauritius holds a treasure trove of surprises for every visitor. Many arrive unaware of the vibrant tapestry woven from rich culture, fascinating history, and breathtaking natural beauty that awaits them. 

From the bustling markets and colonial architecture to lush rainforests and volcanic landscapes, Mauritius offers an unforgettable blend of relaxation and exploration.  

Whether you’re seeking a luxurious beach escape or a taste of adventure, this island paradise caters to all desires, allowing you to discover hidden gems without venturing far from your doorstep. 

Intrigued? We’ve curated a list of our top 10 things to do to help you unlock the magic of Mauritius. 

1. Practice adventure sports

Adventure honeymoons

Mauritius is now a paradise for thrill-seekers. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a first-timer, the island boasts a diverse range of heart-pounding activities. 

Classic water sports

Experience the thrill of kitesurfing, riding the wind across the waves. For a more tranquil option, explore the beautiful coastline through kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. 

Deep-sea adventure

Head out on a deep-sea fishing expedition and test your skills against some of the most magnificent creatures of the ocean. Imagine reeling in a marlin, tuna, or even a sailfish – an unforgettable experience for any angler. 

Dive into the underwater world

Discover the vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life of Mauritius with scuba diving. Explore shipwrecks, encounter colourful fish, and witness the wonders hidden beneath the waves.  

No prior experience? No problem, we propose offer beginner-friendly courses and dives. 

The extraordinary Scuba-Doo

For something truly unique, try the Scuba-Doo sub scooters. These innovative underwater vehicles allow you to explore the ocean floor in a comfortable and controlled environment.  

No diving experience is necessary, making it accessible to everyone. Glide through the crystal-clear waters and witness the underwater world from a new perspective. 

2. Play golf at scenic Mauritian Championship golf courses

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.

Play like a champion

The island beckons both golf fans or newcomers to experience the thrill of playing on the same spectacular 18hole championship golf course that hosts elite tournaments. 

Cap Off Your Day in Style

After a challenging yet rewarding round on the course, head to the exquisite Deer Hunter restaurant situated right alongside Constance Belle Mare Plage’s championship course 

This elegant dining destination seamlessly blends exceptional culinary experiences with the thrill of world-class golf, creating the perfect finale to your day in this tropical golfing experience. 

3. Take a helicopter tour and explore Mauritius from above

Air Mauritius offers captivating helicopter tours, providing both a thrilling means of transferring from the airport to your hotel and an enchanting sightseeing experience.  

The island’s mountainous interior reveals breath-taking views that are truly unmissable from the vantage point of a helicopter.  

Whether opting for a convenient transfer or an aerial exploration, these helicopter tours promise a unique and mesmerising perspective of Mauritius, showcasing its diverse landscapes and natural beauty. 

4. Taste local Mauritian food

Markets in Mauritius: Port Louis Market

Markets in Mauritius: Port Louis Market

Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures, reflected not only in its diverse population but also in its vibrant culinary scene. From the lively street food stalls to the elegant fine dining establishments, your taste buds are in for a treat. 

Experience Mauritius’ Street Food Scene

Mauritius boasts a thriving street food culture, offering a vibrant and delicious way to delve into local flavours. Explore the bustling markets, like those near Constance Le Prince Maurice in Flacq or Port Louis, and discover an array of tempting treats. 

Be sure to try Gateaux Piment; they’re savoury deep-fried fritters, made with lentils, chilies, and spices. Also, don´t miss Dholl Puri, a thin pancake, filled with a flavourful blend of spiced lentils, which is a popular and satisfying snack. 

Fine Dining with a Local Twist

While in Mauritius, don’t miss the opportunity to savour the island’s unique culinary creations at Constance Hotels.  

Their restaurants, like The Deer Hunter at Belle Mare Plage and L’Archipel at Le Prince Maurice, proudly showcase local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques.  

You’ll find exquisite dishes that blend Mauritian flavours with international flair, offering a truly unforgettable dining experience. 

5. Explore the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens

Mauritiusspecial environment is also reflected in its unique flora. The island is home of breath-taking sights and a wide variety of plant species, some of which hold significant historical and cultural value. 

A Legacy Rooted in Nature

Delve into the fascinating history of Mauritius at the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.  

Established in the 18th century, this sprawling sanctuary houses a remarkable collection of over 500 plant species, many brought from various corners of the globe. 

A Paradise for Plant Enthusiasts

Pamplemousses offers a haven for plant enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Witness the impressive collection of 85 global palm species, each boasting unique characteristics and contributing to the garden’s diverse ecosystem. 

Marvel at the Amazonica Water Lilies

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the garden’s giant water lily pond, home to the magnificent Amazonica water lilies.  

These awe-inspiring aquatic plants, boasting enormous leaves that can reach up to 3 meters (10 feet) in diameter, are a true natural wonder. 

6. Hike into the Black River Gorges

Discover the hidden gems of Mauritius on your jungle hike

The island’s interior is a landscape of breathtaking beauty, dominated by the Black River Gorges National Park.  

Lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks paint a picture of unspoiled nature, offering a paradise for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike looking for a unique hiking experience. 

Hiking Trails for Every Level

For the intrepid explorer, the Black River Gorges boasts an extensive network of hiking trails.  Lace up your boots and embark on a thrilling journey through the heart of the island.   

Traverse diverse terrains, from lush valleys to challenging climbs, all while surrounded by the island’s unique flora and fauna. 

Spotting Endemic Wonders

Keep your eyes peeled for the park’s incredible wildlife.  Look out for the vibrant green echo parakeet flitting amongst the trees or listen for the calls of other endangered species that call the Black River Gorges home.   

Witnessing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience you won’t forget. 

Explore at Your Pace

If you’d prefer a more relaxed exploration, Constance Hotels offer a variety of day trip options to cater to all interests. 

Choose from guided walks led by knowledgeable naturalists who will share their insights on the park’s rich ecosystem.  

For a scenic adventure, opt for a leisurely bike ride along designated trails, taking in the breathtaking views at your own pace. 

7. Do some historical sightseeing

Mauritiusfascinating past is evident in its diverse architecture and landmarks.  For those seeking a relaxed and enriching day trip, the island offers a wealth of historical sites waiting to be discovered. 

A Touch of Romance at Cap Malheureux

Take a stroll along the scenic coastline and witness the iconic red-roofed Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice church at Cap Malheureux .   

This charming landmark, nestled near the vibrant fishing village of Grand Baie, offers a glimpse into Mauritius’ French colonial heritage and breathtaking ocean views. 

A Window into the Past at Plantation Houses

Immerse yourself in the island’s colonial history at the beautifully preserved plantation houses of Eureka and Labourdonnais.   

Explore the grand homes and lush gardens, gaining insights into the lives of early settlers and the role plantations played in shaping Mauritius’ economy. 

Spiritual Serenity at Ganga Talao

Discover the peaceful Ganga Talao, a revered Hindu temple complex nestled amidst stunning scenery.   

This sacred site, surrounded by a crater lake, is a vibrant centre of pilgrimage and cultural significance.   

Marvel at the ornate statues and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere. 

8. Enjoy wellbeing experiences

Specialised golf massages

Mauritius has rightfully earned its reputation as the perfect holiday destination for spa enthusiasts. The island offers a world-class spa experience, perfect for unwinding and rejuvenating during your vacation. 

Spas with a Local Touch

At Constance Hotels our renowned Uspa by Constance, incorporates local ingredients and traditional wellness practices into the spa treatments.   

These treatments often use indigenous plants, spices, and essential oils, offering a unique and authentic Mauritian experience. 

A Seasonal Escape

Mauritius’ spa offerings are particularly appealing during the hotter months of December and January, or during the shoulder seasons, when the sun might be more intense.   

A rejuvenating spa treatment is a perfect way to escape the heat and refresh your mind and body. 

9. Watch a horse race

No Mauritius vacation is complete without experiencing the electrifying atmosphere of the Champ de Mars Racecourse. 

Steeped in history and tradition, this legendary racecourse offers a unique glimpse into Mauritian heritage and provides an unforgettable day out for all ages. 

A Legacy of Racing

Established by the Mauritius Turf Club in 1812, the Champ de Mars is the oldest racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest in the world.  

Witness firsthand the rich legacy of horse racing that continues to thrive on the island. 

Weekly Thrills

Catch the excitement of regular races held every Saturday throughout the year.  

Soak up the vibrant energy, cheering crowds, and the thundering hooves of these magnificent creatures as they compete neck-and-neck. 

A Port Louis Landmark

Located in the heart of Port Louis, the Champ de Mars is easily accessible and conveniently situated amidst the city’s vibrant atmosphere. 

The Champ de Mars offers more than just a thrilling race. It’s a window into Mauritian culture, where locals and visitors come together to celebrate their shared passion for horse racing. 

10. Dine at the island’s only floating restaurant

Floating Restaurant

Perched above the crystal-clear lagoon at Constance Le Prince Maurice lies Le Barachois, a floating restaurant renowned for its romantic ambience and exquisite cuisine.  

This must-visit destination for hotel guests offers an unforgettable dining experience unlike any other. 

A Culinary Journey

Embark on a culinary adventure as Le Barachois tantalises your taste buds with an array of delectable dishes.   

Savour the island’s rich culinary heritage through expertly prepared seafood infused with aromatic spices and other local delicacies.  

Each dish is a celebration of fresh, seasonal ingredients, showcasing the island’s unique flavours. 

A Setting to Enchant

The magic of Le Barachois extends beyond its exceptional cuisine.   

Imagine stepping onto a charmingly lit gangway adorned with twinkling fairy lights, leading you to your table nestled above the tranquil lagoon.   

As you dine, be enchanted by the breath-taking views of the surrounding scenery, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. 

A Special Guest

Keep your eyes peeled for a friendly resident – a reef shark that often graces the waters around the restaurant.   

This gentle creature adds a touch of wonder and excitement to your dining experience, making it truly unique. 

As you can see, Mauritius offers a diverse range of experiences, from thrilling adventures to cultural immersion and luxurious relaxation.  

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, a connection with nature, or simply a chance to unwind amidst stunning scenery, this island paradise has something for everyone.  

Which of these top 10 things to do in Mauritius appeal to you the most for your future holiday? 

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