21 Mar Top things to do in Mauritius
Mark Twain described Mauritius perfectly: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. Mauritius is a holiday destination that offers traveller’s everything making your stay a remarkable breakaway. From soaking up the sun on lazy days, high adrenaline and action filled days to busy and colourful marine life. A luxury spot for celebrities, the island is full of surprising things to do, to see and invites you to explore it again and again.
Lounge on beautiful beaches with your mocktail
It is impossible to not take a dip in the turquoise sea and lie on the white silky sand. Beaches are everywhere across Mauritius: “Belle Mare beach”, “La Cuvette” beach, the rugged beaches of the south especially “Le Morne”, “Flic-en-Flac” and so on. The country boosts some of the exquisitely gorgeous beaches in the world. The beaches of the north are mainly white and fine sand, the beaches in the east changes colour and texture – the sea changes from tranquil lagoon to Roaring Ocean. The south beaches, “Rivière des Galets” – this beach consists of pebbles and at “Gris Gris” the sea is rough and is dangerous to swim.
Taste local food
Indulge in some amazing Mauritian cuisine. It is spicy, colourful and varied. The rich mix of ethnicities: Creole, African, Chinese, French and Indian brings a unique taste bud. Adding to it are the tropical fruits, exotic vegetables and fresh seafood. You have a cuisine which is hard to resist. The famous “Alouda” is a sweet milky beverage flavoured with ice cream and vanilla, the best Alouda is found at Port-louis in the food market, the capital. Savour street food, they are famous and low-cost. You will find stalls at every street corner selling Dhal puri, a well-known street food. It is accompanied by “grois pois” (butter beans), “rougail, chutney” and pickles. Without forgetting the “gajak” that is, Mauritian snacks are usually deep fried: chana puri, samosa, gateau bringel (eggplant fritters) and so on.
Pursue the pilgrim route “Grand Bassin”
A natural crater and holy lake for the Hindus on the island, Grand Bassin is a sacred Hindu site lying in the Savanne district at the centre of Mauritius. It is believed that the water of the lake is equivalent to the Holy Ganges in India. Every year, on the pious occasion of Maha Shivratree, all devotees fetch the holy water on foot carrying religious carts (Kawals) the whole way. They return their home and pour the sacred water on the “Shiva Linga” of their village or town temple. There is an exquisite and towering statue of Lord Shiva 33m (108ft) high at the entrance, one of the world’s grand statue.
Try unique water sports
Mauritius enjoys expansive coastline, as a result you can lavish a variety of water sports and numerous activities such as snorkelling, canoeing, kayaking, deep-sea diving, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, and scuba diving. There are diving centres across the Mauritian coasts. Dive in the pristine waters, the underwater is clearly visible, the warm sea and bountiful sea life make Mauritius one of the world’s top diving destination. Be prepared to experience some unique moments with an undersea walk. The crystal clear water of the lagoons and along the coral reefs with marine life will seduce and persuade you to stay in the water for hours.
There is much more to learn, see and experience on this idyllic island. An array of activities is at your service: hiking, horse riding, quad biking are wonderful ways to discover and explore the island’s impressive scenery. Enter a safari style compound at “Casela Park”, go big-cat interactions, camel ride, canyoning, and Zip lining, have a guide’s safari adventure. Tour a traditional Mauritian rum distillery and sample the product. Have a day out at “Île aux Cerfs” at the east-coast of Mauritius with an all-inclusive tour. Go on a catamaran excursion to “Ilot Gabriel”, cruise at “Bénitier Island”, have a full day trip to the wonderful “Île des deux Cocos” southeast coast of Mauritius.
Being a popular destination, Mauritius is a high class destination offering top-notch services. The island has tons of mesmerizing views and historic sites. There is so much to experience. You will fall in love once you visit it and will holiday here again and again.