Long visited for its beaches, visitors to Mauritius are now straying from the coast to visit the island’s rich cultural and geographical sights. Mauritius is a fantastic place to fly and flop. There are luxury, adults only, and family friendly hotels on the island. But if you are a more active traveller Mauritius has plenty to offer. Even more so when combined with nearby La Reunion, Rodrigues or South Africa which is a direct five hour flight away. Highlights of Mauritius include:
- Crystal lagoons and palm fringed beaches.
- Kite surfing off the south west coast.
- Watching wild dolphins in Tamarin Bay.
- Hiking to the top of Le Morne or through the Black River Gorges National Park.
- Botanical gardens.
- Big game fishing.
- Twin centres with La Reunion, Madagascar, Rodrigues and South Africa.
Walking in Mauritius
Walking in Mauritius is pretty low key compared to some other destinations and if all you want to do on holiday is walk, Mauritius may not be the right destination. But if you would like to pair some walking with time on the beach, it is a perfect place to do this. The main centre for walking on the island is in Black River Gorges National Park in the south west of the island although there are also walking opportunities in other parts of the island. There is a lovely boutique hotel on the fringes of the national park where lots of keen walkers choose to stay. Without compromising on comfort and style the hotel has fantastic food and provides easy access to the walking trails in the park. You can even walk from the door of the hotel itself. The trails are well marked so it is possible to do many routes without a guide although it is always possible to organise one. The trails include anything from short rambles to day hikes. It is also possible to climb the iconic Le Morne, a cuboid rock on a peninsula in the south. This has to be done with a licensed guide.
Watersports in Mauritius
With a mixture of calm lagoons, exposed reef breaks and long stretches of coastline, Mauritius is a watersports enthusiast’s dream. Kayaking, water skiing, wind surfing, kite surfing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, diving, snorkelling, wake boarding – you name it, Mauritius has got it. Most of the beach hotels have boat houses with watersports included in your stay (with some supplements, depending on resort).
Golf in Mauritius
With over ten 18-hole championship golf courses, Mauritius is a golfer’s idea of paradise. Some of the hotels have their own golf courses and many of them provide access to more than one course as part of your stay. Talk to us if you would like to play golf as part of your holiday.
Active Mauritius – interior and beach
Two weeks from £3590 per person
Madagascar & Mauritius
from £3255 per person
Reunion & Mauritius combined
from £2499 pp per week
On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days.
Ensure your vaccinations are up to date and consider Hep B and typhoid. Mauritius is malaria free but there are mosquitos so take repellent and always check for latest health updates here.
Mauritius is warm all year round but at its best and hottest from October through to December. During the UK summer holidays in July and August there are trade winds in Mauritius which bring the temperatures down to 23/24 degrees during the day so a cardigan or jumper may be needed in the evenings. We advise against travel in January and February due to cyclones.
Yes. Air Mauritius flies non-stop from Heathrow and British Airways from Gatwick.