Mauritius

Crystal lagoons, palm fringed beaches and an interior opening up to visitors

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
  • Golf  
  • 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 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 ski-ing, wind surfing, kite surfing, surfing, SUP boarding, sailing, diving, snorkelling, wake boarding – you name it, Mauritius has it.  Most of the beach hotels have boathouses with watersports included in your stay (with some supplements, depending on resort).  

Golf in Mauritius

With over ten 18 hole championships 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.  

  • Flying time: 12 hours
  • Time difference: + 4 hours
  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round except January and February
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Ideas for a trip to Mauritius

Here are some ideas for trips to Mauritius all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch.

Active Mauritius - interior and beach

from £2600 per person
Spend six days exploring Mauritius' beautiful interior staying on the fringes of the Black River Gorges National Park where some of the best walking can be found. You will stay in a boutique hotel with great facilities and food. You will be able to walk on trails directly from the hotel or walk (with or without a guide) the many trails which thread through the national park. You will then transfer to a luxurious hotel on the quieter south coast of Mauritius for four nights. We can find the right hotel to suit you - whether it be a hotel with a championship golf course or a quieter more boutique option. Either way, you will have access to many fantastic watersports from your hotel.

Madagascar & Mauritius

from £3195 per person
For a relaxed beach holiday with a twist, you cannot beat this trip which combines lemur spotting in a beautiful rainforest in Madagascar with a beach break on the tropical island of Mauritius. In Madagascar, you stay in a remote lodge near the wildlife hotspot of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This lush, verdant rainforest is home to numerous species of lemur, chameleon and bird and you will enjoy exploring a number of exciting trails with an English speaking private guide. In Mauritius, you will stay at a boutique hotel, where you can spend your days relaxing at the beach or by the pool. Excellent facilities mean you can enjoy a wide variety of sporting activities, as well as spa treatments and fantastic cuisine in the restaurant. The nearby Black River Gorges National Park is lovely destination for some day walks if you tire of the myriad of watersports on offer at the hotel.

Reunion & Mauritius combined

from £2499 pp per week
The ruggedly beautiful mountain scenery of La Reunion and the golden sand beaches of Mauritius are two dream destinations that can easily be combined to make a twin-centre Indian Ocean holiday. The flight between the two islands is just 45 minutes, making the transfer a relaxed affair. We provide you with a hire car as the roads are well-maintained, the scenery breathtaking and you can explore at your own pace. You stay in stylish boutique hotels on a B&B basis and thereare hikes to suit all levels. A trip to the volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, is a must. Mauritius by contrast is all about the beach and you will stay in a hotel with just about every conceivable water sport on offer (many of which are included in the price) as well as horse riding at the on-site equestrian centre, golf and big game fishing. This is an ideal itinerary for those looking for a wide range of activities with the freedom to plan your own time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions that haven't been answered here? Send your questions to enquiries@shearwatertravel.co.uk and we'll try our best to help.

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.  

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