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Mauritius | Practical Guide to Organize Your Stay

With dreamy beaches, breathtaking landscapes, a vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, Mauritius holds the promise of unforgettable holidays. Get ready to be captivated by the beauty of a tropical paradise and to experience unforgettable moments under the Mauritian sun.

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Mauritius, in a few words

Mauritius is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, about 870 kilometers east of Madagascar and 170 kilometers from Reunion. It spans an area of 1865 km² and is 65 kilometers long and 45 kilometers wide.

Although it was formed by volcanic activity, there are no active volcanoes on the island. However, visitors can still explore extinct craters, such as the well-known Trou aux Cerfs. The highest point on the island is Piton de la Rivière Noire, which stands at 828 meters.

Mauritius Dodo

Mauritius is an amazing place with a diverse mix of people. To understand its cultural identity, let’s look at its history.

How to get to Mauritius?

If you are planning a trip to Mauritius, various airlines offer daily flights from Paris to the capital city, Port Louis. Getting return tickets for €1000 is possible if you book your flights early. The flight duration is approximately 11 to 12 hours (non-stop), with a time difference of 3 hours in winter and 2 hours in summer.

Arrival at Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU)
Arrival at Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU)

When to go to Mauritius?

Mauritius has a tropical climate with temperatures between 20°C to 27°C and is a pleasant destination all year round. It has two seasons – rainy and dry – which are reversed compared to the northern hemisphere.

  • The Austral summer, from November to April, is hot and humid, with average temperatures between 27°C and 33°C.
  • From May to October, the Austral winter is drier and windier, with average temperatures between 17°C and 25°C, making it a great time to visit.
Street Art in Tamarin, Mauritius

Where to stay in Mauritius?

While Mauritius is known for its luxurious seafront hotels, you can choose other accommodations such as villas, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, or glamping sites.

Choosing accommodation in the west or northwest of the island is recommended, sheltered from the east coast winds.

The north coast is the busiest and most touristy part of the island, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Mont Choisy Beach, the longest beach in Mauritius, stretches almost 3 kilometers from Trou aux Biches to Pointe aux Canonniers. It’s a great place to snorkel, as the coral reef is only 250 meters from the beach.

On the west side, Flic-en-Flac is the most popular village, with beautiful sandy beaches and stunning sunsets over the sea. Tamarin Bay is ideal for surfers, and you can also visit Black River and La Gaulette, a small fishing village.

Tamarin beach, view of the Rempart Mountain
Tamarin Beach, view of the Rempart Mountain

Explore the scenic beauty of Mauritius by heading towards the southwest, where you can find Le Morne, a small peninsula with pristine beaches, shallow waters, and luxurious hotels. The nearby reef makes it ideal for scuba diving and water activities like kitesurfing.

Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa
Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa
Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa
Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

The island’s south is perfect for nature lovers, with wilder beaches in the southeast (Mahebourg and Blue Bay) and southwest (Le Morne).

If you’re in the southeast, don’t miss the breathtaking view of Ile aux Deux Cocos from Blue Bay, a village close to Mahebourg. The turquoise waters, beach, and protected marine park area make Blue Bay perfect for scuba diving and glass bottom boat excursions.

On the east coast, visit Ile aux Cerfs from Trou d’Eau Douce or admire unforgettable sunrises at Belle Mare.

Tamarin Bay is a must-visit destination, offering numerous accommodation options on the beach and unforgettable sunsets.

Sunset in front of Tamarin
Sunset in front of Tamarin Bay

➜ In the north, the Zilwa Attitude near Grand Gaube is a hidden gem with 214 rooms on the lagoon’s edge.

View of the northern islands from the Zilwa Attitude
View of the northern islands from the Zilwa Attitude

The Zilwa Attitude Hotel group emphasizes using local products throughout their establishments, including the Zilwa Attitude Hotel. This includes incorporating Mauritian culture into the decor of the rooms and the cuisine served at any of the seven restaurants on the property. The hotel’s architectural style is inspired by traditional beach bungalows, which adds to its charming and detailed atmosphere.

Zilwa Attitude

The northern islands can be reached by boat from the Zilwa pontoon. Visitors can enjoy a fun Robinson Crusoe experience and a delicious barbecue on Gran Zil while kids can go on an exciting treasure hunt.

Zilwa Attitude

Don’t forget to try on a pair of Dodo Savate, the Mauritian flip-flops, upon arriving at Zilwa Attitude. Attitude Hotels have partnered with local artisans to continue manufacturing these famous flip-flops, a unique souvenir to bring back home.

Dodo savate

What to see, what to do in Mauritius?

Mauritius is not just about beautiful white sand beaches. It also offers tropical forests, mountain hikes, waterfalls, and family-friendly activities. Check out these 9 top activities to enjoy with your children in Mauritius.

The Seven-Coloured Earth in Chamarel

Chamarel, a charming village between Rivière Noire and Pointe du Morne in the southwest of the island, is famous for its Seven Coloured Earth, waterfall, adventure park, and rum distillery.

The Seven Coloured Earth geopark, which covers over 8.5 hectares of lush vegetation, is a must-see destination for Mauritius tourists. One must confess that beholding the enchanting rainbow-colored dunes is a magical experience.

Seven Coloured Earth, Chamarel
Seven Coloured Earth, Chamarel

The ascent of the Morne Brabant

It is often not recommended to climb the Morne Brabant with children. The ascent of Le Morne Brabant is nevertheless an utterly accessible hike that offers an exceptional panorama of the surroundings. The trek is divided into two sections: the first is a hike suitable for children, while the second is more challenging and intended for experienced hikers.

View of the lagoon from Le Morne
View of the lagoon from Le Morne Brabant

Say hello to the turtles at La Vanille Natural Park

The La Vanille Nature Park, established in 1985, is a zoological park spanning 3.5 hectares. It is situated in the southern part of the island, near Rivière-des-Anguilles. The park allows visitors to explore the unique flora and fauna of the three Mascarene Islands, with bamboo, palm trees, and banana trees providing a lush backdrop. Notably, the reserve houses the largest colony of captive turtles in the world, as well as 2000 Nile crocodiles that can be observed at various stages of growth.

On the back of a turtle in La Vanille Park

The Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges Natural Park was established in 1994 and is situated in the southwestern mountainous region of the island. Spanning over 6,500 hectares, it houses numerous indigenous species, such as giant bats, and is considered the lungs of Mauritius. The park offers a range of hiking trails covering 60 kilometers, with varying difficulty levels and lengths (ranging from 3 to 10 kilometers), catering to hikers of all abilities.

Panoramic view in the Black River Gorges
Panoramic view in the Black River Gorges

Casela Park

Located on the island’s west side, just three kilometers away from Flic-en-Flac, Casela Park is situated at the base of Rempart Mountain. Established in 1979, this park offers a unique blend of adventure and nature exploration. A visit to Casela Park promises a thrilling range of activities, including ziplining, quad biking, 4×4 safari, and lion walks – all in one place!

Giraffe in Casela Park

Spend the day in Mahebourg

In the southeast of Mauritius, Mahebourg, the former capital of Mauritius, boasts a charming atmosphere that reflects the island’s diverse history. Explore the waterfront market and try local delicacies like dal puri and chili cakes. The National History Museum offers insight into the island’s development. Relax on the pristine beach of Pointe d’Esny for stunning views of Ile aux Aigrettes.

Pointe d'Esny

Surfing in Tamarin Bay

Mauritius is a great place for surfers with its warm and pleasant weather throughout the year and numerous beaches. Tamarin Bay is the most popular spot in the region. At Tamarin Beach, the Rempart River flows into the bay, creating currents perfect for young children to slide down on a bodyboard. It’s a fun experience for all!

Surfing at Tamarin Bay

Spend a day on Ile des Deux Cocos

If you’re looking for a secluded getaway, Ile des Deux Cocos is a private island located southeast of the main island. You can enjoy a day of snorkeling in the nearby Blue Bay marine reserve and then head to the island for a barbecue buffet with your toes in the sand. It’s a truly enchanting experience.

Barbecue on Ile des Deux Cocos

Admire the sunset on a catamaran

There are plenty of options if you’re looking for boat expeditions in Mauritius. You can go dolphin watching, take a catamaran day trip to Ile aux Cerfs, visit Gabriel Island, and more.

We enjoyed playing Robinson Crusoe on Ile des Deux Cocos and later decided to take a sunset cruise from Rivière Noire on the island’s west coast. The cruise lasted 2.5 hours and took us along the coast to Tamarin Bay. It was a beautiful and relaxing experience on the water.

Catamaran à Tamarin
Dreaming of an escape to Mauritius?

Let us turn your dreams into a tailored journey. From itineraries to accommodations, we handle everything for an unforgettable experience that fits your expectations and budget.

Reach out to us today at  for your personalised quote.

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