Travel Mauritius: 10 Must-See Places in Mauritius | AIB
If you are looking for paradise in life … Mauritius is quite similar. Palm trees, warm blue waters, and white sands are just some of the things that will be waiting for you as soon as you land in this beautiful place. You can swim in the waters of the Indian Ocean or stroll along the seashore enjoying its beautiful landscapes, which include coconut trees, mountains and hundreds of flowers.
The stay in Mauritius is not just beach and sea life, while life is more than related to the sea, during the days you spend here you can enjoy its main attractions:
1. Troux Aux Cerfs
It is the largest crater on the island. The volcano that originated this giant hole (covered by vegetation) has been dormant for centuries. Do not worry, because the predictions do not believe it wakes up a thousand years from now. With an oval shape, a diameter of 350 meters and a depth of 100 meters, Troux Aux Cerfs is a must-see stop in the center of Mauritius. Many people take advantage of sports on edge (be careful where you step).
2. The Land of the Seven Colors
The Land of the Seven Colors is one of the places to see in Mauritius to be able to say that you have been there, although in reality, when you visit other places of interest in Mauritius, you realize that it is one of the most lax.
The Land of the Seven Colors owes its fame and its name to the successive layers of volcanic ash that have accumulated over thousands of years and are still intact today. Visitors can walk on the catwalks provided for that purpose and, in passing, have the first contact with one of the most curious animals of Mauritius, giant tortoises, which take up to 40 years to reach maturity and can live between 200 and 300.
3. Le Morne Brabant
It is the most beautiful mountain on the island and typical postcard of the region. It was declared Cultural Heritage in 2008, is located to the southwest and has a height of 556 meters. It is a unique basaltic rock and was used by Maroon slaves as a refuge and hiding place during the 18th and 19th centuries. Nowadays you can make excursions to reach the top or the middle of the mountain. We advise you to hire a guide.
4. Island of the Deer
It is located east of Mauritius and is small in size. Famous for its wonderful beaches, it was named after the presence of deer in it. Water activities are the most chosen by those who travel this island (with the snorkel in the lead). You can have a drink or a quick snack at the beach shops and even buy souvenirs.
5. Grand Bassin
Another of the craters of the island but this one differs from the rest because it is covered with water and has become a very popular lake. It is a sacred site for the Hindu religion (a majority in the area) because it is said to be connected by the Ganges River, underground. There is a temple dedicated to Shiva and two statues more than 30 meters high.
6. National Reserve of Bel Ombre
Another place to see in Mauritius if you like nature is the National Reserve of Bel Ombre, you can go hiking, horseback riding, canoeing or ornithological visits, very interesting if you like birds because there are several endemic species, such as pink pigeons.
7. Port Louis
It is the capital and largest city of the island. It was founded in 1735 by French settlers. The majority of the inhabitants are Hindus, followed by Japanese. In Port Louis, you can visit the old port, the Blue Penny Museum, the central market, the company garden, Fort Adelaide and the buildings of Aapravasi Ghat.
In Mauritius, there is urban life beyond Port Louis, although never so intense. If you go through Curepipe, it is worthwhile for you to stop to recover your strength, as the old settlers from Mauritius did who moved by stagecoach. The city was built to provide services to these travelers and gets its name from the “pipes” that the gentlemen carried with the tobacco that they bought here. The Mauritians have nicknamed Curepipe as the ‘Light City’ because it was the first one in Mauritius that had electricity.
9. Black River Gorges National Park
It has an area of 6750 hectares and was declared a reserve in 1994. Inside it is the highest mountain in Mauritius, called Piton of Little Black River, 828 meters high. It has 60 km of trails and several routes between 300 and 1000 meters long. It is free, and you can go by free or with a guide.
10. Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is another place to see in Mauritius for a quiet stroll. Its beach is not closed, like many hotels in Mauritius, and it was considered one of the most popular in the country so that you can know the true reality of Mauritius.