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Kite surfing

At Le Morne, the southwest part of Mauritius, kite surfers find a constant wind, blowing quite strong. You can park your (rental) car close to the sea, so you don’t have to carry your gear very far. Le Morne is a pretty crowded place though, due to its popularity. There are several good surfing spots, like the lagoon with knee deep water. It is fairly calm water with a little bit of coral, making this the perfect spot for beginners. You’ll meet bigger waves at ‘Little Reef’, ‘Chameau’, ‘Manawa’ and ‘One Eye’. Places to go kitesurfing at the east coast are Belle Mare and at the south coast Bel Ombre and Riambel.

Windsurfing

The southwest coast of Mauritius has the best waves and wind to enjoy some serious windsurfing. Especially between April and August. The best known surf spots on the island are ‘One Eye’, ‘Chameau’, ‘Little Reef’ and ‘Manawa’. ‘Manawa’ is not as fast as the other spots, but has the better waves. ‘One Eye’ is fast and spectacular, but also a bit dangerous. The reef is only 15 to 50 centimetres deep and can wound you pretty severe. At most spots you can park your (rental) car pretty close to the sea.

Beaches

White, tropical beaches slowly descend in the bright blue Indian Ocean. It’s the perfect background for your honeymoon pictures. Or just for a night of romance. The north and west coast of the island have the most popular beaches. Grand Baie is the best known and busiest seaside resort, with a lot of luxury accommodations. Pereybere and Trou aux Biches are favourite places on the north shore, Flic-en-Flac and Tamarin on the west coast. Beaches on the west coast are generally more suitable for families.

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Mauritius is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. White sandy beaches, blue lagoons, amazing nature inland and a rich cultural history. The island has lots of luxury accommodations, secluded bays for a romantic honeymoon and all facilities for an active (water sport) holiday.

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Time zone
In summer +2, in winter +3
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
Recommended
High season
December - January
Currency
Mauritian rupee (MUR)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Mauritius is well-known for:

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Lots of activities
  • Luxury accommodations

Keep in mind:

  • Due to the tropical climate there can be a lot of rain
  • On Mauritius you drive on the left side of the road

Alternatives nearby

Pura Ulun Danu next to Lake Beratan
Bali →
Valletta Malta
Malta →

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Kitesurfing Mauritius
Kite surfing

At Le Morne, the southwest part of Mauritius, kite surfers find a constant wind, blowing quite strong. You can park your (rental) car close to the sea, so you don’t have to carry your gear very far. Le Morne is a pretty crowded place though, due to its popularity. There are several good surfing spots, like the lagoon with knee deep water. It is fairly calm water with a little bit of coral, making this the perfect spot for beginners. You’ll meet bigger waves at ‘Little Reef’, ‘Chameau’, ‘Manawa’ and ‘One Eye’. Places to go kitesurfing at the east coast are Belle Mare and at the south coast Bel Ombre and Riambel.

Windsurfing at Mauritius
Windsurfing

The southwest coast of Mauritius has the best waves and wind to enjoy some serious windsurfing. Especially between April and August. The best known surf spots on the island are ‘One Eye’, ‘Chameau’, ‘Little Reef’ and ‘Manawa’. ‘Manawa’ is not as fast as the other spots, but has the better waves. ‘One Eye’ is fast and spectacular, but also a bit dangerous. The reef is only 15 to 50 centimetres deep and can wound you pretty severe. At most spots you can park your (rental) car pretty close to the sea.

Beach Mauritius
Beaches

White, tropical beaches slowly descend in the bright blue Indian Ocean. It’s the perfect background for your honeymoon pictures. Or just for a night of romance. The north and west coast of the island have the most popular beaches. Grand Baie is the best known and busiest seaside resort, with a lot of luxury accommodations. Pereybere and Trou aux Biches are favourite places on the north shore, Flic-en-Flac and Tamarin on the west coast. Beaches on the west coast are generally more suitable for families.

Romantic sunset
Romance

Stretched, white sandy beaches are the most idyllic background to your honeymoon, or just for a romantic get together. Luxury all-inclusive resorts with their own wellness facilities complete this picture. Along the coast you will find several secluded beaches where you can simply enjoy each other, without being disturbed.

Underwater world Mauritius
Underwater nature

Mauritius has a total of 200 different sorts of coral, including the famous black coral. Thanks to the reef, the sea around the island is filled with lots of beautiful animals. Of course there are sea turtles and many tropical fishes, but also eel, squid, sea lobster and sharks are found in these waters. Most of the time you can even spot whales or dolphins. Mauritius is a volcanic island with a lot of caves, even under water. There are hundreds of ship wrecks at the bottom of the ocean, some even date back to the time of pirates. Serpent Rank, at Flic-en-Flac, is a must see. There is so much to see, like morays up to 3 metres long! Or scorpion and lion fishes and the rock fish hiding on the rocks.

Sailing near Mauritius
Water sports

The wind constantly blowing and the nice warm sea make Mauritius is a perfect place for wind- and kitesurfing and sailing. Due to the coral reef, the surf is fairly quiet, therefor it’s not a good place to surf. Grand Baie is the maritime centre for sailors, kite- and windsurfers usually go to Cap Malheureux, Ansela Raie and Tamarin. Another popular water sport is deep sea fishing. Or you can always take a boat trip to one of the northern islands.

Divers at Mauritius
Diving

Dive in the clear blue ocean off the coast of Mauritius and you’ll be amazed about the colourful reefs and tropical fishes you see. The northern part of the island has the best opportunities. Dive at Gunner’s Coin and at 25 metres deep you will almost always see the big parrot fish. Diving at Whale Rock can bring you eye to eye with hammerhead sharks. Holt’s Rocks is an underwater rock formation. If you want to see the underwater world, without diving, try one of the submarines. They offer you a clear and unique view on the underwater nature.

Nature Mauritius
Nature

Nature on Mauritius contains subtropical plants and trees, mighty volcano craters and waving sugarcane fields. The central highland reaches up to 600 metres. The mountains stand out because of their amazing appearance. Deep ravines with truly spectacular waterfalls break through the tropical forest. At Black River Gorges National Park fruit bats live as the only surviving domestic mammals. Other animals, like monkeys and wild boars, were brought to the island over the years. Tropical birds and different sorts of reptiles are also domestic animals. Chamarel will enchant you with all the rich colours of its earth. Do visit one of the famous rum producers! And don’t forget the salt pans at Tamarin.

Typical church on Mauritius
Local culture

Over the years, people from Africa, India, China and Europe managed to create a multicultural society on Mauritius. The island now is a cultural melting pot. Even today, people from different cultures and religions live together peacefully. All of them brought their own traditions and spices, making daily life colourful and tasteful. The Sega-dance, originally a slave dance, became the national dance. The rhythmic, lively music and expressive lyrics make it the dance of freedom and ‘joie de vivre’. Mauritius is also known for its cane sugar production. There are 17 different sorts of cane sugar produced on the island. “Made in Mauritius” is a quality mark on their cane sugar.

Fishing on Mauritius
Recreative

Mauritius has several hiking and biking trails which offer you the opportunity to explore the island. Or you can discover the island with a rental car. Renting a car is not expensive, but you will have to drive on the left side of the road. When you go hiking or biking you can enjoy more of the beautiful nature. Some trails are not as good as others and sometimes signs fail. Best is to ask about the trails condition before you set off. Seeing nature at a higher level can be done at the treetop path at Île aux Cerfs. A horse racecourse is probably not what you expect to see on Mauritius. Champs de Mars in Port Louis is the oldest racetrack of the southern hemisphere and attracts lots of visitors. Mauritius also has some very nice golf courses. Another way to pass time and enjoy nature.

Hindu temple Mauritius
Sights

Anywhere on Mauritius you can find authentic villages, Hindu temples, Chinese pagodas, Western churches and Eastern mosques. Every culture left its own sights on the island. At Cap Malheureux you really have to visit the church with the red roof. Triolet Shivala has the biggest Hindu temple of the island. Ganga Taloo is a true pilgrimage site to Mauritian Hindus. Every year they come to this volcanic lake to pray. Euréka is a Creole settlement. In Vieux Grand Port you can see remains of the oldest Dutch fort on the island. Pamplemousses is a beautiful historical place where you can buy nice souvenirs at the Comptoir des Mascareigns.

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