Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It's famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons and reefs. It boasts the scenic Black River Gorges National Park, with waterfalls, rainforests, hiking trails and fascinating wildlife. It's a paradise for travelers as it offers sand, surf, and sun under one roof. The beaches, forts, monuments, islands, shopping hubs, and parks keep tourists engaged. Its vibrant underwater life makes scuba diving and snorkeling very memorable.
The Natural History Museum, situated next to the Jardin de la Compagnie in Port Louis, is a great place to discover the history and wildlife of Mauritius. The Photography Museum, located at Vieux Conseil Street in Port Louis, traces the history of photography in Mauritius. Other prominent museums in Mauritius are Blue Penny Museum, Bank of Mauritius, and Postal Museum.
Chamarel is home to the seven colored Earths, a unique geological formation. Once you reach here, the unparalleled beauty of this multicoloured sand will surely leave you stunned. Located off the coast of Le Morne, the underwater waterfall is a memorable natural marvel. Sand and silt on the ocean floor runoff in a way creating an illusion of them pouring down a waterfall. Helicopter, boat and plane rides are provided to offer the best views of this marvel. Le Pouce Mountain is a popular hike for the panoramic views of Port Louis city, Moka, Plain Wilhelms, as well as the nearby northern islands including Round Island, Snake Island and Flat Island. Peaking at 812m, it is the third highest mountain in Mauritius. Another popular adventure-sport is climbing the Le More Mountain in the western region. Black River Gorges National Park, located in Henrietta Village, beautifies the southwestern part of Mauritius with its scenic biodiversity. Animals like rusa deer, privets and wild pigs can be spotted here. The park is also home to many beautiful trekking trails. There are several scenic hiking trails from the central south region which end in this park. Macchabée or Mare aux Joncs and Pétrin are the most famous ones. The village also houses the magnificent Seven Cascades, also known as Tamarind Falls. Situated at a height of nearly 290 meters, this is the highest waterfall in Mauritius. Canoeing and hiking are very popular in this region. Rochester Falls, located on the border of Souillac is also one of the popular tourist sites in Mauritius. Made up of unique angular basaltic columns, diving from the top of the waterfall feels very adventurous. You can indulge in hiking, bird watching, swimming, cliff jumping, and canoeing. Casela Nature Park is home to a myriad species of flora and fauna, as well as beautiful natural panoramas. Segway rides in the Zebra farm is a popular activity. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, located near Port Louis, exhibits the colorful scenery of local flora and fauna. It houses a few rare species of animals, birds, and plants including Talipot Palm, Java deers and giant tortoises. Pont Bon Dieu and Bras d'Eau National Park are natural places of interest in the eastern region.
Belle Mare, located in the eastern region, boasts stunning landscapes and pristine white beaches. It's home to luxurious resorts that offer world-class amenities. Arts 28, Grand River South East, Belle Mare Plage Beach, and Le Waterpark are prime attractions of this private island. You can try various adrenaline-fuelled water activities, such as scuba diving, swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling, boat riding, speed boating, and catamaran cruising. Rodrigues Island offers a scenic recreational time. Mont Limon is a prime attraction of this place. You can enjoy coastal walks, zip lining, hiking, and fishing. Île aux Aigrettes, located off the south-east coast of Mauritius, is a beautiful islet which functions as a nature reserve. You can see different animals and plants endemic to Mauritius.
Jummah Masjid, located in Port Blair, is a magnificent building constructed at the end of the 19th century. Its serene ambience and structural beauty will steal your heart away. Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is a beautiful red roofed Catholic Church in Cap Malheureux. With a turquoise blue water backdrop, this landmark is a stunning sight to behold. The gorgeous interior is embellished with the statue of Mother Mary and Christ.
You can make the most out of your trip to Mauritius in 7 to 8 days. Starting in Port Louis, spend a day exploring the markets, historical sites and the amazing Chinatown. Take a day trip to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Garden and Casela Nature Park exploring some native flora and fauna. Spend a day or two more in the northern region to explore Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches. Spend a day in Ile aux Cerfs enjoying different water sports. Take a day to explore the seven coloured Earths and Ile aux Aigrettes or Mahebourg. Spend a day in Curepipe exploring its famous sites. Spend a day exploring the Black River Gorges National Park and the scenic beaches of Flic en Flac or Le Morne. End your trip at the serene Rodrigues Island for a day or two enjoying its tranquil ambience and beautiful vistas.