Mauritius, with its stunning sandy beaches and tropical weather, is an excellent destination for lazing on a sun lounger and just catching a few rays. But, in between all this relaxing, you can explore many of the activities this island offers, making your holiday even more memorable.
1. SCUBA DIVING IN BLUE BAY MARINE PARK
Blue Bay is one of the most popular places to see in Mauritius. Beautiful sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters will make a great place to spend the day. The park is located in the southeast part of the island, near the airport and other hotels. It is the ideal place for snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and sailing, with the option to do any water sport you like.
The bay is home to over 50 different species of coral, with rare species making an appearance in this unique network of reefs. Expect fish to make an appearance in your underwater adventure and be ready with your underwater cameras.
2. VISIT PORT LOUIS
Port Louis is the capital and largest city on the island. The hustle and bustle in the city make it a must-visit attraction. Take a trip to the central market – there are great spots for taking photos – as well as the bizarre. With so many activities and places to spend time in, you’re likely to need a full day (or more) to explore it.
The market or bazaar is home to local traders selling locally grown vegetables, exotic foods, local products and spices, arts, crafts and souvenirs. Try book a full-day guided tour to see as much as possible of this city. Don’t forget to visit the BLUE PENNY MUSEUM and all the STREET ART all over the city
3. SPEND A DAY AT CASELA WILDLIFE PARK
Casela Wildlife Park is home to more than 140 bird species from all five continents as well as tortoises, deer, fish ponds, lions, tigers and monkeys and many more. The wildlife park is a must-see attraction for the entire family.
4. CHECK OUT THE MARKET FLACQ IN FLACQ VILLAGE
Flacq is located in the eastern side of the country and has become one of the most famous villages of the area. It is a meeting place for many of the locals as well as home to The Market Flacq, which is the largest open-air market in the country. This colourful market is a real photo-worthy place to visit.
5. BASK IN CHAMAREL’S STUNNING LANDSCAPE
Chamarel showcases an undulating landscape of the various and contrasting shades of colour. There are greens, blues, yellows and reds that are thought to be the result of the erosion from volcanic ash.
After spending the afternoon sightseeing in this area, you will want to stop by Chamarel Village and taste some of the local cuisines while watching the sunset over Le Morne Mountain and the southern part of the island over the Indian Ocean.