Places to visit in Mauritius
Welcome back to Mauritius, the island that brought us so much more than the dumb Dodo; think beautiful beaches, warm blue seas, waterlilies you could sit on, cute retro buses (and equally kitsch bus stops), Macaques that nab your lunch and locals who love colour even more than me.
If you’re intrigued to holiday here, I can’t recommend staying in any Attitude Hotel enough but you can read all about my favourite – The Ravenala right here. Now that you’ve got yourself a bed for the night, and you’ve swotted up on all you can do in the capital of Port Louis, you’re ready to EXPLORE!
Here are my favourite things we got up to on the Island.
Gunners Coin and Waterfall boat trips
With Mauritius being a relatively small island, boat trips and beaches are practically a guaranteed part of the experience. Whether you’re a speed junkie or prefer the idea of slipping silently between the mangroves, there’s a trip for you. My Mauritius group and I were lucky enough to get a taste of them all.
First up, we sailed out to get a closer look at the famous Gunners Coin island and had the chance to jump in to the deep and get a gander at the wildlife beneath the waves. After a good paddle about, a plentiful barbeque was prepared by our captains on a griddle hooked over the side of the boat followed by banana pie – a local dessert of choice.
What I Wore on a boat in Mauritius:
Our second boat trip required a lot less lounging and more careful eye-peeling as we jetted out towards the Grand River South East waterfall. After whizzing by windsurfers and kitesurfers at a speed that had my hair blown at at a right angle the whole time, we finally wound up at the mouth of a small tributary. Slinking upstream, we sailed under bowing trees and hidden homes by the waterfront.
All of a sudden, “MACQUETES!” Our captain steered the boat underneath a stooping branch and two Macquetes scampered about above our heads. One leaned over to grab a passenger’s biscuit only to snap it and drop it over said passenger again. The waterfall itself was beautiful to see; both roaringly loud but also strangely peaceful. With birds of paradise flying overhead, you were easily reminded of how deep into nature you are here.
We set off once more, this time headed for Mauritius’s most well known satellite island, Île aux Cerfs located in the Trou d’Eau Douce. Whilst we didn’t get to stay long, the time we did get wallowing in the warm shallow waters of the lagoon showed us that it would be hella fun to hang out there all day. Warm, calm water, white sand and an adventure playgound in the treetops? Yes please!
Cap Malheureux Beaches
Experiencing Mauritian life authentically was the main focus of the trip so first thing on a Saturday, we went and did what the locals do – hanging out at Cap Malheureux beach.
As we pulled up into the pine tree carpark, the others in our group dashed off to the shore whereas my travel buddy Carrie and I spent most of our time taking photos of all the colourful food huts and those amazing colourful coaches we’d seen driving around the island. (FYI, all the buses here are private owned by their drivers so each one tends to have it’s own name and a series of technicolour designs airbrushed around them).
We barely saw any of the beach but that didn’t matter too much as off to another one we went. This time round towards Grand Baie where we swung on the vines of huge Bayan trees and watched locals playing dominos. It reminded me to slow down, take a deep breath and just enjoy the beautiful secluded scenery before us (something this blog post will tell you I don’t do well).
What I wore on the beach in Mauritius:
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens
I was very excited to see a botanical garden on our Mauritius itinerary and after a quick Instagram scroll, I knew exactly where I needed to head – to the giant waterlily pond! The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens is the oldest botanic garden in the Southern Hemisphere (1770) and is home to 85 species of palms, ebonies and spices, not to mention turtles (much to Carrie’s excitement) but possibly most famously its long rectangular pond with giant waterlilies growing.
The second we took our cameras out, the clouds saw our queue and plopped their fat rain all over us (this is a tropical island after all! After huddling for 20 minutes under a shelter that was most likely reserved for this exact purpose, we braved it out to get our snaps. I’d recommend saving yourself a couple of hours to get lost in the gardens, rain and photo-taking contingency is a must!
What I wore at the Botanic Gardens Mauritius:
Tempted to visit yourself? Be sure to take a look at all my Mauritius posts here.
A huge thank you again to Attitude Hotels for putting us up on our trip to Mauritius and creating such an inspiring, authentic itinerary. I’d highly recommend staying with them should you come to Mauritius yourself. Find out more about where to stay in Mauritius in my last post.