Sightseeing In The Paradise That Is Mauritius
Mauritius is a holidaymaker's paradise. It is about so much more than sea and sand because this diverse geographical location has many hidden secrets. Tourists can discover all of these secrets during their Mauritius luxury holidays by knowing where to look. Of course, it is always wise to seek out some sort of guided tour so nothing is missed out, but it's always tempting to head out on a personal trip. Talk to both the tour operator and the hotel to find out the best way to see the sights and experience the flavour of the country.
In the meantime, here are some of the Mauritius's most famous sites that simply cannot be missed.
Mauritius Botanical Garden
Also known as the SSR Botanical Garden and the Pamplemonsses Garden, this is one of the most popular locations for a visit. Near Port Louis, this garden holds the honour of being the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. It includes palms and spices from all over the Indian Ocean, Central America, and Asia. Be alone with your thoughts as you walk through the famous rows of giant water lilies. Covering a total of 37 hectares, this Pierre Poivre-built garden is the perfect place to take a picture whilst on a trip to the capital Port Louis.
Black River Gorges National Park
This park encompasses 6,574 hectares of the country’s rarest vegetation on the south-west of the island. It is a popular place for sightseeing tours as visitors can walk among the greenery. Reach the Black River Peak and look out from one of the highest points on the island. There are two information centres and over 60 kilometres worth of trails snaking their way across the park.
The park is under the protection of the government and restricts urbanisation to defend some of the island's rarest birds and animals. Coloured birds like the pink pigeon and the Mauritius kestrel are just some of the creatures found here and nowhere else in the world. It's also home to many exotic plants native to the Mauritius, which makes this a must-see on any trip.
This Creole house from the 1830s harkens back to the country’s storied colonial history. It is a secluded paradise as the Moka Range and Moka River waterfalls surround it. It is one of the largest houses in the country with 109 separate windows and doors. It was opened as a public museum in 1986. Visit this attraction and sample some authentic music and art from Mauritius.
The museum itself is split into sectors such as art, music, Indian house wares, Chinese house wares, and even a shower from the colonial era!
Chamarel Park's 7-Coloured Earth and Falls
The seven-coloured earth is a reason why people constantly visit this country. Chamarel is a regular location for guided sightseeing tours. It is a geological curiosity and undoubtedly arises because of the island's volcanic past. These clay dunes come in seven different colours, which are found nowhere else in the world. Come to the clay dunes and see colours of violet, green, red, purple, yellow, and blue all in one place.
There is also the Chamarel Falls in the centre of the surrounding vegetation. It is amongst Mauritius's most famous images as three streams suddenly join, before shooting off the land and free falling into a gorge some 100 metres below.
Île aux Cerfs Island
In English, this is known as Deer Island. Sitting just off the east coast, it is easy to reach from many of the most popular resorts. It is always worth visiting as its beaches are spectacular. With a tropical lagoon harbouring shallow azure waters, there is a myriad of things to try whilst here; swimming and snorkelling in the lagoon are always worthwhile options.
Mahebourg is a small fishing village in the Grand Port Bay area. It looks small and unspectacular, but get in for a closer look and it is actually one of the biggest marketplaces on the island. Local craftspeople gather every Monday to sell their authentic wears. Find clothes, cultural dress, jewellery, and work from local artists all in one small village.
It is easy to get to as it boasts a major bus station with regular transport links with the rest of the island. There is also the Mahebourg waterfront area, which is a great place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of local Mauritian life.
Mauritius luxury holidays offer so much in terms of sightseeing. Do not make a mistake and get caught out by the Mauritian climate or any of the local rules and regulations. Here are just a few sightseeing tips to make any trip that much more memorable:
• Consider using public transport to save on costs. Driving in this country is expensive due to high import taxes on cars and parts. The country also runs entirely on unleaded petrol, which is only slightly cheaper than European prices.
• The Mauritian sunshine catches thousands of tourists out each year. Visitors are shocked as to how strong it is. Even on cloudy days it can lead to sunburn. Take some strong sunscreen on any sightseeing trip, just to be on the safe side.
• Take note of the local language. Officially, it is English, but the majority of people speak a language called Creole. This is a language based on French. Be respectful of local minority groups as they may only speak languages like Chinese and Hindi.