Mauritius is famous for a lot of activities that you can do on this island nation. Given the plethora of options, it is not so easy to choose what you want to do from a list of options especially if you are a first-timer on this island. I am here to make your task easier.
I am going to list out all the activities that an amateur can consider doing it. These activities require no efforts and almost everyone can do the most of these activities.
1. Ziplining in Mauritius
Though Zip-lining is organized at many places in Mauritius but, Ziplining at Vallée des Couleurs, a nature park in the southern part of Mauritius, is said to be the longest zip line in the Indian Ocean of over 500m in length. It needs no previous experience. Beside Zip lining, you can also go for a small hike around. They also offer mini lunch with soft drinks for those who book this activity.
2. Hiking in Mauritius
Though there are not so many high hills around Mauritius still you can do a few hours of hiking for some of the most beautiful views of the country especially beaches and valleys. Out of many hiking options in Mauritius, three hikes which I would like to recommend are:
- Le Pouce Hiking
- Le Morne Brabant hike
- Black River Gorges Park
Le Morne Brabant hiking trail is often called as the majestic slave trail. At the foothills of the hill, there is a UNESCO world heritage site. It tells the sad story of the slaves who jumped from the hill into the sea to escape. That’s why it is called as the majestic slave trail.
From the top of this hiking trail, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the ocean and the bay area. Le Morne hike can be done easily in a half day. You can either start in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the weather.
While the Le Pouce hike is most famous for the amazing view of the valley and the mountains around. The Black River Gorges is the largest national park in Mauritius. Famous for its waterfalls, vistas, and hiking, the gorge is in the central highlands, making it cooler than much of the island.
3. Catamaran Cruises
Catamaran cruises are one of the most well-known activities to do in Mauritius. They are different variants of these such as private tours, sunset tours, island tours etc. I would recommend going for the island tours. One such trip starts from the Grand Bay to flat island or the Gabriel island. Such trips last entire day. Such trips usually include barbecue, snorkeling, music, fund and unlimited drinks including rum, beers etc and all.
It usually starts around 9 in the morning and finishes at 4 PM in the evening. On such trips, the catamaran stops at an island where you are served lunch before setting out to other spots. You can either relax on the beach, swim or do a sun-bathing.
Catamaran cruises reminded me of the island tours on the Koh Lanta island in Thailand. On such island tour, a boat is usually hired. It hops from one island to another. You can also go for snorkeling on such tours. Here is a complete Koh Lanta Travel Guide
4. Dolphin/ Whale watching
These kinds of activities usually last for around 3-4 hours in where you get a meal and speedboat is used for this kind of activities. The skipper of the speedboat also talks about the kind of whales or dolphins that you can expect to see. They also talk about the guidelines and security measures on the boat.
5. Safari tours
Although Mauritius has got not much of wildlife like that of Africa. However, you can still enjoy the wildlife safari in Casela national park which is the biggest national park in the Mauritius. In the Casela national park, you can see a variety of animals such as crocodiles, giant tortoises, rhinos, wild cats etc. You can even go close to a lion.
6. Car Trips
Car trips are also one of the most famous tours in Mauritius. Since Mauritius is almost 65 Kms from North to South and 45 Kms from East to the west, you can take an entire day trip to cover the different places of interests in Mauritius. These trips are also called as day trips.
These trips are divided based upon the different regions in Mauritius and areas that have to be covered. More about these day tours or trips can be found in the Mauritius traveling guide. These days trips usually cover the famous places like Chamarel, SSR botanical garden etc.
7. Ile Aux Cerfs island tour
Ile Aux Cerfs needs no introduction as far as most famous places to see in the Mauritius is concerned. This island tour activity is usually done by the speedboat. It is a whole day activity in where you go to the island by the speedboat.
The whole package usually consists of buffet lunch, visit GRSE waterfalls. The barbecue lunch is usually done on the Ilot Mangenie which comes before the Ile Aux Cerfs. There are serene lonely beaches on the island is where you can for tens of minutes, swim and relax in the sun.
There are a lot of snorkeling places in Mauritius such as Mont Choisy, Trou Aux Biches, Blue bay marine park etc. If you are staying in the mid-range hotel, the chances are there that the hotels would organize snorkeling trips as complimentary for their guests every morning depending on the weather.
In that context, if you are going to stay in Mauritius for around or more than a week then you can stay in two different places in such hotels and enjoy snorkeling. One of the best places to snorkel in Mauritius is the Blue Bay marine national park.
However, if you love snorkeling a lot, you should consider going to the Koh Tao island in the Thailand. Here is a complete Ko Tao Travel Guide. It is also called as the diver’s paradise.
Glass bottom boat tours are for those who cannot do swim and do snorkeling. These boats have glass bottoms through which you can see the marine life. Through these boats, you can still see a lot of corals and reefs.
10. Sea Bobbing
A sea bob is like you personal underwater scooter. You just put on the waterproof glasses and drive on the surface of the water or under the water until you can hold the breath.
11. Undersea walk
If Glass bottom boat still does not satisfy you then, it is the undersea walk which can quench your thirst for the sea life. There is a waterproof cover which covers your head and provides you air to breathe. You can wear glasses. In undersea walk, you walk on the surface floor of the sea for around 10-15 minutes. You feed the fish and walk around.
12. Underwater scooter adventure
If you want to go another step ahead of being a non-swimmer, you can go for the underwater scooter ride activities in Mauritius. It can accommodate two people with a panoramic glass dome for 360 degrees view. Before going inside, they instruct you about the safety measures and how to drive the underwater scooter.
The underwater scooter is very easy to pilot, with a steering wheel, two accelerator pedals and a single button to control the depth level. A diver also accompanies you inside the water for your safety and to also show you marine life. The underwater trip takes about 40 minutes, and the total duration of this activity is about 2 hours. You do this activity for around 35 minutes under 4-5 meters of water guided permanently by a diver.
13. Submarine underwater trip
If you still want to go another step ahead then the submarine underwater ride is for you. This is a wonderful experience for everyone visiting Mauritius. You will get to experience what you only dream about when going underwater and staring into the crystal clear Indian Ocean water and discovering the rich sea life deep underwater. The total duration of this activity is 2 hours, of which 40 – 50 minutes will be underwater. The submarine can accommodate 10 passengers and the pilot.
The parasailing begins with a short safety briefing. Then you will be taken by boat to the launch pod where you will later take off and start the parasailing. Most of the people who organize it are certified. East coast of Mauritius is famous for parasailing because of being windy.