Checking out Mauritius: what to do on Paradise Island

Expansive coastlines, soft sandy beaches and glistening aquamarine waters, luxurious villas, it is no wonder that Mauritius has earned the title “Island Eden” for itself. Mark Twain once said it, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” So while you are on this paradise island, make sure to spend time exploring everything Mauritius has to offer. Not knowing where to start? Check out our recommendation below!

Spend leisurely time by the beach

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Images of the pristine blue conjured up every time someone mentions Mauritius. There are several gorgeous beaches on this island, including Belle Mare Beach, La Cuvette beach and Le Morne. Grab a book and your favourite drink, you are all set for a peaceful time by the water, listening to the sound of rolling waves.

Explore Vallée de Ferney

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Located in the Southeast of the island, Vallée de Ferney is an important and fascinating wildlife reserve in Mauritius. The 400-year-old forest is home to the Mauritius kestrel, one of the world’s most endangered raptors. You will be able to see a wide variety of fauna and flora species. More than just a beautiful hike and unforgettable moments, a trip to Vallée de Ferney is a chance to contribute to environment preservation in Mauritius.

Be fascinated by the Coloured Earth of Chamarel

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Southwest of the island hides Chamarel, a village in Rivière Noire District. Through the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals, the colours of the earth appear in red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. This is a natural phenomenon that gains popularity for this Mauritian village. You will also be able to find a children playground and some giant tortoises walking around the area.

Learn about rum production

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While you are in Chamarel, be sure to check out Rhumerie De Chamarel and learn a thing a two about rum production. The exotic island boasts a long history of rum production and a number of rum producers who have mastered the art. Rhumerie De Chamarel is located amidst rugged Mauritian nature. A visit does not only enrich your knowledge about rum but is also a great way to wind down and enjoy lush scenery.

Swim with dolphins

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If you dreamed of being able to see these aquatic mammals in real life when you were young, now is the time to make that dream come true. Go on an excursion to Black River, where you will learn about dolphins, their natural habitat, swimming procedures and safety measures. After that, you can head to the water and enjoy the time with the friendly creatures, an experience of a lifetime.