The pace of life on Mauritius is laid back and relaxed and sometimes you’ll find the best way to spend the day is by lying back on your sun lounger with a good book. But if you fancy a change of scenery, the island offers plenty to keep you occupied. Our pick of things to do in Mauritius is to head to the capital of Port Louis for its quirky museums and bustling market, try the shopping and nightlife of Grand Baie or stroke a 100-year-old giant tortoise at La Vanille Nature Park.
Get a true taste of Mauritian life in the island’s capital on the north-west coast. Head to the Central Market to explore where the locals come for exotic fruit and vegetables, some of which you might never have seen before. Walk through the friendship gate into Chinatown and admire the Indian Tamil Temple. Head to Le Caudan Waterfront to watch the bustle of the port, eat in the many restaurants and shop for everything from craft souvenirs to the latest fashions. Climb up to Fort Adelaide for a great view over the city and stop by two of its most interesting museums. Find priceless rare postage stamps at the Blue Penny Museum and explore the exhibits at the Natural History Museum. It’s also worth visiting the Champ de Mars Racecourse to catch the excitement of a weekend horse race at one of the world’s oldest courses.
The most popular resort town on Mauritius has everything you could want for a great holiday. Find long beaches of clean white sand and a warm shallow sea, perfect for families to swim in safely. Eat at local fish restaurants which serve up delicious fresh catches of the day like king prawns, smoked marlin and calamari. You can shop until you drop in the town’s stores, selling those all-important souvenirs (you simply have to buy a dodo in some form), crafts, jewellery and clothes. Enjoy the lively nightlife in clubs like Buddha Bar. And if all this isn’t enough and you fancy getting away, Grand Baie’s natural harbour is the place to take boats on day trips, whether it’s deep sea fishing, dolphin and whale watching or sailing as far as northern islands like Gunners’ Quoin and Serpent Island.
3.La Vanille Nature Park
One of the top things to do in Mauritius, this attraction is where you can meet Domino, a giant tortoise who’s over 100 years old. The great thing about La Vanille is that you can get really close to Domino and his friends as they wander freely around the grounds. You can stroke and feed them, and kids can even briefly ride on their huge shells. Moving at a faster pace are the crocodiles: watch those impressive jaws snapping at feeding time. There’s a fossil museum and huge insect and butterfly collection, and kids will also love the interactive farm and pony rides.