If you are planning a trip to Mauritius, you probably already know that it is famed for its beaches and water sports, but it is also known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, all of which adds up to a wealth of eco-attractions for visitors to enjoy sustainably.
The natural landscape of Mauritius offers ample opportunities for biking, hiking, and mountain climbing in the verdant hills and forests. You do not want to miss the opportunity to witness the majesty of the Morne Brabant mountain on the South-West tip of the island, or take in the breathtaking views of the waterfalls after trekking through the Black River National Park with a chance to observe the endemic flora and fauna like the endangered Mauritius kestrel, the pink pigeon and the echo parakeet.
You could also visit a nature reserve like the one on Aigrettes Island, off the South-east Coast, where you could come across native species such as the the Telfair’s Skink as well as the Aldabra giant tortoises. There are so many spectacular viewpoints of natural beauty that you will struggle to fit them all in, from Rochester Falls in the south, and the Chamarel seven coloured earth sand dunes and waterfall in the south-west, to the Ferney Valley in the south-east where you can take a kestrel feeding tour, or the Tamarind Falls in the south-west. At various attractions in the south, and south-west you can try canyoning, zip lines and Nepalese bridges.
Of course Mauritius offers a wealth of water sports, and nature lovers will no doubt want to seize the opportunity to try diving or snorkelling to witness some of the world’s most awe inspiring coral reefs and marine life. The island is almost completely encircled by a barrier coral reef that is home to sea anemones, sponges, and a variety of multi-coloured fish including Damselfish, Boxfish, and the popular Clown Fish, which offer a magnificent display for divers. Mauritius also offers nature lovers the opportunity to swim with Dolphins off the West Coast, and for Whale watching, with Sperm Whales observable all year round, and Humpback Whales spotted from July to November.
Mauritius also has a rich cultural history, and visitors can discover more about the island’s people and its past by visiting one of the many museums, such as Aapravasi Ghat, which is also the historical landing site of indentured labourers. You can also visit a tea estate on the ‘tea route’, such as Bois Cheri or Saint Aubin, or an old sugar estate like the Domaine de Labourdonnais. As you are out and about don’t miss the opportunity to get to know some of the locals, you will always find someone willing to have a chat!
We recommend that you choose a local tour operator that will help you enjoy the attractions and participate in activities sustainably, without disturbing the environment and wildlife.