When it comes to adventurous holidays or romantic getaways, Mauritius is the perfect destination. And for Indian tourists, Mauritius offers a visa on arrival, making it easier for them to plan a trip to this island nation. With plenty of beautiful places and enthralling experiences on offer in Mauritius, a planned itinerary of Mauritius tour packages will help tourists make the most of the island paradise.
So, read on to know what the ultimate itinerary for your upcoming Mauritius tour should be.
About Mauritius: Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean located off the South-East coast of Africa. Mauritius is well known for its beautiful beaches, lagoons and coral reefs. Mauritius is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa and is a high-income nation. English and French are widely spoken in a country known for its multiculturalism. It’s a safe country to visit all around the year.
The ultimate 7-day Mauritius itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive and unwind
You will arrive in Mauritius at the Ramgoolam International Airport on day one of your dream vacation. Instead of jumping right into what the country has to offer, unwind after your flight. You can head towards your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day there. If you are feeling up to it, explore nearby beaches and taste the local cuisine. But turn in early and get ready for your adventure the next day.
Day 2: Hike, swim and be adventurous
Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, is a must-visit. You can trek to Le Pouce from Port Louis. Le Pouce is the third highest mountain in Mauritius and is named so because of its thumb-like shape. As you hike to the top of the mountain, you can see a view of the entire island. The climb is not very difficult and can be done at your own pace.
If you like water and animals, swimming with dolphins is a must-try activity when visiting Mauritius. You can head to the South-West coast of the main island for one such guided tour. You can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat and watch the mesmerising underwater world as you swim. It can be a therapeutic and relaxing activity. Other water activities like snorkelling and deep-water diving can also be tried here. In the evening, you can also take a sunset cruise.
Day 3: Explore Port Louis and the North
The bustling town of Port Louis, on the north side of the island, offers its share of attractions. You can visit the central market which has been existing for centuries. The market is colourful, has colonial influences, and is perfect for a day full of shopping. You must try the “Allouda” which is a famous cold drink made of milk, basil seeds and ice cream while you are here.
The penny museum, Chinatown, Port Louis race track and Kaylasson Temple are a few other places to see in the capital city.
There are attractions like the Citadelle de Port-Louis, Grand Bay village, L’Aventure du Sucre Sugar Museum, Le Caudan and the Aapravasi Ghat on the north side of the island. You can enjoy your trip with guides who will share all the stories and history of Mauritius.
Day 4: Experience the mesmerising beauty of Mauritius
On day 4, visit the Heritage Nature Reserve, a 1,300-hectare nature reserve run by a local heritage group. You can explore the reserve on a quad bike. You will find sugarcane fields, natural pools and waterfalls on the reserve. And if you’re lucky, you might see endemic bird species such as Mauritius Black Bulbul, Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Kestrel.
Then visit the Ganga Talao, also known as Grand Basin. It is a crater lake situated in the region of Savanne, a secluded mountain region. The lake is in the heart of the country and is about 1800 ft deep. The lake is surrounded by Hindu temples and is a place of religious importance. The place lights up during Shivratri as people walk to the lake barefoot.
You can end your day by eating a traditional Creole meal at Eureka — one of the best places to try local Mauritian cuisine.
Day 5: Explore Rodrigues and Mascarene islands
Head over to the autonomous islands on the east of the main island. There are plenty of options for kayaking, kite-surfing, hiking and skydiving here. You can scuba dive to see the beautiful coral reefs or hike to the central Mont Limon. The François Leguat Tortoise and Cave Reserve is a must-visit too.
Day 6: Enjoy the best of the South and South-East Mauritius
The southern region of Mauritius is a hidden gem. It is a well-preserved region and is full of cliffs. The south coast has had its trysts with history too. A lot of explorers have landed here in the past.
You can enjoy the beaches and soak in the beautiful sunsets. You can also visit Le Souffleur, a 30m geyser or go snorkelling at Blue Bay marine park. The Cavendish bridge, the longest bridge on the island, is a highlight.
Gris Gris public beach is a beautiful beach where you can sunbathe and enjoy a traditional meal at one of the restaurants. Rochester falls are a must-visit in the south. It is a lovely waterfall made up of unique angular basaltic columns. You can dive from the top of the waterfall or bathe in the falls.
Day 7: Shop for souvenirs and collect memorabilia
You can reserve this day for any shopping or local sightseeing near your hotel/resort. You can try local cuisine and restaurants near your hotel and head back to the airport with beautiful memories from the trip.
Q: What is the currency used in Mauritius?
Ans: The currency widely used in Mauritius is the Mauritian rupee. Though credit cards are accepted in hotels and restaurants, it is advisable to stock up on the local currency. There are ATMs that dispense the Mauritian rupee.
Q: When is the best time to visit Mauritius?
Ans: The months from May to December are ideal for visiting Mauritius. The weather will be dry and sunny, and the temperatures will be modest. But Mauritius can be visited throughout the year. However, from January to March, there is a likelihood of cyclones.
Q: What languages are spoken in Mauritius?
Ans: English, Creole and French are spoken throughout the country.
Q: Is there public transport in Mauritius?
Ans: Yes, you can take buses to travel around Mauritius. But you can also rent a car and travel at your leisure and visit places.
Q: Is Mauritius crime-free?
Ans: Crimes against tourists are virtually unheard of in Mauritius. However, it is always safe to be cautious with your belongings.