What to Do around The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius
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Mauritius is more than just another gorgeous beach island. The mix of Indian, African, French, Chinese, and English heritage has given it an incredible creole vibe, influencing the culture and food in ways that will surprise and delight you.
They say Victoria amazonica, or giant water lilies, are robust enough to hold up a small child without sinking into the water. But while the specimens at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanical Park are more than large enough to tempt you to test that...
Eureka Lane, Montagne Ory, Moka, Mauritius
To go back in time and see how the Mauritian colonials lived, visit the so-called "House of 109 Doors." Maison Eureka preserves the past, with its impeccable collection of antique furniture and architecture. Yet no visit is complete with a stroll...
Tamarind Falls Reservoir, Mauritius
Tamarind Falls are a breathtaking series of waterfalls set among pristine, lush rain forest. It's quite a hike up the gorge to get there, but you're rewarded by sparkling cascades of water, clear pools, and a wealth of bird life. Named for the...
Cap Malheureux, Mauritius
Notre Dama Aurilliatrice Chapel marks a historic spot: This most northerly point of Mauritius is where the British first landed before laying claim to the island in 1810. Many come to the affectionately nicknamed "Red Roof Chapel" to check out the...
Grand Bassin, Mauritius
Grand Bassin, a large volcanic crater lake, is situated high in the hills near Black River Gorges. While the lake itself is a draw for nature lovers, this scenic spot is also home to Ganga Talao, the most sacred Hindu spot on the island. Take your...
Balaclava, Turtle Bay, Mauritius
Mauritius beaches boast miles and miles of pristine white sand and the most transparent water. It's the perfect place to walk—and search for sea creatures. Meander along the waterline when the tide runs low so you can find your own piece of...
B18 Pamplemousses MU 21001, B18, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Some might say that rum is Mauritius' lifeblood. But where does rum come from? Sugar. And sugar manufacturing is a huge part of Mauritian history and culture. Despite the somewhat cheesy name, L'Aventure du Sucre offers a lot more than just a...
Avid scuba divers have been making pilgrimages to Mauritius for years. And for good reason, too. The calm, clear waters near Trou-aux-Biches make it an idyllic spot to get wet. And more advanced divers can push their limits with the Cathedral, a...
Bois Cheri, Mauritius
Nearly 200 years ago, Scottish botanist Robert Fortune pulled off a huge feat of corporate espionage: He smuggled precious tea plants out of China for the East India Company. His transplantation of those plants to India—and then on to Mauritius—...
B103 - Plaine Champagne Road, Mauritius
It's easy enough to get lost in the scenic beauty of Black River Gorges. This hilly, wooded park boasts plenty of hiking trails—not to mention some gorgeous waterfalls. But while you are wandering, make sure to stop and look up at the trees once...
Coastal Road (Near Le Pascatore B36, Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius
I'm a scuba diver. Or rather, I once was—it's not easy to find the time or money to get wet once you have kids. And if you can manage to put together the required time and money, you then have to explain your absence—which can be even more...
Have you ever wondered what a lion's fur feels like? Is it soft and silky like your average house cat? Or is it made of rougher stuff? You can sate that particular curiosity at the Casela Nature and Leisure Park. The park's trained staff host...
Coastal Road, Pointe-aux-Piments, B38, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius
The kids want to spend all day at the beach or pool. You want to use Mauritius' impeccable weather to roam the island. But rain does and will happen. And a rainy morning is a great excuse to visit the small yet lovely Mauritius Aquarium. The...
You've always wanted to try it: windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or parasailing. That new water sport you've never tried before. And the serene waters of Trou-aux-Biches offer you the perfect opportunity to do just that. Grab that windsurfer...
Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius
Mauritius is surrounded by dozens of tiny islets—and there's no better way to explore them than by sailboat. Experienced sailors can rent their own boat near Trou-aux-Biches (and novices can jump on the nearest catamaran booze cruise) and...
B9 Coastal Road, Bel Ombre, Mauritius
As soon as you strap on your goggles and helmet, you wonder what you're in for. The rolling hills of Frederica Nature Reserve offer plenty of room to sate your need for speed (and perhaps a few jumps)—not to mention your desire to beat your...
Located in southern Mauritius, the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes is a nature park that’s worth a special trip. It claims the largest captive population of Aldabra giant tortoises—about 1,000—in the world, as well as 2,000 Nile crocodiles. In...
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