If you are visiting Mauritius, the north remains the place to see to fully enjoy the island. Here are some spots and activities you should not miss in the north of Mauritius.
Grand Baie and Pamplemousses
Anyone who loves shopping should take a trip to Sunset Boulevard in Grand Bay. Other shopping centers such as La Croisette and Super U in Grand Baie have play areas with skateboards and bumper cars among others. What keep the youngest busy while you shop.
Those who wish to take souvenirs can go to Pamplemousses where they will find a variety of handicrafts and other local products as well as paintings and jewelry. Moreover, in Pamplemousses, you will find a large manufacturer of models of boats and objects related to the history of sailing.
Grand Bay is the paradise of sailing thanks to its protected bay. You can book a place on a catamaran in group or even rent a sailboat in private. The sailing conditions are ideal and from there you can go around Mauritius or visit some of the islands that lie off in the north.
The North has some good kitesurfing spots, especially at Cap Malheureux and Anse la Raie, but everything depends on the wind. So get informed before you get back in.
The North has the most beautiful diving sites of Mauritius. There are options for all levels, from beginners to more experienced divers. Some of the most popular diving spots are: Coin de Mire, 26 meters deep where you can see huge parrotfish; Roche Baleine (26 to 38 meters deep) where the lucky ones can meet face to face with hammerhead sharks; And Peter Holt’s Rock (16 to 25 meters deep) whose name suggests the formation of enormous rocks beneath the sea.
Other interesting diving spots are in Pointe aux Piments where you can swim with turtles, not to mention the Trou aux Biches lagoon, which is more suitable for a family dive. Do not forget your waterproof camera!
Other underwater activities
If you want to pace the waters underwater, nothing is easier: the Blue Safari offers you this facility. You can also try out an exhilarating walk under the sea thanks to the underwater scooter. It will be an opportunity for those who do not dive to enjoy a superb encounter with the rich Mauritian marine fauna.
The Northern Islands
The small group of islands in the north of Mauritius has become the favorite stop of boats and divers. For sure, whether it’s a catamaran to enjoy a crossing with the wind before lounging on the islands or for a sea outing spinning on the waves in speedboats, these outings on the islands of the North will be memorable.
Whether you snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Coin de Mire, or picnic on Plate Island or Gabriel Island, you will not regret your day!
Ronde Island is a unique nature reserve that is prohibited from access (unless you have a special permit) to protect its endemic plants and reptiles as well as native species that have been introduced.
The Aquarium of Pointe aux Biches
This informative and ecological aquarium in Pointe aux Biches has a collection of 200 species of Mauritian fish, invertebrates, corals and sponges, including a large fish pool like sharks and rays.
This one and only aquarium in Mauritius also offers a pool where children can swim and have direct physical contact with some harmless species that live around the island.
Take a bike ride from Cap Malheureux to Calodyne via Saint Antoine. Through the small villages, sugar cane fields and pine forests await you. Enjoy the view of the Northern Islands at the same time.
If you want to live an unforgettable evening in Mauritius, meet the locals and party, Grand Bay is the place to be. Just follow the coast at night and you will discover the many nightclubs, clubs, bars, lounges and billiards room animated.
The Rochester Falls are well worth a visit while visiting the south of Mauritius. The waterfall is beautifully surrounded by trees and you can enjoy it without many people being there. You can take a swim and relax at the sound of the waterfall, but you can also climb the waterfall and take a jump.
How to get there?
The Rochester Falls are in the south of Mauritius, close to the village Souillac. You have to drive to Surinam and along the way you will have to take a turn into a street with a hand written sign to Rochester Falls. You can also go to Surinam and at the traffic lights turn into Chamouny Road. From here it will be a little bit of an off-road adventure. Continue driving for about two minutes and you will find the location where to park the car.
You can jump off the Rochester Falls from several points. Yet, you still have to go through risky climb to reach most places. While climbing around 10 meters to the top is not recommended, it is possible. You can also just take a three-minute walk to the top. There is a bush path next to the waterfall. Needless to say, be careful while climbing and where you risk to jump. Off course there are rocks in the water at several spots. Therefore, we recommend you to check first where the locals are jumping so you know which places are safe.
A stunning waterfall
The Rochester Falls are perfect as well for escaping the sun and relaxing in the water while admiring your surroundings. You can enjoy the beauty in silence and the playful will enjoy themselves as well.
Enjoy your trip to Rochester Falls!
Being pampered by an attentive staff, lulled by the legendary kindness without artifice of Mauritians. Be awakened by the song of some exotic bird and walk the sand and allow yourself a swim in the azure lagoon. Meet at nightfall on the veranda for a drink and a last dip in the pool before watching, silently the sun falling on the reef.
Do not hesitate to bring children along
Mauritius is an island made for them. There is no nicer than Mauritians with small. Watch the fish, arrange a trip by canoe to visit a plantation of ylang-ylang, photograph the giant water lilies in the garden of Pamplemousses, enjoy the “straw-tailed” that come pilfering crumbs from breakfast: you will create so much memories on this wonderful island.
Take a Car and Go to Adventure
Take a car and go exploring. The former Isle de France is not so big and crossing it in one day is highly possible. It is large enough however to be surprised by the change of scenery in a snap. Going around the island is a slalom between craters of extinct volcanoes and lush landscapes, walk in the forest between the Natural Park of the Gorges Noires and prolonged visit to a rum distillery. Getting lost in the hills of Bois Cheri tea plantations while having a quick lunch – enjoy a “dholl puri ” sitting under a tree …
Indulge in wellness spas, among the finest in the world. Removing his stress in an idyllic setting – what more could you ask for? A massage under straw huts with a view, in boxes identified with thatched roofs of singing basins. Essential oils, holistic treatments, Ayurvedic treatments, colorithérapie: Each enclave has its secrets, its rituals to regenerate your body and soothe the mind.
Have a relaxing holiday in Mauritius!
If white sand beaches, days soaking up the coconut trees and the postcard scenery overwhelm your heart, you should definitely visit Mauritius. The climate is fantastic and the sun is shining all year round. Whether you like to party or the endless travel backpack through beautiful parks, Mauritius will not let you down. The islanders are also very friendly which add to the natural charm of this paradise destination which offers an ideal atmosphere for the holidays.
This must be the main reason to rent a villa instead of a hotel, a villa in Mauritius is like a second home. You will have your own living room, kitchen, pool, and a balcony used as and when you feel like. In addition, you do not have to worry about other vacationers who can turn the dream vacation into a nightmare.
Price is another good reason for those who travel in groups, they really enjoy renting a villa, as you can split the cost between the number of people in the group. Therefore, you can afford to have a pleasant stay with all your friends or better yet you could book a nice luxury villa with all customized services that is offered in this type of accommodation, since you share the all costs.
Friends and Family
Our lives governed by work and daily stress, we unfortunately do not have the opportunity to spend enough quality time with our loved ones: our friends, family! Booking a stay and renting a villa is the perfect excuse to bring together the whole band and relive the good times shared. The same goes for your family.
Have you ever been annoyed by kids running around the pool all day? Or on the contrary, have you ever wished that your children have a private place nothing for them to run and make as much noise as they want? By opting for a villa with private pool, you have the perfect solution on both counts, for your privacy and dice leisure rub or get away from the noise during your vacation.
Have wonderful holidays in our Villa in Mauritius!
Mauritius is a dream destination that pleases many vacationers. Some will choose Mauritius to rest on a sandy beach under the coconut trees, alternating reading, napping and swimming in the crystal clear waters … Globetrotters will in turn be conquered by the blue of the ocean, the old Creole mansions and rich nature of Mauritius.
What to do in Mauritius?
For beach tourism enthusiasts, Mauritius is the perfect destination. This island is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar in Africa. The water in the lagoon is warm and with its long sandy beaches and luxury hotels, Mauritius is one of the preferred destinations for newlyweds. It’s in Grand-Bay, Flic-en-Flac, Le Morne Brabant and Ile Aux Cerfs Island that you can enjoy the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius.
Beach of Blue Bay
The beach of Blue Bay is located in the south near Mahébourg. This corner of the island is best known for its beautiful marine background, and if you’re around, we suggest you to dive at that spot, or if you do not know how to use a mask and snorkel, book an excursion in glass bottom boat (about 200-300 rupees per person).
When doing the glass bottom ride, you will be blown away by the diversity of corals (there are over 50 species) and colorful tropical fish that inhabit these waters turquoises. Blue-Bay is popular with Mauritians who love spending there weekends on the beach doing picnics.
Opposite Blue-bay is Ile aux plumes. Declared a nature reserve in 1965, it is managed by the “Mauritian Wildlife Foundation”, who through his efforts, has managed to restore the forest and reintroduce plant and animal species that had disappeared from the long island. While being there, why not go a little further up to Ile Aux Aigrettes and visit this beautiful reserve – this will surely amaze you too.
Have fun discovering Mauritius!
Mauritius is known for luxury travel, cruises aboard luxury Yachts and catamaran and beach tourism. Of course, the main concern of tour operators on the island, is to meet the needs of visitors and vacationers. Hence the establishment of the system “Mauritius duty free” on the tourist market of the island.
Why duty free for Mauritius island?
In recent years, Mauritius has become an industrial island, as the majority of tourist companies are involved in the implementation of tourism infrastructure on the island. In order to further promote the travel destination of Mauritius, the duty free concept have been implemented. This is promising for both service providers and tourists. Apparently, the fee agreed in is attributed to the refurbishment of hotels, once again, the objective is to meet the expectations of tourists in comfort and quality.
How does it work?
Tourists travel in order to have fun. To complete their journey, they always buy a little souvenir of their holiday including pashmina cashmere, diamond necklace, woven basket, glasses, assorted spices, and even high-tech products such as phones and audiovisual equipment. Know that these products mentioned are excluding tax in Mauritius. Following the purchase of these products from local vendors, you are then entitled to a refund. Once at the airport, simply report the purchases to the tax office by presenting the receipt of VAT AID SUPPLIES TO VISITORS. It will then be reimbursed within minutes.
The benefits of tax free destination
Previously, we mentioned that to shop on duty free is advantageous for everyone especially for tourists. Already, they are entitled to a refund, but they can also enjoy the quality of services in hotels and villas thus ensuring a luxurious trip with huge profits on a paradisiacal island.
Have fun shopping in Mauritius!
Not all beaches are created equal. Even on the paradise island of Mauritius, some beaches are cooler than everyone else’s beach. Leaving you villa in Bel Ombre and heading toward the beach which is no exception and is one surprising beach!
Nestled in the enchanting village of Bel Ombre found in the southern region of Mauritius, Bel Ombre beach is around 6km of dreamy sand and knock-out views. Maybe because getting there is quite complicated, you often get the place to yourself. Quiet and secluded, it is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the island’s city or touristic villages.
Also known as St Martin Beach, Bel ombre beach finds its way among the top 10 longest beaches in Mauritius. Although most of the beachfront area is occupied by hotels, namely, Heritage le Telfair, the Tamassa hotel and the movenpick resort and spa, there is still 1.2km beach to the west that makes up the Bel Ombre public beach.
Since the best of Bel ombre beach is not accessible via the main road, few travelers venture there. Making the isolated coastline, known for its exceptionally clear waters, shallow bays and vibrant sunsets, even more rewarding. It is definitely one of those glorious spots where you can find yourself alone and cloistered from the world, facing a lovely view across the bay.
A bit further to the west, Le Morne, unanimously, won the title of “Most beautiful beach on the island” after visiting almost all popular beaches around the island.
With its landscape worthy of a postcard, Le Morne takes you in an idyllic setting, beyond your most lavish dreams. This beach is unspoiled and wild nature will lead you to unknown lands. Surrounded by beautiful palm trees, you will feel out of time and enjoy happiness with its dazzling crystal clear waters.
The beach of Flic en Flac come just after. The turquoise water of the lagoon has bewitched us! The seabed is beautiful, you will find turtles and manta rays. An incredible journey into the ocean depths!
For third place we went to the east of the island at Belle Mare! We were dazzled by the huge white sandy beaches that stretch to the horizon. Rest and relaxation are the master words of this little paradise of Mauritius.
If you choose to spend holidays in Mauritius, know that you will discover exceptional beaches, among the finest in the world!
Swimming with dolphins is one of the most popular activities during a stay in Mauritius. Discover the details of this activity that will leave you with unforgettable memories!
Dolphins in Mauritius
Two types of dolphins are observed off the South West coast of Mauritius. The dolphin “Blower”, or bottlenose dolphin is the most common dolphin species in the world. They travel in small groups early in the morning in the middle of the lagoon before returning to the ocean in the afternoon to feed. Very calm nature, the dolphin “Blower” willingly let you swim with her. There is also the dolphins ‘Long Beaks’, which are smaller than dolphins “Blowers” but also more active under water and move in groups of several dozen individuals.
Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius
To live those magical moments with dolphins during your holidays in Mauritius, you will need to get up early! But you will not regret your morning out, the show is exceptional and the light is beautiful! The departure is between 7:00 and 8:30 from the southwestern beaches, Black River, Tamarin to get you in the Bay of Black River and Tamarin Bay. After a briefing with the skipper on the types of dolphins and their habits, precautions to respect the welfare of dolphins and security measures on the boat and in the water, you can put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and enjoy your unforgettable encounter with dolphins! And then you can take the opportunity to discover the island Benitiers, a charming little island in which to relax.
Protection of dolphins in Mauritius
Since 1st November 2012, there is a charter for the protection of dolphins in Mauritius. This law proposed by the MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority) is to protect cetaceans in Mauritian waters within the framework of sustainable management of the marine environment of Mauritius. The dolphin protection Charter to be applied by all operators offering an observation activity or swimming with dolphins. We therefore advise you to ensure your well operator has much of its special permission from the MTPA empowering it to carry on that activity.
Happy holidays in Mauritius!