Mauritius is a unique holiday destination, seamlessly blending different cultures into a rich melting pot of beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and exciting tourist attractions. Here are 8 reasons why you should visit Mauritius, though there are many more!

Reasons Why You Should Visit Mauritius

This island in the Indian Ocean has over 330 kilometers of coastline, surrounded by coral reef. It’s known for its friendly locals, great food and natural attractions.

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1. Mauritian Beaches

Mauritius is famous for its crystal clear water and sandy beaches. The East coast where we stayed is less developed than the North coast and the beaches tend to be less crowded. There’s usually a pleasant breeze, and therefore it doesn’t feel too hot.

Long Beach Mauritius beach


The Ile aux Cerfs is located inside the East coast lagoon, so the water is very calm and the views towards Black River Peak are impressive. The North coast beaches are also very popular and there are lots of water sports on offer including water skiing and windsurfing.

Mauritius fisherman beach

2. Le Piton

Le Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, also known as Black River Peak, is the highest mountain in Mauritius. The peak is 828 meters high and the hike up is of average difficulty, though its best to use a guide as it’s steep at the top.

We didn’t have time to climb it but admired the views from a distance. Apparently you get a 360 degree panoramic view of the whole island so it’s well worth the effort.

Black River Peak Mauritius

3. Chamarel Waterfall

Situated very close to Black River Peak, Chamarel is a village with two natural wonders. The first of these is the highest waterfall in Mauritius, at 83 meters high.

The lush vegetation makes a stunning backdrop and you might even spot some monkeys scampering around. The second phenomenon is the Seven Coloured Earths, of which more later.

Chamarel Waterfall Mauritius

4. Ganga Talao

This holy crater lake is also called Grand Bassin, and is considered the most sacred Hindu place in the whole of Mauritius. During the Shivaratri festival, pilgrims walk barefoot to the lake from their homes.

Grand Bassin Mauritius

At any time of year, you will see people leaving offerings to the Gods, and you can admire the many statues of the deities including the huge 33 meter high statue of the god Shiva.

Grand Bassin Mauritius

5. Luxury Hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius has some fantastic hotels and we stayed in two of them – firstly the world renowned Le Touessrok, now known as Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. Located on stunning Trou d’Eau Douce Bay, it overlooks the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.

Guests can explore the resort’s two islands, Ilot Mangénie and Ile aux Cerfs, with its 18-hole championship golf course.

Le Touessrok Mauritius pool

The St Regis Resort is another great place to stay in Mauritius. This five star spa hotel has a very chic vibe.

Located on the Morne Peninsula, it has a lot of free water sports activities and crystal clear water.

Long Beach Mauritius Hotel

6. Mauritian Culture

One of the things that makes Mauritius so great is its culture – there’s no official religion here and Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists all live in harmony. The cuisine is a tantalizing combination of Indian, French, African and Chinese influences, with many dishes that are specific to Mauritius.

There isn’t an official language either, but Mauritian Creole is a French based language which borrows a number of words from English, African and Asian languages. In the hotels and restaurants, everyone speaks English fluently.

Mauritian women

7. Seven Coloured Earths

This particular attraction really has to be seen to be believed! A geological formation with seven different shades of earth, it’s thought that the Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel resulted from molten volcanic rock cooling at different external temperatures.

Visitors can observe blue, brown, green, purple, red and yellow shades. It’s not possible to walk directly on them but you get a great view from the observation points.

Seven Coloured Earths

8. Trou aux Cerfs

Thankfully the Trou aux Cerfs volcano is dormant, although it could become active again one day. The name means “Hole of the Deers” in English and it’s 80 meters deep and between 300 and 350 meters in diameter. It’s best to admire the view from the top, as the sides are incredibly steep.

Trou aux Cerfs Mauritius volcano

All in all, Mauritius is so much more than just a beach holiday, although it’s equally good for those who want to just kick back and relax.

Have you been to Mauritius or the Indian Ocean? Which of these attractions would you love to visit?

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72 thoughts on “8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mauritius”

  1. Do you even need eight reasons? It’s beautiful as hell and that’s the perfect reason, haha! Would love to visit one day 🙂

    Fashionably,

    Patricia

    http://www.wingsforliberty.com/

  2. I’d love to go to Mauritius one day, it looks absolutely beautiful! Years ago my Dad was friends with a guy who’s family own a lot of the island, and stupidly when he offered us a free stay there Dad said no because my brother was quite young at the time and didn’t think he’d like the long flight! I was horrified!

    C x | Lux Life

    1. Oh what a shame, I hope you do get to visit one day, Catherine. We were surprised with how many things there were to do there

  3. Packing my Suitcase

    No need to convince me, I am dying to go there, especially for diving 😀
    It’s a paradise indeed, and I love all the reasons you mentioned <3

    Stunning photos!

  4. rosie alittlelusciousness

    Aggghhh take me back there! We went in November last year and had THE most wonderful time, though spent most of it on the beach/in the sea so didn’t see most of the above!!!!
    Rosie xx

    1. rosie alittlelusciousness

      R xxhttp://www.alittlelusciousness.com/2014/12/8-incredible-days-in-mauritius.html
      R xx

  5. Candice Petersen

    I’ve heard amazing things about Mauritius it’s just out the coast from South Africa, which is cool! those beautiful waters wow ..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      It’s quite easy to combine a safari in SA with a beach break in Mauritius apparently

  6. Mauritius is the great place to spend your Holiday. Been there and love it ♥♥♥

    Kisses,

    Nicole

    Reinvent Yourself Guide

    http://reinventyourself.guide/

  7. I want to visit immediately- what a gorgeous corner of the globe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      The two do sound very similar but they are so different – a bit like Dominica and the Dominican Republic

  8. Angie SilverSpoon

    I can’t help having a nose at a nice hotel and I took a look at the website, both of these look stunning! the volcano looks incredible too!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      There are some really great hotels on the East coast and I can’t wait to see what the revamp of Le Touessrok will be like

  9. LuxuryColumnist

    Whether Mauritius or Seychelles, both are stunning! Hope your store opening went well

  10. I would love love love to visit Mauritius! The photos are amazing! You are so lucky to have visited this beautiful place.

    www.LUXESSED.com

    1. I know, extremely lucky! Would love to return and see the other side of the island, it’s supposed to be lovely too

  11. Mauritius looks beautiful, it´s definitely in my bucket list now!

    https://mythoughtsthroughthelens.wordpress.com/

  12. Thanks very much Carmen, it was before the blog so I didn’t get any food shots but the cuisine was pretty good too

  13. I saw some of these pretty photos shared on your Twitter and instantly fell in love – the entire post certainly doesn’t disappoint and in fact, quite the opposite.. I’m determined to visit Mauritius now! The ‘Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel’ seems spectacular 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

    1. Those earths are amazing, never seen anything like it before! You can even buy the sand from the gift shop

  14. Stunning photographs, this is such an inspirational post. I would happily jet off to Mauritius tomorrow after reading this. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Best Wishes,

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  15. Lux @ About Life and Love

    Though I love luxurious places in the cities, I love nature too. That waterfalls look magnificent. The greens and the blues in those photos are just breathtakingly beautiful.

  16. Ow wow, I definitely didn’t need 8 reasons to go, the photo’s alone are enough to tempt me. So stunning!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  17. Omg! That waterfall! Those beaches! I would love to jet off this very weekend, it looks like heaven!!!

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      I’d love to swim under that waterfall though I don’t think that you can, we just admired if from a distance!

  18. Sindhura Gurazada

    Oh my God !! Such a lovely place. I love beaches <3 <3 Very very nicely written !

    www.elegant365.com

  19. Maaike - travellousworld.com

    No I’ve never been! To be honest, I thought before reading this that Mauritius was ‘just another beach resort.’ Don’t get me wrong, nothing against people who love your typical luxury beach holiday, but I need that mix of culture and nature to keep me happy during my travels. Lying on the beach just isn’t me 😉 So glad to see that there’s so much more to do here!

    1. Same here, I can’t lay around for long when there are things to visit! Have a great weekend Maaike

  20. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I’ve been to quite a few of the Indian Ocean islands and found they all have their own perks but there was no beating the culture and the natural beauty as well as the friendliness of the Mauritan beaches! I’d love to take my husband to see the place one day!

  21. This is on the list, such a beautiful country and wonderful culture. Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel Look breathtaking Lucy x

  22. A stunning island – a real variation from the Maldives, similar blissful beaches and views, but with lots to explore too

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      I’d also like to visit the Maldives but worry that I would go stir crazy which you won’t in Mauritius

  23. I want to visit this place so bad!!!!!!! This island is a paradise:)

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

  24. I can’t believe that I’ve been to Mauritius on holiday three times and not seen any of the above! Mind you we do play a lot of golf when we’re there! I have been zip-lining there – that’s great fun!

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      I know there was a zip line near Chamarel, apparently it’s closed until further notice. We should have fitted it in whilst we were there but there was so much to see!

  25. Mrs Ayla's Adventures

    Oh god I’m in love!! Mauritius has been my dream destination for so long and I keep hoping Mr Ayla will take me for an anniversary/birthday/second honeymoon etc but it hasn’t happened yet! After this post I want to go even more!

    1. Fingers crossed that he reads this and takes the hint, you could “accidentally” have him see the page 😉

  26. Your photographs look so beautiful Suze. I haven’t visited Mauritius before but I would love to go one day. It looks stunning. An old college friend grew up there, certainly not a bad place to grow up 🙂 I would happily move to sunnier destinations anytime and live by the sea, it really soothes me!

    Laura x www.shehearts.net xx

    1. I’ve since made a couple of Mauritian friends in London – it does sound like a great place to grow up and to live!

  27. Pinay Flying High

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! It makes me want to visit Mauritius right about now. 🙂
    The waterfall looks like quite a hike to get to.

    1. Thanks very much, the waterfall was surprisingly accessible but then again we didn’t go right to the edge

  28. Beautiful Photos Suze. It looks stunning. Never been to Mauritius. Can’t wait to visit x

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