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Guide to Mauritius Outdoors

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Mauritius is a resort hot spot for many travelers, but there is much more to this beautiful island than beaches. From a variety of beautiful hikes in the mountains, to natural phenomenons and adventure activities; whether you love seeing wildlife, skydiving or exploring the underwater world, Mauritius has something for you.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Black River Gorges National Park

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Skydive Mauritius

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations

Pereybere Beach

Beaches

Vertical World

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Climbing Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours

Casela Nature Parks

Theme Parks

Dive Dream Divers

Scuba & Snorkeling

Ile aux Cerfs

Islands, Beaches

Flic en Flac Beach

Beaches

Big Foot Adventure

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mel C's City Tips

  • Tipping is not expected, but if you are happy with your service you can add a 5% to 10% tip.
  • You can easily travel by bus to the major towns if you want to save money.
  • It's easiest to get around the island by car, which you can rent.
  • Black River Gorges National Park
    National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Mel C Says:

    As most travelers visit Mauritius for the beaches, many don't take time to see the incredible Black River Gorges National Park in the island's southwestern region. It is the country's largest park and the home to many native species, including over 300 species of flowering plants. The park has great hiking trails that are suitable for all levels, and even if you don't hike, come here to enjoy a picnic with your friends or family under the shade of the trees. There are some fantastic view points, river crossings, and waterfalls to explore too; this is truly one of Mauritius' most beautiful treasures.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to drive to the park.
    • Best months to go on a hike are between May and October as there is less rain; outside of these months the rain results in a lot of mud and hikes become slippery.
    • Bring enough snacks or a packed lunch for the walk since there are no restaurants or food stands in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 194 things to do in Mauritius
    • Beautiful nature 24/02/2021
    • It’s not easy 29/06/2020
    • Black River Gorges National Park
    Phone:
    +230 203 1900
    Other:
  • Skydive Mauritius
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    Get the best view of Mauritius' incredible waters and landscape during the thrill of a lifetime with Skydive Mauritius. If you're a first-time skydiver, the very friendly and experienced staff will put you at ease before you make the jump. The feeling of free-falling is an indescribable experience, and doing it over one of the world's most incredible views is a must-do. The guides have done over 5,000 jumps combined so you'll definitely be in good hands here!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Book your dive at the beginning of your stay in Mauritius in case they need to reschedule due to weather conditions.
    • Buy the video package so you can show your friends and family a glimpse of your full experience.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Riviere du Rempart
    • Awesomatic feeling 10/09/2020
    • Worth doing 10/09/2020
    • Skydive Mauritius
    Address:
    Z.I Mon Loisir Sugar Estate
    Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 5499 5551
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations
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    Mel C Says:

    Mauritius' Seven Coloured Earth is a natural phenomenon in the southwestern region of the island, and is the only area in the world where you can see seven colors of earth together. This rare beauty of nature is the result of the decomposition of volcanic rock gullies into clay, and the colors are created by a chemical presence in the soil. What is most fascinating is that the different colored sands naturally settle into different layers, giving the appearance of branded colors. (This can even by tested by taking some sand in your hand, mixing it, and seeing how the colors separate from each other into a spectrum.) The drive to Chamarel is beautiful in itself, but definitely stop to see this phenomenon too.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • After the colored earth, you can stop by the beautiful waterfall close by.
    • It's best to get to this area by car, and then continue to drive through the scenic western region.
    • The dunes never erode, even in periods of heavy rains.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 8 things to do in Chamarel
    • Pretty 26/02/2021
    • Beaty of nature 23/01/2021
    • Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
    Phone:
    +230 483 4298
    Price range:
    US$250 - US$250
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Pereybere Beach
    Beaches
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    Mel C Says:

    Pereybere Beach in the north of Mauritius has some of the greenest waters to be found, and is great for swimming. If you're not a beach bum, you can also find water sports here, including diving, which is more popular at Pereybere as the winds and currents aren't as strong as in the south of the island. There are restaurants along the beach too, often packed with local people and tourists.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can take a bus up to the north or go by car.
    • Try the local street food like the roti with Mauritian curries for a good price.
    • If you come during the off-peak season, you can still enjoy the beautiful water and sunshine, even if some of the restaurants are closed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Grand Baie
    • Good Place to catch sunset 03/06/2020
    • Best beaches 01/04/2020
    • Pereybere Beach
    Address:
    Coastal Road
    Grand Baie, Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 5901 1412
    Other:
  • Vertical World
    Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Climbing Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    If you're an adventure junkie or want to experience a thrill, then canyoning at Tamarin will be an incredible way to see stunning views. You will be trained how to hook and repel right by the falls. before taking a refreshing swim in the water and then going for a small hike.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can get to the site by bus or rent a car.
    • Bring some snacks, drinks or a packed lunch for the trip as there is nowhere to buy food in the area.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Curepipe
    • Canyoning (half day -beginner) 03/03/2020
    • Canyoning @ Sept CAscades 11/02/2020
    • Vertical World
    Phone:
    +230 697 5430
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Casela Nature Parks
    Theme Parks
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    Mel C Says:

    Casela is a 14-hectare nature park close to Flic en Flac in the west of Mauritius, and this beautifully designed park is much more than just a place to see animals. Here, you can go zip-lining, hiking, swimming in canyons, quad biking or take a safari ride, where you can see a variety of wild animals including deer and wild pigs. The giant tortoises, which used to be much more abundant before colonial powers used them for food and oil, can be seen roaming around the park (and other parts of Mauritius) too, and you can walk among them. This is a unique place to explore whether you are with family, want adventure, love animals or simply enjoy nature.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zip-lining views are great.
    • Have a meal at one of the park's restaurants and enjoy the fantastic views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Cascavelle
    • very good amazing place 25/07/2021
    • A magical experience that I’ll never forget 28/02/2021
    • Casela Nature Parks
    Address:
    Royal Road
    Cascavelle, Mauritius 90203
    Phone:
    +230 401 6500
    Price range:
    US$29 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Dive Dream Divers
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Mel C Says:

    Whether you're a diver who has just completed your open water diving certification or a diver with experience, Dive Dream Diving Center has great trips for all levels. Mauritius is blessed with natural coral, vibrant marine-life, and clear visibility under water; plus, if you're an experienced diver, you can take a scuba trip out to the ship wrecks.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Treat yourself to a night at one of the resorts in Trou Aux Biches after a day of diving.
    • Take time to relax at Trou Aux Biches, named the World's Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards in 2011.
    • The best times to dive are from October to December, and March to April.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 20 things to do in Trou aux Biches
    • Scuba Diving 02/11/2020
    • Dive Dream Divers/Mauritius/Tros aux Biches 06/09/2019
    • Dive Dream Divers
    Phone:
    +230 5753 5352
    Other:
  • Ile aux Cerfs
    Islands, Beaches
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    Mel C Says:

    While Mauritius has many nice beaches, you can also go island-hopping to even smaller and more tranquil islands like Ile aux Cerfs, which is the most popular destination island from Mauritius. The water is clean, clear green, and you can walk from one side of the island to the other on a beautiful path that will instantly relax you while you enjoy the sea breeze. Then, you can savor a delicious meal at one of the island's restaurants right by the water.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have young kids, they'll love the activities at the small adventure park.
    • You can book a seafood lunch on an even smaller island on the way to Ile aux Cerfs via an agency, and enjoy live Mauritian music with some local Mauritius rum if you please.
    • Para-sailing and water tubing is also available.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 194 things to do in Mauritius
    • Dump site filled with trash 16/02/2021
    • a Must! 10/02/2021
    • Ile aux Cerfs
    Address:
    Ile aux Cerfs
    Grande Riviere Sud Est
    Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 402 7720
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
  • Flic en Flac Beach
    Beaches
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    Mel C Says:

    Even though the beaches of Flic en Flac, in western Mauritius, are not as green as other parts of the island, it is one of the best spots to watch the beautiful sunset. There are several food carts right on the beach where you can order burgers, coconuts or local Mauritian rum, plus many restaurants right along the water where you can get Italian, Mauritian or pub food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Chez Pepe is a great Italian restaurant with generous portions, and you can enjoy a drink by the water here.
    • You can get to Flic en Flac easily by bus or by car.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Flic En Flac
    • Nice beach 29/03/2021
    • Pristine West Coast Beach 08/01/2021
    • Flic en Flac Beach
  • Big Foot Adventure
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    Get on a quad bike to really immerse yourself in the Mauritian landscape, away from the typical tourist traps. You'll see natural rice fields, great trails, cliffs, and waterfalls. This trip is great for first-time quad riders, as you will get a lesson on how to ride and you can pair up with a buddy or a guide if you don't feel completely comfortable. Take a break from the beach resorts and see the real beauty of Mauritius.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have kids they will definitely love this activity. It's a great way to spend some family time together.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Riviere des Anguilles
    • Awesome 03/02/2021
    • Emma at Bigfoot 14/12/2020
    • Big Foot Adventure
    Address:
    Union Ducray, Riviere des Anguilles
    Riviere des Anguilles, Mauritius Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 5250 7906
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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