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One Day in Mauritius

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I was born in the beautiful island of Mauritius and have been fortunate enough to experience the best the island has to offer thanks to my many relatives and friends. This guide will give plenty of options for those who appreciate culture, shopping, history, and also adventure; stretching from the north to the south of the island (which is only 61km.) Get ready to enjoy the unique Mauritian mix of local markets, incredible landscape, delicious blend of ethnic food, sunsets, and friendly people.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

4 City Tips

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12 Places

Central Market

Flea & Street Markets

Le Caudan Waterfront

Casinos, Shopping Malls

Escale Creole

Restaurants

Pereybere Beach

Beaches

Dive Dream Divers

Scuba & Snorkeling

Black River Gorges National Park

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark

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

Chamarel Waterfall

Waterfalls

Flic en Flac Beach

Beaches

Chez Pepe Restaurant

Restaurants

Happy Rajah Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

Grand Baie La Croisette

Shopping Malls

Mel C's City Tips

  • Wages are very low for service staff so although tips aren't expected, they're always gratefully received for good service.
  • During the day, you can easily take a bus to the major cities, which will save you money on taxi, car rental, or other private transfer costs.
  • You have to try the roti and curry if you see it on street. Roti is a traditional Indian flat bread that is served hot and fresh, with meat or vegetable curry fillings.
  • The most convenient way to get around the island is to rent a car, particularly if you want to travel around at nighttime.
  • Central Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Mel C Says:

    Get an early start to your day in Port Louis at the central bazaar, the local market where you can find a variety of food, merchandise, spices, and souvenirs from local merchants at great prices. You’ll see a mix of Creole, Muslim and Chinese merchants selling and buying all manner of goods here, and the ethnic mix of Port Louis is also reflected in the food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning as it gets very hot in the middle of the day.
    • Try the local sweet drinks with tapioca, and the other budget-friendly snacks made by the various merchants around the market.
    • Bartering for better prices at the market is expected, but don’t barter too low to the point where the sellers won’t make any profit.
    • You can walk to get to most parts of Port Louis as the city is very small. Avoid walking around at night however, as most of the city shuts down by 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 31 things to do in Port Louis
    • A Flavour of True Mauritian Life 06/10/2020
    • A bit too much in your face 10/07/2020
    • Central Market
    Address:
    Farquhar Street
    Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Le Caudan Waterfront
    Casinos, Shopping Malls
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    Mel C Says:

    After the market, walk to the Caudan Waterfront where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the water, observe the work of local artists, explore the variety of shopping opportunities, and eat! It's also a good idea to investigate the evening entertainment options on offer while you're here: There isn’t much open around Port Louis at night, but the fun always continues at Caudan, where there are cafes, pubs, cinema, games for kids, and sometimes live music right by the water.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • From the waterfront, you can take a free short boat ride to the Suffren Hotel, where you can enjoy a swim for the price of a drink at the pool.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 31 things to do in Port Louis
    • Caudan to relax 24/08/2020
    • Caudan WaterFront 23/08/2020
    • Le Caudan Waterfront
    Phone:
    +230 211 9500
    Other:
  • Escale Creole
    Restaurants (Cajun & Creole)
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    Mel C Says:

    If you’re craving delicious, authentic Creole food, then pop over to Moka Village — just under a 10-minute drive from Port Louis — and stop by this family-owned garden restaurant, run by Marie-Christine and Majo. Their warm hospitality and passion for hosting is the product of Marie-Christine’s dream to open a restaurant since she was 12 years old. The dishes are made from fresh and local ingredients, many of which are from their own garden, and prepared just as they would be in a typical Mauritian home. Rice forms the base of the meals, and common traditional dishes include salted fish and chutney de coco. You will probably fall in love with the hosts as much as the food!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Rum is the drink of choice for many Creole people, and you can try the local Mauritian rum here with your meal.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 988 restaurants in Mauritius
    • True mauritian place 27/01/2021
    • Very nice place , good food 30/12/2020
    • Escale Creole
    Address:
    Bois Cheri Road
    Only On Booking
    Moka, Mauritius 80804
    Phone:
    +230 5422 2332
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$26
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 14:45
    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 on the island. 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 both local people and tourists.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can take a bus from Port Louis bus station that stops right by the beach, or come by car.
    • Try the local street food, like the roti with Mauritian curries, for a good price here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
  • Dive Dream Divers
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Mel C Says:

    If you're the more adventurous type, and want to dive into Mauritius' clear waters to explore the underwater world, then this center is for you. Instructors can accommodate everyone from beginners to experienced divers, and you'll be in very safe hands as you explore the diverse sea life protected by the large coral reef here.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • 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.
    • Treat yourself to a night at one of the resorts in Trou Aux Biches after a day of diving.
    • If you're an experienced diver, you can take a scuba trip out to the shipwrecks.
    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:
  • Black River Gorges National Park
    National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Mel C Says:

    One of the many benefits of traveling in Mauritius is that you can get from the north to the south of the island in under an hour by car, meaning you can see quite a bit in just one day. Most travelers visit Mauritius for the beaches and 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 home to many native species, including over 300 species of flowering plants. The park has great hiking trails that are suitable for all levels with fantastic view points, river crossings, and waterfalls to explore too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Come here to enjoy a picnic with your friends or family under the shade of the trees.
    • Bring enough snacks or a packed lunch for the walk, as there are no restaurants or food stands inside the park.
    • It's much easier, and more convenient, to drive to the park rather than attempting to take public tranport to get here.
    • The best months to go on a hike are between May and October as there is less rain. The rainy periods result in a lot of mud and hikes become slippery.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 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:
  • Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations
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    Mel C Says:

    After you’re done with Black River, you can drive a short distance to Mauritius' Seven Coloured Earth. A natural phenomenon, it 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. The drive to Chamarel is beautiful in itself, but definitely stop to see this phenomenon too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to get to this area by car, and then continue to drive through the scenic western region.
    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:
  • Chamarel Waterfall
    Waterfalls
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    Mel C Says:

    On your way out of Chamarel Coloured Earth, you can make a short stop at the beautiful Charamel Waterfall that is formed by River St. Denis and lies within the Black River Gorges National Park. It is definitely one of the best waterfalls to see in Mauritius.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can follow a trail down to swim at the bottom of the Chamarel falls.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 194 things to do in Mauritius
    • Beautiful 26/02/2021
    • Beautiful 16/05/2020
    • Chamarel Waterfall
    Phone:
    +230 483 4298
    Price range:
    US$250 - US$250
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Flic en Flac Beach
    Beaches
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    Mel C Says:

    End your day in Flic en Flac in the west of Mauritius, where you can watch the beautiful sunset right on the beach. While it may not be the clearest water compared to other parts of the island, the views you can enjoy here, along with the many food carts and restaurants situated along the beach, make it the place to be as the sun goes down.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can get to Flic en Flac easily by bus or by car.
    • Try a fresh coconut from a local food stand on the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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
  • Chez Pepe Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, European)
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    Mel C Says:

    After ending your day with a beautiful and peaceful sunset on the west coast of the island, treat yourself to some quality, comfort Italian food at Chez Pepe. The portions are generous, the food is delicious, and you can enjoy your meal by the water.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Because the portions are big you could share one main dish between two people.
    • Definitely order a pizza!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #332 of 988 restaurants in Mauritius
    • Ms 03/07/2021
    • Great food 12/04/2020
    • Chez Pepe Restaurant
    Address:
    Coastal Road
    Flic En Flac, Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 453 9383
  • Happy Rajah Indian Restaurant
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
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    Mel C Says:

    If you want to have dinner in the north of the island before you continue your evening at the clubs in Grand Baie, my favorite restaurant is easily Happy Rajah. Indian food is one of my favorite types of food, and after comparing the flavors from restaurants in Canada, Europe, Cambodia and Mauritius, Happy Rajah remains in my top three. The chefs use recipes derived from the 17th century Moghul emperors, and employ traditional cooking methods in each of the more than 60 delicious items you can choose from here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • I'm usually not a big fan of eggplant, but the eggplant curry is one of the tastiest curries I've ever had.
    • You can't have a meal without trying the naan bread, made fresh in a tandoori oven.
    • Tell the waiter what level of spice you can handle when you order, otherwise you may be eating a dish that's too spicy to enjoy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 988 restaurants in Mauritius
    • 19 July Dinner 24/07/2021
    • Very disappointing 13/02/2021
    • Happy Rajah Indian Restaurant
    Address:
    Super U Complex
    Grand Baie, Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 263 2241
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    18:00 - 22:00
    Thu
    23:30 - 14:30
    Sat - Wed
    11:30 - 14:30
    Other:
  • Grand Baie La Croisette
    Shopping Malls
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    Mel C Says:

    If you’ve still got energy to move after watching a serene sunset and eating a filling dinner, while most of Mauritius is quiet and shuts down at 6pm, Grand Baie in the north is where the nightlife continues. This is where the tourists flock to after dark, to enjoy drinks and continue to dance at one of several clubs on the strip.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Les Enfants Terrible is one of the better clubs as it is divided into a few sections with different music.
    • It’s best to have a car to get up to the north as it takes about an hour to drive here from the south of the island.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Grand Baie
    • Customer service varies. From being extremely good to extremely poor. 09/11/2020
    • Nice place to hangaroand 20/03/2020
    • Grand Baie La Croisette
    Address:
    B45 Twenty-Foot Rd
    Grand Baie, Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 209 2000
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 16:00
    Mon - Thu
    09:30 - 19:30
    Fri - Sat
    09:30 - 20:30
    Other:
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