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Guide to Mauritius for Families

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Mauritius may be a small island, but it offers so many beautiful places to see and activities for families to enjoy. The country is filled with a complex history, stunning landscape, and a variety of ethnic foods to satisfy your palette. Mauritius is predominantly comprised of Creole, Indian, and Chinese people, and this cultural blend is reflected in the food, markets, and architecture around the island.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Ile aux Cerfs

Islands, Beaches

Casela Nature Parks

Theme Parks

Blue Bay Marine Park

Bodies of Water, Reefs

Le Caudan Waterfront

Shopping Malls, Casinos

Parc Aventure Chamarel

Other Outdoor Activities

Black River Gorges National Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, National Parks

Flic en Flac Beach

Beaches

Chez Pepe Restaurant

Restaurants

Le Palais de Barbizon

Restaurants

Big Foot Adventure

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

Mel C's City Tips

  • If you go to an outdoor market, it's fine to barter, but don't barter so low that the seller doesn't make any profit.
  • You have to try the roti and curry if you see it on street. Roti is a traditional Indian flatbread that is served hot and fresh with meat or vegetable curry fillings.
  • Tipping is not generally expected in Mauritius, but if you feel you got good service, leave a bit extra, as the service staff makes a low wage.
  • It's easiest to get around the island if you rent a car during your stay.
  • Ile aux Cerfs
    Islands, Beaches
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    Mel C Says:

    If your family wants to see a tranquil island with several water activities, pay a visit to Ile Aux Cerfs, an island that used to be a deer habitat. While you won't see any deer during your visit, you can swim in the clear blue water, or participate in all manner of water fun, from parasailing to snorkeling to water skiing. There is also a small adventure course for kids.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tourists will usually spend the day near the boat landing, so take the time to walk around to the other side of the island. Have fun exploring!
    • Some tour companies offer a package that allows you to have a large seafood meal on a smaller island before landing at Ile Aux Cerfs.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 193 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
  • Casela Nature Parks
    Theme Parks
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    Mel C Says:

    Situated in the west of Mauritius, this 14-hectare nature park is filled with animals to observe and activities to take part in. At Casela, you can try zip-lining, hiking, swimming in canyons, quad biking, and much more. The safari ride is a great chance to see a variety of wild animals, including deer and wild pigs. 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 (as well as other parts of Mauritius).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To reach the park, you can take a bus or drive to Flic en Flac.
    • Have lunch at the park so that you can enjoy the beautiful views.
    • The park offers "interactions" with the big cats, but these are not recommended. Although the animals are bred in captivity, they are still wild animals, and there is risk to getting that close.
    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:
  • Blue Bay Marine Park
    Bodies of Water, Reefs
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    Mel C Says:

    The Blue Bay Marine Park is a government-protected area that has some of the clearest waters on the island. The reefs here (more than 50 different species of coral) protect this part of the island from strong waves, which largely preserves they park's natural beauty. It's perfect for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and diving, and kids can peer at the colorful marine life on a ride in a glass-bottom boat.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the market of Mahebourg if you want an authentic local shopping experience. You can barter here for everything from textiles to simple souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Mahebourg
    • Best for snorkeling 08/07/2020
    • Amazing area, but sad (global warming effects) 04/03/2020
    • Blue Bay Marine Park
    Address:
    Blue Bay Link Road
    Mahebourg, Mauritius
  • Le Caudan Waterfront
    Shopping Malls, Casinos
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    Mel C Says:

    Located in the island's capital Port Louis, Cauden Waterfront is an energetic area with a variety of restaurants, shops, a cinema, and a games area for kids to enjoy. Indulge in a meal with a beautiful view, and then check out some local art.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can take a free short boat ride from Cauden to Suffren Hotel, where you can swim in the pool for the price of a drink.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
  • Parc Aventure Chamarel
    Other Outdoor Activities
    Mel C Says:

    A great place for adventurers and nature lovers, Parc Aventure Chamarel provides a fresh perspective on the tropical forests of Mauritius — from its treetops! There are two tracks, depending on the level of adventure you want: The Thousand Leaves track is a relatively leisurely walk along footbridges, while the Adventure Track will have you climbing nets, zip lining, and swinging to the end of the route. Either way, it's a fun and beautiful way to immerse yourself in Mauritius's natural landscape.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The minimum age here is six years old.
    • Use lots of mosquito spray for this part of the island.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Chamarel
    • Part of tour 30/11/2018
    • Waterfall turtles and 7 colors combined 16/05/2016
    Phone:
    +230 234 4533
  • Black River Gorges National Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, National Parks
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    Mel C Says:

    Located in the southwest region, Black River Gorges is one of the island's greatest treasures. This is a perfect place to have a family picnic before exploring beautiful trails that will lead you to waterfalls, river crossings, and viewpoints. It's the country's largest park and home to many native species, including more than 300 species of flowering plants.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's easiest to get to the park by car, which also allows you to explore other fantastic stops in the southwest region with ease.
    • There are no food stands around the park, so it's best to prepare your drinks and food ahead of time to enjoy in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 193 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:
  • Flic en Flac Beach
    Beaches
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    Mel C Says:

    While Flic en Flac may not be the most beautiful beach on the island, it's not as crowded as some of the others. It's also a great place for the family to enjoy restaurants, food stands, and a beautiful sunset to end the day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try some street food and a fresh coconut from the food stands right off 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 sunset, head to Chez Pepe, a wonderful Italian restaurant right by Flic en Flac beach. The pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven, the portions are generous, and the food is simply delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The seafood at the restaurant is excellent. Try the crispy calamari.
    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
  • Le Palais de Barbizon
    Restaurants
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    Mel C Says:

    A favorite among locals, Le Palais de Barbizon is a great place to taste a range of authentic Mauritian flavors. This is a less conventional restaurant: You won't be given a menu, but rather Rico L'intelligent will provide a feast of punch, rice, five vegetables, and fish or chicken. The food is prepared in conventional cooking style by Marie-Ange, and the atmosphere is welcoming and cheerful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The location is close to Chamarel 7 Colored Earth Park.
    • You can adjust your level of spice for the dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 988 restaurants in Mauritius
    • Racism remarks 24/01/2021
    • The meal of the week.. 09/11/2020
    • Le Palais de Barbizon
    Address:
    Route Sainte Anne
    Chamarel, Mauritius
    Phone:
    +230 483 5078
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Big Foot Adventure
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    Big Foot Adventure is a fun way to see parts of the island that are less frequented by people. You'll ride big quad bikes along varied terrain, from clifftops to countryside, and along the way you'll have opportunities to spy a variety of animals and enjoy lunch with a beautiful view.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You will get quite dirty by the end of the tour, so don't wear your favorite clothes.
    • It's cheaper to book the tour at the location itself, rather than online.
    • There are a variety of options, from two hours to full day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 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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