Mauritius... the very name conjures up an image of white sands and crystalline waters, with just a warm breeze and a frozen cocktail for company. It’s undoubtedly a paradise beach destination but there is more to experience here than sun, sea, sand. Whether you prefer to get up close and personal with nature, explore the Indian Ocean or conquer the island’s mountains here’s how to do Mauritius the adventurous way…
An Adventurer's Guide To Mauritius
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the sea bed, this is the place to find out. Aquaventure will take you to a little-known location on the eastern coast of the island. You’ll be given a diving helmet (don’t worry, it weighs about the same as a motorcycle helmet when underwater) and guided on a 20-minute walk across the ocean floor alongside professional divers and of course, neon-bright marine life. Rest assured, no damage is done to the coral.
For spectacular hiking and the best views, climb Le Morne Brabant at the southwestern tip of Mauritius. We’d recommend the sunrise trail. The ascent takes around 3 and a half hours so you’ll have to set off at 4.30am but watching the sun come up in all its breathtaking glory will more than make up for the early start. Yanature is the only certified tour group to guide, so book through them.
Who knew there were white rhinoceroses on Mauritius? Ella and Benjamin, young rhino friends originally from South Africa were rescued and brought to the island for safety after their respective parents were tragically poached. Watch them at large in their sanctuary and playing in the mud, or arrange a private visit where you can feed - and even cuddle – them.
Collections of electric bikes are dotted about the island meaning you don’t have to do all the pedalling yourself if you want an adventure (you are, after all, technically on a beach holiday!). Electro-bike Discovery provide excellent bike tours, giving you the chance to stop in at rum distilleries, lunch in Baie du Cap, a charming fishing village, and marvel at natural landmarks such as the impressive Chamarel Waterfall.
Hiking not for you? No worries. Air Mauritius offer helicopter tours (from 15 mins to one hour) that are sure to give you a memorable perspective. You’ll swoop over the ocean, see the coral reef in its full glory and then circle some of the island’s most spectacular mountains, including Pieter Both Mountain. Magical doesn’t quite cut it.