What to do in Mauritius

Should you tire of lazing around the pool or sunbathing on the beach, there’s an almost endless range of activities to choose from in Mauritius.

With so many beaches, clean lagoons and inlets along the 330km coastline there’s plenty of opportunity for honeymoon couples to go swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Alternatively, try on a diving helmet with piped air and walk underwater at Belle Mare or cruise Grand Baie in a submarine.


Hike to the summit of Montagne du Lion at Grand Port for great views of the interior of the island or to the Black River Gorges National Park, Réserve Forrestière Macchabée and Rivière Noire National Park for some of the best trails in Mauritius.

Rodrigues Island also has some great hiking country, with coastal and mountain walks to the island’s highest points of Mount Limon and Mount Malartic.


Grand Baie, Flic-en-Flac, Trou-aux-Biches and Rodrigues Island offer great diving opportunities above coral gardens teeming with rainbow-hued reef fish.


Snorkel the shallow waters and coral reefs at Trou aux Biches or head to Crystal Rock, Ile Pate, Ilot Gabriel, Péreybère or Blue Bay and Ile D'Ambre.


Ride the waves around Tamarin, best from June to August.

Game fishing

Hook up a charter and go after blue or black marlin, all types of sharks, yellow tuna, bonito or barracuda from October through April.

The prestigious Marlin World Cup is hosted in December by La Pirogue Hotel.


Choose from two championship 18-hole courses at Belle Mare Plage hotel, tee-off at Le Paradis hotel at Le Morne or the scenic course at the One&Only Le Touessrok hotel.

Or play one of the smaller 9-hole courses at St Géran Hotel, Trou aux-Biches, La Pirogue, Sugar Beach and Maritim.


Be pampered with a wide range of massage and therapeutic treatments. The island’s most famous spas include One&Only Le Saint Géran, the Royal Palm, Hilton, Prince Maurice, Beau Rivage, Oberoi, The Residence, Sofitel Imperial and Dinarobin hotels.


Explore the coastline aboard a sailing catamaran and discover hidden islands such as Flat Island and Gabriel Island in the north and Ile aux Cerfs in the east.

Horse-back riding

Saddle up at Domaine Les Pailes, a short taxi ride from Port Louis, and explore some of the park’s scenic 1500 hectares.


Best buys in Mauritius include duty free designer clothing, jewellery, perfume oils and handicrafts including Chinese and Indian jade, silks, basketry and model ships.

Latest update: Things to do in Mauritius: 1 January, 2023