Mauritius, unquestionably one of the most beautiful islands in the world, is filled with areas of natural beauty. National parks where flora and fauna abound, paradisiac beaches or sacred places, here are a few worth visiting.
Created in 1985, La Vanille Nature Park is home to many incredible creatures, making it an ideal destination for a family day out. In Souillac, take the day to visit this place and learn more about each animal that inhabits the park. Reptiles, geckos, giant tortoises and much more are all waiting for you in the heart of tropical vegetation of banana trees, palm trees, giant bamboos and natural springs of fresh water.
Do not miss the park's flagship show: feeding crocodiles or baby turtles. You will also find a mini-zoo of the Mauritian fauna as well as a big collection of butterflies and insects of 5 continents. For the younger ones, they will have fun at the Jungle Adventure Playground with its friendly activities and attractions. And, if your mind is troubled by a growing appetite, the restaurant The Hungry Crocodile will satisfy your desires.
Situated in the South East of Mauritius, Blue Bay Beach is perfect for relaxing and swimming. Famous for its snorkeling excursions, it is home to the only marine park in Mauritius. Thanks to mild temperatures all year long, Mauritius is ideal for sea activities. In particular, ensure you take a trip on a glass bottomed boat and admire the beauty of the ocean and all its inhabitants. Prices are €18 for adults and €15 for children. And, perhaps you will have the chance to meet the animal that everyone admires: the dolphin. Swimming with these incredible marine species, a dream we all have!
For those that have a heart for adventure and stunning views, take a trip here. There are numerous hiking trails waiting to be explored in this mountainous park so get outdoors and go discover. Take a picnic with you and make a day of it, taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the view of the spectacular waterfalls. With nine local species of birds and more than 300 species of flowering plants, this region is perfect for nature lovers.
Managed by the National Park Conservation Service, it lies is a dry and wet forest, not far from the village of Flic en Flac, the falls of Tamarin, Chamarel or Ile aux Benitiers. It offers incredible panoramic views of the sea and the horizon. Renowned for its giant bats in the Black River, this park is undeniably one of the must-sees of Mauritius.
The lagoon of Trou d'Eau Douce, located on the East coast of Mauritius, is home to a wonderful uninhabited island called 'Deer Island'. This obligatory passage for holidaymakers and Mauritians is accessible by water taxi or rental boat. A magical setting and an irresistible beach caressed by a turqouise water prized by water sports enthusiasts, make the popularity of this heavenly place.
With a beautiful golf course, golfers will be able to enjoy the 18 holes on one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Picturesque beaches; tall palm trees and crystal clear waters line the coast of this small island. This little gem looks like the Garden of Eden and what better way to admire this paradise than parasailing through the sky.
This unique place of Mauritius is not to be missed. The forces of nature have created this landscape to make it a real postcard decor. You will have the chance to explore nature, science and history in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This unique experience will take you in the middle of highlands to the Earth of 23 colours, a volcanic phenomenon. Indeed, the lava after cooling after an eruption, then solidified, formed small vitreous crystals and, with time 1001 colours appeared on the earth.
In addition, you will have the honour of being surrounded by an incredible fauna and flora full of turtles, monkeys, deer and birds among the endemic trees such as Matte Wood or Takamaka. And, you will hear in the distance a gentle rustle of water coming from the waterfalls of Vacoas, Bois de Matte, Angel Hair and Chamouzé.
A true conservation and nature reserve site, the island is named after a colony of egrets that inhabited the island during the 1600s; graceful fishing birds with long legs. Small coral island, it is notably preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, which since 1985, carries out a restoration of the habitat to restore the vegetation. Indeed, used as a military base by the British during the Second World War, a major part of the native forest was destroyed at this time.
Today, there are still ruins of buildings on the island. On this piece of land, you have the opportunity to admire plants and animals in all genres such as the day gecko, the Aldabra giant tortoise or ebony. And, in the middle of a nursery, you will find wonderful native plants.
This sublime lake, known as Ganga Talao, is nestled in the hollow of an ancient volcano crater and an exceptional natural place of Mauritius. Surrounded by a lush forest, you will come across a colony of monkeys in complete freedom. Symbol of the Ganges River in India, it is considered sacred because it is surrounded by temples of many colours.
Every year, more than half of the population accompanied by curious travellers, go in procession to honour Shiva during the Maha Shivaratree (the great night of Shiva). The faithful light a candle and bring offerings filled with fruits and flowers, which they deposit on the altar of the temples of Grand Bassin. They also sing prayers and parade. Hidden in the mountains of the Southwest of the island, it is a truly natural treasure not to be missed! And, like this sacred place, Mauritius has more than 150 temples.