14 May 2020
Mauritius is more than just an inviting beach destination, with a dramatic landscape of picturesque volcanic peaks, wilderness areas and different terrains. You’ll find plenty of activities for all fitness and ability levels, which can be easily arranged through the resorts or the tourist hubs.
Activities on land
Picturesque volcanic peaks and wilderness areas including the Black River Gorges National Park and La Vallée de Ferney offer fantastic opportunities for hiking and experiencing some of the island’s unique flora and fauna. Horse riding is becoming increasingly popular, and there are exciting rides available along the beach at Riambel, through the Mont Choisy Sugar Estate, and up to the summit of Le Morne Brabant. If you prefer to explore on wheels, sugar plantations turned eco-adventure parks Domaine de L’Etoile in the east and Heritage Resorts’ Frédérica Nature Reserve on the Domaine de bel Ombre are home to exciting quad biking and mountain biking trails.
Rock climbers can explore the cliffs of the rugged south-west coast, while visitors wanting a soaring bird’s eye view of the island can fly over the treetops on the zipline at Casela Nature & Leisure Park, which is also home to two new canyoning circuits. More extreme adrenalin-junkies can take a tandem skydive from 4,500 metres with SkyDive Austral at Riviere du Rempart, 20 minutes from Grand Baie.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the island’s coral reef also provide a playground for adventure lovers. Larger resorts offer free non-motorised water sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, windsurf boards and kayaks, with many of the main tourist centres offering Jet Ski rental and parasailing. Unique to Mauritius, Seakarting gives intrepid riders the chance to drive their own speedboat from Black River to explore the breath-taking coastline from Flic en Flac to Le Morne. Surfers should also head to the south of the island to catch the best breaks, while kite surfers will prefer the calmer waters of Kite Lagoon on the western side of Le Morne peninsula.
Mauritius' breezy east coast is a favourite with windsurfers and the exclusive Club Mistral Prestige caters for all levels at St. Regis Resort Mauritius in the southwest. 'One Eye' on Le Morne Peninsula is voted the third best kite-surfing spot on earth and is a fixture on the annual Kite Surfing Pro World Champion Tour.
There’s plenty of opportunities to spend a day on the water, with yachts and catamarans available to rent for sailing and fishing expeditions. Non-sailors can join a cruise to explore the coastal islets, often with lunch on the beach included.
With turtles, sharks and dive sites, it’s no wonder Mauritius was voted ‘Best Dive Spot in the Indian Ocean’ at the World Travel Awards 2013. Many resorts have PADI dive centres with sites for everyone from novice to experienced divers. The fringing reef a few hundred metres from the shore provides a calm and safe training spot for novices, while numerous shipwrecks and vast caverns offer an unforgettable adventure for the expert diver.
Mauritius also offers Blue Safari submarine rides and a rare opportunity to take an undersea walk on the ocean bed. Sea walkers wear a special helmet connected to breathing apparatus, meaning you don’t even have to remove your glasses!
To find out more or to book your Mauritius holiday, contact your Travel Counsellor.