With an abundance of things to do in Mauritius, is is no surprise that this Indian Ocean island has consistently been ranked as one of the top holiday destinations in the world. Mauritius island has something for everyone… beautiful, unspoiled beaches, a bustling capital city, a variety of museums, botanical gardens, nature reserves and unique attractions, a rich culture and plenty more besides.
Wondering what to do during your holiday? We’ve put together a list of unusual things to do in Mauritius to help you plan your trip.
Unusual Things to Do in Mauritius
Some of the more unique things to do in Mauritius include the following:
- See giant tortoises. Sadly, Mauritian giant tortoises went extinct along with the dodo, after early human arrivals on the island realised that there were an easy source of food. Giant tortoises were introduced from nearby Seychelles however. These magnificent creatures can be seen at La Vanille Parc des Mascareignes, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, and Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths.
- Visit a rum distillery (aka rhumerie). Even if you are not a fan of rum, it is fascinating to see the process. There are number of rum distilleries found here, including Rhumerie St. Aubin, Rhumerie Chamarel, and Rhumerie Labourdonnais. Tastings and tours are offered, and you can also stock up on gifts while you are there.
- Dance to local sega music. This music is every bit as tropical, laid-back and vibrant as the island itself. Declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the music originated from the island’s tragic slavery history. Today however, it can be heard just about everywhere, from clubs to shops, cars and beaches.
- Explore the Natural History Museum. With everything from ancient dodo bones to old coins, fascinating paintings and artworks, a retrofitted train carriage, and even a replica of Napoleon’s boat used in the infamous battle against the English, this museum has it all.
- Discover the wonders of Vallée de Ferney. Preserving a 400 year old forest, this reserve is home to the critically endangered Mauritius kestrel, which can be seen here if you are lucky. Walking through the reserve is an experience you will treasure – especially if you are a nature lover.
If you’d like to learn more about planning a holiday to Mauritius, the Travel Break team is here to help. Browse our Mauritius holiday packages to find out where to stay, or get in touch today with assistance in finding more things to do in Mauritius after booking your holiday!