While just about everyone should visit Mauritius at least once in a lifetime, nature lovers will find this alluring island especially captivating. Although not quite as remote as other islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a well-preserved island nation that is home to a small but excellent number of nature reserves and parks, constantly changing scenery and breathtaking beaches.
Why Nature Lovers Should Visit Mauritius
Wherever you choose to be based during your stay, each day brings the chance to take in new and amazing sights, as you explore the many wonders offered across the island. Keep reading to find out what to expect when you visit Mauritius.
Our top reasons for nature enthusiasts to visit Mauritius include the following:
1. The scenery
On a Mauritius holiday, you will be able to explore four coastal areas – south, west, east and north, as well as an inland area. Each of the island’s coastlines offers new sights to explore, from postcard-perfect beaches to rugged, remote cliffs, quiet bays and clear water lagoons. Some of the most scenic places to explore on the island include Grand Baie, Pointe aux Canonniers, and the tiny islets of the north coast; Le Morne, Flic en Flac, and Trou aux Biches on the west coast; Belle Mare on the east coast; and Bel Ombre on the rugged south coast. Inland, look for Chamarel and its scenic wonders such as Black River Gorges, Chamarel Falls, and the Seven Coloured Earths.
2. The nature reserves
The best-known nature destinations include Black River Gorges National Park, Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park, Casela Nature and Reserve Park, Vallée des Couleurs, Blue Bay Marine Park, Safari and Bird Park and Ebony Forest, as well as Ile aux Aigrettes Island. The smaller, lesser-known Bras d’Eau National Park in the north-east of the island, on the coast near Poste Lafayette, is also worth a visit, while Frédérica Nature Reserve and the Rivulet Terre-Rouge Estuary near Port-Louis are also spectacular. A wide variety of activities are offered at these reserves and nature destinations, from hiking to walking, photography, birdwatching, and ziplining.
3. The beaches
In addition to its lush jungles and reserves, Mauritius is home to some incredible beaches. Although some are busier than others, many are unspoilt and inviting, with white sands flanked by palms and thick vegetation, and warm azure water spanning as far as the eye can see. Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island include Trou aux Biches, Pointe Aux Canonniers, Blue Bay, Palmar, Belle Mare, Ile aux Cerfs, Flacq, Gris Gris, Flic en Flac, Tamarin, and Le Morne to name just a few.
With so much to see and do, the real question should be… when are you planning to visit Mauritius?