03 Oct 8 things to do in Mauritius
With a balmy climate and awe-inspiring scenery, Mauritius is the best place to stay active while experiencing the rest of what the island has to offer.
Mauritius is a well-known big-game fishing destination and a favourite with deep-sea sport adrenaline lovers and challenge seekers. Beyond the magnificent coral reef bordering the lagoons, lies the warm depths of the Indian Ocean. These waters flourish with prized species and specimens. The emperors and masters of this marine world are undoubtedly the all-famous black and blue marlins; mako and tiger sharks; dogtooth, yellow and bonita tuna; sphyranea barracuda and sea bream. During these fishing trips, set against the idyllic scenery of tropical islets shimmering under the sun, visitors can sometimes enjoy the friendly company of dolphins.
From the million annual visitors Mauritius currently records, 60,000 of these are golfers. The island offers professionals, passionate amateurs and beginners no less than ten 18-hole courses and three 9-hole courses in perfect conditions for the game. Set in spectacular sites and wonderful natural environments, designed
for championships by renowned golfers such as Peter Matkovich, Peter Allis, Rodney Wright, many of these courses count among the most beautiful worldwide and are sought out for the original challenges and unique experiences they provide. The 2015 and 2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open seasons marked a major milestone
for Mauritius as a professional golf destination. In 2016, Mauritius was awarded the prized title of Golf Destination of the Year for the Africa Indian Ocean and Gulf countries region by IAGTO, the Global Golf Tourism Organisation.
Mauritius holds several beautiful circuits for hiking and nature lovers. The heart of the island, is bordered by volcanic peaks which in addition to being accessible on foot, also offers amazing panoramic views. Black River Gorges Natural Park is the largest on the island. Several tracks are marked to find one’s way easily. We recommend the picturesque descent from Petrin, starting in the highlands of the central plateau and going down to the west coast in Black River. It allows the hiker the privilege of crossing primary forests, sighting endemic fauna and passing by deeply-cut gorges and waterfalls.
From its volcanic origins, through millions of years of patient weathering, Mauritius keeps a distinctive mountainous ridge around its central plateau. Manageable tracks lead to the most popular peaks, namely Lion Mountain, Le Pouce Mountain, Le Morne Brabant and Piton de la Rivière Noire. These offer a mix of trekking and green tourism, the exploration of beautiful landscapes, a discovery of the island’s wealth of exotic fauna and flora and, as the ultimate reward, over-the-top views.
Mauritius’ fair weather, almost year-round, makes the practice of nature sports pleasurable indeed. Whether as a means of discovering wonderful landscapes with a cycling group or to rise to the challenge of a sports competition, biking leads one and all to explore splendid mountain tracks set in wonderful scenery.