8 things to do in Mauritius

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.

BY SEA

Big-game fishing

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.

Canoe-kayak

Canoeing or kayaking through the thriving mangrove maze populating the mouths of rivers and the coastlines of solitary islets is the ideal way to explore this special ecosystem. Experienced kayakers can venture out to sea beyond the reef through its natural passageways.

BY AIR

Kitesurfing

Learn to kitesurf in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Kite surfers can enjoy the best conditions during July and August when the wind is at its strongest on the east coast.

BY LAND

Golf

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.

Hiking

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.

Trekking

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.

Trails

Increasingly every year, Mauritius’ runways in nature are taken over by trail aficionados. This sport is on the rise and there is a calendar of regular events. With Mauritius’ climate and stunning landscapes, a trail here is definitely more than just athletic challenges.

Biking

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.

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