When it comes to adventure holidays or romantic getaways, Mauritius is the ideal destination. And for Indian tourists, Mauritius offers a visa on arrival, which makes it easier for them to plan a trip to this island nation. With many beautiful places and engaging experiences to offer in Mauritius, a planned itinerary of Mauritius tour packages will help tourists make the most of the paradise island.
So, read on to find out what the ultimate itinerary should be for your next tour of Mauritius.
About Mauritius: Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean located off the southeast coast of Africa. Mauritius is famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons and coral reefs. Mauritius is one of the richest countries in Africa and is a high-income country. English and French are widely spoken in a country known for its multiculturalism. It is a safe country to visit all year round.
The ultimate 7-day itinerary in Mauritius:
Day 1: Arrival and relaxation
On the first day of your dream vacation, you will arrive in Mauritius at Ramgoolam International Airport. Instead of immersing yourself in what the country has to offer, relax after your flight. You can head to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. If you feel like it, explore the nearby beaches and taste the local cuisine. But fill up early and get ready for your adventure the next day.
Day 2: Hiking, swimming and adventure
Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a must-visit. You can move by the Thumb from Port Louis. The Thumb is the third highest mountain in Mauritius and is so named because of its thumb-shaped shape. Walking to the top of the mountain, you can see a view of the whole island. The climb is not very difficult and can be done at your own pace.
If you like water and animals, swimming with dolphins is a must-do activity during your visit to Mauritius. You can go to the south-western coast of the main island for such a visit. You can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat and watch the enchanting underwater world while you swim. It can be a therapeutic and relaxing activity. Other water activities such as snorkeling and deep sea diving can also be tried here. In the evening, you can also take a sunset cruise.
Day 3: discovery of Port Louis and the North
The lively town of Port Louis, on the north side of the island, offers its share of attractions. You can visit the central market that has existed for centuries. The market is colorful, has colonial influences and is perfect for a day of shopping. You should try the “Allouda”, a famous cold drink made with milk, basil seeds and ice cream while you are here.
The penny museum, Chinatown, the Port Louis race track and the Kaylasson Temple are some other places to see in the capital.
There are attractions such as the Citadel of Port-Louis, the village of Grand Baie, the sugar museum L’aventure du Sucre, The Caudan and the Aapravasi Ghat on the north side of the island. You will be able to enjoy your trip with guides who will share all the stories and history of Mauritius.
Day 4: Discover the enchanting beauty of Mauritius
On day 4, visit the Heritage Nature Reserve, a 1,300-acre nature reserve managed by a local heritage group. You can explore the reserve by quad bike. You will find sugar cane fields, natural pools and waterfalls on the reserve. And if you’re lucky, you might spot endemic bird species such as the Mauritius black-bellied Tern, the pink turtle dove and the Mauritius kestrel.
Then visit the Ganga Talao, also known as the Great Basin. It is a crater lake located in the Savannah region, a remote mountainous region. The lake is located in the heart of the country and has a depth of about 1800 feet. The lake is surrounded by Hindu temples and is a place of religious interest. The place lights up during Shivratri when people walk barefoot to the lake.
You can end your day by eating a traditional Creole meal at Eureka — one of the best places to try the local Mauritian cuisine.
Day 5: discovery of the Rodrigues Islands and the Mascarene Islands
Trek to the autonomous islands to the east of the main island. There are many opportunities for kayaking, kitesurfing, hiking and skydiving here. You can dive to see the beautiful coral reefs or hike to the center of Mount Limon. The François Leguat Turtle and Cave Reserve is also a must-visit.
Day 6: Enjoy the best of the South and South-east of Mauritius
The southern region of Mauritius is a hidden gem. It is a well-preserved area and full of cliffs. The south coast has also had its Tristen with history. Many explorers have landed here in the past.
You can enjoy the beaches and enjoy the magnificent sunsets. You can also visit The Blower, a 30 m geyser or snorkel in the Blue Bay Marine Park. The Cavendish Bridge, the longest bridge on the island, is a highlight.
The public beach of Gris Gris is a beautiful beach where you can sunbathe and enjoy a traditional meal in one of the restaurants. Rochester Falls is a must-visit in the south. It is a beautiful waterfall consisting of unique angular basalt columns. You can dive from the top of the waterfall or swim in the waterfalls.
Day 7: Buying souvenirs and collecting souvenirs
You can book this day for any local shops or attractions near your hotel/resort. You can try local dishes and restaurants near your hotel and return to the airport with good memories of the trip.