Ten Must-Try Activities In Mauritius
Often associated with islands and thoughts of waves crashing on white sandy beaches, Mauritius is already a haven to many. Although this is true, there is much more to learn from this colourful land. In this issue, Top 10 of Malaysia shares its list of the ten ‘must-try’ activities one should engage in when visiting this beautiful country!
Learn About Mauritians
Comprising various ethnicities with people being descendants of those from the Indian subcontinent, aside from Africa, China and France, Mauritians are well-known for their hospitality. The best way to meet the locals is at public hotspots and guided tours by them are a great way to discover the country.
Explore the Capital City – Port Louis
Port Louis has been a key harbour since 1735. Tourists can park at Caudan Waterfront and walk along cobbled streets featuring colonial buildings, markets, China Town, hundreds of shops, the Champ de Mars horse-racing course and the Citadelle or Church of Marie Reine de la Paix for an amazing view of Port Louis.
Walk On Beaches
White coral sand beaches and crystal clear waters are found at the best beaches to visit which are Pereybere, Flic en Flac, Le Morne, Belle Mare, Blue Bay and Ile aux Cerfs. Also a good way to discover the varying conditions in the North, East, South and West, is to drive around the coast visiting the many beaches.
Enjoy Water Sports Activities
Tourists have a tonne of options like pedalos, kayaking, water skiing, sea karting, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle-boarding, catamaran cruises, dolphin watching, big game-fishing, underwater walks, submarine trips, parasailing, diving and snorkelling, including in the Blue Bay reserve with a glass bottom boat!
Practice the Sega Dance
Even a clodhopper must learn a few Sega dance moves! The UNESCO-certified Intangible Cultural Heritage folkloric dance is performed at resorts in the evenings. The African rhythm echoes from the ravanne, maravanne or triangle instruments used for this dance, with songs sung in Creole.
Step Into a 300-Year-Old Garden
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is an extremely popular site created by French botanist Pierre Poivre. The oldest in the Southern Hemisphere boasting a plethora of indigenous flora and fauna, it features Poivre’s statue, gazebos, and the Talipot Palm, which blooms once every 30 to 80 years!
Observe a Unique Geological Phenomenon
The 7-coloured earth of Chamarel due to a unique geological phenomenon should not be missed. The panoramic route features an 83-metre-high waterfall and the picturesque Church of St. Anne is located in a nearby village which features a scenic drive back through the Chamarel to Baie du Cap.
Indulge In Delicious Sugar, Rum & Tea
Introduced to sugar cane in 1639, Mauritius’ history and prosperity is linked to it. French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais opened the first sugar estate in 1743 and today, its by-products like rum remain popular. Tourists can also sample the famed Mauritian vanilla tea at traditional tea plantations, factories and museums.
Visit Historical Heritage Sites
The colonial Government House, Port Louis Theatre, Central Post Office, Court of Justice and the old prison buildings all deserve a visit. In fact, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites known as Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne are worth visiting as much as the Vieux Grand Port historical route housing several historical monuments.
Experience Culinary Delight
A foodie haven, Mauritius has everything from cuisine by Michelin-star chefs to enticing roadside snacks. Food like the ‘heart of palm’ salad, dholl, puris, samosas, gateaux arouille and gateaux piments is found on and off the streets. Besides, the Chinatown Festival attracts thousands of Mauritians for their food offerings.