Say the word “Mauritius”, and what immediately come to mind are crystal clear seas, pristine beaches and stunning blue skies. A little island nation that sits pretty in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius may not be very big in size, but it is certainly rich in sights, sounds and everything good that nature has to offer.
Not to be confused with the Maldives or Seychelles, which offer mostly private resorts, Mauritius has a distinctly more accessible feel, thanks to its range of accommodation options, street food culture, and more activities (including extreme sports) than you could possibly do in one trip.
Whether you’re on a budget or in the mood to splurge, there’s sure to be an outstanding experience that you can enjoy. So here, in no particular order, are 10 things you can do in Mauritius with your significant other!
#01 Swim with dolphins in Tamarin Bay
It’s a once in a lifetime experience! Just be sure to choose an operator, such as Dolswim, that offers sustainable dolphin swimming excursions and that adheres to government dolphin protection guidelines. Prices start from around Rs 1900 (MYR115) for adults.
Photo by JP Henry Charters
#02 Walk with the lions at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park
From lion encounters and safari tours to hiking, the Casela Nature & Leisure Park is a wonderland of fun and thrilling experiences. There’s even a zip line that ends in the pool of a waterfall! Open daily from 9am-6pm in the summer, and 9am-5pm in the winter. Entry is Rs 300 (MYR19) for adults.
Photo by Casela World of Adventures
#03 Spend the day beach hopping
Beautiful beaches are aplenty in Mauritius, so don’t restrict yourself to exploring just one or two. The best part is they’re easily accessible and open to the public, so you won’t miss out even if you opt for affordable accommodation options like smaller guesthouses or boutique hotels. Here’s a hot tip: for the best sunset view in Mauritius, get yourself to Trou-aux-Biches.
Photo Catamaran Cruises
#04 Hike to the Tamarind Falls
Just one of many fabulous trekking and hiking experiences in Mauritius, the Tamarind Falls carries the distinction of being the highest waterfalls in the country, with a “fall” of almost 300 metres! Go here for more popular trekking and hiking destinations.
#05 Go on an aquatic adventure
Just because you’re not a scuba diver doesn’t mean you need to miss out on experiencing the underwater world up close. Try the Solar Under Sea Walk for a novel and unforgettable outing. Or, if you would prefer to stay comfortably dry, Blue Safari offers submarine rides that dive to a depth of 35 metres. Feeling really adventurous? A self-propelled Scuba-Doo scooter allows you to be in complete control, and with a maximum speed of just 2.5 knots, you can think of it as a leisurely stroll.
Photo Blue Safari
#06 See the Seven Coloured Earths
A fascinating geological formation found in the Chamarel plain in southwestern Mauritius, the Seven Coloured Earths are a series of sand dunes in seven distinct colours – red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Not surprisingly, it’s a major tourist attraction.
#07 Be spoiled by the many romantic, luxurious resorts
Is it any surprise that Mauritius is very popular with honeymooners? The island is filled with beautiful resorts, each offering a slice of paradise, and that are just perfect for a romantic getaway. We couldn’t possibly choose a favourite.
#08 Sample the rum and local cuisine
Exploring the traditional markets and street food options in Mauritius will not only give you a delicious taste (literally) of what the country has to offer, it’s also a great way to reduce your expenses so you have more money to spend on all these other experiences. That’s a win-win! Rum is a local specialty in Mauritius as well, so if that’s your tipple of choice, you’re in luck. Feel like sitting down to a proper dinner? Mauritius offers everything from casual eateries to fine dining establishments in their distinctive cuisine – a blend of French, African and Chinese – so take your pick.
#09 Learn about the culture
From the sega dance to stunning religious sites like monasteries and temples, Mauritius is a land that is rich in history and culture. Something to remember, however: shorts and short skirts are not permitted at the religious sites, and you’ll need to take off your shoes and any leather accessories when entering monasteries or temples.
#10 Take the Underwater Waterfall helicopter tour
If you’re ready to splurge, there are helicopter tours that will take you over the spectacular Underwater Waterfall near the shoes of Le Morne Brabant in the island’s southwest. The waterfall is actually an optical illusion caused by the movement of sand and silt sediments, and it’s an absolutely breathtaking sight!
“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” Mark Twain
From its breathtaking scenery and culinary delights, to its rich heritage and outdoor adventures, Mauritius has something for everyone. And now, thanks to AirAsia X’s new route to Mauritius, you can now experience a slice of Africa’s best-kept tropical secret!
MAURITIUS AT A GLANCE
On 4 October 2016, AirAsia X will be launching direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Mauritius three times a week. AirAsia X’s award-winning Premium Flatbed is a comfortable choice for the seven-hour journey. For flight details and bookings, visit airasia.com.
Find out here how you can be that lucky couple who wins a free honeymoon at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, all to celebrate AirAsia X’s new route to Mauritius.