It’s hard to find a more idyllic spot on earth than the islands of Mauritius.
Situated comfortably in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, this ‘slice-of-paradise’ is the perfect getaway for those who wish to sit back and enjoy the sun and sound of waves rolling onto sandy white beaches. But, maybe that’s just not your ‘thing’? Maybe you prefer a vacation with a bit more activity…as well as plenty of lounge time? Well, you’re in luck, as Mauritius truly is a vacationer’s paradise. Scroll down to read our top three recommendations for when (or if) you need a break from either one of the beautiful Radisson Blu resorts on the island.
Black River Gorge
The Black River Gorge National Park is Mauritius’ grandest park, covering roughly 3.5% of the total land area of the island. Of the nearly 700 plant species occurring in Mauritius, 311 you can found in the National Park such as the Trochetia, the Chinese Guava and the Tree of Travelers.
Alexandra Falls is particularly beautiful photo-op that’s not to be missed. With stunning panoramic views of the southern part of Mauritius; photos taken from up here are sure to end up as your Facebook cover photo!
Trou Aux Cerf
Ever wanted to visit a volcanic crater? Not a problem for those vacationing in Mauritius! This crater is 605m high and 85m deep and located near Curepipe, the largest town according to surface area in Mauritius with 90,000 inhabitants.
Cerf means ‘deer’ in French and this area is filled with herds that are thriving in and around the crater. In fact, you can even help control the population by participating in a hunting expedition. Controlled conservation of the wildlife allows the island to export a certain amount of deer meat to the neighboring Reunion Island. Beautiful views and an exciting hunting expedition? What more can you ask for?
Rhumerie de Chamarel
The Rhumerie de ChamarelI, or the Chamarel Rum Factory, is perfect for those who those who are gastronomically inclined. Not too far from the "Colored Earths of Chamarel" (another fabulous place to visit in Mauritius), the road leading to the Rhumerie is lined with sweeping plantations of sugar cane.
With a tour of the distillery, rum tasting and a restaurant called L’Alchimiste – this rum distillery is a great way to escape the beach and still enjoy all those tasty tropical cocktails!