The island of Mauritius may be small, but it offers a wide range of fun activities for families with children. With its calm and clear lagoons, and a mix of cultures, the island has a number of enticing indoor and outdoor attractions. A memorable way to connect as a family is exploring the island's history and culture together. This may include a visit to the Sugar Museum, a trip to one of the island's many animal parks, or one of the island's adventure parks. Learn about the top family activities to do in Mauritius below!
1. A sweet adventure
L’Aventure du Sucre translates into ‘the adventure of sugar’ and is the Sugar Museum’s official name. It’s a convenient 25-minute drive from our Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, Mauritius, and offers an interactive adventure fit for the entire family. It’s housed in an old factory complete with vintage machines and modern films that will immerse visitors in a unique environment. Children and adults are invited to take an interactive tour and make their way through the different parts of the museum, including displays on the sugar-making process, sugar cane stands, and exhibits on the sugar and rum routes. Make sure to pick up a children’s tour booklet which features puzzles and games for kids ages 7 to 12.
2. Leisurely walks
Take a stroll through the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens which are home to hundreds of plant varieties like giant water lilies and majestic baobabs. The gardens have been around for more than 300 years and originally served as private grounds for the French governor of the island. Venture on your own, or request a tour from one of the savvy local guides. Make sure to stop by the water lily pond, where you’ll find an amazing display of floating flowers with leaves that can measure over 6 feet across.
3. A date with nature
While the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park and Nature Reserve is fun to explore at any time of day, the crocodiles are fed on Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 so this is the recommended time to visit. If you're feeling brave you can get up close and personal with the giant tortoises by feeding, petting, and playing with them. Children can enjoy play time in the park's Jungle Adventure Playground.
4. Glass Bottom Boat to Blue Bay Marine Park
Stay on board and admire the corals, fish, and reef from the comfort of the boat or take in the area's colorful underwater plant and animal life while snorkeling. Blue Bay Marine Park is home to a variety of fish, sea grass, coral, mangroves, and more. Keep your eyes on the boat’s glass floor and you’ll be treated to views of some of the most stunning creatures and plants the bay has to offer.
5. Casela World of Adventures
There's something for all ages and personalities at this park. Spend your time zooming across zip lines, getting a closer look at area wildlife on a safari, or cooling off in one of the hidden swimming spots among the many canyons. The Casela World of Adventures, which spans 14 hectares, is also a zoo and has 1,500 birds along with monkeys, hippos, zebras, and giant tortoises. A trip to the dry forest section and its beloved Black Ebony tree is a memorable educational experience for the whole family.
Enjoy a fun-filled family holiday with Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, Mauritius!
Psst! Don't forget to check out the island's top beaches as well!