Mauritius is the perfect retreat for sporty couples. Start planning your activities from hiking in national parks to diving in the Indian Ocean and helicopter sightseeing. Take your pick from a long list of things to do in Mauritius, starting with our top five.
A vacation to Mauritius doesn’t just have to be about relaxation and rejuvenation, or perhaps it does. But, people relax in different ways. Some like to spend their much needed vacation time lazing on a golden sandy beach with a cocktail and a favorite book, while others enjoy sightseeing, hiking and trying new things. If you can relate to the latter, then here are some suggestions on how to enjoy a couple’s sporty retreat in Mauritius.
1. Bird’s eye view
Mauritius is a paradise of turquoise water, sandy beaches, sugar cane fields and landscape shaped by volcanic activity. What better way to see the scale of this tropical island than with a bird’s eye view. Take to the air in a helicopter or seaplane and glide around the island. On the latter, you can experience the thrill of taking off and landing on the water, as well as exploring the coral reefs and the beautiful coastline. This tour only has room for one person in addition to the pilot, so if you want to treat your loved one this is the tour to choose.
If you want to fly together then choose the helicopter tour. The helicopter can cover the whole island and tours are custom-made especially for you. Your private guide will tell you all about the island’s history, geography and most iconic landmarks. As you fly, you will be blown away (not literally) by the picture perfect views that pass before you.
2. Dive from the skies
Is skydiving on your bucket list? If so, what better place to take the leap than in Mauritius. You will be so busy admiring the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean you will forget you are 10,000ft in the air. Maybe not, but with the safety of a tandem jump with a qualified instructor, this really is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. In case you do, you can order a DVD to watch and show off to all your mates back home.
3. Luscious National Parks
If you prefer to have your feet on terra firma, enjoy some tranquil hikes and more vigorous trails in the national parks. Bras d’Eau National Park, located near Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius, is on the east coast. The dense forest is made up of eucalyptus, monkey puzzle trees, mahogany and many more species of trees and shrubs. The orchard is filled with an army of an impressive 2000 mango trees and 200 litchi trees. Start at the visitor center and then join the walking trail, keeping your eyes peeled for local birds and wildlife. Black River Gorge National Park is located in the southwest. Again, start at one of the two visitor centers, then choose your path from over 60km of hiking trails.
4. Diving into a tropical paradise
With a delightful sea temperature varying from 22-27oC and crystal clear water, can you imagine a better place to explore an underwater paradise of coral reefs and tropical fish? Level is not an issue. Beginners can simply don a mask and snorkel then start exploring. The more adventurous can take a PADI diving course. Experienced divers can explore mysterious caves and wrecks in the depths of the water. The island is small so it is easy to explore the different areas and coastal formations that make up this incredible aquatic landscape.
5. Hiking to a volcano crater
You’ll find Trou aux Cerfs amidst lush green vegetation on the central plateau near the village of Curepipe. It’s a lovely hike to this dormant volcano crater. Benches are dotted around the edge of the bowl so stop and take a moment; absorb the 360o panoramic views. To take this experience to the next level, plan a sunset trip and watch the sky come alive with magical colors. A short drive from Curepipe is Grand Basin. This extinct volcanic basin is now a natural lake. Outside of India, it is actually one of the world’s most important Hindu pilgrimage sites.
If this list of activities has your feet itching, then start planning your own Mauritius bucket list. Details of excursions and adventures can be found at Mauritius Attractions. They also take bookings so you can be sure not to miss out when you’re planning your holiday of a lifetime to Mauritius.