Across the vast waters of the Indian Ocean, you will find the rather small island of Mauritius; a mere 1 860 sq km. It takes just 1 hour 30 minutes to travel from the north to the south and holds a small population of 1.2 million people.
Despite its size, this tropical island offers an abundance of activities and sightseeing opportunities, making it easy to fall in love with. We’ve listed some of the best excursions and attractions for you to map out your perfect Mauritian adventure.
If you’re planning a trip to a tropical island such as Mauritius, there is no way you can leave without having dipped your toes in the warm water. As a tourist or a local, you are never at a loss of options. Take a cruise to the beautiful surrounding islands, or dive into the world of a majestic creature.
Hands down, one of my most favourite things to do in Mauritius is to take a catamaran trip to its multiple surrounding islands. Choose between Flat, Round, Snake or Gabriel Island. Start your day early on a gorgeous 40-foot catamaran, along with tourists from around the world and onboard crew that are nothing but friendly and accommodating.
The catamaran will make a pit stop at the well known Coin de Mire, which is known for its snorkelling and the rare shark spotting. However, have no fear, the sharks in Mauritius are vegetarian (or at least that is what the locals will tell you).
I would suggest a catamaran trip to any tourist because of the activity’s value for money. It is a relatively cheap, all-inclusive excursion that offers everything from the experience to the great service, and the incredible food and drink.
Once you arrive at your selected island, you will be taken to shore via rubber-ducky. Lounge around the beach and catch come vitamin sun while waiting to be served assorted Mauritian foods and delicacies.
We were served baguette (french loaf), fish, chicken, vegetables as well as a few sides and salads. The open bar flows constantly with cocktails and soft drinks, while braver visitors enjoy the local “Jungle Juice” – a dangerous combination of orange juice and the local rum.
There are many catamaran operators to choose from; however, we greatly recommend Calypso, Royal Cruise, Top Cat and our ultimate favourite, Harris Wilson.