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For as long as we can remember, Mauritius has been synonymous with honeymoons spent lazing on ethereal beaches with powdery white sands and warm azure waters. While it does have some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, there is no dearth of offbeat things to do in Mauritius – it isn’t called Paradise Island for nothing! Even though we had to tear ourselves away from our lovely honeymoon suite, we are glad we did. Hopefully this article will give you a peek into an oft-ignored, yet gorgeous side of Mauritius.

Without further ado, here’s our list of 10 Things To Do In Mauritius :-



Mauritian Street Food is amongst the best in the world – there, we said it! A unique mix of Creole, African, Indian, and Chinese influences, the dishes offer bursts of intricate flavours. Spices, colours, and flavours come together to form a scrumptious (yet little known!) cuisine. Where else would you find a French bouillon laced with Indian spices?

Since we’re such foodies, we have a whole article dedicated to the Street Food of Mauritius (Opens in a new tab). Don’t read it when you’re hungry :-). Once you have had your fair share of street food in Mauritius, you must have a meal at Chez Tino in Trou d’ Eau Douce (Opens in a new tab).


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Traditional Creole Curry made with fresh seafood



Renting a car isn’t a very popular option in Mauritius. Most tourists prefer to move around in cabs driven by local drivers. However we would suggest renting a car if you’re even a tad bit adventurous. There is some serious fun to be had. Nothing compares to discovering a secret beach or stumbling upon an amazing restaurant does it?

Just a word of caution – don’t rely solely on your GPS in Mauritius (unless you want to end up in a sugarcane field with a stray rabbit for company!). Ask for directions – English is widely understood and spoken and Mauritians are used to giving directions to tourists.

Try renting a car with a local Mauritian company to save money. We rented a car with Pingouin Car Rental at extremely competitive rates. You can rent an economy car for as little as USD 40/day (includes GPS) and received impeccable service.

Once behind the wheel, explore the hidden villages and beaches of Mauritius. Make sure you drive along Mauritius’ Southern coast – it’s right up there with the best the island has to offer. Think black rocks, rugged panoramas, crashing waves, windy surfing beaches, and stunning Mauritian countryside.

We promise you, you won’t forget the feeling of wind hitting your face as you drive through winding roads to reach the southernmost tip of the island at Gris Gris.


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Stunning Drives in Mauritius



Imagine being the only people on a winding road – a road surrounded by tea plantations and enveloped with fog.

As you drive on the mist-laden road, you see tea-pickers at work, rhythmically plucking leaves from bushes. The mise-en-scene at Bois Cheri Tea Plantations is indeed magical.

If you’re a tea enthusiast you could take a guided tour through the tea plantation. Make sure you dine at their terrace restaurant – it offers stunning panoramic views of inland Mauritius and an extensive variety of teas on the menu.


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Tea Plantations in Mauritius


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Tea Plantations in Mauritius



Vast expanses of sugarcane fields are amongst the first things one notices about the island. They seem to go on miles and offer a stunning backdrop to drives on the island. Sugarcane has a long history in Mauritius. It was introduced to the country by Dutch colonizers, popularised by the French, and developed  by the British as the primary crop in Mauritius during the nineteenth century.

Make sure you wander through a few sugarcane fields while you are in Mauritius. It is easy to get lost in the narrow passageways of sugarcane fields, with hundreds of swaying sugarcane plants for company. Better still, visit L’Aventure Du Sucre – a sugar museum with its own sugarcane fields. It provides a comprehensive overview of the history of sugarcane and its importance for the island. It is possible to sample a variety of sugars here.

While you’re at it, don’t leave Mauritius without trying a glass of fresh sugarcane juice – nectar,  it is that!!


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Take a walk in sugarcane fields



The highlight of any trip to Mauritius is the people. They are warm, cheerful, welcoming, and very very helpful.

We were there for a week and we lost count of the number of times random strangers helped us with directions (did we tell you never to rely on GPS in Mauritius, unless you are driving on main motorways? ), explained the significance of a particular ritual to us or welcomed us to their country.

Random examples of generosity include free tapas at restaurants and a coconut seller who refused to accept money from us on finding out it was our first trip to Mauritius. There were huge smiles everywhere we went – that’s Mauritius 🙂

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Lovely people all around



This little known village in South Mauritius holds many surprises.

The Coloured Earth, which is a geological oddity of sorts, is first on the list. Purples, yellows, oranges, and reds coalesce to form an uneven volcanic surface. You can stare dumbstruck at the wonders of nature or make friends with a giant tortoise – the choice is yours 🙂

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The Coloured Earth at Chamarel


The drive to Chamarel is punctuated by a number of waterfalls and gorges. Make sure you stop and walk to the viewpoints for rugged panoramas of the mountainous areas of Mauritius.



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The little known rugged side of Mauritius



It would be unfair to leave Mauritius’ beaches out of this list wouldn’t it? The country boasts of some of the finest beaches in the world – they’re stupidly gorgeous. Seriously, nothing should be allowed to be that pretty.

Some of our favourites include the Belle Mare Beach, the hidden La Cuvette beach in the north, and the rugged beaches of the South, especially Le Morne. If you love kite-surfing, Le Morne is the place for you.

Go on – grab a margarita and a book and allow yourself to be one helluva lazy beach bum – we won’t judge you 🙂


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Go on – be a beach bum 🙂


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Turquoise Waters at the hidden La Cuvette beach



While there is no shortage of things to do in Mauritius, your visit is incomplete without having tasted (or shall we say relished 😉 ) the variety of rums on offer.

Jamaica might be known for producing the best rum in the world, but Mauritius isn’t far behind. It is a secret rum paradise. It has expansive sugarcane fields with rum being produced on site, delightful distilleries, and an amazing variety of rum on offer.

We sampled white rums, perfect for cocktails, and premium rums, matured in oak barrels for years.The rich caramel shades of the latter had us swooning for more 🙂

Make sure you read about our visit to Rhumerie De Chamarel (Opens in a new tab).


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Some of Mauritius’ finest rums



The expansive coast-line of the island means Mauritius offers a variety of water sports and activities including snorkelling, deep-sea diving, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, and scuba diving. But it also offers visitors a chance to experience some rather unique experiences – an Undersea Walk. Here one is suspended metres below the sea with a giant visor to provide a continuous supply of oxygen. It’s scary at first but soon you start walking around on the ocean bed, making friends with colourful fish and miscellaneous sea creatures.

If this description does not tempt you, you will surely be convinced by the video and pictures in the article about our undersea walk experience (Opens in a new tab) 🙂


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Water Sports in Mauritius


Kite Surfing
Kite Surfing



Mauritius is an endlessly fascinating blend of varied cultures. This rich diversity manifests itself in traditions and languages.English might be the official language but Creole, Hindi, French, and Bhojpuri are widely spoken in the country. Similarly you will find churches, mosques, temples, and Chinese pagodas scattered around the island.

Make sure you explore intricately carved Mauritian temples, educate yourself about colourful Mauritian folklore and festivals, and participate in the energetic Sega dance. Immerse yourself in the culture of the island  and you are bound to fall in love with it 🙂


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An idol of Hindu God Shiva at Grand Bassin, one of the largest religious sites in Mauritius


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An idol of Hindu God Ganesha at Grand Bassin, one of the largest religious sites in Mauritius


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The world’s largest idol of Shiva in Mauritius


That’s it! We hope you enjoyed our list of things to do in Mauritius. Mauritius has so much to offer that it’s difficult to sum it up in one post.


Getting There – Air Mauritius offers direct flights from most major cities to Mauritius. Our flight was comfortable and the staff was extremely attentive. We loved the food on the flight and wanted to highlight this as I rarely enjoy food on flights





If you have any questions, drop us an email or ask them in the comments section below 🙂

146 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Do In Mauritius, The Paradise Island

  1. yayyy , What an amazing post , and i’m glad that I have done 8 out of these ten things which is just amazing.

    Mauritius is very special to me as , i swent on my honeymoon there . and it was just perfect .

    I wish i would have rented an car and drove it to the glory of mauritius. But its ok. I will definately go to mauritius again. 🙂

    Savi, Your pic on the beach, is just fabulous. You gave me isea of a pose on beach 😀

    1. Thanks Sonal. Aah so we’re not the only ones who love Mauritius 🙂

      Now I’m curious- which 2 things did you not check off your list?

      1. HEY
        That was amazing post. I am very excited to visit Mauritius and want to drive there, but renting car is so easy? what all formalities you need to complete before renting a car ?

        1. Thanks Raghav. It’s super easy to rent a car – you literally need to show them your driving licence and that’s it 🙂

          1. Is Indian driving license valid there?
            Or I need to apply for their driving license?

          2. Hey Abhimanyu – Indian driving licenses work in Mauritius if you want to rent a car there 🙂

    2. proud to be a mauritian…miss you my motherland…sending love all the way :)…really pleases to see all your lovely comments..went straight to the heart..thank you 🙂

    1. Thanks Ritu – I’ll make sure Savi reads your comment. She’s prone to grumbling when I click one too many photos of her 😉

  2. Mauritius is next on my list …..awesome captures and heard about beaches,sugar cane plantations ,water sports activities but the coloured earth of charamel looks amazing and driving across the country is definitely an awesome idea …..lovely post 🙂

  3. Great list! Somewhere I find Mauritius quite similar to India.

    Photos are fab but the 1st one bowled me over. Walk in Sugarcane fields in high heels? 😛

    1. Well spotted Nisha 😉 It wasn’t a scheduled visit, that’s what our recent blog post is all about 🙂

  4. Wow, now that is an awesome list!

    I’ve heard nothing but great things but after seeing what you saw and experienced, it makes me want to jump on a plane and head to Mauritius 🙂

    It truly looks like a magical place.

    I sure want to be a beach bum but I also would like to go for a drive and see the natural beauty of it all.

    Thanks for the inspiration & btw your photos are amazing.

    Well don!

    Kay 🙂

    1. Thanks a ton Karla. I hate to admit it, but we didn’t know too much about Mauritius’ abundant offerings before we visited the country. But we couldn’t get enough of it once we were there. We came away thoroughly impressed. The photographs speak for themselves don’t they?

  5. Beautiful write up and nice photos too. I could relate to all the places very well as we had been to Mauritius 3 years back and did everything except walking through the sugarcane fields. By the way did you have Dolpuri (street food)?

  6. The pics are amazing and I felt like I went on a short virtual trip to Mauritius reading ur posts! Just brilliant, and I loved the way u described ur experiences. The excitement is contagious 🙂 Savi, u look really beautiful 🙂

    1. Thanks Ramya. I always love reading your comments 🙂 I hope you make it to Mauritius sometime in the future – you will love it

  7. Seems like those are 10 of the top quietest things to do – the TANDEM SKYDIVE!!!! Is certainly the ultimate thing to do in Mauritius not only do you get to jump out of a plane with world class tandem instructors but the View of the whole island is simply spectacular!!! ENJOY

    1. Hey Chris,

      That’s on our list of to-do things for our next visit to Mauritius 😉 this time, we took our time to explore quaint villages and explore hidden beaches in Mauritius 🙂 We absolutely loved Mauritius

  8. This is great thanks for sharing your experience, we are going to mauritius in September (can’t wait) I was wondering how safe it was to hire and use a car I think you’ve just confirmed its fine, one thing I would like to know how long does it take to drive round the whole island ? 🙂

    1. Hey Tony !

      It’s completely safe to hire a car. Just be a little careful with where the GPS takes you 😉 The locals are always happy to help and guide you if you get lost. You can drive around the whole island in a day – Mauritius is small. That said, take your time to absorb the sights. We loved driving around in Mauritius – sometimes we would go back to a particular hidden beach or a view point just to enjoy the drive !

  9. Hi..thanks for the valuable information. I am going there in June 2014 for a week. Hope to check out all the 10 I heard that they have factories making ship models. What do u suggest for kids age 8 and 3 years ?

  10. Haha! Do not be fooled… It is not as beautiful. Plus of all islands av been to, it is too expensive. am stil here though..

    1. Hey Elsie, we didn’t find Mauritius expensive. The street food is reasonably priced and scrumptious!

  11. Being half Mauritian I feel there’s lots more things to do that are somewhat better that should be in the top ten list of things to see and visit x

    1. Hey Rachel – Could you tell us a few of your favourite things to see and do in Mauritius 🙂 It would definitely help all our readers who plan to visit Mauritius in the future

    1. Hey Dev- Mauritius could be a great place to travel alone. It doesn’t have a dynamic backpacking culture like South East Asia but there are loads of hostels cropping up all over the island. We think you’d have a great time there 🙂

  12. Hi, we are planning for our honeymoon in feb 2015 in mauritius. How many days would be sufficient to enjoy mauritius?
    Which resort would you recommemd us for our stay? Our budget for HM is $2000 per person.

  13. Lot more thing to do, thanks for sharing valuable information. After reading your blog I think i will plan again trip to Mauritius and this will be not my business trip. Your Savi I feel uncomfortable to relax while on business trip coz of lots of stress and client meets, etc. This time I’ll go for alone..

    1. Hey Nimish – I think your kids would really enjoy visiting the Tortoise Park, the Sugarcane Museum and plantation, Mauritius Water Park, and a submarine trip or a ride in a glass-bottomed boat. Hope this helps 🙂

  14. Hi there

    I am travelling to Mauritius in September and have just been told the weather isn’t going to be good. Please could you tell me know what the weathers like in September

    Kind regards

  15. Hi Saleha

    I’m in Mauritius right now (30/08/14) and the weather is very windy. This is Mauritian winter and for 2 day running we’be been I able to do any water sports. Although the sun is out its wise to bring cardigans/jumpers with you when out and about.

  16. Hi

    I am travelling to Mauritius on 28th Sep and just came to know from the updates that the weather is bit cold . Do we have to carry the woolens also with us.

  17. It is a very nice article especially for the first timers. We are planning for our Honeymoon in March 2015 1st week. I also read your article on the resort you stayed during your trip. I must say it is a wonder on the beach as far as i have imagined about it.
    I want to ask about the driving experience in Mauritius. How much time it takes to cover the island from North to South, and also if possible can you help in finalizing an itinerary. It might be asking for too much, but as you know Honeymoons are supposed to be perfect.

    1. Hi Vaibhav,

      Thanks 🙂 As far as driving goes, you can cover the whole island in 2-3 hours. We took our time driving to the villages and beaches and were in no hurry to cover the entire island in one single day. Happy to help in finalising the itinerary – why don’t you drop us an email at info @ bruisedpassports dot come 🙂

        1. Hi,

          Please also send me the Itinerary too and also suggest me the weather in the month of May as I am also planning for my Honeymoon in the Month of MAy

          1. Hey Rahul it is quite hot and humid in May. These are all the things we did on our trip, so do include them in your itinerary 🙂 Drop us an email if you have any other questions

  18. Hi.. can u tell me if i need to book the sea bed walk and the rum chamarel in advance or i can just plan once i am there in Mauritius.

    1. Hey Vanushri – it’s better to book the undersea walk in advance (do tell them you read about it on Bruised Passports – perhaps you’ll get a discount 🙂 ). However you can book a tour of the Rumerie on the spot 🙂

    1. hello Savi vid, can you tell me how much is ticket for Under sea Walk and tour of Rumerie
      do we need international deriving licence?

      1. Hi,

        You don’t need an international driving license – if you have an Indian license that is fine. If I remember correctly, the undersea walk was around GBP 35 per person in 2013 and the visit to the Rhumerie was GBP 15 per person, but please check the latest prices on the respective websites mentioned in our article.

        Have a great trip 🙂

    1. Hi San,

      The weather was perfect – pleasant, not too hot, and a cool breeze early morning and evening. You’ll have a great time.

  19. Hi Savi,

    I and my fiance are planning a honeymoon to South Africa for 10 days followed by Mauritius for 5 days. but as you said that the island is very small and can be completely covered in 2-3 hours don’t you think 5 days would be a lot for Mauritius?? I mean would you suggest reducing the number of days there and increasing no. of days in South Africa??

    1. Hi Munmun,

      No, do stay in Mauritius for 5 days and enjoy the beaches, the food, and the culture. I am not sure what you mean by “covered in 2-3 hours”, but there is tons to do in Mauritius.

      Enjoy your honeymoon.


  20. Another thing I wanted to check out was is mid December the right time to visit Mauritius…11th to 16th December to be precise?

    1. Hi Munmum,

      December will be hot in Mauritius, so if you don’t mind that, then you’ll have a great time. It might rain a bit too. That said, it’s the best time for snorkelling / scuba diving 🙂

  21. Hi Savi,

    M travelling to Mauritius in December for my honeymoon….We are staying in North Mauritius just wanted to check out how far is South Mauritius from North.

  22. Hi Savi,

    thank you for your amazing report.
    Can you tell me if Mauritius is a good starting point for whale watching and dolphin swimming in October?
    I know it is offered there but what are the odds (realistic ones?)


    1. Hi Dan,

      We wouldn’t be able to comment on this as we did not go for these activities while we were there but some of the guests we met at our hotel had said that they saw a lot of dolphins near Le Morne.

      Apologies we could not be more helpful. Hope you have a great time in Mauritius. Loved the beaches and food there. Also try the undersea walk if you get the chance 🙂

  23. Hey Savi …..
    Great intimation about the place ….. I m planning for my honeymoon…..wanted to know if it’s a good idea to visit in Jan or if you can give me some recommendation.

    Thanks & Regards

  24. Hi Savi and Vid,

    My husband, my one year old and I are leaving for Mauritius for a friend’s wedding tomorrow morning. I was doing some last minute read -up on what to do/see/not-miss. Loved your suggestions, although my planned itinerary looks quite different from what you have on here. Will share how it went. Great pictures, btw.

    1. Hey Ritika,

      Hope you have a great time in Mauritius – yes, do share your trip pictures with us 🙂

      We miss Mauritius!

    2. HiRitika
      Hope your family enjoyed the trip in December.
      I’m going to Mauritius on SATURDAY!!!!
      i’d be interested to hear what you did that was different/better than the amazing suggestions from Savi & Vid.
      Please share

  25. Hey, superb pics. can you tell me about the costumes for the water sports.
    do i need to carry it or you can get good one at decent rates over there.

    1. Hey Sameer,

      Best to take your own stuff. You can keep your valuables in a bag and leave it on the boat when you go for the undersea walk. You’ll also be provided with special shoes for the undersea walk. Other than that, best to wear sandals/flip-flops.

      Have a great trip!

  26. Also,
    Shoes or sandals.
    what are the things which we can carry while doing the water sports as things will get wet. do we get a locker to keep stuffs or a water resistant pouch

    sorry very stupid question but ya wanted to ask this

  27. Dear all,

    we are planning to go to Mauritius from the middle of April, from the 18th till the 29th, how is the weather like over there? Are we going to see the sun?

    Thank you so much in advance.


    1. Hey there – April is generally a good time for Mauritius and you should see the sun. However it’s hard to predict the exact weather – it’s best to check the forecast just before you leave in order to know what to expect on getting to Mauritius 😀

  28. I visited this beautiful country sometime back and must say that I’ve fallen in love with it. Beautiful pristine beaches, amazing hospitality and so many activities to do… I did most of the things on the list but I would like to add a few other things to do as well which you cannot miss while in Mauritius.

    Catamaran cruise day trip was the most fun part one must do it.. A few other attractions/activities are Casela Bird park, Undersea walk, Scuba diving, Sea Kart and the list can go on and on…

    I was lucky to get amazing pre booking services from and mind blowing hospitality from the staff of The Residence.. Would definitely recommend this destination to everyone..

  29. Thanks for the tips of things to do. I do have a question.. Taking a girls trip there in June what are some places for nightlife for girls.

    1. Hey there – most resorts and hotels in Mauritius have clubs on site and those are the ones frequented by guests at the hotel. If you want to step out, then Grand Baie has quite a few bars and clubs. Hope this helps. Cheers 🙂

  30. What a post! This has come in handy just when I plan to book a vacation to Mauritius for my honeymoon in November. Feels as if it is going to be worth-it!
    More so, I am yet to finalize on my itinerary, but inclusion most likely shall be Ile Aux Cerfs, and Catamaran. After reading this post, I will make sure that I do go for undersea walk. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂 I shall start bugging my travel agent to extract the best out of Mauritius for me in his quote.

    P.S. Why this happens to be one of the only blog that I feel like replying: The page has remained active over years! Rather than starting a blog, it takes much more efforts to maintain one. Kudos. Keep up the good work. I shall bookmark 😀

    And I am so very jealous looking at your instagram posts. Do you take along a pro? 😛

    1. Hey Sagar – glad we could help 🙂 Have fun in Mauritius.
      As for Instagram, Vid is a photographer – that explains the images 🙂 You’re right it takes a lot of work to maintain a blog and all social media channels, but we do have a lot of fun doing it, so no complaints 🙂

  31. Hey was a fab article..very much useful just wanted to know one thing..can you tel what wear the rate of hotel lux resorts in bele more for 1night and 2days?

    1. Hey Chandni,

      The hotel rates keep changing so it’s best to see the latest on a comparison site. You can have a look here

  32. Thanks so much for this super interesting and inspiring article. I’ve always wanted to spend a vacation at a luxury hotel in Mauritius, and still do, but this article made me think more about the local culture, which clearly makes a trip to Mauritius all the more worth it!

    1. Hi,

      It won’t be cold – somewhere around 25 degrees celsius during the day. Just keep a light woollen for the evening but I highly doubt you’ll need to use it 🙂

  33. Hi guys. Glad I found this post. Went in 2011 and spent 2 weeks on the beach with some day trips to Grand Baie only. Leaving for Mauritius again in two days, and will definitely try as many items on your list as possible.

    1. Awesome Pieter – have an amazing time in Mauritius. Do send us photos from there – we’d love to share your photos with our readers 🙂

  34. Hi savi and vid,
    We are travelling to mauritius in next week and this will be our first international travel. So we wanted to know the preferred currency to take as there are mixed opinions like some suggest to take indian rupee and convert it to mur at the airport and some say it is better to take dollar or euro. What do you suggest ?

    Btw we love all of your pics on instagram?


    1. Hey Anshu – sorry for the late response. We usually just use our debit card on getting to the airport (in this case Mauritius) to withdraw local currency 🙂

  35. Hi,

    We are planning our Honeymoon in Mauritius. With regards to the weather, we haven’t decided if we should go in July or perhaps leave it for December. Any suggestions please?


    1. Hey Kim – The weather in Mauritius is pretty much the same throughout the year but of the two months, December is slightly better

  36. Hi,
    We are planning our Honeymoon and we are going to Mauritius mid May. We are staying in the north and want to travel a bit around the island. Is it easy to find a taxi and how much will it cost? Is there also public transportation that we can use?



    1. Hi Tamana,

      Yes you can easily find taxis but we’re not sure of the costs. Public transportation is available but might end up being restrictive for you to travel around. You could just rent a car for 2 days of your trip and see whatever you have to in those 2 days 🙂

  37. Hey guys…. follow you on insta and was planning a 60th birthday family holiday for my dad, we are planning on staying at the lux belle mare.
    Came across your acrticle but since its from a while ago was wondering if you would still recommend this property for a family holiday with elders and kids!

    1. Hey Piya,

      Assuming that the services and property are the same as they were 6 years ago (no reason for them not to be), Lux Belle Mare is great for a family holiday for sure 🙂

  38. Great Post and Stunning Pictures. There is much to do in Mauritius. Kite surfing, as well as reef snorkeling, are popular pastimes here, and while you are at it, make sure to try the delicious seafood!
    However, there are tourist-targeting scammers and petty crime to be wary of.
    Do be wary of the Grand Baie bazaar sunglass trap, hotel pricing scams, broken taxi meters, taxi driver unofficial guide partnership, snatch theft and many more!

  39. Hey, Just wanted to say that this is a great article with so many stunning pictures!!
    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more about things to do in Mauritius (one of my favorite destination).
    Thank you for sharing!

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