1. Chamarel – including a stop at the Coloured Earth

Charmel is a charming little village in Mauritius, located in the Rivière Noire District, which is famous for its natural beauty. A must see while visiting Charmel is a visit to the Coloured Earth, a spectacular and unique geological feature of different coloured sand dunes.

2. Grand Bassin

The Grand Bassin is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus which is the prominent religion on Mauritius. The Grand Bassin is located in the beautiful mountains in the heart of the Maldives. It is believed that the water of the lake is sourced from the River Ganges in India and in 2007 a 108ft tall statue of the Hindu God Shiva was put up in the entrance to the Bassin.

3. Port Louis

The busy tropical capital of Port Louis is located on the North West coast of Mauritius and is home to an array of colourful stalls. Bustling with local workers during the day; evenings in Port Louis allow visitors to experience a famous night out along Caudan waterfront.

4. Catamaran cruise

A day catamaran trip along the crystal-clear lagoons is widely considered one of the best attractions in Mauritius. Discover some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches, tropical coral reefs and magical marine life; catamaran trips will give you memories to cherish forever.

5. Casela Nature and Leisure Park

Set in 14 hectares, Casela Park is home to a vast array of exotic animals including lions, zebras, wild cats, giant tortoises and many more. Enjoy the park by zipping around on a Segway, buggy or quad and for the most adventurous the park offers hiking and the longest zip line in the Indian Ocean. For the younger guests, the petting zoos and fishing ponds makes for a perfect trip for the whole family.

6. Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens

One of the most popular attractions in Mauritius is Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens near Port Louis. Opened nearly 300 years ago by the French Governor of Mauritius, the gardens served as a horticultural research centre for many years. Pamplemousses offers you a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a relaxing stroll amongst beautiful gardens.

7. Kitesurfing

Mauritius is a top class destination for kitesurfing, one of the world’s best known sports. Suitable for both beginners and experts, numerous locations in Mauritius offer kitesurfing experiences and lessons in the warm and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

8. Swimming with dolphins

Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat is a dream for many and a holiday in Mauritius can make those dreams come true. Several companies offer the chance to swim with dolphins, under the supervision of trained experts. See these beautiful creatures in beautiful surroundings and create memories to cherish.

9. Sugar World

A visit to Sugar World will allow you to discover tales woven around the life story of sugar and the roots of the Mauritian people. Set in an ancient sugar plantation converted into an extraordinary museum, a tour of Sugar World will unravel the history of Mauritius and includes free rum and sugar tasting.

10. Bois Cheri

Bois Cheri is the oldest tea plantation in Mauritius, dating back to 1892. An expert guide will lead you through the informative museum, allowing you to discover the history, tales and stories of tea production in Mauritius. Boasting a spectacular view of the island; in addition to the museum tour, a visit to Bois Cheri will finish with a tea tasting session.