Mauritius Holidays beyond the Beaches: 6 Top Things to Do

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Mauritius as a holiday destination is much beyond its pristine beaches and azure waters. It is an island nation that is home to diverse cultures, lip smacking street food, perfect roads for a road trip and a wide variety of indigenously prepared rums to savour! The list is, in fact, exhausting but we have got the best experiences waiting for you. Take a look.

Drive down the southern coast

Driving around in a rented or a chauffeur driven car down the southern coast roads is perhaps the best way to discover the natural beauty of Mauritius. The roads lead to many beautiful fishermen villages and stunning hidden beaches. Don’t forget to stop by the Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO world heritage site that symbolizes the slaves’ resistance and fight for freedom.

Go on a rum tasting tour

‘Rumerie de Chamarel’, a local rum distillery located in the southern part of Mauritius, is an excellent place to discover the art of rum making and to enjoy some of the finest rum blends produced on the island. The distillery provides guided tours through the facility followed by a rum tasting session and scrumptious lunch in a colonial ambience themed restaurant.

Explore the diversity of cultures

The diversity of cultures in Mauritius can be gauged by the dotting presence of temples, churches, mosques and Chinese pagodas all over the island. You can visit brilliantly carved temples, stop by the god idols for a photograph, listen to folklores and participate in the Mauritius spirited Sega dance.  Visiting Mauritius is like visiting many countries at once.

Relish some street food

Mouth-watering street food is available at pocket friendly prices in Mauritius. You can try Napolitaine, Smoked Marlin Salade, Min Frite, Anana Confit, Cateaux Piment and Roti and Dalpuri. Most of the street foods available on the island are a mix of Chinese, Indian, African, Creole and French cuisines. Mauritius’ sugarcane juice is a must try as well.

Peek into Mauritius’ tea plantation history

Bois Cheri Tea Plantation, located about 12 km north of Riviere Des Anguilles, offers guided tours and exhibitions on the island’s tea history. You also get to enjoy different tea varieties at the end of the tour. Staying for lunch at the plantation is not a bad idea either as the delicacies prepared with local ingredients at the terrace restaurant are simply brilliant.

Take the underwater sea walk

The famous underwater sea walk in Mauritius is one of the best experiences the island has on offer. You get to see the enticing marine life from up close as you walk on the sea bed and different coral reefs. This excursion lasts an hour including the transport from island to the lagoon but leaves one with a lifetime of memories.