Attractions

Top Choice Island in Pointe d'Esny & Blue Bay

Île aux Aigrettes

This popular ecotourism destination is a 26-hectare nature reserve on an island roughly 800m off the coast. It preserves very rare remnants of the coastal forests of Mauritius and provides a sanctuary for a range of…
Top Choice Gardens in Pamplemousses

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

After London's Kew Gardens the SSR Gardens is one of the world's best botanical gardens. It's also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius and easily reached from almost anywhere on the island. Labe…
Top Choice Museum in Mahébourg

National History Museum

This museum contains some fascinating artefacts, including early maps of the island and paintings of Mauritius' original fauna – including, of course, the dodo. There are also a few dodo bones in a glass case, along…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in The Southeast

Vallée de Ferney

Protecting a 400-year-old forest, this reserve is an important habitat for the Mauritius kestrel, one of the world's most endangered raptors, and a visit here is far and away your best chance of seeing one. Guides t…
Top Choice Historic Building in South Coast

St Aubin

St Aubin is an elegant plantation house that dates back to 1819; it originally sat alongside the factory but was moved in the 1970s so that its owner could get a quieter night's sleep. The estate no longer produces …
Top Choice Museum in Port Louis

Blue Penny Museum

Although dedicated to the world-famous Mauritian one-penny and two-pence stamps of 1847, the Blue Penny Museum is far more wide-ranging than its name suggests, taking in the history of the island's exploration, sett…
Top Choice Historic Building in Moka & Around

Eureka

If you're only going to visit one attraction related to Mauritius' rich colonial history, choose Eureka. This perfectly preserved Creole mansion was built in the 1830s and today it's a museum and veritable time mach…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Rodrigues

François Leguat Reserve

In 1691, François Leguat wrote that there were so many tortoises on Rodrigues that 'one can take more than a hundred steps on their shell without touching the ground'. Sadly, the Rodrigues version of the giant torto…
Top Choice Shrine in Port Louis

Père Laval's Shrine

The shrine of French Catholic priest and missionary Père Jacques-Désiré Laval is something of a Lourdes of the Indian Ocean, with many miracles attributed to pilgrimages here. The padre died in 1864 and was beatifie…
Top Choice Beach in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Tamarin Beach

Locals like to wax nostalgic about Tamarin Beach and its surfing heyday, and in many ways this sandy cove still feels like a throwback to earlier times – especially since the centrally located Tamarin Hotel looks as…