Beaches

East Coast Whether it's the public beach at Palmar or those watched over by opulent resorts, these are the main island's best beaches.

South Coast There's a reason that five-star resorts love this area.

Le Morne & Tamarin Pretty beaches with dramatic mountainous backdrops in western Mauritius.

Trou d'Argent Pick any beach on Rodrigues' east coast, but this cliff-surrounded cove is our favourite.

Hiking

Black River Gorges National Park Hiking trails through bird-rich wilderness and the island's last great forest.

Le Morne A steep climb with extraordinary views and a soulful backstory.

Lion Mountain Underrated hike that scales the heights with great views and good birdwatching.

Graviers to St François Lovely coastal walk past Rodrigues' best beaches.

Wildlife

Île aux Aigrettes An island Noah's ark where tortoises and pink pigeons live as free as they once did everywhere in Mauritius.

Black River Gorges National Park Rare bird species and old-growth forest add up to Mauritius' premier wilderness experience.

Vallée de Ferney Go looking for the Mauritius kestrel, once the world's most endangered bird.

Grande Montagne Nature Reserve A chance on Rodrigues to pick up some of birding's biggest Indian Ocean prizes.

Spectacular Landscapes

Le Morne Peninsula World Heritage site with stunning beauty and a tragic story to match.

Black River Gorges National Park Waterfalls off the high plateau, dense forest and a deep river canyon.

Cap Malheureux The main island's northernmost tip has dramatic views out to the islands.

Mahébourg The view across a turquoise bay to Lion Mountain is postcard perfect.

Romantic Getaways

Le Saint Géran The ultimate in luxury with beach butlers, indulgent beauty treatments and glorious accommodation.

Le Prince Maurice There's something in the air at Belle Mare on Mauritius' east coast and this sublime complex is heavenly.

Le Touessrok More east-coast luxury, with its very own islands to enhance the paradisiacal credentials.

Lux Le Morne Luxury at every turn in the shadow of Mauritius' most beautiful mountain.

Le Paradise Cove Small is beautiful at this boutique hotel in the north aimed at couples.