The West attractions

Top Choice Forest in Chamarel

Ebony Forest of Chamarel

One of the most exciting conservation initiatives in Mauritius in the last few years, the Ebony Forest seeks to recreate a small pocket of indigenous native forest, the likes of which covered the entire island just …
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, although things are changing. Tamarin remains a popular place …
Top Choice Museum in Chamarel

Rhumerie de Chamarel

Set among the vast hillside plantations of Chamarel, the rhumerie is a working distillery that doubles as a museum showcasing the rum-making process. The pet project of the Beachcomber hotel tycoon, the factory open…
Top Choice Museum in Chamarel

Curious Corner of Chamarel

This eclectic place is utterly unlike anywhere else on the island. Essentially an interactive gallery of illusions and art, it has an upside-down room, a laser room and plenty of other attractions that play on your …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Black River Gorges National Park

Gorges Viewpoint

On a clear day, the views from here across the gorge and down towards the west coast rank among the best on the island.
Beach in Le Morne Peninsula

Le Morne Public Beach

The resort hotels of Le Morne may have grabbed long stretches of ocean frontage here, but this public beach, between Dinarobin and Lux Le Morne is just as lovely. It gets crowded on weekends.
Viewpoint in Black River Gorges National Park

Macchabée Viewpoint

The stunning Macchabée Viewpoint is in the heart of the Black River Gorges National Park, where some of the best trails meet.
Zoo in Flic en Flac

Casela World of Adventures

When you arrive at this 14-hectare nature park, you're greeted with a bewildering range of options – in addition to being a zoo (with big cats, rhinos, giraffes and other African mammals), the beautifully landscaped…
Landmark in Chamarel

Terres de 7 Couleurs

Chamarel Coloured Earths have become one of the sights on the island's usual tourist circuit. Some travellers (and we're among them) find them quite underwhelming but the queues to enter continue. If you temper your…
National Park in The West

Black River Gorges National Park

A network of hiking trails crisscrosses the wild and empty Black River Gorges National Park. Unfortunately, they're not always well marked, so check the route and trail conditions at the information centres before s…