​Popular Routes – Mauritius

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Mauritius.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Mauritius.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Mauritius.

Popular Routes in Mauritius

Mauritius offers the ultimate island beach holiday. You might be looking for two weeks of sun, sand and sea or maybe you just want to add a few days of relaxation to a busy safari on mainland Africa. Either way, there is plenty to explore, and the island is small enough to visit most attractions as day trips from one base.

Mauritius at a Glance

Most visitors like to base themselves in one of the many excellent resorts, self-catering accommodations or smaller guesthouses and explore from there. Flic en Flac, Trou aux Biches and Belle Mare are just some of the stunning beaches you could make your home throughout your stay. Here are some destinations to explore.


  • Ile aux Aigrettes to discover the unique flora and fauna, including some of the world’s rarest birds
  • Ile aux Cerfs to walk on white sandy beaches, grab a sumptuous lunch or play some golf
  • Cap Malheureux to go back in history and see the place where the British took the island from the French in 1810
  • The Northern Islands to go snorkeling by catamaran
  • Trou aux Cerfs to take in the views of the island from a 650m-high volcano
  • Port Louis to visit the central market, Fort Adelaide and the Caudan waterfront
  • Pamplemousses to visit the lovely Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Gardens
  • Flic en Flac to visit the longest beach on the island, marvel at the underwater world on a dive and experience the vibrant nightlife
  • Black River Gorges National Park to go hiking in pristine forest
  • Le Morne Brabant to climb the 556m summit, dotted with caves once inhabited by escaped slaves

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