Experiencing Paradise: A Seven-Day Itinerary in Mauritius

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Maybe you’re anticipating a visit from friends or family eager to experience Mauritius, or perhaps you’re considering a move to this enchanting island and want to ensure it’s the perfect fit (in that case, make sure to include those places in your itinerary : Best Places to Live in Mauritius as an Expat or Digital Nomad). You might even be a digital nomad or a first-time tourist looking to explore Mauritius’s wonders. We’ve simplified your planning process by crafting an ideal 7-day adventure itinerary to uncover the treasures of this tropical paradise. But before you start packing, here’s a valuable tip: aim for a visit between May and December to savor the delightful weather and steer clear of unexpected cyclones. Believe us, you wouldn’t want a sudden rain shower to dampen your beach day! So brace yourself for a week brimming with discoveries, cultural delights, and unforgettable experiences in Mauritius. Let’s dive in!

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The perfect seven-day adventure itinerary for Mauritius:

Day 1: Arrival and Relaxation

  • Arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
  • To make the most of your exploration across Mauritius, renting a car directly from the airport is highly recommended. Check out our guide on car rentals in Mauritius for the best options.
  • Check into your accommodation, preferably a beachfront hotel or resort. There are also more affordable Airbnbs. We recommend dividing your stay between various locations, maybe one in the South or West, and one in the North or East. Mauritius isn’t a big island but the roads are not the best, so if you’d like to explore all corners of the island, you should make sure to stay in different locations. We live in the West and we rarely go to the North because we think it’s too far (roughly 1h30 drive away). If you are in Mauritius without kids, explore our guide for more information on the finest adult-only resorts in Mauritius.
  • Spend your first day relaxing on the beach, enjoying the warm Indian Ocean waters.
  • Explore the nearby area, perhaps visiting local markets or dining at a seaside restaurant for your first taste of Mauritian cuisine.
Experiencing Paradise: A Seven-Day Adventure in Mauritius
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Day 2: Explore Port Louis

  • Make sure to plan one day at Port Louis, the bustling capital. 
  • Wander through the Central Market at Le Caudan Waterfront, where you’ll find an array of local produce, spices, and souvenirs.
  • Discover the historical landmarks of Fort Adelaide and Aapravasi Ghat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to delve into Mauritius’ rich past.
  • Indulge in a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring traditional Mauritian delicacies such as Dholl Puri, Mine Frite, Roti, Briyani and many more. 
  • Spend the afternoon shopping for souvenirs or simply relaxing by the waterfront, taking in the picturesque views.
  • Additionally, don’t miss the opportunity to explore China Town and visit the National History Museum to gain deeper insights into Mauritius’ cultural heritage. These enriching experiences will add layers of fascination to your adventure in Port Louis.
  • Mauritius boasts a rich cultural heritage that comes to life through its diverse museums and art galleries.
Experiencing Paradise: A Seven-Day Adventure in Mauritius
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Day 3: North Coast Adventure

  • Visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden to see giant water lilies and diverse plant species.
  • Stop by the picturesque village of Cap Malheureux and admire its iconic red-roofed church with views of Coin de Mire Island [an absolute must-visit].
  • Relax at one of the northern beaches like Grand Baie or Trou aux Biches.
  • Enjoy water activities such as snorkeling, diving, or glass-bottom boat tours. You may also want to refer to our guide highlighting the top swimming beaches in Mauritius.
Experiencing Paradise: A Seven-Day Adventure in Mauritiu
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Day 4: East Coast and Île aux Cerfs

  • Explore the scenic east coast, known for its beautiful beaches and lush landscapes.
  • Visit the village of Mahebourg and its historical attractions, such as the Naval Museum and the Mahebourg Market.
  • Take a boat trip to Île aux Cerfs, a small island famous for its stunning beaches and water sports.
  • Spend the day sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, or indulging in water activities like parasailing or jet skiing.
  • Île aux Cerfs boasts one of the premier golf courses in Mauritius, alongside numerous others across the island. Explore our guide for insights into some of the finest golf clubs in Mauritius. Additionally, if you’re interested in exploring other Mauritian islands, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide for more information.
Experiencing Paradise: A Seven-Day Adventure in Mauritius
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Day 5:  Immersion in Culture and Nature

  • Experience the rich cultural heritage of Mauritius.
  • Visit a local rum distillery such as Rhumerie de Chamarel or La Rhumerie de l’Isle, and learn about the island’s rum-making process.
  • Explore the Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths and Chamarel Waterfall, natural wonders located in the southwest of the island. For more stunning waterfall spots check our guide if you want to capture the Best waterfalls in Mauritius for your Instagram Feed.
  • Enjoy a traditional Mauritian dinner at a local restaurant, accompanied by Sega music and dance performances.
  • Frolic tip: To enjoy breathtaking views of the West Coast and the iconic Le Morne scenery, consider dining at Le Chamarel Restaurant Panoramic Restaurant. Alternatively, Chalets Chamarel offers a mountain-top setting immersed in nature, also with stunning views of Le Morne. We advise calling ahead to both restaurants to secure a reservation and ensure seating availability.
Experiencing Paradise: A Seven-Day Adventure in Mauritius
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Day 6: South Coast Exploration

  • Discover the rugged beauty of the southern coast.
  • Visit Black River Gorges National Park and hike through its scenic trails to viewpoints overlooking the gorge and waterfalls. Explore the renowned hiking trails of Mauritius by referring to our guide, Your guide to the best walking and hiking places in Mauritius with amazing views.
  • Don’t miss the dramatic landscape of Gris Gris and La Roche Qui Pleure.
  • Relax at one of the secluded beaches along the southern coast, such as Le Morne.
View from Macchabée Viewpoint Photo Credit: @bbaum.rtw on Instagram

Day 7: Leisure and Departure

  • On your final day, unwind at your resort or venture out to explore any remaining sights or activities on your agenda. Consider indulging in a day pass at one of the top resorts offering this facility. For more information and deals on day pass experiences, check out our guide on Top Day Pass Hotel Experiences and Deals.
  • Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, go for a swim, or indulge in a spa treatment.
  • Pack your belongings and check out of your accommodation.
  • Transfer to the airport for your departure, taking with you memories of your wonderful week in Mauritius.

Enjoy your trip to Mauritius!

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