Do you hope to visit the island nation of Mauritius? Great choice! I’ve just finished crafting the ideal seven-day plan for your trip to Mauritius. Due to its compact size, the country is easily explored in just 7 days. You can easily reach all four corners of the island from your starting point without having to switch hotels or guesthouses, which is yet another perk of visiting Mauritius. In addition, I provide you with a list of the finest hotels on the island that fall within your price range. It’s near the bottom of the page. These 6, 7, or 8 days in Mauritius will leave you with indelible memories of the heavenly beaches of Belle Mare and Morne Brabant, the bustling streets of Flic-en-Flac and Grand Baie, hiking in Black River Gorges National Park, the ascent of Morne mountain, or the visit of temples in Grand Bassin.
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Your 8 days trip to Mauritius should begin in the north of the island. You should check into your hotel or guesthouse as soon as possible after landing in Mahébourg in the morning.
The best way to see all that Mauritius has to offer is by renting a car and driving around in your own time. You can rent a car at the airport, but only from authorized rental firms to protect your insurance.
The bus system is another option for getting around, and it's fairly comprehensive even if the trips take a long time.
The first full day of your 7-8 day Mauritius itinerary will be spent exploring Grand Bay in the island's northwest. It's a popular vacation spot and one of the island's busiest areas, so don't miss it if you're visiting Mauritius.
You'll find a gorgeous public beach with colorful fishing boats bobbing in the ocean's turquoise waves. While strolling on Sunset Boulevard (Grand Bay's commercial district) or relaxing on the beach, you can stop at one of the many trailers that sell snacks and fresh fruit.
I highly recommend "Eatwithfingers," a new restaurant serving gourmet and healthful (but not traditionally Mauritian) fare, for lunch. You'll need a taxi to get there, as it's a little ways outside of town on Twenty Foot Road.
Take advantage of being only 10 kilometers away from Grand Bay by going for a swim at the beach in Peyrébère after your visit there.3
The stunning scenery of Cap Malheureux, to the north of the island, is best experienced in the late afternoon. Take in the sunset on the stunning beach and its red church, which stands out brilliantly against the emerald grass, sapphire water, and brilliant blue sky.
I really enjoy coming here whenever I'm in Mauritius.
The second day of your one week trip to Mauritius should be spent in Port Louis, the bustling capital city, where you may see local life firsthand.
A visit to the central market of Port Louis (commonly known as the "bazaar") is a great way to kick off your day of sightseeing. The Queen Street market is a great place to find fresh produce and other regional specialties like Chinese noodles, premade meals, and snacks.
Try some local favorites like dhall puri, rotis, and fried mines while you're there. You can also eat in the upper dining area if you like.
Once you've finished browsing the stalls at the market, make your way to Caudan Waterfront, the island's original commercial district, right on the waterfront. The market, shops, restaurants, and ocean views at Caudan Waterfront are all within easy walking distance from the market.
If you're interested in Mauritius's past and present, a trip to the Blue Penny Museum in Caudan is a must.
On Fridays and Saturdays, there is live music and other entertainment to enjoy while you dine with a view of the ocean. A trip to the casino might be in order.
Some suggestions for your trip to Mauritius:
- Leave the rental car at the Caudan parking garage and spend the day walking about the city. Port Louis has a severe lack of convenient parking options.
- It's best to avoid hitting the road between 8 and 9:30 in the morning and 4:30 and 6 in the afternoon.
- Whether you're visiting Port Louis in the summer or the winter, it's important to be prepared for extreme temperatures with lots of water, sunscreen, and hats.
On day three of your trip to Mauritius, you should visit the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden in the island's north central region.
Easily accessible by bus from Port Louis, it is a popular tourist destination. There is a bus stop right outside the door.
A half-day is plenty for a tour of the garden. At lunchtime, I recommend having a picnic on the grass, on a bench, or in a kiosk near the river.
The garden, designed by a French botanist in the 18th century, features flora not only from the region in which it is located, but also from other parts of the world.
The garden spans 37 ha and is perfect for strolling because to its well-maintained paths and magnificent plants including towering baobabs, enormous water lilies, and numerous types of palm trees. You can also discover tropical fruit trees, fragrant herbs, and other such plants.
If you're interested in learning more about the garden's collections, a guide is available. Guides are helpful and knowledgeable, although trips can last up to two hours. Free admission is available if you'd like to take a stroll and enjoy some quiet time in the garden.
Adults pay 8 euros, while kids pay only 5. If you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Mauritius, you must visit the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden.
The fourth step of your one week Mauritius itinerary should be a visit to Flic en Flac on the west coast after you've explored the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden.
It has the best beach and views of Morne Brabant mountain in the western region, as well as water sports, beachside dining and nightlife.
Relax on the white beach or in the shade of the filaos, go for a swim, and observe the diverse marine life with a snorkel and mask in the afternoon. Don't pass up trying the snacks and fruit being sold by the beach vendors. The "Roti Aka" restaurant, at the first caravans at the beach's beginning, is a great choice.
You can also have dinner at one of the beachside restaurants and go scuba diving with one of the local dive clubs (with a reservation, of course). Have a disco at the end of the day.
Read Top 12 Things to Do in Flic en Flac for more information on the top activities in the area.
Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Talao, should be your first stop on the morning of your fifth day in Mauritius.
Several Hindu temples may be found here, as well as a natural lake and enormous statues of the deities Shiva and Durga. Durga is the world's largest statue honoring a female deity.
The Hindu population of Mauritius makes an annual journey to Grand Bassin from all points of the island to celebrate Maha Shivaratree.
You may leisurely explore Grand Bassin in half a day without spending any money. Temples can be visited, a "tika" can be drawn on the forehead, and the lake's natural beauty and religious statues can be explored.
You'll also enjoy meeting a lot of monkeys, some of which may be quite playful (watch out for your stuff!).
Spend the sixth day seeing the Eureka house near Moka in central Mauritius after seeing Grand Bassin in the morning. This home is one of the last and most impressive examples of colonial Creole architecture on the island.
Built in the 1830s, this colonial-style home became a museum in the 1980s. It provides a glimpse into colonial life in the 19th century and was once owned by the French and British aristocracy who dominated the island.
The colonial lifestyle of the time can be explored in the various renovated rooms of the house, which are included in the itinerary of this must-do tourist excursion.
Enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurant serving traditional Mauritian fare, explore the museum showcasing musical instruments, artwork, and antiques, and relax in the beautiful English gardens.
Walk through the verdant grounds and down the Moka River to the waterfalls for a relaxing swim before calling it a day.
Travel to Tamarin City on the southwest coast of Mauritius, close to Flic-en-Flac, on the seventh day of your one week vacation. The bus route is straightforward and will get you there quickly.
The holiday schedule has been relatively "cool" thus far with downtime and visits; nevertheless, it is time to crank up the intensity with some exercise. The Black River Gorges National Park is close to Tamarin, so you may spend the morning there trekking.
It's the biggest on the island at 6754 ha, and a visit there offers a gorgeous hike through the island's verdant jungle. You may see beautiful scenery, rivers, waterfalls, and a wide variety of plants and animals.
If you want to avoid getting lost and find out more about the park's background, I suggest hiring a tour. He will also provide information on the indigenous plants and creatures (like the Pink Pigeon!) that you can see on the hike.
All morning, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., you'll be on a guided hike.
There are many various paths to explore, so if you plan on going for a solo stroll, be sure to get your bearings and pick your route in advance.
I recommend we have a picnic in the park's wilderness as a thank you for your hard work, and then head to the nearby beach of Tamarin.
Your final day in Mauritius should be spent on the east coast, where you can enjoy some of the island's best beaches like Belle Mare and Trou d'Eau Douce.
Visit the popular island of Deer, one of Mauritius's most visited attractions, by catching a boat from Trou d'Eau Douce first thing in the morning.
There is a tiny island called Deer Island in the midst of the Indian Ocean, and it is a paradise with white sand beaches and clear water. Spend a day or half a day there relaxing, swimming, or participating in one of the many sports or nautical activities offered. Several stores and eateries may be found on the island as well.
After lunch, continue your exploration of the East by spending some time at the gorgeous Belle Mare beach and maybe trying out some scuba diving or snorkeling. It's also great if you just want to relax and take in the scenery.
More over 10 kilometers in length, Belle Mare is one of Mauritius's most enticing stretches of sand. It's quite calm during the week, but weekend activity picks up significantly.
It's time to head home from Mauritius after a week of sightseeing by car.