5 reasons you should go beyond beaches when in Mauritius

The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about Mauritius is its pristine white sand beaches, palm fringed beachside resorts and the unbelievable blue of the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius is a very alluring holiday destination. But, if it is about beaches, there are many other exotic beach destinations, and Mauritius is most certainly not the only one.

But that’s why we are here to tell you that it’s time you go beyond the beaches when in Mauritius. Inland is where the most fun is.

1. Le Morne Brabant

This is probably one of the most striking geological structures you will see when in Mauritius. Le Morne Brabant stands out, literally. This basaltic monolith stands tall at 556 m above sea level, covering a total area of 12 hectares. Le Morne Brabant is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular one as adventure travellers love to hike up the monolith for the panoramic views of the island from top.

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2. La Vallée des Couleurs nature park

La Vallée Des Couleurs Nature Park is spread over 450 acres and is a eco-tourism hotspot. The nature park is home to many indigenous flora and fauna, and provides a very good venue for adventure activities like zip-lining and quad biking. But the most unique thing about this nature park is its multi-coloured earth. This attraction is called the Seven Coloured Earths and it gets its name from the colourful sand. The colours red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow stand out beautifully.

3. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden is also known as the Pamplemousses Botanic Garden. It is located near Port Louis. The botanical garden is home to many native plant species but one that stands out is the giant water lily. Visitors come here especially to see the long pond of giant water lilies. The botanical garden was constructed in the year 1770.

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4. Île aux Aigrettes nature reserve

Want to see some rare wildlife.. Pay a visit to Île aux Aigrettes nature reserve, a safe natural habitat for the rare and vulnerable species. Star attractions here are tortoises. Île aux Aigrettes nature reserve is also the very last home to the remainder of the original coastal forest of Mauritius.

5. Trou aux Cerfs volcanic crater

When in Mauritius, make sure you pay a visit to Trou aux Cerfs, a dormant volcano that is 605 m high and located in Curepipe, Mauritius. The crater is 350 m wide and 80 m deep and is best seen from a helicopter ride!

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