Beautiful sights of Mauritius

Amazing sights of Mauritius

Mauritius is pretty small but it has a million beautiful sights crammed into it. I was imagining it to be a lot like the Maldives when we first considered booking it but its a lot more green and lush and, with it being located further South in the Indian ocean, has some very fascinating natural beauty, as well as some interesting modern sights. The first thing that struck us on the day we landed was how the road network is about 99% British due to British rule from 1810 to 1968. There are now some french signs creeping in but you could quite easily make your way around the island without worrying about being on the other side. The island has also been under Portugese, Dutch and French rule throughout history. Throw in migration from India, China, Malaysia and Africa and you have an incredible mixture of culture fused into what has formed a very vibrant Mauritian existence.

Flic En Flac

We opted to do a bit of a tour of the island the relaxed way by booking a taxi tour one day and picked all the popular prime spots.

Port Louis

Our little tour started off in Port Louis which is the capital city of Mauritius. As the name suggests it is one of the main ports of the island and the main place I wanted to see is the Grand market. It is huge and a winding collection of alleys and enclosures hosting a large number of stalls all crammed together. My favourite was the food stalls and I instantly recognised the main overpowering smell, that of dried fish. Having a lot of Indian and Burmese relatives, dried fish is a very common feature in some of our cuisine. My dad loves a dried fish curry whilst other relatives prefer it as a topping on a Laksa type dish. I’m in the latter camp. I can’t stand dried fish curry but the smell is weirdly familiar and comforting, if a little bit acquired. The Other Half can’t stand it and can’t comprehend how anyone would even find it edible. So if you don’t like dried fish smells, you may find the fish stalls slightly overpowering. Nevertheless, the fruit and veg stalls are very impressive and worth a good walk around.

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Port Louis Market Mauritius

Port Louis Grand Market Mauritius

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Aubergines at Port Louis Market Mauritius

Port Louis Grand Market in Mauritiius

Dragon Fruit Mauritius

Botanical gardens at Pampelmousse

Next on our list were the Botanical gardens at Pamplemousse about a 5 minute drive away. I would completely recommend getting a guide for this tour. We were initially tempted to just walk around ourselves but were so glad we didn’t. We would have finished the entire place in about 10 minutes flat and failed to discover all the hidden gems in the place.

We saw a huge collection of different plants and trees, everything from mango trees to to huge bamboo trees to elephant footed trees. Did you know bamboo trees can grow up to a foot a day when they are young and were used in the Vietnam war as torture devices. They would make captured soldiers squat over the young shoots which would then grow through them, all the way through their heads. Pretty gruesome.

The giant waterlilies somewhat distract your mind from that horrible image and are so pretty to see. They really are massive and can apparently hold a baby up to 1kg in weight. Delicate gorgeous flowers surround it as well as dragonflies and they provide a stunning feature to the gardens.

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Botanical gardens - Mauritius

Pamplemousse - Mauritius

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Chamerel waterfalls

We saw more natural beauty on our travels including a rather large dead volcanic crater and a spectacular waterfall known as the Chamerel waterfalls. You can’t tell in the photo but there this particular waterfall gives off rainbow colours due to the way the light bounces off the flowing water. We saw quite a few waterfalls during our time in Mauritius but this one has to be the most memorable because of what the combination of natural elements does.

Close by is the earth of 7 colours. I expected it to be a lot larger than it was but it was still a sight to see. Its evidence of what the minerals of the earth can give you if left to be unearthed naturallly in sand form. Very very pretty and not something I’ve ever seen before. We were told that visitors were allowed to walk over it at one time but its since been fenced off in order to preserve the natural beauty of it and to avoid mixing it up with earth from other places. We also spotted a rather still looking chameleon on one of the fences. As I can’t really crouch comfortably anymore this was the closest I got before he sped off at lightning speed.

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Earth of 7 colours in Mauritius

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The sights on route to all the hotspots are just as pretty and really worth seeing. I think whilst you could make your whole way around the island in two days flat you do need to stop to appreciate it all properly. A lot looks completely untouched and you hope it does stay that way for centuries to come.

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Views of Mauritius

Dolphin spotting

After a bumper packed trip around we spent the very next morning sailing out to the Black river to watch dolphins. It took a while to find them but it was a brilliant sight to see such a big school of them. I’ve only seen them once before in the Maldives and the Maldivian ones were a lot more playful and wanted to jump along the side of our boat. These were stunning to see too though and very impressive. Little Z was pretty unmoved by them all and was more taken with a random helicopter that flew over. Ah well, can’t impress everyone all of the time.

Dolphins in Mauritius

We spent the rest of that day sat still on the beach recovering.
You can read about our other Mauritian adventures here:

Walking with the lions and the Safari

A postcard from Mauritius

Tin Box traveller

78 thoughts on “Beautiful sights of Mauritius”

  1. Oh wow, it’s so beautiful! I’ll be honest, geography isn’t my strong point and I really had no idea where Mauritius is! The earth of 7 colours is stunning and I think you did a very good job of capturing that chameleon. The story of the bamboo is horrible πŸ™
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  2. What a beautiful place to visit. Your photos are really lovely. I like your tip on taking a taxi. Sometimes, it just make sense to be sure you’re able to see as much as possible in a short period of time. #MondayEscapes

  3. What fabulous pictures!! Looks like you had a great time. We went to Mauritius for our honeymoon and loved it but didn’t do half of this!I love the waterfall and all those fantastic pictures of the mineral sand. Makes me want to go back and explore all the bits we missed. #mondayescapes

  4. You are showing me a different side of Mauritius… as you I also thought that the Mauritius were very similar to the Maldives! I had no idea that you could do so many things there! I love it and I hope to go there someday…especially for diving πŸ˜€
    Awesome o have you once again on #MondayEscapes!
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  5. Wow those waterlilies are unreal, yes very gruesome about the bamboo (I won’t be thinking about that for long) I loved the Maldives and would absolutely adore to go to Mauritius, it is such a stunning island with so much to do and you cannot beat that beautiful Indian Ocean. Aww your post has given me serious wanderlust xxx gorgeous #sharewithme
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  6. Wow – Tas – awesome photos. Loved reading about this beautiful island having visited it myself some time ago. I can’t remember why we didn’t make it to the gardens because they were a definite ‘must do’ but am even more sorry to have missed them now! The waterfalls sound spellbinding and the markets are marvellous – such brilliant posts about your trip and glad all is going so well you can’t crouch properly! Thank you for linking up to #MBPW X
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  7. It looks so beautiful and rich in colour and experiences. I hadn’t appreciated how many different nations and culture had influenced it, and I did not know about the tree torture, that’s horrendous and will no doubt be a fact that stays with me x
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  8. I am so jealous. Looks amazing and love all the photos. Beautiful sights of Mauritius indeed!!! This is fabulous. Sounds like such an amazing experience too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  9. Love Mauritius your post bought back lots of happy memories – we never made it to the botanical gardens – always need a reason to go back! Great pictures and a pleasure to read

  10. OMG Tas I want to go, what gorgeous pics, I don’t think the fish smell would bother me as when I was younger my Dad had a fish business! So actually I get you when you say the smell can be only comforting. And those lily pads I would love to see those they are stunning x
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  11. I think I lot of people think Mauritius is near or similar to the Maldives but it’s very different. We went there for our honeymoon and definitely didn’t explore as much of the island as you. You’ve inspired me to dig out my photos to see what we DID do. The bamboo story is gruesome! #mondayescapes
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