Popular Activities in Mauritius

Mauritius lagoon and mountains ©clry2/Flickr

Mauritius lagoon and mountains ©clry2/Flickr

Mauritius might not be the first country name that comes to your mind when someone mentions Africa, but this island-nation off the coast of Africa can be full of surprises. Unlike many other parts of Africa which are famous for their wildlife, their dramatic landscapes or millennial cultures, Mauritius is best know for its gorgeous beaches. The beaches of Mauritius and its luxury resorts are worth the trouble of getting there, but it would be a mistake to spend the whole time lying in the sun, when Mauritius has so much to offer. Just take a look at these popular activities in Mauritius to see what I mean:

Diving

Every time you happen to be near the warm, crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, and their colorful tropical fish, you might feel the temptation of scuba-diving. Don’t resist it, at least not in Mauritius. There is a fascinating underwater universe just a few meters off the coasts of Mauritius, and you’ll be offered countless possibilities to explore it. Scuba diving lessons and snorkeling are the most popular ways to do this, but you could also try the small submarines.

Mauritius underwater photo © Al@in76?flickr

Mauritius underwater photo ©Al@in76?flickr

Kite-surfing

The sea might be too calm near Mauritius to offer a real challenge for an experienced surfer, but the good news is that kite-surfing is quite popular here. The natural setting of Mauritius, with its shallow lagoon waters, offer kite-surfers a unique experience. You can thus surf without worries in the turquoise waters of Le Morne, or dare to adventure into the smaller Manawa and One Eye reefs. The summer months represent the peak season for kite-surfing.

Rock climbing

Surprisingly or not, Mauritius also offers fantastic rock climbing opportunities. Mauritius has three small mountain ranges, with the tallest of them offering amazing views of the island. Le Pouce, Lion Mountain and Le Morne are among the best known climbing spots. There are also climbing schools and agencies offering climbing excursions for those who are not very familiar with this exciting sport.

Mauritius lagoon and mountains ©clry2/Flickr

Mauritius lagoon and mountains ©clry2/Flickr

Sailing

There is no doubt that the small islands that make up Mauritius are some of the most beautiful in the Indian Ocean, but only a panoramic look will reveal them in their full splendor. And unless you are a climber, the easiest way to obtain this is by taking a sailing trip along the shores. Here, too, you will be given numerous choices: you can hop on the catamaran, book a luxurious yachting trip, or go rogue with a kayak.

Sailing in Mauritius ©DoshiJi/Flickr

Sailing in Mauritius ©DoshiJi/Flickr

 

 

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