Discover sugar plantations, vanilla plantations and speciality rums
Sugar is the island’s biggest export and has been a part of Mauritian history for over 250 years. It also forms the base of a a particularly popular Mauritian creation – rum. The Sugar Museum and Factory is located in the north of the islands and is an absorbing way to find out more.
You can take a tour of the old sugar mill, which still has the original vats and other machinery, as well as the old docks used for transport.
You can also find out about the historical stories of sugar and its impact on Mauritius through film footage. For the kids there are cheery mascots who’ll help them find fun facts, with questions and answers dotted around the museum space.
Another option is the Saint Aubin Plantation, which is located in gently rolling hills to the south of the island. This plantation was established in 1819 by Frenchman Pierre de Saint Aubin.
Keen to cover all bases, as well as sugar cane there are vanilla pod plantations and a rum distillery producing several speciality rums. You can stop off for lunch at the on-site restaurant if you get peckish, and enjoy a classic rum cocktail with a delicious local-style meals such as vanilla chicken.
If you’d like to try some of the speciality sugars produced, you can get them at the on-site boutique.
This is also where you’ll find a wide selection of their excellent rums including Vanilla Rum 1819, Coffee Rum 1819 and Spiced Rum 1819. Some excellent local rum would make an ideal souvenir to remind you of your fantastic Mauritian getaway.