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How to spend two weeks in Mauritius

We know what you're thinking – Mauritius is so tiny in size, filling two weeks here will be next to impossible. In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth.

A wealth of white sand beaches, staggeringly blue water from the Indian Ocean and all the watersports available will mean at least one of your weeks is easily filled with winding down and a little ocean fun alone.

After that, add on some of Mauritius' nature parks, cities and museums, and you'll have yourself one full-fledged holiday. Here are just some of the activities that will help you easily fill up two weeks in Mauritius and then some.

Hike in Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is the biggest in all of Mauritius, covering 2% of the island.

It's made primarily of rolling green hills and forests that hide within it an incredible number of the island's endemic and endangered bird and animal species. This National Park is where you're most likely to see Mauritius' two most famous birds – the pink pigeon and the Mauritius kestrel.

Head underwater with snorkelling

For the most part, Mauritius is ringed by coral reefs, leaving ample opportunity for you to don your mask and flippers and get in some underwater exploration. There are boat trips that can take you to open waters, though much of the snorkelling here is doable straight from the shore.

Blue Bay Marine Park is famously the best snorkelling spot on the island, located in the southwest, as the reefs are generally only a few metres below the surface. You can expect angel fish, clown fish and parrot fish, among many others.

Close runners up to Blue Bay are the beaches of Trou aux Biches and Flic en Flac, both of which are praised as being top notch for snorkelling beginners and families.

Explore Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula found at the southern coast of Mauritius, marked by the large basaltic mountain carved with caves and overhangs.

It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it was a place of refuge for slaves on the island up until slavery was abolished in the 19th century. Though perilous in places for climbing, the area is a big tourist hotspot as the beaches surrounding the mountain are incredibly gorgeous and relatively secluded.

Visit nature reserves

Mauritius is paved with outdoor activities from nature parks to gardens, plus a multitude of ways to explore them. Think quad bikes, boat trips, hiking trails and more. These are just a few favourites.

  • La Vallee des Couleurs Reserve
  • Frederica Nature Reserve
  • La Vanille Nature Park
  • Mauritius National Botanical Garden

Wander through Port Louis

Port Louis is Mauritius' capital city, located along the northern half of the island's west coast. It's the centre for basically everything here, with a vibrant arts scene, a packed, shopping-heavy marina known as Caudan Waterfront, and a wealth of architecture that reflects its long colonial history.

Also on offer here are some of Mauritius' best museums, including the Blue Penny Museum, which highlights the island's art and history. While the Natural History Museum of Port Louis' exhibits highlight the flora and fauna, most famously Mauritius' now-extinct dodo bird.

Curious Corner of Chamarel

The Curious Corner of Chamarel is just what it sounds like – a strange place inspired by man's curiosity, where everything is not what it seems.

Featured here are odd exhibits and galleries where optical illusions are basically a given. Stints here offer photo opportunities aplenty, as you can grap a snap of yourself walking on the ceiling, or shrinking to a minute size.

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