Mother Nature didn’t just stop at creating beautiful beaches when she designed Mauritius. Step away from the coastline and you’ll find a mountainous interior where nature reserves are filled to the brim with waterfalls and exotic creatures. Here you can swim in rock pools or go hiking high into the hills.
And if it’s wildlife you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Mauritius has saved more bird species from the brink of extinction than any other country including the rare pink pigeon and the Mauritian kestrel. You’ll also find dolphins in the ocean, fruit bats in the skies and giant tortoises ambling slowly on the ground.
Our top nature and wildlife spots…
- Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth: a unique volcanic geological phenomenon where seven different coloured sands come together
- Charmarel Falls: this 90-metre single drop waterfalls cascades into a ravine
- La Vanille Nature Park: an animal breeding park where you can see giant Aldabra tortoises
- Isle aux Aigrettes: an uninhabited island turned conservation project and thought to be the last place dodos where seen
- Black River Gorges National Park: the largest national park in Mauritius home to many endemic species
Where to Stay: Sugar Beach Resort & Spa can arrange excursions that’ll get you up-close to the natural beauty of Mauritius including glass-bottomed boat rides
Find Out More
Mauritius Travel Guide: an introduction
Beaches: our top picks
Adventure & Watersports: getting active
Heritage & Culture: a social melting pot
Cuisine: what to eat and drink