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The small island of Mauritius is the perfect stopover on a journey to East Africa. A place of dazzling rainforests, incredible nature, and ocean views at every turn, this country is blessed with as many adventure activities as relaxation spots. Here’s how to make a long weekend of it:

Day 1: Soak up the Sun

The ocean is one of Mauritius’ main draws so grab your swimsuit, shades, and sunscreen and hit the sand. Voted one of the top beaches in the World by National Geographic, Blue Bay on the southeastern shore is your best bet for swimming and snorkeling. If you’re feeling brave, surf the world-renowned “One Eye” at Le Morne. The wave creates a fast left tube that makes the shape of an eye before breaking on the shallow reef. You can also rent kayaks and SUP boards, try windsurfing or kitesurfing, or go for a thrilling Seakart speedboat ride. When you’re finished, head up to Le Morne Mountain and hike the towering basalt monolith for epic views and photos.

Day 2: Appreciate Nature

Spend the day on dry land exploring the epic landscapes. The Seven-Coloured Earths of Chamarel is a natural wonder that was formed from years of volcanic lava hardening. Peruse the boardwalks for incredible views before heading out to chase waterfalls. Just a couple miles away, the towering Chamarel Falls awaits. It’s a great spot to relax under the spray, but for the adrenaline-junkies, you can also abseil down the cliff. When you’re sufficiently cooled off, Black River Gorges National Park is the next stop. The hilly rainforest region is the largest national park on the island and is teeming with indigenous wildlife, plants and birds. There are plenty of hikes to get to know the natives. If that’s not your speed, make yourself a nature park safari. Casela and Gros Cailloux both offer thrills like ziplines and mountain bikes, along with African lions, giraffe and other animals waiting to greet you.

Day 3: Get to Know the Towns and Villages

For your last day, head to the North to explore temples, myths, and legends. The Maheswarnath Mandir of Triolet is the largest Hindu temple on the island, full of brightly colored facades and delicate statues. When you’re ready to experience the local street scene, head to the Goodlands Market where you can peruse stalls and vendors in search of intricate jewelry, textiles, bags, and handicrafts. The cosmopolitan capital of Port Louis is also a must-see, buzzing with culture and history. Swing by Champ de Mars, the oldest racetrack in the southern hemisphere and stop by La Place D’Armes, the port town’s main square, which is connected to the Government House. For the best views in town, hike up to Fort Adelaide, an important citadel and lookout point during the war on slavery. Aapravasi Ghat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is dedicated to the cause.


For a truly unique (and photographic) experience, the Bubble Lodge at Bois Chéri is a perfect home base. Enclosed glass pods offer a full panorama of the night stars and verdant greenery. These eco lodges are located on a sprawling and fertile tea plantation, so you’re guaranteed lush vegetation and incredible smells.