You might not know it, but Mauritius looks just like paradise on Earth, just like Tahiti and Bora Bora are well-known for. You’ll find in Mauritius crystal clear water, lush mountains, and English-speaking people! Yes, English and French are both official languages in Mauritius. This means that you won’t get too disoriented when it comes to speaking.
Do you think it is worth it to visit this remote African island? According to Mark Twain, famous author, Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.
Mauritius is well-known for its white powdery beaches, rewarding hikes, breathtaking viewpoints, unique fauna, lush interior, and rivers flowing in deep canyons. Everything to make nature lovers like us fall in love with this island.
What to Do With Kids in Mauritius
Since it is quite fast to cross the island (it takes about a 2-hour drive to go from one end to the other), it is easy to reach whatever attraction you want to.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (SSR)
Commonly known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, this garden is a very popular attraction in Mauritius. This is the oldest botanical garden in the whole Southern Hemisphere.
You can marvel at its giant water lily pond, but the garden also features spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean.
The Aventure du Sucre Museum
A long time ago, sugar was as sought after as gold and Indian spices. It’s at this museum, the Aventure du Sucre, that you will learn a lot more about this very popular food, and how it transformed Mauritius into a harmonious, smiling and multicultural society.
A Day at the Domaine de L’Etoile
The Domaine de l’étoile is the biggest natural and private reserve in Mauritius, rich in fauna and protected wild flora.
Included in the entrance fee (Rs; 250 per adult and Rs. 175 per child), are the endemic garden, the Kids Fun Village, the mini farm and non-guided hiking.
You also have the option to try the giant zip lines, the quad, the buggy, horse riding, archery, and much more.
A Day at the Adventure Park Casela
The Adventure Park Casela is a must for nature lovers and thrill-seekers: try the zip lines, the safari, walking with lions, and much more.
Mauritius is a top destination to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. This will without a doubt be the highlight of your trip: a boat trip to watch this smart and gorgeous mammal.
Here are tours offered by Viator.
Visit the Tea Plantation Bois Cheri
Do you like to drink tea? Then you’ll like a visit to the biggest tea producer in Mauritius: Bois Cheri. The visit lasts between 1 to 2 hours, so the kids won’t have time to get bored 😉
Spend the Day at the Beach
One thing is for sure, all the family will enjoy a sunny day at the beach.
Mauritius is blessed with breathtaking beaches! The top beach for families is Trou aux Biches, where you can enjoy swimming as well as snorkeling. The water is crystal clear, shallow and calm, and there are a lot of eating venues to keep your bellies full!
Where to Stay in Mauritius
You have a lot of options when it comes to accommodation in Mauritius: hotels, bed and breakfasts, and villa rentals. The cheapest options are either the bed and breakfasts or the villas. As for the villas, you can find one for all types of budgets and this is the best option if you are traveling with your big family. Here are gorgeous and spacious villas, that are well located and that your family will dream of moving into.
Close to the beach, the Villa Côtière can welcome up to 8 persons and offers 4 bedrooms. At 280€/night.
Villa Salines Beachfront
To watch colorful and magnificent sunsets, the Villa Salines Beachfront is your #1 choice. Up to 8 persons can be comfortable in this villa, with its 4 bedrooms. At 450€/night.
The most luxurious villa, Villa Tiara can accommodate 10 persons, has 5 bedrooms, including a Deluxe Suite with a balcony overlooking the ocean, for the parents of course 😉
Have you ever visited Mauritius? What activity did you enjoy the most?