Mauritius isn't only about beautiful beaches and clear waters, it contains a variety of cultural activities too! Here are a few things to entertain you:
Sip on Rum (and Sugarcane)
In a fertile valley influenced by its own micro-climate, Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the few distilleries in operation to also cultivate its own (hand-harvested) sugarcane. And perhaps one of the best indoor activities in Mauritius is a tour of this eco-friendly estate, showcasing a beautiful local-architect-designed distillery and 21 island-inspired rum flavours like Vanilla and XO. Want to take some home? You can buy bottles onsite—or special packets to make your own Mauritian rum at home.
See the 7-Coloured Earth
Checking out the spectacular Seven Coloured Earth—a natural meringue of muted colours and volcanic sands—in the Rivière Noire District is a must. A favourite way to do it? Take electric bikes from your hotel, and make sure to stop by the nearby 312-foot Chamarel Falls on the way.
Dine Luxe at Plantation Club
This fine-dining favourite infuses Creole staples with Mauritian flavour. And the views of the nearby mountains and sugarcane fields are as delicious as the cuisine. Start with the dhal puri stuffed with foie gras from neighbouring Souillac, then go for the slow-cooked pork neck with local vanilla puree. But try to save room—the hot rasgulla with kul ice cream is Indian-inspired magic.
Take the Tea Route
Tour a tea mansion-slash-museum. Learn the history of this royal drink. And at the island’s oldest tea plantation, tour the still-in-operation factory and sample the latest blends in an onsite tea tasting. Tip: Look for tour operators who offer a multi-stop trip along the tea route.
Day Trek in Black River Gorges National Park
From its black ebony trees and wild guavas to the very-rare pink pigeons and Mauritius kestrels, this national park is full of wildlife—and unparalleled views. For post-hike sustenance, stop in the nearby mountain town of Chamarel (For a no-menu, local favourite try Palais de Barbizon.) Tip: The Black River Gorges trails can be intense (and poorly marked), so it can be wise to hire a guide.
One of the coolest cultural activities in Mauritius? Dancing Sega. The music began as a folkloric custom, but the rattle and goatskin drum-driven music still has a very danceable place in today’s island scene. For a traditional-meets-modern take, toast the sunset at the seaside resort bar with a Chamarel cocktail and the rhythms of Sega.
Eco-Buggy on the Riverine Trail
A green-velvet Garden of Eden where white stags roam free and waterfalls dive from untouched cliffs, Heritage Nature Reserve is a beautiful backdrop for off-road adventure. Try an eco-buggy or quad tour along the tree-lined, rugged trails of the reserve’s riverside Riverine Trail for the ultimate adventure. Tip: Don’t forget your (waterproof) camera.
Immerse yourself in an array of unique local amenities and cultural programs, starting with a unique local welcome
- Rum (and Sugarcane) Tour
- See The 7-coloured Earth
- Dine Luxe At Plantation Club
- Tea Mansion Or Museum Tour
- Day Trek In Black River Gorges National Park
- Dancing Sega
- Eco-buggy On The Riverine Trail
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