One Week in Mauritius: What to do and see?
Have you decided to visit Mauritius in a week ? Great idea !
I have just prepared for you the perfect itinerary for a week in Mauritius . The country is small and 7 days allow you to see a majority of places of interest.
The advantage of visiting Mauritius, it is also to be able to go to the four corners of the island quite quickly since your point of fall, without having to change hotel or guesthouse for the duration of your stay. Besides, I also give you a list of the best accommodations on the island according to your budget . You will find it at the end of the article.
Between the heavenly beaches of Bellemare and Morne Brabant, the lively streets of Flic-en-Flac and Grand Baie , hiking in the Black River Gorges National Park , the ascent of the Morne mountain or the visit of temples of Grand Bassin , these 6, 7 or 8 days in Mauritius will leave you an unforgettable memory.
Here is the ultimate itinerary for a 1-week stay in Mauritius!
Step 1: North (1 day)
I suggest you start your week-long vacation in Mauritius in the northern part of the island . You will land early in the morning in Mahébourg, and will then quickly reach your hotel or guesthouse, regardless of the region where it is located. After leaving your luggage and being refreshed, I suggest you take the road to Grand Bay, north.
Small tip before starting : visiting Mauritius by car is really convenient to move quickly from one point to another and that’s what I recommend.You will find cars for rent at the airport agencies (attention: always prefer the official rental agencies and not the small individual renters, for insurance issues in case of accident).
The best solution to be sure to pay the best price and to have the car you want is to go through a comparator. I recommend Rentalcars.com is the most serious and the one I use all the time!
But you can of course also rely on the bus network to move , the network is very complete, even if the travel times are quite long.
Your first day on these 7-8 days in Mauritius begins with an excursion to Grand Bay, North West. It is a tourist town and one of the liveliest corners of the island , it is definitely one of the places of interest to see in Mauritius!
You will discover the beautiful public beach with its small boats of colorful fishermen floating on the turquoise waters of the ocean. Several trailers along the beach offer snacks and fresh fruit , to enjoy while strolling on Sunset Boulevard (the shopping street of Grand Bay) or sitting quietly on the beach.
For lunch , I recommend the new restaurant “Eatwithfingers ” which offers gourmet and healthy (but not typically Mauritian) cuisine. It is located a little outside the city, on Twenty Foot Road (you will probably need a taxi to get there).
After this trip to Grand Bay, I advise you to go for a few hours and swim at the beach of Peyrébère, just 10 km from Grand Bay.
In the late afternoon, join Cap Malheureux, just north of the island, and its breathtaking landscape. You will be able to admire the sunset on the beautiful beach and its red church which creates a magnificent contrast of color with the green of the vegetation and the blue of the sea and the sky. This is one of my favorite places in Mauritius.
Step 2: Port Louis (1 day)
The next day, I propose you to continue this circuit of a week in Mauritius by visiting the capital Port Louis.
Far from the heavenly beaches, hotels and natural landscapes that make the reputation of Mauritius, Port Louis is a lively city that will allow you to discover the daily life of Mauritians and local culture. It is a place to see if you really want to immerse yourself in the life of Mauritians.
In the morning, start by taking a tour of the central market of Port Louis, also called “bazaar”. This is one of the must-see places in the city. To get there, just follow the crowd from the central bus station. The market is on Queen Street (do not hesitate to ask your way if you can not find it, Mauritians are generally very helpful and like to help tourists to find their way around).
The market is quite large, filled with displays of fruits and vegetables of all kinds, but also other fresh products such as “mines” (Chinese noodles). In part of the market, you will also find prepared dishes and snacks to consume on the spot (sandwiches, fried mines, fried rice, dhall puri, rotis …). A room upstairs allows you to settle down to eat.
After the discovery of the market, go to the Caudan Waterfront, the commercial center of Port Louis (the oldest of the island) located by the sea, on the docks. You can easily get there on foot from the market.
It is very nice to walk around Caudan one afternoon, it’s like a small village with pretty alleys, shops, restaurants , traveling vendor trailers and pretty ocean views.
The Caudan also houses one of the most popular museums in Mauritius: the Blue Penny Museum which traces the history and culture of the island and that I advise you to visit.
In the evening, you can eat on the spot facing the ocean , enjoy the entertainment and concerts that are organized if you are there on a Friday or Saturday, and why not try your luck at the casino.
– If you are in a rental car, I strongly advise you to park in the Caudan car park in the morning and walk to town. It is almost impossible to park easily in Port Louis and everything is very well on foot from the Caudan. In addition parking is free from 16h weekdays and all day on weekends.
– I advise you to avoid passing through Port Louis in the morning between 8am and 9:30 am and the afternoon between 16:30 and 18h at the risk of finding yourself stuck for hours in traffic jams.
– Summer or winter, it is particularly hot in Port Louis, plan water, sunscreen and hats to protect you because it hits hard in the city.
Step 3: Grapefruit (½ day)
For the third leg of this 6, 7 or 8 day itinerary to Mauritius, go to the north-central part of the island to discover the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden, a tourist activity to do absolutely. You can easily get there by bus, from Port Louis for example. The bus stops near the entrance.
The visit of the garden is done in half a day. I advise you to have a picnic lunch on site at noon in the grass, on a bench or in a kiosk at the water’s edge.
The garden was created in the 18th century by a French botanist and you will discover a rich collection of local plants but also from several countries of the world.
The garden is 37 hectares, it is very pleasant to walk there, the trails are well laid out and you will discover impressive specimens such as huge baobabs , giant water lilies and many varieties of palm trees. You will also find aromatic plants, tropical fruit trees etc.
I advise you to take a guide if you want to really deepen your knowledge of the garden collections. If, on the other hand, you only want to stroll and have a peaceful time among the plants, prefer to visit it for free.
The guides are very friendly, and tell you absolutely everything about each plant, the history of places etc. I do not hide that it can also be long enough to listen, guided tours for 1 to 2 hours.
Rates at the entrance: 8 euros per adult and 5 euros per child.
Step 4: Flic en Flac (½ day)
After visiting the botanical garden of Pamplemousse, we go to the fourth stage of your stay of 1 week in Mauritius.
Direction now Flic en Flac on the west coast of the island. It is the liveliest tourist city in the western region. You can enjoy a superb beach with views of the Morne Brabant (mountain) , water activities and also restaurants and clubs on the beach.
In the afternoon program:
- tanning on the white sand or under the filaos
- swimming and watching the marine fauna (very rich and without getting far from the edge!) with mask and snorkel
- tasting snacks and / or fresh fruit sold by the beach merchants (to be tested: the excellent “Roti Aka” located at the beginning of the beach among the first caravans).
- scuba diving with one of the diving clubs in the city (on reservation, it’s always better)
- dinner at one of the beach restaurants
- disco party
Step 5: Grand Bassin (½ day)
The next morning, to start your fourth day in Mauritius , I suggest you to discover Grand Bassin , also called Ganga Talao.
It is a sacred place where you can visit several Hindu temples , take a walk along the great natural lake and admire the huge statues of the gods Shiva and Durga . The statue of Durga is also the largest female deity statue in the world!
Grand Basin is the place of pilgrimage of Hindu religious in Mauritius, who walk there once a year from the four corners of the island, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratree.
The site of Grand Bassin can be visited in half a day , at a quiet pace, and in addition the entry is free ! You can visit the temples, draw a “tika” on the front if you want, discover the nature surrounding the lake and the many religious statues that border.
You will also have the pleasure of crossing many monkeys, sometimes very teasing (attention to your business!).
Step 6: The Eureka Creole House (½ day)
After visiting Grand Bassin in the morning, spend the second part of the day discovering one of the last and most impressive colonial Creole houses in Mauritius: the Eureka house near Moka, in the center of the island.
This colonial mansion was built in 1830 and turned into a museum in 1986. It belonged to the French and British aristocrats who ruled the island at the time and today allows to plunge a century back in the colonial life of the 19th century. century .
On the program of the visit of this essential tourist activity:
- discovery of the colonial life of the time through the many rooms of the house restored and furnished with period furniture
- lunch or dinner of typical Mauritian dishes in the restaurant
- visit to the museum dedicated to music, art and antiques
- walk in the pretty English gardens
- walk in the lush vegetation around the house
- walk along the Moka River to the waterfalls and swim to end the day in style
Step 7: Tamarin and the Black River Gorges National Park (1 day)
For the 7th leg of your week-long trip to Mauritius, head for the southwest coast in the area of Tamarin City . Tamarin is right next to Flic-en-Flac, it is easy to get there by bus, it’s pretty direct.
So far the holiday program has been rather “cool” between idleness and visits … now place to physical effort! I suggest you spend the morning hiking in the Black River Gorges National Park near Tamarin.
It is the largest of the island (it is 6754 hectares) and it promises a beautiful excursion in the heart of the rainforest , in lush vegetation. This is an opportunity to discover breathtaking landscapes, rivers, waterfallsand a rich flora and fauna.
I advise you to take a guide so you do not get lost and learn more about the history of the park. he will also tell you about local plants and endemic animals that you can observe during the hike (including the famous Pink Pigeon!)
The guided hike will take you all morning, from 9h to 13h.
If you prefer to go for a walk alone, remember to take the bearings and choose your route in advance because there are many different trails.
After a picnic in the wilderness in the park to reward you for your efforts, I then propose to leave for the beach of Tamarin , just a few kilometers away.
On-site guides offer trips to sea to observe marine life. Better to book in advance with a local travel agency or your hotel, but you can also find guides on site that will offer you a tour on the spot.
Enjoy the boat ride, you can even have the opportunity to observe dolphins , I was lucky and it was really magical.
Step 8: Le Morne and Chamarel (1 day)
It is already the 6th day of the holidays and the time of the 7th stage of this itinerary of a week in Mauritius has come. What I recommend this time is to meet the beauties of the South coast of the country.
At the south-west end is the Morne Mountain , a mountain of high historical and emotional value, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is indeed in this mountain that many escaped slaves once took refuge, some of whom threw themselves from the summit to find freedom …
You will also find at the foot of the mountain, in front of Morne beach, a memorial in memory of these slaves. The memorial is called ” The Unknown Slave ” and represents a slave face carved in stone, as well as a hand, a leg and several small curled characters.
You can spend the morning climbing Morne. The hike (guided or not according to your choice) will allow you to evolve in full nature, to discover spectacular landscapes, sublime points of view on the coasts and the blue turquoise ocean . And as always in Mauritius, fauna and flora are at the rendezvous!
The ascent to the summit, in the last part of the hike, is really dangerous, I do not hide it. I really do not advise people with vertigo, elderly people and children to try to climb to the top because it is very little, if at all, secure. It’s really climbing in the last meters!
On the other hand, the landscape at the top is truly splendid . You will discover a spectacular view of the entire south coast of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. This is truly unforgettable and one of the best views I have ever seen.
The hike is about 6 km and will take you 3 to 4 hours. Guided tours are organized in the morning from 6 am and in the afternoon at 2 pm (but check in anyway, as this may vary).
After all these efforts, I propose to spend 1 hour or 2 on the beautiful beach of Le Morne, a really heavenly and quiet beach. Well, just not Sunday, because in the Mauritian tradition is the day when families gather at the beach to picnic and spend the day.
After this short break, take the road to go to the Chamarel site, just a few minutes by bus or taxi from the beach. This is where you can discover one of the main natural curiosities of Mauritius: the Earth of 7 colors.
The entrance to the site is paid (we paid 125 rs per person, about 3 euros). Once in, you will take a path that leads to the waterfall Chamarel, where you can even swim if you feel like it.
Then continue the path to arrive in front of a large clearing composed of dunes of ocher earth whose colors vary from red orange to violet and form a unique gradient, it is really impressive to see.
Unfortunately (or rather fortunately!) It is now forbidden to walk on the dunes and collect samples of earth, for issues of preservation of the site. 1 hour to 1:30 you just visit Chamarel.
To end the day, you can visit the Rhumerie de Chamarel or, what I did and I loved, visit the “Curious Corner” of Chamarel. It is the museum of optical illusions and it is located right next to the entrance to Chamarel. The visit will take you 1h to 1h30 and is really funny, fun and surprising.
I assure you that you will have a good time whatever your age. The Curious Corner closes its doors at 17h and the entrance is 10 euros per adult and 6 euros per child from 3 to 12 years.
Step 9: East Coast (1 day)
For this 7th and last day in Mauritius, now heading to the east coast , home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, including Bellemare and Trou d’Eau Douce.
In the morning, I propose to go to Trou d’Eau Douce. From the (beautiful) beach, you will have the opportunity to take a boat to go to the island of Deer, one of the favorite destinations of tourists in Mauritius.
Deer Island is a tiny paradise island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with white sand beaches and translucent waters . You can spend a day or a half-day there to rest, to bathe or to test the sports and nautical activities proposed on the spot.
The island also has several shops and restaurants.
Far from being a desert island, Ile aux Cerfs is entirely dedicated to tourism, which disappointed me a bit because suddenly, apart from the beaches, everything is quite artificial. But to spend a morning or a day of relaxation, it’s perfect and the decor looks like a postcard.
In the afternoon, you can continue the tour of the East by going to enjoy the beautiful beach of Bellemareand snorkeling , diving or other water activities. And if you prefer to rest and just enjoy the beach, it’s just as good!
The beach of Bellemare is one of the most beautiful of the island, it extends over more than 10 km long, is quite quiet the week but much less the weekends.
After a week of road trip to Mauritius , it’s time to fly back home. I hope this 7-8 day itinerary will please you as much as me! In any case, you will spend an unforgettable moment, that’s for sure. If you have questions for your stay in Mauritius, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments.
Where to sleep in Mauritius?
As I told you in the introduction, the island is small, it is possible to stay at the same hotel for the duration of your stay on the island.
In order to limit the kilometers traveled, you can also choose to take a hotel in the north for the start of your trip and a hotel in the south for the suite.
A little advice: book your accommodation very quickly, the demand is very strong and the best offers disappear overnight!
To stay in the North of Mauritius
- Residence Oblue : Located in Peyrebere. Brand new, modern and bright apartment with kitchen equipped from 50 € per night. Most: the situation, free private parking, swimming pool, roof top. The best choice in the North for a stay without breaking the bank in Mauritius!
- Coral Blue Private Villas by Lov : Located between Grand Bay and Peyrebere. Villa with private pool, ultra modern, huge (180m²) and super well equipped from 145 € per night, breakfast 12 €. The most: the beauty of the luxurious villas, the private pool, the geographical situation, the comfort. A truly exceptional place in the North of Mauritius!
- Seapoint Boutique Hotel : Located 4 km from Grand Baie. Luxurious and magnificent double room from 340 € per night, breakfast included. Most: the beautiful view from the rooms on the garden and the sea, the beautiful outdoor areas, the excellent breakfast, the proximity of the beach, the attentions of the staff, the quality of the service. The best choice for a luxury stay!
To stay in the South of Mauritius
- Arkenstone Studios : Located near Chamarel and Le Morne mountain. Modern studio, spacious, bright, fully equipped with kitchen from 50 € per night only! Pros: the location to visit the Land of 7 colors and climb the Grand Morne, free private parking, the view from the balcony of the studios, the friendliness and advice of the host, the quiet neighborhood. The best choice in the South for a stay without breaking the bank in Mauritius!
- The River House : Located in Tamarin next to the Black River Gorges National Park and Flic-en-Flac. Spacious double room with terrace and beautiful river views from 110 € per night, breakfast included. Goodies: quiet location, beautiful surroundings with garden and river, beach 5 minutes walk, excellent breakfast, swimming pool. Our favorite for its report benefits / prices really exceptional!
- Sands Suites Resort & Spa : Located in Tamarin Bay, right on the beach. Bright and spacious suite, tastefully decorated from 350 € per night, breakfast included. The most: the magnificent view from the rooms, the services offered, the lovely staff, the delicious food. Recommended for a luxury stay in Mauritius!
One week trip to Mauritius
In addition, prices for a circuit in Mauritius start from just 1100 euros for 7 days! What are you waiting for?
A week in Mauritius: the map of your itinerary
To help you see your itinerary, I have made a map of all the places you will visit in a week in Mauritius. The airport of Mauritius is in Mahébourg (in red on the map). You can display the legend by clicking the button with a small arrow at the top left of the map.