10 Reasons to Take the Family to Mauritius

  • Nature Reserves and Botanical Gardens

    Created in 1750, Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, and it has over 85 species of tropical fauna such as giant water lilies and palm trees. Le Morne Brabant, one of two UNESCO heritage sites in Mauritius, is an impressive mountain which sits on its own peninsula that juts into the Indian Ocean.

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  • Outdoor Water Sports

    Water babies can enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle-boarding, and sailing across Mauritius’ crystal-blue lagoons. Its waters are ideal for water sports because they’re relatively calm due to moderate temperatures and gentle trade winds.

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  • Traditional Sega Dancing

    Though its roots trace back to slavery, the African Creole folk dance called Sega is an expression of freedom and is characterized by energizing hip gyrations synchronized to the rhythmic beating of drums. Female dancers often wear vibrant colorful skirts with ruffled hems. Traditional Sega is considered the country’s national dance, and most Mauritians grew up dancing this style.

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  • Adventure Activities

    Mild adventurous activities such as quad biking, buggy rides, and horseback riding are perfect for families, and lush reserves like Domaine de L’Etoile Reserve take you through panoramic landscapes within the heart of the island. Families can also try zip-lining over a mile of forest canopy or mountain biking at ecotourism playground Chazal.

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  • Global-Inspired Cuisine

    Mauritian cuisine is among the most diverse in the world, combining different world fares like spicy Indian curries, Asian stir-fries, and Creole stews to create its own unique flavors. For picky eaters, there’s at least something edible for every palate, especially when it comes to kids. The island is also known for its seafood, including the iconic Babonne, which is a fleshy white fish similar to red snapper.

  • 100-Year-Old Aldabra Tortoises

    On the island of Ile aux Aigrettes, which is located off the southeast coast of Mauritius, you’ll find a wild fauna haven which has thousands of endangered species like kestrels, pink pigeons, and giant Aldabra tortoises. La Vanille Réserve des Mascareigne Park is also home to over 1,000 giant Aldabra tortoises in addition to over 2,000 Nile crocodiles.

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  • Ile Aux Cerfs

    If you want to see where locals themselves get away for the day, the island of Ile aux Cerfs, a 15-minute boat ride from the main island, has white sand coves, golf courses, sunbathing spots, and clear waters peppered with starfish and colorful ocean life, making it prime for snorkeling.

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  • Golfing

    You can finally learn how to tee-off against a stunning backdrop on one of the best golf courses in the world. Designed by golf legend Ernie Els and covering 64 acres of land that was once a sugar plantation, the Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita is the island’s signature 18-hole golf course—it winds along lagoons and sugarcane fields with scenic oceanfront views, making it one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.

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  • Family-Friendly res Resorts

    While Seychelles and Maldives are more for honeymooners, Mauritius provides the same level of ambiance at a lower cost and is a lot more family friendly with resorts that specially cater to children. For example, Four Seasons Mauritius has a kids’ club and its own Hobbit Village, which teaches everything from Sega dancing, cooking, and baking, to a slew of kid-friendly activities like kite-making, games, and fishing. There are also do-it-yourself pizza and breakfast stations in the restaurants and babysitting services on offer as well

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  • Vibrant Shopping Markets

    From fruit and spice vendors to handicrafts, artisanal wares, and street food sellers, Mauritius has several local markets that spotlight its diversity. Malls in Port Louis offer modern shopping options while local markets such as Central Market in Port Louis, Rose Hill, Vacoas, Quatre Bornes Market (known for textiles and clothing), and Flacq—the largest open air market on the island—give you a vibrant taste of everyday life in Mauritius.

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