When many people think of a holiday in Mauritius, they imagine lying on a white beach, listening to the gentle crash of waves while they soak up the rays of the sun shining above them, their fingers sifting through the warm sand upon which they lie. While this picture seems as close to perfect as it gets, the exciting island of Mauritius, with all its magnificent beauty, has so much more to offer. A variety of sports provides wonderful ways in which to enjoy Mauritius’s sandy beaches, lush forests, impressive mountains, deep gorges, still rivers, waterfalls, coral reefs and surrounding islands. Some popular activities include sea kayaking, wind surfing, surfing, trekking, mountain biking, kite surfing, swimming and diving.
With the clear Indian Ocean surrounding Mauritius, sea kayaking is a great way to discover the protected lagoons and coral reefs of the island while enjoying wonderful views.
Péreybère is a good spot for beginner kayakers and snorkelling is possible at the reefs. For longer trips, try Kayaking to Ile d’Ambre, an islet off the North East coast of Mauritius, or from Pointe d’Esny in the South East alongside mangroves towards the neighbouring islands Ile aux Aigrettes, Ilot Chats and Ilot Singes. On the West coast, paddling at Tamarin offers opportunities to spot spinner dolphins. Kayaking Kalodyne at Grand Baie is more challenging and offers views of the North Coast and opportunities to snorkel on the reef.
Surfers have a number of popular spots to choose from. Most of these suit the more experienced surfer, but there are also areas that are suitable for both beginners and professionals, such as Le Morne on the south-east coast.
Those spots on the south and south-west sides of the island are also popular. For bigger swells, visit the island’s neighbour, Reunion.
Trekking in Mauritius allows visitors to enjoy the island’s beauty at a slower pace and to explore the various historical and cultural sites. There are numerous walking trails in the island’s national park, Back River Gorges, which is rich in nature and wildlife. Home of the famous ‘pink pigeon’ and other bird species endemic to Mauritius, as well as wild monkeys, the park also offers panoramic views of the island. The main route through the park is the Les Mares – Plaine Champagne – Chamarel Road. On your walk, pick some Chinese Guavas (May to July) by the Mare Lounge lake.
Mountain bikers can rent a bike and travel along a variety of well-known routes. The Chamarel ride is an easy, one-hour ride around the area of Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths. The Chamarel Down Hill is slightly more challenging but very scenic. The South Coast ride offers views of the only break in the coral reefs from the top of the cliffs. A more challenging ride in the Macchabée Forest takes riders through indigenous forests.
Kite surfing is a sport that has grown in popularity in Mauritius. Le Morne is world renowned for kite surfing.
There are many great spots for diving in Mauritius with its warm water, endless amount of coral reefs and many diving centres.
For some visitors to Mauritius, getting involved in a sport or activity that requires some level of energy is the last thing on their mind. But once visitors are surrounded by nature at its most glorious, it might seem like the perfect way to get lost in all the island’s beauty.