La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes
The park which is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs, full of prawns and fish. it is commonly referred to as ‘the crocodile park', for its thousands of nile crocodiles. it is the only place worldwide to breed aldabra tortoises. there is also a mini zoo of mauritian fauna where you can find most of the mauritian mammals and reptiles including skinks, phelsumas geckos, tortoises, turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, pigs, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys. at the park shop, you'll find crocodile belts and other crocodile goods.
Deep sea fishing
Mauritius is ideally positioned for game-fishing. depending on the time of year it is possible to catch blue or black marlin , sailfish , wahoo , yellow fin tuna , giant trevally , dogtooth tuna , bonito , dolphinfish, sharks and many more. the majority of the big game fishing boats are well equipped with vhf radio, mobile telephone, gps navigation system, radar, radio telephone, safety equipment, penn international reels, life jackets, medical kits, fire extinguishers, flares, and all related fishing equipment such as fighting chairs and rods usually 9. you can choose between half day and full day fishing trips . big game fishing is best on the west coast of mauritius because the currents swirl around the foot of le morne, creating a marine environment attractive to bait fish, which in turn attracts the larger fish. boats usually accommodate up to 5 anglers and full day trips typically include both breakfast and lunch in the price.
For those looking for a fun sea-air activity, you can try parasailing. you will be rewarded with a breathtaking bird's eye view of the beautiful lagoon and beaches. the parasailing begins with a short safety briefing. then you will be taken by boat to the launch pod where you will take off and start the parasailing. no steering is actually necessary as the sail follows the course of the boat
The tamarind falls also known as tamarin falls are a beautiful attraction of the southwest of mauritius. these falls are awkward to reach, but no doubt, it's worth the effort. tamarind falls on the interior portion of the island is an incredible string of about 7 waterfalls surrounds by green mountains and is tucked away beyond a sugar cane filled. bring something to swim in as there are numerous pools beneath certain falls to take a dip in. there are some spots that require getting a little dirty and some traction on your shoes, but it is well worth it. first time visitors would be advised not to go unguided. no doubt this is one of the most beautiful and calmest places in mauritius, and one of the best places for nature and animals lovers, and for finding exotic plants and birds.
Safari jeep trips
The safari jeep trip takes place in yemen natural reserve park on the west coast of mauritius. it hosts two of the longest rivers on the island – rivière rempart and tamarin river – and is a haven for all sorts of native and exotic wildlife. the actual size of this natural reserve is of around 4,500 hectares. the yemen park is the setting for safari trips where you will have a thrilling ride and will be able to see many beautiful animals such as zebras, ostriches, african antelopes, java deer, monkeys, ducks and geese, and will see extraordinary panoramic views of this breathtaking part of the island.
Safari quad biking trips
Experience an adventurous quad biking activity in the most amazing natural setting! quad-biking activity in the 4,500 hectares of yemen natural reserve park. more than a quad bike outing, it is a trip through a real safari. during the trip it is possible to see deers, zebras, ostriches, african antelopes, wild boars and many more; this a very big added bonus to this activity
When you dive in mauritius you can explore coral reefs, multi-colored marine life, ship wrecks dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, or some ships sunk more recently which create beautiful artificial reefs. there are numerous dive sites strewn all around the island. one of the well-known and popular dive sites in mauritius is the cathedral, which is located off the flic en flac on the western coast of mauritius. other dive sites in mauritius include the whale rock and roche zozo that is an underwater rock pinnacle, and the submerged crater near ile ronde. mauritius is almost completely encircled by a barrier coral reef which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of brightly colored fish such as damselfish, trumpet fish, boxfish and clown fish, as well as the orange mauritian scorpionfish. most of the dive sites are located on the west coast around flic-en-flac or in the north, at trou aux biches or at the northern islands. the best time to go diving is from november to april with very good visibility underwater. the mauritius scuba diving association msda can provide further information.
Hiking and trekking
In mauritius with breathtaking views of mountains, rivers, and forests. enjoy a hiking trip through the fields, trekking on a zip line or on a bike, and discover this magnificent nature paradise mauritius being a volcanic island has several breathtaking summits and valleys to explore on foot. you can visit the black river gorges national park, a 6,794-hectare 16,788-acre forest, to see indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. black river peak trail goes to mauritius' highest mountain, while the maccabee trail starts nearby and plunges into the gorge to black river.
Experience a 10,000 ft skydive in mauritius. enjoy a spectacular scenic flight and a visually awesome tandem skydive. tandem skydiving refers to a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected via a harness to a tandem instructor. the instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. the student needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump.
Water-skiing is one of the most popular water sports in mauritius. you can enjoy water skiing along several of mauritius’ coasts or in a few of the lakes. the best area for water skiing is considered to be the north area of the island, along the coasts, where the lagoon provides full protection from the big waves of the open sea and offers ideal water skiing conditions of very calm sea
Go on a speed boat trip and watch dolphins in the open sea. you can choose between 2 hr trip, half day and full day trips where you will get to watch with the bottlenose dolphin and the spinner dolphin, which have made of the west coast of mauritius a place for them to rest before going to the deep sea for their fishing.
Walk with lions & cheetahs
Experience a one-on-one encounter with lions and cheetahs. feel the adrenaline rush, the sense of excitement and know how it is to be so close to these amazing creatures. from the moment you meet the lions, your adventure shall begin. under the coolness of the trees you can take pleasure in viewing the lions from very close, see them playing and hopping on the rocks of the river banks and scaling the trees. the lions roam freely amongst the participants giving them the unique opportunity of being in close contact with them.
Blue safari submarine
See the wonderful underwater tropical fish without even getting your feet wet. going underwater to 35 m depth on board of a real submarine. you will get to visit a shipwreck, explore the rich coral reefs, and observe and encounter various species of fish. the submarine is air-conditioned with fully transparent-glassed cabin so you will enjoy exceptionally clear panoramic views of the extraordinary underwater world. at 35 m undersea, you may see some rare species and will explore the underwater world just like on any other traditional safari.
Underwater submarine scooter adventure
Pilot your own underwater scooter by yourself or as a couple to 3-4 m depth in full safety. comfortably seated one behind the other, you breath freely and naturally in a broad common, transparent and panoramic cupola which allow you to discover and to enjoy full the view of the reef and marine life, while communicating all along with your partner. you will receive full briefing about the easy control of the underwater scooter, and will be equipped with a diving suit for warmth and full safety
A great way to explore the fine greenery of the lagoons, or the open waters of the indian ocean. it is possible to find wide range of sea kayaking trips and packages from breezy, calmer routes, to a few days trip surrounding the island in the deep ocean waters. this is also possible to have a kayak trip to any of the small islets surrounding the main island such as ile d'ambre island.
Rock climbing on the south west coast of mauritius. you will get to experience rock climbing in a beautiful setting of the belle vue cliffs, where the caves of "la pointe aux caves" are nestled and in close proximity from the famous lighthouse of albion. this a great outdoor sport where you will learn the basic techniques of knots, safe climbing and rock progression from mauritius’ top professional guides. as part of rock climbing excursion you will be trained on some breathing exercises to maximize climbing performance over rock faces and cliffs
For those seeking more adrenalin and thrill, canyoning is your ideal excursion, which challenges you to abseil down the steep walls of the canyons using nature watercourses and canyoning gear. the canyoning is offered in few locations in mauritius. the canyoning known also as canyoneering in mauritius consists of travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming
The mauritius horse racing club commonly called the champ de mars was founded in 1812, making it the oldest horse-racing club in the southern hemisphere. horse racing is the most popular sport in mauritius, and you can expect to have about 30,000 visitors on each race day. the horse racing season usually starts in april and ends in late november. there are an average of 9 and a maximum of 12 horses per race. on average some 60 horses participate on each racing day. it is highly recommended to go and experience the electric atmosphere of horse racing in mauritius. for those interested it is also possible have a vip treatment in one of the vip suites while enjoying snacks and drinks and a clear view of the race from your private balcony