Here are some of my top tips if you’re planning on visiting some or all of these non-touristy things to do while you’re in Mauritius.
Visit at the right time
If you want to have more chances of being alone at these amazing locations then I would recommend that you get there early. Start your tour off at 6.30 am and beat everyone else there. I wouldn’t worry too much though as most of these locations are non-touristy anyway, so they will never be swarming with people.
Plan your route
Use Google Maps and plan your route and timebox each location. This way you’ll know what you can fit in and how much time you will have. Be sure to allow time for lunch too or bring some with you.
Find a tour guide
I would also recommend a tour guide or taxi tour over car hire. Yes, you’ll pay a little more money, but it avoids the stress of potentially driving on the wrong side of the road, getting bumps, finding parking and leaving your car while you explore. Another advantage is local people will know even more hidden gems as we found on our tour.
Split up your days
Don’t get and squeeze everything in, you don’t want to be rushing around like a crazy person. Try and spend a reasonable amount of time at each location to fully take in its beauty and enjoy it. Just split your days up into 2 or 3, that way overall you’ll see more and see it properly.
Bring snacks and water
If you do decide on squeezing as much in as possible or you don’t fancy eating the local cuisine, then bring snacks with you. Get some food boxes and fill them up with items from your breakfast bar at the hotel.
As always, respect the local culture and traditions of where you’re visiting and dress accordingly. Please always check or ask your tour guide what to wear especially if you’re visiting any temples.
Bring the right gear
For example, If you’re visiting Le Morne beach you’ll need some water shoes as it’s full of sharp broken coral. So, where ever you choose to visit always do your research and check what you should bring. Our backpack consists of suncream, camera, tripod, mosquito spray, snacks, swimming outfits and toys to keep the kids occupied.
Top up the suncream
Mauritius gets hot, very hot! So, bring a bottle of suncream with you and keep topped up. You’ll be surprised how it can get you even though you’re traveling around the island.
See what you want to see
Some of the more touristy things to do in Mauritius are incredible, so please don’t be put off seeing them. Mauritius isn’t like Milan or Venice where its packed with tourists and chances are you’ll only see a handful of people at the popular sights anyway.
Mingle at the Local Markets
The best way to get a feel for the local culture is to mingle with the locals. One of the best ways to do this is by visiting a local market. Here you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetable to try.