Ultimate Instagram-Worthy Experiences in Mauritius
“Photography is the beauty of life captured.”
golfscape explores Mauritius through Instagram to bring you the ultimate guide on the stunning tropical island. From national parks to golf courses, Mauritius is full of picture-perfect experiences that will not only fill your Instagram with idyllic beaches but also, leave you with magical moments that you will never forget.
Dare to meet the crocodiles at La Vanille Nature Park #mauritiusexplored
Situated in a rainforest, La Vanille Nature Park promises you an exciting journey through the flora and fauna of the island. Wander around the park, stroll by giant bamboos, palm trees, and observe the picturesque natural streams loaded with colorful fish. The park is home to more than 2000 crocodiles, giant tortoises, and a rich collection of insects. Beware, there is even a restaurant where you can try the delicacy of crocodile meat! Only the brave will want to post this culinary experience on Instagram!
Escape to paradise beaches #YesMauritius
With its white sand, turquoise waters, and gently rocking waves, Trou aux Biches is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Indulge in a beautiful walk on this seemingly endless beach, try out different kinds of water sports, and enjoy the world-class service in the beach clubs and hotels.
Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Prince Maurice offer some of the most alluring coastlines, turquoise waters, and a sunshine in spades, with a fantastic collection of restaurants, outdoor activities, and accommodation. The resorts are popular with golfers for the two epic 18-hole championship courses, the Links Golf Course and the Legend Golf Course. The nearby 20 Degree Sud Hotel is the perfect place for golfers to stay after a round. A stunning boutique hotel inspired by Mauritian Creole style, decorated entirely by the prestigious Belgian decorator, Flamant.
Flic en Flac Beach is another Instagram-worthy beach in Mauritius, complete with crystal clear waters, it is the ultimate snorkelers paradise! The beach is vast in size, very clean, and covered with beautiful white sand. Flic en Flac is a perfect spot for families and is the perfect destination for a picnic.
Discover the Black River Gorges National Park #blackrivergorges
Although mostly known as being rich in jaw-dropping ocean landscape and beaches, Mauritius is truly an island of various natural wonders. Black River Gorges National Park is Mauritius’s largest national park, covering roughly 2% of the island’s surface. Located in continental highlands of the island, the area is famous for stunning waterfalls, endemic plants, and exotic species of birds. This national park is the perfect place for trekkers and nature lovers! (Prepare your cameras for pictures of lush vegetation and colorful species!)
A short drive away from the district of the Black River is the village of Chamarel, where nature paints a magical landscape. Witness the geological wonder of the Seven Colored Earths (Terres des Sept Couleurs) and take in the charming harmony of this park’s indigenous forest and mind-blowing panoramic views. Did you even go if it didn’t get a post on Instagram?
Fancy a round of island golf? #beautifulgolfcourses
The mesmerizing tropical island of Mauritius is home to some of the most picturesque and renowned golf courses in the world. From water hazards to bushes and bunkers, Mauritius offers an exciting golf experience in an utmost natural setting. Heritage Golf Club, designed by famous architect Peter Matkovich stretches between the green hills and turquoise lagoon. This fabulous 18-hole championship course is open throughout the year and promises a truly memorable experience!
Avalon Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole course situated amongst an oasis of vivid green landscapes. Its idyllic setting comprises of rivers, ravines, and a fantastic view of the island’s southern coastline.
Another Instragrammable course that deserves to be on the bucket list of every passionate golfer, is the Anahita course at Four Seasons Resort. Specially designed to preserve the rich flora and fauna of the coast it lies on, this architectural masterpiece by Ernie Els guarantees a magical yet challenging experience that every golfer dreams of.
Ile aux Cerfs is one of the most stupendous golf courses in the world with holes looking out to the ocean. Located on a small island off the Mauritian coast, the course was designed by the well-known golf player Benhard Langer and is suitable for all players.
Challenge yourself to hike Le Morne Peninsula #lemornemauritius
The mountainous peninsula of Le Morne Brabant is a picture-perfect gem that promises to captivate you with its beauty. Experience the area’s awe-inspiring exoticism by participating in a hiking tour. Make sure you catch the enchanting sunset on the route, the view is incredible! Located alongside the hiking trail is the International Slave Route Monument, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Head back down to the lagoon and enjoy a swim off the shore of Le Morne. If you are lucky enough, you might even get to encounter the dolphins that inhabit the waters.
Tune in with the peninsula’s breathtaking nature at one of the island’s most luxurious resorts, the Lux Le Morne, a five-star hotel sheltered at the foot of the mountain. This boutique resort has four pools, a tempting spa, and chalets dotted around the tropical gardens.
The Peninsula of Le Morne is also home to Tamarina Golf & Spa Boutique Hotel. The luxurious resort has an 18-hole championship golf course, bearing the signature of the renowned architect, Rodney Wright.
Explore the Island’s Iconic Waterfalls #chasingwaterfalls
Near to the Black River Gorges National Park, you will discover some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Chamarel waterfalls are the highest waterfalls in Mauritius, reaching staggering heights of over 100 meters. Up in the lush green peaks of the park, you will find the enchanting Alexandra Falls. Near the small village of Henrietta is the Tamarind Falls, known as the ‘Seven Cascades’ because of its seven simultaneous waterfalls.
Located near to the colonial Eureka House in Moka is the Eureka Falls which add a magical touch to the area. You will encounter four waterfalls set amongst palm and mango trees, and various species of exotic, colorful flowers such as azaleas and camellias.
For the finale, make sure you book a tour of the famous underwater waterfall just off the coast of Le Morne. Yes, you read it correctly! It is an actual waterfall, generated by underwater currents that create a dramatic image. When looked at from a distance, it seems like the entire island is being sucked down a vast drain! (Don’t forget your camera for this event.)
Experience the local cuisine & markets #foodiegram
The local cuisine is a mix of various gastronomic influences, mainly the Asian cuisine, due to the islands interesting colonial history. Stop by the island’s famous food markets in Port Louis, Central Flacq, and Beau Bassin – Rose Hill. Head to the fish markets early in the morning to find the fresh catches of the day laid out for sale. You might want to get your camera ready because you are about to see a color-splash of the ocean’s fauna!
The national dish of Mauritius, the Dholl Puri, is a yellow split-pea pancake with bean curry and a spiced sauce of tomatoes, thyme, garlic, and ginger. The best place to find these culinary delights is on Royal Road at the world-renowned Dewa & Sons
Another famous dish is the ‘fish vindaye’, flavorful fried pickled fish in a tangy onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric sauce, and the local octopus curry! Mauritians are well-known for liking spicy food, so be careful with how you arrange your order if you do not react well to spices. If you do not want your food spicy say, ‘pah for’ which means ‘not hot’ in the local language!
Visit the Eureka House #culturetrip
The Eureka Mansion was built in 1830 and was owned by British and French aristocratic families. Take a glimpse at the authentic interior, 19th-century masterpieces on the walls, ebony and mahogany antiques, and well-preserved furniture. Take a walk through the mansion’s lush gardens and head down the path through a valley that will lead you towards the wondrous waterfalls – you will definitely envy the family that once lived there!
Take a trip to the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice #visitmauritius
Nestled on the beach, the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is a church that charms its visitors both from the outside and the inside. Famous for its red roof, this little church is known as one of the most famous tourist spots and is the most photographed scene on the island. On Sunday mornings, many tourists can be seen joining the mass. The church and its surroundings are a popular spot for newlyweds as well as families, due to the child-friendly beach and rock pools nearby.
The Instagrammable Royal Palm Beachcomber hotel is located only 3 miles from the popular church, a five-minute walk from the tourist village of Grand Baie. The hotel offers access to Mont Choisy Le Golf, an 18-hole golf course located 10 minutes away from the resort.
Capture Mauritius from the sea #underthesea
Set sail on a daily cruise and explore hidden gems off the coast of the island, secret beaches or just relax on board the catamaran, sunbathing, and enjoying the tropical landscape. Experience swimming and snorkeling in the wilderness of the crystal clear water, as your lunch is being prepared for you on board. Stop by remote beaches and hop off for a cocktail under the palm trees. For the ultimate adrenaline challenge, try a parasailing tour, get a hold of a GoPro and snap the most memorable photos of your trip to Mauritius, from high up in the air.