When a couple is on a honeymoon then there is nothing as exciting and fun as doing adventure sports together that force you to cling to your partner in excitement. It is no wonder that skydiving is considered one of the most romantic activities in Mauritius as it allows couples to view it like a bird from the sky.
Location & Cost: Skydiving is carried out over the sugar fields of Mon Loisir that offers breathtaking views of the lagoons, reefs and mangroves around Mauritius which is around 65 kms away from the airport. This hour long adventure sport costs around 49 Euro per person of which 25 minutes comprises of a flight to 10,000 feet and remaining time is spent on free fall skydiving and parachuting.
Scuba Diving In Mauritius
Scuba diving in Mauritius gained prominence only after 2012 when it was declared as the Indian Ocean’s best diving site. The vast coastline offers several diving locations and plenty of interesting things for diving enthusiasts to explore besides swimming with dolphins and whales.
Though expert divers prefer taking newbies to north and west coast of Mauritius due to clear waters, reefs encircling the entire island have made shallow lagoons around it making the entire island ideal for beginners.
Cost: Diving conducted under supervision of experts starts from as little as 35 Euro per hour and is allowed throughout the year.
Enjoy an Unforgettable Sunset Catamaran Cruise
If you want a honeymoon that has at least one out-of-this-world experience that defies logic then traveling to Mauritius is an absolute must, as only here you can take a romantic cruise into the sunset with your spouse on a catamaran and glide along the sun’s descent to the ocean’s end.
The sunset catamaran trips that head out of Grand Bay allow guests to enjoy two hours of pure bliss with calm winds, golden sunset and the occasional view of a school of dolphins or whales which have the ability to turn the most nonchalant person into a romantic soul.
Cost: This cruise however is conducted only during summer i.e. between September to April and on Wednesdays at a nominal rate of 25 Euros per adult.
Regarded as one of the best activities in Mauritius, underwater sea walk is a once in a lifetime experience that is rarely available on islands. The site of this enthralling sea walk conducted in the Grand Bay region that has shallow waters and is ideal for this experience as the water is safe and clear.
Location: Located around 60kms away from the airport, this adventure takes around an hour wherein couples can enjoy the shared experience of the beautiful fauna, corals and fish in their natural surroundings.
Cost: The excursion carried out under an experienced guide requires participants to wear protective breathing gear and take an underwater tour of the region’s rich sea life which costs 37 Euro per adult.
Bath in Natural Pool - Chamarel Waterfall
The majestic Chamarel waterfall located at a height of 100 meters is a sight to behold that cannot be forgotten in a lifetime. Voted as the best photography spot of the island nation, it cannot be seen from close proximity as it is surrounded by forests and gorges, but one can always take photographs with its majestic waterfall as a background.
Couple can turn it into a romantic destination by heading down to the shallow pool at the bottom of Chamarel falls and taking a private swim together surrounded by lush greenery of the surrounding rainforest.
Location: This charming waterfall is located around 45.1 kms from the international airport and is part of the Seven Colored Earth attraction comprising of natural sand dunes that also houses a family of land turtles.
Visit Lord Sacred Temple of Lord Shiva - Grand Bassin Lake
The Grand Bassin Lake tucked within mountains of South West, is one of this nation’s most important attractions also called Ganga Talao and is said to be connected to Ganges river of India. The lake which became a legend after it was discovered by a Hindu priest is adjacent to a cluster of temples with mammoth statues of Lord Shiva, goddess Durga, Lord Hanuman and a few other gods.
Location: The grand lake located in Savanne district is 1800 feet above sea level and between around 27 kms from the international airport depending on the route taken. Being a place of religious significance there are no entry fees for this region and only temples accept donations from devotees.
View Mauritius From Le Morne Brabant
For a newly wedded couple seeking privacy with a romantic background, the Le Morne Mountain of Mauritius which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site is the best place. Located in the southern region of Mauritius, this rugged mountain located around 58 kms from the international airport, was used as a shelter by slaves that had escaped from their masters.
Le Morne or “the marooned” stands as a physical symbol of the wretched practice of human slavery that was rampant in these parts as free labor for sugar cane plantations. Even though the place has a sad history, the view from the mountain tip is considered among the top romantic activities in Mauritius where visitors have to pay 25 Euro to be let into the area.
Enjoy Kayaking With Your Spouse At Ile D'ambre
Kayaking and Rafting are great sports to bond with your spouse and if the surroundings are as beautiful and riveting as Ile D’Ambre Island then one would not ask for more. This is among the region’s most popular islets with white sandy beaches and mangroves filled with colorful birds and exotic flowers.
Location: Located around 70 kms away from the international airport towards north of Mauritius, this islet may be small but the natural beauty of lagoons and sparkling blue waters make this a must visit place for every visitor to Mauritius. All kayaking trips arranged by the camp and priced at Euro 79 per adult, are carried out under supervision of experts.
Feel the Lush Greenery - Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
Every couple on honeymoon should try out one of these romantic activities in Mauritius which involves spending quality time at the Mauritius National Botanical Garden that was established by its French governor around 300 years ago.
The magical Pamplemousses Garden spread across 37 acres has more than 650 species of plants and trees that you are not likely to find in any other single location. Besides the famous Baobabs, the garden is home to giant water lilies, medicinal plants, spice garden and 85 varieties of palm trees from all parts of the world.
Location: Located 60 kms from the international airport, entrance to the Botanical garden is at 8 Euro per adult.
Watch Wildlife & Corals at Ile aux Aigrettes
Being an island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a virtual goldmine of flora and fauna species that cannot be found anywhere else. This enchanting botanical paradise is entirely made up of coralline limestone and is home to several indigenous species like pink pigeon, Mauritius kestrel, giant Aldabra tortoises, Ornate day gecko and others. Boat trips to this island are conducted daily from Pointe Jerome for 26 Euro per adult and visitors are not allowed to eat, smoke, consume alcoholic drinks or litter during the tour.
Location: The Ile Aux Aigrettes is a small island spread across 850 meters on the south-east coast of Mauritius and around 30 kms from the airport.
A Taste of Beach Romance - Cap Malheureux
With a depressing title as Cape Misfortune due to its history of being the site of many shipwrecks, one would expect a dull inspiring place filled with jagged rocks and harsh sea waves. But visiting this stunning location located close to a small fishing hamlet surrounded by enthralling views of nearby islands like Ile Plate, Coin de Mire and Ile Ronde is one of the perfect things to do in Mauritius on honeymoon.
Location: Cape Malheureux is located in north of Grand Baie and is around 75 kms away from the international airport. Stroll with your spouse along the picturesque village or relax under a beach umbrella with a picnic lunch and if time permits explore the beautiful Notre Dame Auxiliatrice church with a quaint red roof.
Enjoy Sunset At Riambel Beach
Voted as one of the best beaches on Southern Coast of Europe, Riambel Beach is the perfect location for a romantic walk into the sunset with your significant other. Enjoy a leisurely horse ride with your spouse and explore the picturesque Riambel village that is nestled around several hundred meters away from the beach.
Location: The beach located around 35 kms from the airport is deserted during the day and it would be best for a short visit post lunch. The best advantage of this beautiful beach is its peaceful and unexploited ambience with just the wide open blue waters and trees palm trees for company. All one needs in this location is a beach umbrella, picnic lunch, juices and appropriate swimming clothes.
Blue Safari Subscooter
Location: Prepare to spend at least a couple of hours at this location if you are planning to head out from the airport which is 68 kms from the diving point. For the pleasure of their guests, the operators of Blue Safari have several group activities and exclusive package tours including food and drinks and also a romantic undersea wedding among fishes, turtles and sea urchins!!
Underwater Waterfall From Helicopter
Regarded as one of the most fascinating activities in Mauritius, this phenomenon can be watched at south western part of the island from a plane hovering over the island at a certain angle as it is an optical illusion. The illusion is created due to the location of Mauritius Island which is on a submarine plateau that is 150 meters below sea level.
As the shelf’s actual drop-off is to the ocean floor is 4000 meters the process that one actually witnesses from the plane is sand being forced off the plateau and beaches by oceanic currents.
Location & Cost: As the location of this sandy waterfall is close to Le Morne Brabant one can hire a chopper from the airport which is 57 kms away or select one from helipads located on the island for a fee starting from 790 Euro.
Explore Tea Plantations
Tour of Mauritius is incomplete without a visit to its famous tea plantations that are located in the mountains. The tour includes trips to two of the largest and oldest tea producers in Mauritius namely the Domanine des Aubineaux that was established in 1872 and Bois Cheri which was the first and till date is the largest tea producer in the nation since 1892.
Location & Cost: A guided tour to these two locations with tea sampling sessions including a visit to tea museum and tropical garden can cost around 37 Euro for an adult. As the tour takes around 5-7 hours you can enjoy a cozy five course lunch at “Le Saint Aubin” for a taste of local cuisine and hospitality.
Visit Coloured Earth of Chamarel
The island of Mauritius had a lava spouting volcano till recently and even though the region is dormant, there are signs of its volcanic heritage in the Chamarel plain of Riviere Noire district of south west area. The seven colored earth is a geographical phenomenon of multicolored sand dunes that is spread across 7500 square meters.
The formation has seven distinct colors of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow and one has to walk all around the formation to have a better view of all the colors on its surface.
Location: Located around 50 kms away from the airport, the site is protected by a fence and people are not allowed to walk over the surface.
Relax at Belle Mare Beach
The eastern coastline of Mauritius is just as beautiful as the southern coast with sparkling white beaches and crystalline blue waters. Besides deep sea fishing and horse riding, Belle Mare Beach is also recognized for the best water activities in Mauritius as there are abundant aquatic sports conducted by hotels and adventure clubs.
If the lovely tropical climate appeals to you then relax under the beach umbrellas and tan yourself. The region is also a base camp for trek to Lion Mountain peak which gives a sweeping view of the coastline.
Location: The shoreline has calm waters and a beautiful lagoon so one can definitely check into one of the many hotels in this region which is around 60 kms from the international airport.
Enjoy at Champ de Mars (Port Louis)
Want to try out something exciting during the weekend at Mauritius then do go ahead and explore its prestigious Champs de Mars thoroughbred race horse track located in Port Louis. Set up in 1812, the race track is still managed by Mauritius Turf Club which is the second oldest horse racing club in the world.
Thoroughbred racing was the pastime of the island’s colonial masters and is a historical legacy. Ensure that races are being held on day of your visit to enjoy its electric atmosphere along with canapés and drinks. Beach lovers can read more about the beach resorts, our guide beach resorts in Mauritius won't disappoint you.
Obselora and Fauna At laVanille Crocodile Park
Even if you do not have any special affection towards crocodiles, La Vanille Crocodile Park is an ideal place to learn about the local flora and fauna. The park has been designed like a jungle with trails through banana, palm and giant bamboo plants to give visitors a realistic feel of the environment. Besides being home to several Nile crocodiles, the park has a rare collection of butterflies, giant tortoises and other reptiles.
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Location & Cost: Located at 23 kms from the international airport, entry tickets to this park cost 12 Euros per adult which is worth every penny for the wide variety of species one can view at this location.
Swimming With The Dolphins
Want to try out something absolutely unique on your honeymoon that you can boast about to friends back home? Explore the tranquil blue waters of Tamarin Bay swimming for more than 2 hours alongside dolphins and whales at a low entry fee of 42 Euro.
Unlike most other close dolphin encounters that are undertaken within shallow pools, the experience at Tamarin Bay is absolutely unique as the dolphins are in their natural environment. This experience along the west coast of Mauritius is possible because a large school of dolphins have made it their natural home and if you are lucky a migrating whale can give you a live display of its acrobatic skills!!
Explore The Capital City - Port Louis
The capital city of Mauritius is as charming and beautiful as the rest of the country and is located in the west coast region in Black River District area. This cosmopolitan city founded in 1735 by French pioneer Betrand-Francois Mahe de La Bourdonnais is regarded as the island nation’s economic and cultural center.
As a port city, the capital has a popular beach referred to as Apravasi Ghat that had been used as a sorting area for slaves. Besides interesting markets and temples, the city has several museums that cater to different aspects of the island’s growth and changes through the years.
Location: Take a casual walk with your spouse along the city center and explore the fine colonial buildings and quaint Chinese pagoda.
Shopping in Mauritius's Famous Markets
Honeymoon to an exotic location like Mauritius is incomplete without a visit to its local markets to purchase something special for both of you that will serve as a memory of time spent here. As people back home will also be expecting some souvenirs from your visit, it is best to keep aside a couple of days from your holiday for one of the most essential activities in Mauritius that almost every tourist has to do.
You can purchase colorful bags as souvenirs along with flavored tea bags or spice pouches to take home. While Grand Bay’s tourist village and Sunset Boulevard are ideal location for duty free shops for purchase of traditional handicrafts, shops and malls in Port Louis, Quatre-Bornes and Rose Hill should also be explored.
Sega Dancing With Your Partner
When you are on a honeymoon to a location as exotic as Mauritius then learning its local music and dance would be a wonderful way to show your appreciation for its hospitality. The foot-tapping rhythm of Sega music and fast movements of the dance that has been passed on from one generation to another is unique to this island.
Most hotels organize programs by groups of professional Sega dancers for guests in the evening and invite them to join in the festivities. One of the best things to do in Mauritius at night would be to go swirling on the dance floor to the romantic beats of Sega music with your spouse.
Horse Riding At Domaine de L'Etoile
The pleasant climate and riveting views of its many lagoons, mountain ranges and colorful landscape, has made horse riding excursions, a popular practice among tourists to explore the picturesque island of Mauritius. All horse ride trips are conducted under the supervision of experienced guides and gentle South African “Boerperd” horses are used for the trip.
Take this opportunity to spend quality time with your spouse watching the beautiful countryside and enjoying local cuisine.
Cost: Most rides are for a maximum of 2 – 3 hours and cost around 60-65 Euros per person.
Island Hopping In Mauritius
While there are endless ways to keep a couple engaged in an island paradise like this, Island Hopping is one of the most exciting things to do in Mauritius on honeymoon. Best way to do this would be to hire catamarans with safety equipment water, juice and a picnic lunch and explore islands like Ile Plate, Ile aux Benitiers,
Le Morne, Ilot Mangenie, Baie DuCap and several others. The pleasant climate, natural beauty nestled in the gentle lap of the ocean and rich culture emphasized by its friendly citizens makes Mauritius the ideal location for a memorable honeymoon.