Updated 6 months ago

Are you looking for things to do in Mauritius? Expat.com has curated the following list of leisure activities in Mauritius, tailored specifically for your needs.

Leisure activities

Each year, an increasing number of expats and tourists arrive in Mauritius. Whether alone or with their families, for a short time duration or an extended stay, these people have chosen Mauritius to immerse themselves in a new culture and have unique experiences. Mauritius has something for everyone - from amazing beaches and gardens to hiking trails, national parks, museums, leisure parks, and other activities, there is something for everyone!

Sports

Mauritius offers a large selection of sports and recreational activities for those enjoying outdoor activities. The list includes but is not limited to: diving, surfing, water-skiing, big game fishing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing, canyoning, stand up paddle boarding, football, tennis, squash, archery, jogging, horseback riding, trekking and hiking, mountain biking and golf.

To make the most out of these activities, we recommend you to arrange them directly via hotels and leisure clubs around the island.

Social life

To meet locals and other expats, refer to the Mauritius forum and events section of the site - here, you will be able to receive regular updates regarding social gatherings, such as nightlife and outdoor events, as well as activities tailored specifically to families.

Shopping

In recent years, a handful of shopping malls have opened across the island: Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius, Riche Terre Mall, Trianon Shopping Mall, Cascavelle shopping village, Phoenix Mall, Kendra St Pierre, Flacq shopping mall, Grand Baie La Croisette, Caudan Waterfront in Port-Louis, and most recently the So’Flo in Floreal. These malls offer a wide range of products and services to meet your needs, such as clothing, shoes, accessories, household appliances, furniture, tools, interior decoration, books, toys, groceries, liquor stores, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics, hypermarkets and banking services. 

The towns of Quatre-Bornes, Rose-Hill, as well as Curepipe also have popular shopping malls with local and international retailer shops. For bargain prices, head over to the local markets, such as the one in Quatre-Bornes, which is very lively on Thursdays and Sundays, and it is particularly popular with tourists. It is also a good place to get a feel of the everyday life of many locals. Moreover, during the end of year festive season, international trade fairs are held in the parking lots of major shopping centres, as well as in the parking lots of the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles and the Mer Rouge Freeport.

 Useful links :

Activities

MTPA – Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
Mauritius Museums Council – Mauritian museums
National Parks and Conservation Services – National parks in Mauritius
La Vanille Nature Park
Aquarium at Pointe aux Piments
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
La Vallée de Ferney
Solar Undersea Walk
Domaine de Labourdonnais
L’Aventure du Sucre
Saint Aubin
Casela
Blue Penny Museum
Curious Corner of Chamarel
La Vallée des Couleurs
Mauritius Wildlife Foundation – L’île aux Aigrettes Tour
7 Cascades

Sports

Ministry of Youth and Sports
Mauritian Tennis Federation
Mauritius Equestrian Sports Federation
Mauritius Golf Federation
Mauritius Football Federation
RandoTrail

Social life

Expat.com – Directory of restaurants in Mauritius
Restaurants.mu – Directory of restaurants in Mauritius
Restaurants.mu – Directory of pubs and nightclubs in Mauritius

Shopping

Expat.com – Directory of shops and businesses in Mauritius
Mall of Mauritius – Bagatelle Commercial Centre
Grand Baie La Croisette
Riche Terre Mall
Phoenix Mall
Trianon Shopping Park

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