Offbeat Mauritius Will Steal Your Heart Away

October 8, 2018 | By More
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6 Offbeat Places in Mauritius that will to Steal Your Heart

Mauritius is popularly known as a honeymoon destination which is why a lot of really amazing places often get overlooked on this small yet beautiful island. Yes, it has some amazing beaches like Grand Baie, Flic en Flac, etc. where you can chill or party and some equally mesmerizing sights like the Chamarel Seven Color Earth or the Black River Gorges mountain range but, that is not all.

This place has so much more to offer which you could easily miss out on unless you are friends with a local or staying here for a long duration.

 

Mauritius Beach

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Recently, I visited this island and stayed here for a month and by the end of my stay, I had a hard time leaving this place. Here, I went on so many amazing hikes to the mountains and the waterfalls and was able to discover some really cool offbeat locations which made my entire trip to this island quite memorable.

Most of these places don’t require any entrance fee and are easy to reach via public transportation. So, if you are on a budget trip, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Just add these places to your itinerary and you will see a side of Mauritius that you would have never imagined in your wildest dreams.

Rochester Waterfalls

This is an amazing offbeat location to visit if you are looking for some quiet and peaceful time near a waterfall.

Rochester Falls Mauritius

Since this place is hidden behind the Sugarcane trees and requires a little walking and hiking, not many people come to this place. But it should definitely be on your list if you love waterfalls like me. The pathway through the Sugarcane trees opens up to a wide stream which is actually the waterfall. But, you are at the top of the waterfall.

You can hike down to the foot of the waterfall by crossing the stream, which in itself is an exhilarating experience and then climb down via the marked trail. This place is surrounded by trees so it offers you a cool shade throughout and gives off a slightly jungle vibe.

Le Pouce Mountain

While a lot of people hike to the Black River Gorges Peak or the Pieter Both Peak(second tallest peak in Mauritius), a lot of people don’t even give Le Pouce a second glance. Well, that’s fine because this is one of the reasons why this place is still pristine and untouched.

Le Pouce Mountain View

It is the third tallest mountain peak in Mauritius which offers you the most stunning view of Port Louis and surrounding villages. From here, you can also see the second tallest mountain peak in Mauritius which is just as magnificent. It takes around 3-4 hours for the complete hike, including the ascent and the descent, and although the end is a little tricky as you have to climb the rocks, the whole ordeal is completely worth it.

Le Pouce Mountain, aka the Thumb Mountain, can be easily reached from St. Pierre town. You get a bus to St. Pierre and then it is a 2 km walk to the base of the mountain.

Cap Malheureux Bay

Frankly, this is not even a tourist or famous spot in Mauritius and we came across it accidentally. We were just looking for a sunrise point in the North of Mauritius and we got down on the nearest beach when we realized it is only 5 minutes to sunrise.

Cap Malheureux Bay Mauritius

I can’t even explain how amazing it felt to be on this quiet and picturesque beach. It was covered with a few rocks while a few boats lay floating on the ocean. And as the sun slowly rose from the ocean, I witnessed the most beautiful colors ever. Here, you would also find sea snakes and different types of crabs which make it an even more interesting beach to explore.

So, if you would like to head out to a quiet and calm beach and watch the most beautiful sunrise of your life, then you definitely should add Cap Malheureux Bay to your list.

Pointe D’Esny

This is a calm and serene seashore which lies in East Mauritius, in the Mahebourg area. This place is close to the Airport and offers you an unparalleled view of the ocean and the fishing boats. While you won’t see a sunset here, you will certainly witness a beautiful evening here which will leave you completely speechless.

Pointe D'Esny Mauritius

Apart from the beautiful seashore, you also witness the most gorgeous crystal clear and blue water. Trust me, you would just want to jump in the ocean and swim for a while and you can do exactly that here. While the West Mauritius ocean currents are strong and often not suitable for swimming, East Mauritius offers a calmer sea where you can swim to your heart’s content.

Eau Bleue Waterfalls

This is undoubtedly one of my most favorite spots in Mauritius. Not because there were hardly any people here or that it required serious hiking to reach this place, but because I had never seen a turquoise colored waterfall before in my life.

Eau Bleue Waterfalls Mauritius

This is the most fairytale-like location I have ever been to and I am so glad that I stumbled upon it. Although it is better to go here during the monsoon season because then you get to witness 4 waterfalls, I really enjoyed spending time on this solitary waterfall. The waterfall was enclosed in a rocky cannon and there were green trees and moss covering the rocks here.

Trust me, a trip to Mauritius without visiting Eau Bleue waterfalls is a complete waste.

Gris Gris

Another relatively known spot in Mauritius which isn’t quite popular with the tourists is Gris Gris. This is a hilly cliff from where you can see the ocean or if you wish, then you can climb down the cliff to just chill on the beach. It is also a perfect spot for kitesurfing as the wind is quite strong here and I saw several kite surfers enjoying themselves, making the most of the climate.

Gris Gris Mauritius

Apart from the ocean view and the beach, you can also hike through the forest here to reach the other cliffs which makes it a perfect 1-day location for your itinerary.

Conclusion

While it is good to visit the popular spots in Mauritius, it is equally important to experience the local and offbeat locations here if you want to see the real Mauritius. The best part is that you can always ask the locals to guide you to these places and they will happily oblige; or utilize a local on-line Mauritius Travel Guide. So, make sure that you add these places to itinerary and enjoy while exploring the lesser-known side of Mauritius!

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About The Author:  Rachita Saxena is an Indian traveler and  the co-founder of a travel blog named Nomllers which caters to budget travelers and aims to inspire others to leave their comfort zone and experience the unknown. You can follow her journeys on  Instagram and Facebook.

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