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Mauritius

Mauritius Vacation Packages & Tours at -45%

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$2,599

Per night: $325

Mauritius in 9 days +

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    Chamarel
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    Curepipe
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    Grand Bassin Crater
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    Plaine Champagne
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  • Some meals
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Soak up the sun on the pristine island getaway of Mauritius. Get lost in this faraway Indian Ocean haven, enjoying a relaxing resort stay plus optional tours and activities.

Live your dream trip then do it again!

Our recommendation to visit Mauritius and neighboring countries

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Enchanting Tours & Vacation Packages Around Mauritius

An exotic, breathtaking paradise awaits you when you take a Mauritius vacation with Exoticca. Get ready to explore the Island of Eden and get the most out of your experience with our affordable packages.

Make your dreams of visiting a tropical utopia come true and explore everything the island offers. Many of our Mauritius trip packages include hotel accommodations, transfers, convenient flights, luxurious hotels, and memorable tours

Let Exoticca take you on a heavenly adventure you’ll recount for the rest of your life.

Trips to Mauritius from the USA

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Our Mauritius vacation takes you through all the exquisite cultural diversity, unique natural wonders, and awe-inspiring attractions of the island.

Mauritius is situated around 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of the island country Madagascar. It’s small and homely, only about 61 kilometers (38 miles) long and 45 kilometers (28 miles) wide

 

 

Top points of interest in Mauritius

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In addition to the deeply diverse culture, a rich biodiversity awaits you. Travel in awe as you witness sweeping landscapes, rainbow-colored dunes, and gorgeous marine life.

Taking a holiday in Mauritius with Exoticca’s tour packages gives you the flexibility of free time and planned itineraries. Don’t miss out on these highlights:

Chamarel


Known as the “Land of Seven Colors,” Chamarel is a guaranteed spectacle as mesmerizing as the northern lights.

Witness the only place in the world with sand of seven different colors. Yellow, brown, red, purple, violet, green, and blue merge effortlessly, creating dunes that look like something out of a painting.

Tours in Mauritius give you a tranquil break by the picturesque 82-meter (272 feet) high Chamarel Waterfall. Then, visit the Aldabra tortoises, the largest in the world, at the Tortoise Park. See if you can spot the rare echo parakeet and pink pigeon!

Le Morne Brabant


The 556-meter (1,824 feet) high Le Morne Brabant mountain features a unique microclimate that homes fascinating plant and animal life.

UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2008, as it holds deep cultural significance. Retrace the steps of refugees and slaves who used the mountain as a safe shelter during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Our Mauritius wildlife tours give you the most magnificent views surrounding the mountain. A complete panorama of the Mauritian lagoon, Indian Ocean, Le Morne Beach, and the Ile aux Benitiers Island awaits at the peak.

Grand Bassin Crater


Fancy a serene, spiritual journey through the heart of Mauritian folklore? Take one of our sightseeing tours in Mauritius to Grand Bassin, locally known as Ganga Talao.

This crater lake is nestled in the highlands of Savanne. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes you deep into the history of Mauritius’ Hindu pilgrimage

Walk along the shoreline as you witness treasured cultural art. The temple has dedicated shrines to Lord Shiva, Goddess Ganga, Lord Hanuman, and Lord Ganesh.

Enjoy vibrant greenery and shimmering blue water as Ganga Talao mesmerizes you with every step. Don’t forget to grab a photo with the awe-inspiring 33-meter (108 feet) tall statue of Lord Shiva!

Port Louis


A Mauritius island holiday isn’t complete without a visit to the capital city, Port Louis

Full of lively entertainment and thrilling shopping opportunities, it’s easy to lose track of time. There’s plenty to do, from the unforgettable Le Caudan Waterfront to the stunningly colorful Kaylasson Temple. 

Take a leisurely walk to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Aapravasi Ghat. This historic site takes you on an immersive journey through the ruins of the former Immigration Depot and surrounding buildings. 

A nightclub sega show is also a must-try for delightful live local musicians and dancers.

Enjoy an off-the-beaten-track Mauritius experience


Looking for a unique Mauritius holiday? Our guided tours take you deeper into lesser-known territories to uncover hidden gems, including:

  • Visit the magical Pont Naturel, a natural bridge formed by volcanic rock. The area also takes on the moniker “le soufler” (a blower). The seawater whistles as it passes through holes in the formation.
  • The mesmerizing, uncrowded, and unspoiled Poste Lafayette Beach feels like your private slice of paradise. Only a few people visit it, and its gorgeous views are sure to soothe your soul.
  • Explore one of Mauritius’ national heritage jewels and dive into 19th-century living at Château de Labourdonnais. Delicious cuisine, immersive exhibitions, and beautiful architecture await you on this full-day adventure.

Our adventure tours in Mauritius provide expert local guides to discover the best areas and give you a truly authentic experience.

Book your Mauritius vacation with Exoticca

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An extraordinary experience awaits you when you book your dream trip with Exoticca. We offer a range of hassle-free bookings and exciting adventures

We’re committed to providing accessible and affordable travel for everyone. Let us take care of all the finer details, so you have the most relaxing break from everyday life.

Mauritius vacation packages all-inclusive: Flights, hotel, tours & transfers


Take advantage of our Mauritius vacation packages, all-inclusive and stress-free. We want to ensure you worry less about logistics and spend more time unwinding and having fun. 

Most of our Mauritius packages take care of your flights, hotel accommodation, guided tours, and transfers. Some may include meals, but make sure you check your itinerary to confirm the available offers.

Explore Mauritius with partially or fully guided tours


There are many areas to explore on your Mauritius vacation from the USA, Canada, or UK. Exoticca’s packages allow you to enjoy expertly guided, semi-escorted, or escorted tours

Our local guides provide an authentic, safe, and comfortable experience. They give you insight into the island’s extravagant history, culture, and hot spots.

You also have the option of taking independent excursions across the island. Our digital itinerary app gives you the freedom to plan a unique, personalized tour, with 24/7 assistance if you need it. 

Crafted by our own travel experts


Decades of experience allow our travel experts to curate the most memorable Mauritius tours for you.

We prioritize safety and comfort, ensuring each day of your vacation is not only fun but relaxing and worry-free. When you take a trip with Exoticca, expect the unexpected. Whether you want to enjoy honeymoon tours in Mauritius or take your family on the trip of a lifetime, we’ve got you.

A unique adventure awaits, filled with expertly crafted and extraordinary holiday experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mauritius famous for?

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The most famous fact about Mauritius is that it was the home of the now-extinct Dodo bird. The island also features the popular attraction, the “Seven Colored Earths” in Chamarel. You may also spot endemic animals like the Rodrigues flying fox and the Aldabra tortoises.

What should you see in Mauritius?

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There are several unmissable sights to see on your Mauritius vacation. Stop by the waterfalls and multicolored sand dunes in Chamarel and the gigantic Lord Shiva statue in Grand Bassin.

Which is better, Maldives or Mauritius?

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It depends on what kind of vacation you want. The Maldives is a laid-back option for honeymooners and couples, while Mauritius offers many sightseeing opportunities for singles and families.

What is the best month to go to Mauritius?

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Mauritius features an enticing tropical climate, boasting fantastic weather year-round, so even the winters are enjoyable. The gorgeous environmental conditions allow you to participate in more activities and beach visits.

How many days is enough to see Mauritius?

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Frequent travelers recommend 7–10 days for a Mauritius vacation. The island is small enough to explore the major attractions in 3–5 days. Spend the rest of your time unwinding in a tranquil paradise or enjoying other activities.

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More information about Mauritius

An island nation, deep in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius, a tropical paradise of palm-fringed beaches and lush mountains, has long been a favourite travel destination. Known as the ‘Island of Eden’, its heavenly beaches are a honeymooners paradise. Beyond the charms of the coastline, vibrant cities, such as the capital of Port Louis, are cultural melting pots, home to colonial-era markets, temples and restaurants serving cuisine as diverse as the island’s population. On a holiday to Mauritius, you’ll want to explore the entire island.

Whilst on the east coast, you can find plenty of sleepy fishing villages and quiet beaches, the west coast is home to a rich array of natural attractions such as the iconic Le Morne Brabant Mountain, Chamarel’s ‘Land of Seven Colours’. It’s also on the west coast from which many dolphin-spotting cruises depart. Known for its rich biodiversity, Mauritius was once famously home to the now extinct Dodo, but today the Central Plateau is where you’ll find many rare plant and animal species in its lush tropical habitat.

A mix of African, Asian and Arabic cultures fuse beautifully to make a trip to Mauritius a diverse and unique travel experience. No matter how inviting the white-sand beaches of the coastline are, a holiday to Mauritius is incomplete without contemplating its colourful cities, rich natural wonders and epic biodiversity.

 

History of Mauritius

Mauritius is characterised by its diverse and varied history, with several different European powers colonising the island over the centuries, due to its location on the Indian Ocean naval trade routes. The first mention of this African island was by Arab explorers, who named it ‘Desert Island’ in around the 10th-century. Portuguese explorers sighted the island in around 1507, although did not settle it, instead, choosing to use it as a port of call for valuable food and resources along their trade routes. Mauritius was given its present name when the Dutch began exploring the island in the 17th-century, with settlements springing up in the 1630s.

The Dutch were concerned with gathering the precious natural resources on the island such as ebony wood and ambergris, a substance used to make expensive perfume. Due to less than optimal conditions for agriculture to thrive on the island, the Dutch abandoned Mauritius by the beginning of the 18th-century. Shortly thereafter, the island was settled by the French, who built many roads, buildings, fortifications and amenities in Port Louis, many of which you can see on a tour of Mauritius today. Indian artisans and workers also settled on the island during this period.

During the Napoleonic Wars, Britain took Mauritius from France and soon gained popularity with the locals due to their promises of religious freedom and respect of local culture, law and customs. Mauritius remained under British rule until 1968 and became a republic in 1992. Its complex history and diverse nature of its inhabitants means a holiday to Mauritius is a unique opportunity to experience many different cultures in a relatively small area. 

 

Nature in Mauritius

A real-life ‘Garden of Eden’, Mauritius is known for its natural abundance and diverse habitats. This tropical island is a paradise for nature lovers and its year-round warm temperatures mean a trip to Mauritius is a perfect adventure any time of year. Due to its temperate climate, Mauritius has long been a centre for sugar cane, tea and vanilla plantations. The most famous icon of the island is Le Morne Brabant Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southwestern tip of Mauritius.

A rugged mountain that reaches 556 metres into the sky is the highlight of this picturesque peninsula, which is also home to an idyllic lagoon, caves and clifftops. Its micro-climate encourages distinct flora and fauna to flourish on the peninsula. Aside from Le Morne Brabant, many tourists choose to travel to Mauritius to see the amazing ‘Land of Seven Colours’ in Chamarel, an otherworldly geological formation composed of multi-coloured sand dunes separated into surreal rainbow-hued lines. Finally, Mauritius is famed for its amazing biodiversity and it is home to some of the rarest animals and plants on earth.

The iconic Dodo was endemic to the island, although the introduction of non-native species caused the extinction of a number of Mauritius’s most delicate inhabitants. Today, the flying-fox is the only extant endemic species remaining on the island, although the coral reef that surrounds the island is well-known for its rich marine life and is considered one of the world’s greatest diving hot-spots. 

 

Culture in Mauritius

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Rainbow Island’, due to its rich cultural diversity, Mauritius is home to a melting-pot blend of several cultures whose roots can be traced back to its complex history. French, English and Creole are widely spoken and the islands most famous cultural icon is its ‘sega’ music and dance, a genre that is unique to Mauritius, originating from the music of African slaves. To get to the heart of the nation’s culture, during a trip to Mauritius, head to Port Louis’ bustling Central Market or catch a sega show at a local nightclub. Hinduism, Islam and Christianity are three popular religions in Mauritius and you’ll find all three coexisting peacefully. To trace the importance of Hinduism on the island, a tour of the Grand Bassin Crater Lake is a must-do. This is the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage site on the island as well as a tranquil haven set amongst an untouched natural landscape. 

Beyond the white-sand beaches and luxury resorts, Mauritius is a cultural powerhouse with one-of-a-kind natural wonders and unique national culture. A tour of Mauritius can take you from the verdant interior to centuries-old rum distilleries and aromatic vanilla plantations and the lively streets of diverse Port Louis. More than just a honeymooners paradise, the island of Mauritius deserves a place on your list of top places to travel. 

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and a return ticket.

  • Visa

    No advance visa is required.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 04:00.

  • Currency

    Mauritian Rupee.

  • Language

    English.

  • Tourist Office website

  • Electricity

    230 V. No adapter required.

  • Other useful information

    People drive on the left-hand side of the road.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.

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