ROL Cruise recommends…
1. See beautiful natural sights
A visit to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens will show you that Mauritius’ flora and fauna is just as impressive as its scenery. Founded in the mid-eighteenth century, this wonderful spot is one of the oldest gardens of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Look out for Madagascan moorhen and the Mauritian flying fox, as well as giant water lilies.
2. Pay your respects to Shiva
Thousands of Hindu pilgrims make their way every year to Ganga Talao, a sacred crater lake set 530 metres above sea level. Considered one of the most notable pilgrimage sites outside India, the lake’s shores are adorned with a number of temples, as well as a 33 metre tall statue of the Hindu god Shiva. Visitors are welcome, but make sure you dress appropriately.
3. Step into the 1800s
Mauritius’ colonial past can best be explored at Eureka House, a grand Créole property dating back to the nineteenth century. Inside, you’ll find fascinating features like antique maps and photographs of the period. The grounds are just as impressive, with mango and palm trees plus an English-style garden, surrounded by dazzling waterfalls from the nearby Moka River.
4. Get up close to crocodiles
Located on the south of the island, Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes calls itself ‘a magical place’ – and it’s easy to see why. This popular park is home to 2,000 Nile crocodiles as well as the largest captive group of Aldabra tortoises in the world. There’s an aquarium and an insectarium, as well as a fossil museum featuring hundreds of exhibits from Madagascar.
5. Embrace the island’s heritage
Mauritius is renowned for its beauty - and rightly so - but an afternoon in the Blue Penny Museum will show you the richness of culture and history that can also be found on its shores. Exhibits include items from the island’s colonial past and maritime explorations in the Indian Ocean. You can also explore how the engraving of stamps – including the Blue Penny itself – began in Mauritius.