12 January 2024

Discover West Mauritius in 8 attractions


The West of Mauritius is full of activities and attractions to discover, whether you’re on your own, with your family, or with friends! Whether you are discovering the region for the first time (or rediscovering it), here is a list of eight must-visit spots, with a few surprises along the way. Come and see for yourself!

1. Take a trip back in time at the Albion Lighthouse

Steeped in history, the Albion Lighthouse is a national heritage site. A visit means the chance to take a journey back in time. Built in 1910, during the period when Mauritius was under English rule, it overlooks a tumultuous sea – one might even say wild – which shifts and changes between infinite shades of blue... Still in active service, the lighthouse also has a museum that offers a glimpse of a bygone era. 

2. Enjoy a relaxing break on the beach at Flic-en-Flac

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Flic-en-Flac Beach is lined with beautiful filaos trees and stretches along the edge of a turquoise lagoon. Whether you prefer to lounge on the warm sand, discover the lagoon’s seabed – teeming with life – with a snorkel or dive kit, enjoy swimming or paddling in the clear waters, or experience the local flavours of the many beachside restaurants and food stalls, there is a definite air of la dolce vita that is 100% authentic! These are just some of the many reasons a lot of Mauritian hotels have set up here! 

3. Let yourself be surprised at Wolmar

Nestled between the beaches at Tamarin and Flic-en-Flac, the unspoilt beach at Wolmar is a discovery you will be able to brag about for a long time! Little known and rarely frequented, it is accessible on foot. Home to a multitude of small, isolated coves and rocky points that are perfect for fishing, don’t forget your walking shoes, as the path is rocky.

4. Retail therapy at the Cascavelle Shopping Mall

Ideally located on the heights of Flic-en-Flac, at the gateway to Western Mauritius, the Cascavelle Shopping Mall is a place to connect. Its warm and colourful atmosphere shines a spotlight on shops and artisans that are sure to have something to satisfy every little craving.

Fancy some dholl puri, boiled mines (Mauritian noodles), or sushi? Head to the Foodcourt, or to one of the mall's restaurants to enjoy local and international flavours. For those looking for a bit of fun and relaxation, a game of bowling with the family at the Wonder Bowl or a drink with friends at Lakaz Cascavelle are ideal social breaks.

5. Experience the exotic at Casela Nature Parks – or try a new adventure

The African savannah invites itself to West Mauritius to add a touch of adventure to your daily life. Casela's must-do safaris will take you to meet zebras, giraffes, ostriches, impalas, and oryx. The park also offers a range of activities, some more challenging than others. From zip lines and suspension bridges to Tulawaka – the big ride for thrill-seekers – via lion walking, big cat interaction, power walking, or camel rides, there is something for everyone. Make sure you leave time to visit Pangia – a magical world specially designed to delight and enchant your children! 

6. Treat yourself to a fitness session at SPARC, the West’s premier sports centre

Located not far from Cascavelle, the SPARC sports and health centre offers everything you need to lead a healthy and fulfilled life. Well-being is the watchword here: a gym with ultra-modern equipment, football and rugby pitches, an inflatable obstacle course in the swimming pool, tennis courts, and basketball courts... SPARC has something to occupy your days – and those of your family – in a thousand ways! Adding to the sports on offer, SPARC also has a clubhouse where you can relax while the kids are still having fun, and a medical centre, with a range of professionals to take care of your health. From traditional Chinese medicine to dietetics, paediatrics, internal medicine... it’s a long list!

7. Take on the challenge of the Tamarina Golf Club

Tamarina Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 course, designed by Rodney Wright, offers breathtaking views of the region's most beautiful panoramas, from the western mountain ranges to Tamarin Bay. A friendly clubhouse and a pro shop that will delight golf lovers mean that Tamarina Golf Club is fully equipped to welcome beginners who would like to take advantage of their Mauritian holidays to learn the game, and regularly organises golf courses for young and old through its academy. After your game, a visit to the Tamarina Golf & Spa Boutique Hotel will allow you to end the day in style as you enjoy its secluded beach, sipping a cocktail while listening to the gentle music of the waves.

8. Rejuvenate in the Black River Gorges

Nature lovers will find plenty to do in the Black River Gorges National Park – the core area of the UNESCO Black River Gorges-Bel Ombre Biosphere Reserve. Thousands of hectares of preserved forest are home to many native plants and animal species, some of which are classified as endangered. The ever-changing terrain makes this a prime location for beginner and experienced hikers alike. Between Vacoas and the Black River Gorges, hidden by the luxuriant vegetation, you will also be able to see the famous Seven Waterfalls – breathtaking views that will immerse you completely in this raw and rejuvenating environment.

Enjoy your discoveries!

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