Mauritius is a breathtaking island country in the Indian Ocean known for its heavenly beaches, lagoons and luxury resorts. Aside from the wonderful coastal and marine activities, there are many Things to do in Mauritius in its beautiful hinterland. The interior of the island is characterized by hilly landscapes and plains against the backdrop of low mountain ranges with jagged peaks, remains of the island’s volcanic past. My favorite part of Mauritius is probably the south-west corner with its dazzling white beaches and aquamarine lagoons framed by mountains. The most famous of these is Le Morne Brabant, a 556 meter high basalt monolith. This mountain was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. I recently spent a few days in Mauritius exploring the southwest of Mauritius and the Chamarel area with its unique natural attractions.
The southwest coast of Mauritius has some of the best beaches on the island and is also a world famous kite surfing spot. As you head inland, you’ll find forest-covered mountains, bubbling rivers, waterfalls, and other natural attractions. I explored the southwest of Mauritius with a couple of friends, but it is also possible to take a guided tour trip to discover this corner of Mauritius. Here are the best places in southwest Mauritius, all of which can be covered easily in one day:
The Chamarel Falls
From Case Noyale on the coast, we went up the winding, picturesque B104 into the Chamarel Hills. At the end of the road was a lookout point with a panoramic view of Le Morne mountain and the lagoon.
From here we went on to the other natural attractions for which this area is famous. Our first stop was the Chamarel Falls, a beautiful waterfall that emerges from the dense jungle and plunges into a gorge almost 100 meters. There are upper and lower viewing platforms – between the platforms you can watch the bird life and enjoy the flora.
Seven colored earths, giant turtles and the ebony forest
From the Chamarel Falls, we proceeded to another natural attraction: the seven-colored earths. This is a small area that is formed by volcanic activity into dune-like hills covered with differently colored sand. It’s best seen on a sunny day when the colors really pop – unfortunately, it was pretty cloudy when we were there.
Next to the seven-colored earths there is a small reserve for giant tortoises. Also nearby is the Ebony Forest with its unique tree species that are endemic to Mauritius. This nature reserve has well-kept paths and roofing paths.
Lunch at the Le Chamarel restaurant
After a short walk in the forest it was time for lunch. We decided to go Le Chamarel restaurantLocal Mauritian cuisine is served here. The best thing about eating here, besides the delicious food, is the breathtaking panoramic view of the southwest coast.
After lunch we continued along the Plaine Champagne Road (love this name!) Past the Rhumerie de Chamarel – a popular rum distillery where you can try this famous Mauritius rum. We did not stop here, but followed the road through the lush Black River Gorges National Park to a place I had heard of and that had piqued my interest: the Takamaka Boutique winery, There are no vineyards here, but they do produce wines from typical Mauritian fruits. The winery has a tasting area and a restaurant where you can also have lunch. I’m not a big fan of fruity wines (since they’re usually very sweet), but the Takamaka wines were a very pleasant surprise. I was particularly impressed by the Aperichy-Lychee wine. I didn’t expect much, but this semi-dry strain with its beautiful pink color, soft lychee taste and smooth finish was just top notch!
From there we made our way to the south coast and drove west on the B9 towards Le Morne Brabant. There was time for another stop: a lookout point on a cliff. The view over the huge lagoon would have been fantastic on a sunny day, but unfortunately the weather was not on our side that day. If the weather is clear, I recommend a short photo stop here. You cannot miss this lookout point when driving on the B9 towards Le Morne Brabant.
Hiking on Le Morne Brabant
Further along the road is the entrance to the hiking trail that leads to the top of Le Morne Brabant. It’s a pretty challenging hike (especially in the second half) and I recommend taking a guide with you, and only early in the morning before it gets too hot. The view from the mountain top is simply worth the effort! On a good day, you can see the famous underwater fall, an optical illusion made up of coral reefs and sandbars.
Spend the night in the southwest of Mauritius
The southwest of Mauritius with its mountains, forests and sparsely populated coastline is a great area to explore if you can tear yourself away from the beach! You can also choose to stay in one of the beautiful resorts in this corner of Mauritius. Luxury resorts that I can recommend include Dinarobin Beachcomber. Paradis Beachcomber. The St. Regis Mauritius. LUX Le Morne and Heir to Le Telfair,
I stayed at the Dinarobin Beachcomber Resort (see video of my stay below), Le Telfair and the Dinarobin Beachcomber Resort St. Regis Mauritius and they are all included in my list of recommended ones Mauritius Luxury Resorts,
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