Mauritius is especially popular among honeymooners and couples, but the island is also extremely family-friendly. Children and parents alike can enjoy a memorable holiday that meets the different expectations of every generation and respects the needs of all ages. With so much entertainment to choose from, your children will be the happiest in the world! Here’s a thorough list of the top things to do in Mauritius with kids.
Birdwatching at Ebony Forest
The freedom of nature and the endless exploration opportunities that a forest offers fascinate children. Mauritius used to be covered with ebony trees, which due to systematic harvesting are now restricted to the Ebony Forest Reserve in the region of Chamarel. Introduce your kids to a day in the woods, where you can watch endemic birds such as the Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet, and Grey-white-eye, and learn more about an eight-million-year long natural history in the Ebony Experience museum. For the active families, a three-hour guided hiking tour is in the forest is also available.
Ile aux Cerfs Cruise
Thanks to the warm temperature, and the clear and shallow waters, the Indian Ocean offers the perfect conditions for children to indulge in water activities. Does a full day out on the turquoise lagoon sound like a dream? In Mauritius, dreams come true. Embark on a catamaran cruise and sail to Ile aux Cerfs islet, the natural beauty of which and wildlife inhabitants will impress even the most demanding young sailors. Watersports activities including parasailing, snorkelling, undersea walking, and tube riding are available upon request.
Zip Line & Nepalese Bridge Walk
Children are the most spontaneous, curious, and brave adventurers. For an interactive and adrenaline boosting experience, we recommend a visit to the nature reserve of the Lavilleon Natural Forest. Children of five years and above can revel in the wonders of Mauritius’ nature through a fascinating flying pursuit along a 260-metre long zip line and Nepalese bridge crossing above the canyon. During the activities, young participants are accompanied by a professional team member. If you want to encourage the development of your child’s discipline and attention skills, consider the archery course, which takes place amidst the Mauritian nature.
Besides physical health, there are many more reasons to get your child into the saddle of a horse. However, if you cannot quite commit to horse riding back home, definitely don’t miss the opportunity to try it with your family during your holiday in Mauritius. Les Calèches du Paradis in the forested area of The Vale caters to all levels and ages of riders, as dedicated instructors guarantee a comfortable and safe experience. Children between three and 11 years old will ride a friendly pony whereas older children and adults will ride a horse.
Le Pouce Mountain Hike
Hiking Le Pouce (or The Thumb) is relatively easy making for a fun family outing. The whole family can effortlessly reach to the shoulder of the mountain whereas some rock climbing skills are required for the last 20 metres to the top. However, we dare to say that the views from the shoulder are equally rewarding. Being the third highest mountain in Mauritius, Le Pouce offers breathtaking panoramic views of Mauritius, including views of the Pieter Both peak, the lighthouse of Albion, and the island of Coin de Mire.
Le Bounty Boat Day Cruise
Are your children fascinated by stories about treasures and pirates? In Mauritius, they can recreate their pirate tale on a pirate boat which sails along the north coast of the island. The wooden vessel transports you to a different era and allows children’s imagination to thrive. But the entertainment isn’t restricted to the boat -- everyone is invited to snorkel in the shallow lagoon and to enjoy a fresh meal on the beach.
Pink Mango Travel is in the process of bringing more child-friendly activities in Mauritius to parents like you. Stay tuned for Labourdonnais by train and Le Domaine des Aubineaux, or contact Pink Mango to book a tour of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park offline.
Written by Maria Iotova, a freelance journalist and former expat in Mauritius.
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