The Top 10 Things to do on Holiday in Mauritius with Kids

It is easy to run out of adjectives when trying to describe the natural beauty of the small tropical Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius. Being of a volcanic origin, Mauritius is founded upon volcanoes which are either extinct or dormant for many years. They have given birth to magnificent craters, rugged canyons, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, valleys and caves where the geological wealth is still protected. With these unspoiled geological features, families are pampered by an enormous list of exciting, fun and family-friendly activities.

1. A semi-submarine tour

If you and your children are excited to explore the world under the surface of the ocean, then we recommend you to go on a submarine tour. This vessel features a glass-bottomed surface, which resembles a surfaced submarine. Passengers descend to seats below the waterline, where big glass windows on its bottom and sides enable an extraordinary underwater view, arousing the illusion of sailing in a submarine. This is a great way for kids to discover the beautiful aquatic underwater life of Mauritius without getting wet. Kids get to explore the rich coral reefs and spot moraines, crabs, stingrays, clownfish, parrotfish, lionfish, seasponges and dolphins. Under parental supervision, some of the local boat operators will even allow young kids to don life jackets and have a go at snorkeling amongst the fish.

2. Take a family sunrise and sunset catamaran cruise

Spinner and bottle nose dolphins swim in packs around the island, and early morning and sunset is the best time to spot them playing. Set sail on a sunrise and sunset catamaran cruise and admire the stunning coastline of Mauritius from a boat as you take in the beauty across the ocean. Enjoy a swim followed by a glass of bubbly while the kids count the dolphins

3. Soak up the sun, crystal white sand and clear blue waters

From Flic-en-Flac in the west to Bellemare’s sugar-white coves to Morne Brabant’s surfing legends in the South, there isn’t a single stretch of coast on Mauritius without a beach to brag about. While most of the hotels offer a host of water sports that are included in their Mauritius holiday packages, such as waterskiing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddling and snorkeling, scuba diving is also available, but at an extra cost.

4. Swim with the dolphin’s tour

An once-in-a-lifetime experience, swimming with dolphins offers a rewarding, educational, therapeutic and amazing experience for everyone, including young kids. The dolphin tour includes a tasty continental breakfast and 2.5 hours at sea swimming with dolphins in their natural surroundings. Please note that young children up to four years of age are free.

5. Experience the magical Tamarind Waterfalls

Tamarind Waterfalls is one of the best things to see in Mauritius. The waterfalls comprise of a series of seven cascades of waterfalls and natural crystal clear pools that are famous for a variety of activities, such as hiking, canyoneering, cliff jumping, bird-watching and swimming.

6. The La Vanille Crocodile Park

Living up to its name, La Vanille Crocodile Park is home to some of the most misunderstood creatures around in the world. While crocodiles, giant tortoises and butterflies are the showstoppers of this park, it is also home to a huge jungle adventure playground for kids that will keep them entertained for hours while you enjoy a spot of lunch and shopping.

7. Casela Nature Park Segway Tour

The Mauritians certainly know how to get a child’s draw to drop, and the Casela Nature Park Segway tour does not disappoint. The 4500-hectare reserve is a guaranteed fun-packed opportunity for children of five and above. The Kids Animal Adventure Package at Casela includes activities such as interacting with lions, lorikeet feeding, pony rides, giraffe feeding, camel rides, tortoise feeding, and tilapia fishing. Teens will relish at exploring the longest zip-line (400m) in the Indian Ocean, which is also explored by Segway and quad bikes. There is also a 4D cinema for young kids that explain the history and natural science of the island with gigantic 3D maps.

8. Visit the Parc Francois Leguat Wildlife Park on Rodrigues Island

A must for parents of young children, the Parc Francois Leguat Wildlife Park on Rodrigues Island is counted amongst one of the most popular places to visit in Mauritius for young kids. Offering a unique animal experience, hundreds of turtles of varying ages and different species roam about the park.

9. The Polaris Fun Drive Adventure

No matter how gorgeous the white sand beaches in Mauritius are, after a day or two, you’re going to want to take a break and go on an exciting adventure with your children. The Polaris Fun Drive is a safe experience recommended for kids of seven years and over. Taking place under the strictest supervision on the exclusive circuits for kids, this activity is safe and exciting.

10. Curious Corner of Chamarel

The Curious Corner of Chamarel is a house of illusion and mystery sure to awaken anyone’s curiosity. Visit the interactive Exhibit Centre, get lost in a maze and experience a world of mind-bending fun, browse the many interesting goodies in the Puzzles & Things Shop, and enjoy the many unique gourmet delights (pyramid pizzas, donut burgers to name a couple) at the C3 Café & Bar, set in a beautiful tropical garden opposite the iconic Seven Coloured Earths.

11. Get in a car and explore the island with the kids

Only 45km in width and 65km in length, the island is renowned for its hospitality, clear seas, water sports and seafood. And while nobody will begrudge you laying on a pool-recliner on the beach with a tall coconut rum all day, there’s so much more to see. An exciting fun thing to do as a family in Mauritius is to rent a car and explore the island together. Some of the must-visit tourist places of the city are Citadel Fort (Fort Adelaide), La Place D’Armes, Port Louis Theatre, Catholic Church (Marie Reine de la Paix), Jummah Mosque, Apravasi Ghat (World Heritage Site), Le Pouce Mountain, Natural History Museum, Blue Penny Museum, Photography Museum, Le Caudan Waterfront, Central Market and the Baie Du Tombeau Beach.

When to Visit Mauritius with Kids

Mauritius is one of the most kid-friendly travel destinations on the planet – the gorgeous weather means many outdoor activities and adventures await families. Fortunately, Mauritius is a year-round holiday hot spot, which means the June school holidays is going to be perfect. For the best all-inclusive June school holiday specials, book with Mauritius.co.za.

Getting Married in Mauritius

Getting Married in Mauritius – Things to know

Weddings & Honeymoons

Mauritius consistently ranks as one of the world’s top wedding and honeymoon destinations, thanks to its picture-perfect venues and superb luxury. Couples can marry anywhere in Mauritius – be it aboard a catamaran, on a submarine underwater or even saying ‘I do’ on a zipline over the forest.

Most hotels offer extensive wedding and honeymoon packages and have their own experienced wedding coordinator, who will organise every last detail of the wedding of your dreams. Villas are also increasingly popular with multi-generational wedding parties and honeymooners. Mauritius is home to some of the best wedding photographers, who will be with you from the initial consultation until the moment you leave for your honeymoon.

Honeymoon in Mauritius

A Mauritian honeymoon marks a unique beginning to wedded life. We want to make your honeymoon truly unforgettable. Think romantic walks on the beach, private dinners with blissful views over the ocean, adventurous climbs across rugged mountains – paradise.

Our hotels and resorts specialise in honeymoons and offer up to 25% discounts on their rooms and suites for honeymooning couples. Other added extras include free spa or beauty treatments, fruit baskets, excursions champagne, or private candle-lit dinners for two on the beach.

What’s required?

Civil Weddings:

Copies of the following documents are required:

The first six pages of both passports.
Birth certificates.
Decree Absolute if either party is divorced.
Proof of change of name, if applicable.
Death certificate in case of widow/ widower.
Letter of parental consent in the form of an affidavit, if either the bride or groom is under the age of 18.
Mauritian doctor certificate of non-pregnancy if the bride-to-be has been divorced in the last ten months.
Registration from the registrar of births, deaths and marriages (see below).

These materials must be sent four weeks prior to the wedding to:

Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
6th floor, Emmanuel Anquetil Building
Port Louis
Tel: +230 201 1727
Fax: +230 211 2420

Religious Weddings

Original documentation must be produced on the wedding day.

Documents not in English must be translated into English and duly stamped.

Religious wedding ceremonies can only take place between Monday and Friday, and subject to the availability of the registrar. Ceremonies of this kind cannot take place on public holidays.

Couples need to be on the island for three working days prior to the ceremony. Note that most hotels require a minimum stay of seven nights.

Before the big day, a visit to Port Louis will be arranged to sign affidavits.

Documents required:

Birth certificates.
Passports.
Christening certificates (for Christians).
Morality certificates from each respective Parish priest, specifying that both parties are free to marry.
Specification of religion. If parties are of different religions, the case must go to the Bishop.

Catholics wishing to get married in Mauritius should contact the:

Port Louis Dioceses
Tel: +230 208 3068
Fax: +230 208 6607

Book a Honeymoon to Mauritius

Your Questions Answered About Honeymoons in Mauritius

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mauritius is, Honeymooner’s Paradise, right! And why wouldn’t it be? A slice of paradise dotted with luxury hotels, crystal clear lagoons, white sandy beaches, palm trees, and balmy weather, Mauritius offers an opportunity for couples to rekindle the love after a busy wedding spell. Securing it’s position as the leading Indian Ocean destination, the majestic island will emblaze your adventurous souls with scuba diving, snorkeling, sight-seeing, shopping, biking and so much more. As one of the most beautiful places on earth to have a honeymoon, here’s your questions answered about honeymoons in Mauritius.

Is Mauritius the best island for a honeymoon?

Voted as the leading honeymoon destination at the World Travel Awards in 2018, Mauritius, with its clear waters and smooth coastlines, and best of all – seclusion, offers all the right ingredients to get loving and romantic. Beyond its authentic diverse cuisine, luxury resorts, water sports, nightlife, and romantic lagoons and waterfalls that make you feel like you’re in a fantasy novel, Mauritius is only a four-hour flight from Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, and it’s a Visa FREE honeymoon destination for South Africans.

How much does a honeymoon to Mauritius cost?

Highly dependent on where you’re travelling from, the season and your budget, a honeymoon to Mauritius can easily vary in cost. Fortunately, the Indian Ocean Island offers competitively priced honeymoon package deals to suit all pockets. Mauritius honeymoon packages are the best way to start your lives together. Take a look at our seven-day honeymoon packages that includes flights, accommodation and entertainment. These packages are generally better value for money as the agents are able to get hold of ‘special’ airfares from Air Mauritius and SAA – and better than usual hotel rates. In addition to this, booking a honeymoon package saves you the cost and time of purchasing all the components of travel separately. Take a look at the latest honeymoon packages from Mauritius.co.za

Where should I stay in Mauritius for a honeymoon?

Mauritius is made for romance, with some of the best luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean. Private plunge pools and butlers, along with some of the best gourmet restaurants and unmatched spas are on offer. Whether you choose the North West side of the island or the southern parts of the island, you will find ‘paradise retreats from the ground up’ that range from 3-star to 5-star, such as Anelia Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach Hotel & Spa, Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel, Solana Beach, Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, and Riu Creole Hotel.

Could leisure and love get any more perfect and prettier than Mauritius?

It’s hard to beat the ease and price of the honeymoon packages at Mauritius.co.za. With over a decade of experience in the Mauritius travel and tourism industry, we have excellent honeymoon packages that include flights, hotels, sightseeing, recreation and water sports.

Begin your married life with an exotic honeymoon to Mauritius with an enquiry to Mauritius.co.za.

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Questions Answered About a Trip to the Island of Mauritius

Set off Madagascar’s east coast, Mauritius is affectionately referred to as the Star of the Indian Ocean. Its close distance to South Africa, its long stretches of virgin white sandy beaches, natural blue lagoons, and crystal clear water make the Island of Mauritius the number one choice for South Africans looking for a paradise escape. As one of the top connoisseurs of both honeymoon and family holiday packages in Mauritius here are your questions Answered About a Trip to the Island of Mauritius, one of the most beautiful, yet affordable Indian Ocean Islands. Read more: About Mauritius

How long is a flight from South Africa to Mauritius?

Both British Airways and Air Mauritius run daily scheduled flights to the island from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. A flight from Johannesburg to Mauritius is 3 hours and 56 minutes and a flight from Cape Town to Mauritius is 5 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does a trip to Mauritius cost?

An all-inclusive trip to Mauritius vary, check out our Mauritius Specials… Unfortunately, cheap flights and hotels are a hard thing to find these days, especially if you’re shopping with a handful of weak Rands. But just a four to five-hour flight away and with a multitude of paradise retreats from the ground up, the Indian Ocean island offers competitively priced package deals to suit all pockets. Whether you’re after a family holiday, a sport break, a romantic getaway or the ultimate island honeymoon, here are some excellent packages that are currently on offer. Read More: Family Friendly Hotels in Mauritius

How do I get around the island?

Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length, it is small enough to base yourself in one place and explore the island’s highlights with a taxi, a rental car or if you’re feeling brave, a scooter or bicycle. Its coastal roads make for lovely driving, and along with its staggering selection of sandy beaches that stretch out onto coral reefs, there are plenty of places of interest to explore.


Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Mauritius?

No vaccinations are required. However, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who arrive from yellow fever risk countries. For all other vaccination recommendations please see your travel doctor.

Is Mauritius safe?

Mauritius is a safe country to travel to, but as with anywhere else, it is important to take precautions. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you when you are out and take care of your bags and valuables, particularly in the cities or busy areas. Don’t walk around alone at night and stay away from empty, poorly lit streets or beaches after dark.

What is the best currency for Mauritius?

While it is generally easy to exchange Rands, US dollars, Euros or Sterling at both airports, there are also numerous ATMs where you can withdraw money or exchange money into rupees, which is the local currency. Most hotels, upmarket restaurants and many tourist shops also accept Visa or MasterCard and, in some places, Amex.

When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

Mauritius promotes itself as a year-round destination, which is one of the reasons the island is so popular. Whereas May to October offers the most comfortable weather and the lowest rainfall, early summer (from November to December) are the busiest months in Mauritius. January to April is hot, but you’re more likely to miss the big crowds and high hotel costs that come with the flux of tourists. Also, a good thing to keep in mind is that the east coast is windier than the west.

Do South Africans need a visa for Mauritius?

South African passport holders do not require visas. However, your passport must be valid for six months after your return date.