Mauritius is home to some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. From untouched beaches and pristine national parks to scenic craters and crystal-clear blue waters, the tiny island is full of rare beauty that is truly worth exploring. These are some of Mauritius’ natural wonders you shouldn’t miss.
Seven Coloured Earths
Set amid a forest, the Seven Coloured Earths comprise a small expanse of sand dunes exhibiting shades of red, violet, brown, green, purple, blue, and yellow. This multihued spectacle is the result of volcanic activity.
These 272-foot (83-meter) waterfalls drop from a cliff surrounded by lush vegetation. Situated in the southwestern portion of the island within Black River Gorges National Park, the falls can be seen from two different viewing platforms.
Grand Bassin Lake (Ganga Talao)
This crater lake at the center of the island is as sacred as it is scenic. Most Mauritians are Hindu, and the shores of the lake are home to the community’s main temple, as well as a number of smaller shrines dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
Black River Gorges National Park
The biggest (and arguably best) national park in Mauritius covers 2 percent of the island’s surface and protects the island’s largest forested expanse. Tourists visit the park on a day trip for hiking and rafting, with the chance to spot rare species, such as the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, and the echo parakeet.
Mauritius has no shortage of stunning beaches, but many a traveler will name Belle Mare as the crowning jewel on the island’s sandy crown. White sand shaded by coconut trees leads down to crystalline waters perfect for swimming.