Go island hopping: Explore offshore islands by catamaran, speedboat or traditional pirogue. Île aux Cerfs in the eastern lagoon is a favourite, with watersports, golf and eco-lodges. The far-flung northern islands offer talcum-white beaches, while tropical birds call Île aux Fouquets in the southeast home.
Where’s the rum?: Learn how sugar cane is crushed, fermented and distilled to make double-distilled amber nectar at Rhumerie de Chamarel, or swill and inhale like a pro on an exclusive barrel tasting of New Grove rum at Grays Distillery.
Make a splash: Mauritius is a magnet for marine mammals with dolphins and whales found off the west coast. Spot sperm whales year-round, admire humpback whales between July and October and look out for the occasional pilot and beaked whale during an eco-friendly whale-watching trip with a marine biologist.
On your bike: An electrobike ride with Explore Nou Zil (‘Our Island’), offers a slice of authentic island life without breaking a sweat. A highlight is lunch at roti-maker Mala’s village home, followed by a circular ride of Grand Port which takes in four centuries of island history.
Food for thought: Take a street food walking tour of Port Louis, Mahébourg or Grand Baie to sample popular gato pima (chilli cakes), boulettes (steamed dumplings) and dholl puri (flatbreads rolled around spicy fillings). The locals won’t let you go hungry!