Family holidays in MauritiusMake a splash with a memorable break in Mauritius
HomeAway travel expert
Take a look at Mauritius on a map and you mightn’t think twice about it. In fact, such are the miniscule dimensions of the island, you'd might struggle to pinpoint it on an atlas if you weren’t a geography buff. Inconspicuously situated some 700 miles east of Madagascar, the isle is an isolated paradise resplendent with coastal plains and grandiose mountain landscapes. Delightfully, the weather is almost perpetually sunny, so whenever you plan your visit you can enjoy the wonderful Indian Ocean climate.
Although it’s undoubtedly a bonus, there’s much more to Mauritius than just the agreeable temperatures. You can happily travel there with the entire family, safe in the knowledge that there is plenty to keep the children entertained. HomeAway has a broad choice of rental accommodations situated up and down the country, so regardless of what you’re looking for, you can find the perfect pad with a quick search. Our properties are affordable, spacious and comfortable - not to mention ideally placed for the myriad attractions Mauritius has to offer. Before you book, get into the holiday mindset with our guide to the best of the island.
Top family attractions in Mauritius
Leisure Village Water Park
Found on the east coast of the island, this is currently the only functional water park on Mauritius. The tropical climates make it the perfect place for the entire family to enjoy, whether you prefer to bask in the heat or test your mettle on some of the heart-stopping rides. Kids of all ages are well catered for, with a selection of slides that range from white-knuckle to pleasantly gentle: in addition, there are wave pools and shallow areas to splash around in. While the youngsters are having their fun, mum and dad may enjoy the chance to laze in the Jacuzzi for a couple of hours.
The seas around Mauritius are teeming with a rich and varied marine population, and the best place to get up close and personal with them is in the aquarium. The Indian Ocean’s most famous creatures populate the many tanks, from fearsome looking sharks to colourful neon fish. Children will love the touch pool, where they can interact with some of the more friendly inhabitants on display. The aquarium can be found in the small coastal village of Point aux Piments. Make sure you set aside a whole afternoon to catch a glimpse of all 150 different species in the five buildings.
La Vanille Crocodile Park
La Vanille Crocodile Park – as its name suggests! – calls itself home to hundreds of the eponymous, amphibious monsters. However, many visitors find that the giant tortoises that co-inhabit the park are actually the star attractions. The tortoises are docile creatures, affording you the opportunity to pet, feed and even play with them without fear of losing a finger. The crocs are understandably kept at a more respectful distance, but you can still get close enough to comprehend their power. The setting of the park in general is stunning, amidst a faux-rainforest environment of rare tropical plants.
A visit to the aquarium is all fine and dandy, but if you’d rather witness the creatures of the Indian Ocean in their natural environment, the glass-bottom boat cruise is the choice for you. Blue Bay, in the southeast of the island, is among the most popular spots for this venture, owing largely to its breathtaking crystal-blue waters. From the comfort and safety of the boat, you can soak up the unbelievable scenery and view the life of the mighty ocean dart under your feet. If you want to get even closer, pack your swimming gear and dive off the boat for a snorkelling experience you’ll never forget.
On the northern tip of Mauritius lies Grand Bay, the most popular tourist hotspot on the whole island. This is the more conventional seaside resort, blessed with glorious beaches and swells that attract thousands of water sport enthusiasts each and every year. The Bay is also where you’ll find all of the best boutiques and department stores in Mauritius - not just the usual tourist traps, but a range of unique and distinctly local goods to be bartered for. Be sure to set aside time to explore the fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes at your disposal, too: who can shop on an empty stomach?