Sprinkled across the Indian Ocean and inching towards The Seychelles, Mauritius and its many smaller isles are part of the Mascarene Islands, which also includes the islands of Réunion and Rodrigues, and is sometimes described as the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’.

For many guests on a Mauritius yacht charter, what appeals today is that the island nation is a safe and harmonious place to visit, with a cultural richness with a mix of Asian, European and African heritage that can be seen in its temples, colourful markets and colonial mansions and felt in its infectious séga rhythms.

This melting pot of different cultures is most evident in the capital of Port Louis, where most Mauritius yacht charters depart from, and a visit to the Port Louis market is a great introduction to the different flavours and aromas to be found on the island and its neighbours.

 Best time to visit Mauritius

Best time to visit Mauritius

Mauritius is mild year-round, with an average temperature of 25°C. The main charter season is from May to December, which avoids the cyclone season in January and February, though the cyclones rarely hit here.

Mauritius where to eat, drink and play

Mauritius where to eat, drink and play

Mauritius food is varied and enticing with a real fusion of cuisines – one of the best places to sample lots of different dishes is the Port Louis market. Alternatively, your onboard chef can prepare you any number of delicacies, using delicious local ingredients, from Indian curries, to Chinese dumplings and octopus stew.

Grand Baie on the north of the island, is the main party spot after dark and places like the craft cocktail bar of Avant Garde have a stripped back feel.

For something a little more upmarket, you should head to one of the island’s many luxury resorts. At the secluded resort of One&Only Le Saint Géran, you can take in the ocean panoramas as you feast on sushi and sashimi.

 Things to do on a yacht charter in Mauritius

Things to do on a yacht charter in Mauritius

With three volcanic mountain ranges to choose from, on a Mauritius yacht charter you can easily escape the crowds and go on an eco-adventure. Take a daytrip to Chamarel Waterfall, a single-drop waterfall, which is Mauritius’s highest, and also witness the unique geological topography of Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth.

Climb Le Morne Brabant, to see the famous underwater waterfall and for a reminder of why freedom is so important for all.

For further thrills, take a skydive over Cap Malheureux, take a ride along the Indian Ocean’s largest zip line, or swim with dolphins in Tamarin Bay. If you are here between May and early December a day at the races at the 19th-century Champ de Mars horse-racing course is a must.

Le Morne Brabant

Mauritius’s most iconic image – Le Morne Brabant is not only a striking bulk of a rock jutting into the sea but it has huge local and cultural significance. Rising 556m above sea level, it was one of the island’s hiding places for runaway slaves and legend has it that in 1835 as police arrived at the rock, a group of slaves jumped from the summit to their deaths rather than be recaptured. The police were apparently there to announce that slavery had been abolished.

Flat Island

Also known as Ile Plate, this small, uninhabited, flat island lies around 11km off the northern coast at Cap Malheureux. With no facilities, it’s an idyllic isle lapped by clear and shallow waters, perfect for snorkelling and sunbathing.

Grand Baie

Referred to as the Mauritian Cote d’Azur, this is by far the most developed resort area. The town of Grand Baie is arranged around a glorious (though busy) curve of fine golden sand, which offers good anchorage and a friendly yacht club. The colourful Tamil temple of Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir warrants a visit, while one of Mauritius’s best drift-dive sites, Whale Rock, has submerged caves to explore.

Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses

The oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, this 60-acre site, which dates back to 1729 is packed with around 500 species of both local and imported flora, including the grapefruit-like pamplemousse, brought here by 16th-century Dutch explorers. The garden can be combined with a visit to the Beau Plan sugar mill, which gives insight into the history of sugar production and slavery on the island. The Château de Labourdonnais gives a taste of how the colonial sugar plantation owners lived by comparison.


On the edge of the untamed and beautiful Black River Gorges National Park and nestled alongside pineapple and sugar cane plantations, is the cheery and welcoming mountain village of Chamarel. It is well-known for its culinary scene and coffee and there is a great selection of restaurants. For something to wash your meal down, visit the working rum distillery and museum, La Rhumerie de Chamarel. The village’s best-known attraction, the Seven Coloured Earths is an area of different coloured sands. Visitors sometimes find it a little underwhelming but the Chamarel Waterfall, which drops almost 100m over the cliffs, rarely disappoints.


The bustling coastal resort of Tamarin, backed by the imposing 777m bulk of the Rampart Mountain, is named after the Tamarind trees planted by the early Dutch settlers. Today, visitors come to enjoy the area’s sandy beaches and water sports or to take a dolphin trip. One of the most rewarding excursions here is to explore the twists and turns of the Rampart River mouth by kayak.

Port Louis

The port capital’s muddle of old and new buildings – from 18-century colonial mansions to modern corporate towers - and tangle of streets give a sense of the island’s rich and cosmopolitan history. To get a feel of modern-day Mauritian life, visit on a weekday morning when the colourful and noisy open-air market is on. At the former immigration depot of Aapravisi Ghat, built in 1849, visitors can tour the buildings where indentured labourers were processed when they arrived to replace the slaves who had worked the sugar plantations.


Colourful, charmingly ramshackle and laidback, Mahébourg – pronounced ‘my-bore’ – was the island’s first major settlement, founded by the French in 1805. From the water there are lovely views over the bay towards the mountains. It is easy to escape to the beautiful beaches to the north and south, but the town’s narrow streets, lined with Creole-style wooden buildings and often cooled by a welcome breeze, merit a visit first.

Planning your charter holiday in Mauritius

What’s the currency of Mauritius?

The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee, though the US Dollar is also widely accepted.

Language spoken in Mauritius?

Mauritian Creole is the main language of Mauritius but both French and English are widely spoken here, too.

Time zone in Mauritius?

Mauritius follows Mauritius Standard Time, which is GMT +4. There is no Daylight-Saving Time.

Yachts to charter in Mauritius?

There are lots of options for a dream yacht charter in Mauritius, so whether you are looking for a bareboat yacht charter in Mauritius, a Mauritius sailing charter or a luxury yacht charter in Mauritius, talk to our brokers first.

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