Refreshing In-Water Activities to Enjoy While in Mauritius

woman snorkeling in crystal clear water on the tropical island of Mauritius

You would be doing yourself a massive disservice if you were to visit the beautiful island country of Mauritius and not plan to spend a few full days in and around the water. With many water activities to participate in, there is indeed no shortage of ways to keep yourself and your family entertained on your vacation.


If you fancy yourself a snorkeler, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise here. Nearly all of the country is surrounded by a coral reef, making it a perfect destination for snorkeling. Perhaps the most popular place to start is Blue Bay Marine Park, just off the island’s southeast corner. The waters here are exceptionally clear, and because the water isn’t as deep as in some other areas around Mauritius, it’s an excellent place for beginners. You can expect to see beautiful and colorful sea life like parrot fish, clown fish, mangroves, and angelfish. Pointe aux Piments on the northwest coast is another great destination to consider visiting to snorkel if you’re hoping to spot sea turtles. Ile aux Cerfs is a 100-hectare piece of land just off the east coast and is a picture-perfect paradise, complete with aquamarine waters and white sand bars.

Beach Days

On your trip to Mauritius, you should plan to have at least a full day or two spent at the beach. If you don’t consider yourself a swimmer or don’t love water activities, you can easily spend an entire day beach bumming it, enjoying the sights and views the country offers.

There are plenty of beaches to visit on the country’s north coast. If you love water sports, you’ll love that activities like water skiing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and parasailing are readily available from several of these beaches. Grand Bay is one of the most popular beaches for tourists, and all of the activities mentioned above are easily accessible from there.

Beaches on the east coast tend to be less developed but are equally as beautiful. Blue Bay Beach, for example, provides pleasant views and is perfect for swimmers. Visitors to the country’s west coast will love the shallow and turquoise waters. Flic en Flac is a long stretch of beach perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The beach here is protected by the reefs and will provide a safer swimming experience without worrying about water currents.

Though beautiful, we wouldn’t recommend swimming on much of the south coast as the waters are a bit wilder and the currents are strong.


Because of the natural coral surrounding the island, the sea life is vast, beautiful, and clear waters. Both beginner and experienced divers will find something to love about scuba diving in Mauritius, whether it’s the cliffs, drop-offs, eels, parrot fish, or sea wrecks (22 of them around the island!).

A Mauritius vacation will appeal to many people with varying ideas of what makes a vacation perfect. The country should be a must-do and a definite bucket list item for people who thrive in the water and love participating in water activities.

Water Sports Activities and Spots in Mauritius That You May Like!

The tropical paradise island of Mauritius is located about 2,000 kilometres from the African continent in the Indian Ocean. The island was originally a Dutch, then French, and then a British colony, finally winning independence in 1968.

Visiting Mauritius on holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The island is a hot tourist destination due to its white sand beaches, great climate, and excellent marine life. The steady winds make for plenty of windsurfing plus waves for regular surfing, as well as kite surfing and diving.

Surfing Is World Renowned Here!

The beaches on the south and west of the island are where the deep water and tall waves pound the shoreline. The Le Morne Peninsula is a favourite gathering place for new and experienced surfers. In addition, there is the Riviere de Galets, known for very wild wave action, and Tamarin Bay, which has some of the most massive waves reaching over ten ft. or more.

While not considered a water sport, the beaches on the northern and eastern coasts are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Here people find a more shallow beach area and far less wind is best.
For Windsurfing and Kitesurfing, Here Is Where To Go!

In many parts of the world, the problem with finding great windsurfing and kitesurfing locations is that the wind isn’t strong enough or consistent. Not with Mauritius; however, in fact, many times, the wind is too strong for beginning and intermediate windsurfers. Not to worry, though; places on the fringes of the high-wind areas will suffice.

If you go to the St. Regis beach near Le Morne Peninsula and find the wind too loud, you can go to the nearby lagoon and head for “One Eye.” You’ll see a little less wind with some of the largest and smoothest waves on the island.

Diving Is Also A Popular Watersport In Mauritius!

Diver by wreck

Due to the warm waters and many shipwrecks around the island, you can go on plenty of excursions to see the various wrecks. Many are centuries old and have been well preserved for tourists to view. The best way to find an expedition is to contact the local hotels to see which ones are nearby and what skill level the dives require.

Some wrecks are near the surface, while others are much deeper. In addition, plenty of marine wildlife excursions show the wide variety of reef and fish species that can be viewed by snorkeling. You can even reach many snorkeling locations from the shore, but renting a small boat is far more comfortable, primarily if a small group of you can split the costs and enjoy the scenery.

You are now better prepared to enjoy the best watersports in Mauritius. Make sure you take along plenty of sun blocks, sun hats, and other ways to keep from getting burned like the sun will shine nearly every day, with small breaks for an afternoon to break up the heat.