As we head into 2024, Mauritius remains one of the top destinations for a family or couples holiday for South African travellers. With a short direct flight, you can be in paradise in a matter of hours! The island is home to stunning beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and plenty of activities and attractions that make it an ideal place to relax and enjoy a few days away from home.
But what should you do if you only have five days? Let’s explore what a typical five-day itinerary in Mauritius looks like.
The first day of your trip will be devoted to getting to Mauritius. Flights depart from Johannesburg, so if you are connecting from Cape Town, Durban or elsewhere in SA, we recommend getting there the day before and spending the night so that you can catch the earliest flight to the island.
When you arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius, you can either take a taxi or shuttle bus to your resort, depending on how far away it is. Most resorts have a complimentary shuttle, but your Pentravel consultant can also arrange a transfer to be included in your stay. Once you arrive at your hotel, take some time to explore the area around you and settle into your room before heading out for dinner.
Mauritius has many beautiful places to explore, so why not spend today travelling around the island and soaking up all that it has to offer. Consider visiting some of its top attractions such as Port Louis Market, Black River Gorges National Park, and Trou aux Cerfs Volcano Crater. If you have time, visit La Vanille Nature Park near Riviere des Anguilles where you can observe giant Aldabra tortoises in their natural habitat.
Alternatively, if you feel like taking it easy, spend some time relaxing on one of its pristine beaches or simply lazing about at your resort.
Today is all about relaxing on one of Mauritius’ stunning beaches. Whether it be Flic-en-Flac or Grand Baie beach on the north coast or Blue Bay beach on the east coast, spend your day soaking up the sun and swimming in crystal clear waters. You can even go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re feeling adventurous!
Most resorts include a variety of beach and water-based activities, such as volleyball, SUP and more. Some motorized water sports (such as boating or jet ski) may have an additional cost required.
The fourth day is all about exploring Port Louis – Mauritius’ capital city – and taking advantage of its excellent shopping opportunities. Wander through its Chinatown district and browse through its bustling markets selling everything from clothes to spices to souvenirs.
End your shopping spree by visiting Le Caudan Waterfront – an entertainment precinct overlooking Ville Noire marina – where you can enjoy drinks at one of its open-air bars or catch a movie at its multiplex cinema complex before heading back to your hotel for dinner.
Spend your last day packing up and doing any last minute activities such as golfing at Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club or visiting Pamplemousses Botanical Garden near Grande Riviere Sud Est where you can check out giant waterlilies amongst other exotic plants. After completing these activities it’s time to head back to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport for departure back home!
Remember, these are just a guideline to a typical 5-night stay in Mauritius. Many travellers will stay glued to their beach chair for the duration of their trip, only moving for their next pina colada!
Mauritius has plenty of activities that make it a great destination for South African travellers who are looking for an escape from everyday life. From exploring its iconic landmarks to relaxing on idyllic beaches to discovering its vibrant culture through shopping excursions, there’s something here for everyone! And with this five-day itinerary you can experience all that this incredible island has to offer while still having enough time left over for restful relaxation.
So why not start planning your own getaway today? Check out our range of 2024 Mauritius packages to book.
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