The 5 best watersports activities for your holidays in Mauritius

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Mauritius offers a wide variety of things to do during your holidays. From sports activities to excursions to explore the numerous offshore islands around Mauritius, the choice is yours.

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1/ Scuba diving

Discover the sea bed with its rich flora and fauna and immerse yourself in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean. With a bit of luck, you will see one of the rare species inhabiting the coral reefs and the waters around the island. There are a number of dive centres offering courses for beginners and dives for experienced divers alike, and the various dive sites around the island never cease to amaze even regular divers.

But you don’t have to be or become a certified scuba diver to enjoy the amazing sights of the marine world around the island. Those who don’t feel like scuba diving can take the sub-scooter of the mini sub-marine and explore the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

2/ A full day or half day kayak trip to Ile d’Ambre

Take the family or a group of friends and explore the protected island of Ile d’Ambre, a little island off the East coast by kayak. This sport does not require a specific training and is accessible for beginners as well as children. The kayak trip the Ile d’Ambre will allow you to combine sport and exploration, as you will paddle in the mangroves around the island, where your guide will explain the important role of this plant for the marine ecosystem of Mauritius. A pick nick lunch is included in the outing, as well as a refreshing swim at Ilot Bernache.

3/ Kite surfing in Mauritius

Mauritius is a kite surfing paradise for beginners and seasoned kite surfers alike, and you will find a number of IKO certified instructors who are passionate about their job and their sport and will offer beginners courses as well as teach experienced kite surfers on the turquoise, warm waters of the shallow lagoons, which are particularly ideal for learning and practicing this exhilarating sport.

The kite clubs offer the latest equipment for all levels and a supervision boat is there to make sure that all the kite surfers are safe at all times.

The clubs are scattered around the island according to the kite spots, where the water is shallow and the wind constant, so as to offer ideal conditions to learn and practice.

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4/ Boat outings

One of the most popular boat trips is the daytrip to Ile aux Cerfs.

Guests can choose their means of transport to get to this beautiful island off the East coast : by traditional pirogue, speed boat or catamaran.

The pirogue will allow you to experience the traditional means of transport of the fisherman, and the authenticity of this outing is the attraction of this day on the sea.

Going by speedboat, you will spend less time on the water and more time relaxing and exploring the island itself.

With the catamaran, you will have the possibility to enjoy conviviality while taking a day cruise through the crystal-clear lagoon. The day starts with a visit of the waterfall at Grande Rivière Sud Est, followed by snorkelling in the lagoon. The  crew will then prepare a delicious lunch (salads, grilled fish and meat, fruit and drinks at discretion). Finally, you will be taken to Ile aux Cerfs to explore and relax.

5/ Water ski

Water ski is a very popular sport in Mauritius.

It is possible to practice water ski along the most beautiful coasts of Mauritius and get a boat to pick up you and your children in front of your holiday home to go water skiing, wakeboarding or some tubing.

The advantage is that you don’t have to drive to find a provider, but have the boat come to your accommodation, according to your requirements regarding duration, your level or the different types of activities based on the composition of your group.

There is one agency that is offering this specific service Oazure Villas Mauritius

You will also find a big variety of water sport activities on their site, as Mauritius has got plenty of those to offer.

Why is a holiday rental the perfect solution for big families ?

Big families holiday in Mauritius

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When you are organizing the holidays for your « tribe », you have to consider a number of factors to make sure that everybody is happy and that you stay within your budget, especially when you are planning a trip to the other side of the globe, namely Mauritius.

Actually, there is nothing more difficult than finding the right solution for all the members of the family, especially if you have to find the right solution for 3, 4 or more children of different age groups.

The rental of a holiday home might be the answer, as you can respect and maintain your privacy as a family. It is much easier to plan and participate in activities as a family group, to gather around the table for family meals and to go on discovery tours around the country or your holiday area. Meanwhile, if you choose a luxury hotel stay, each family member would most probably choose an activity of their personal liking, and children will most probably join other children they have met that the hotel instead of spending precious time with the family.

Another, far more mundane reason, speaks for a holiday rentals in Mauritius : the financial aspect.

The cost for a holiday in a rental home is much less than at a hotel, especially for big families.  A family with 4 children would require a minimum of 3 rooms at a hotel with half-board, whereas they could rent a 3-bedroom holiday villa and prepare their own meals or have the house staff (whose cost is included in the rent) prepare the meals for them with the groceries they have bought at the local rates, which makes it far more economic than a meal at a restaurant or at a hotel.

Finally, as far as activities are concerned, some agencies such as Oazure holiday rentals agency that offer a vast catalogue of activities, excursions and services, so that families can benefit from lots of time spent together instead of being apart.

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Hence, it is worthwhile to consider the option « villa rental with services and activities » when planning a family holiday with the aim to spend memorable time with the family while respecting the budget for the most precious time of the year.