The capital of Mauritius and major port for the island, Port Louis is a busy little city with a rich French and English colonial past intertwined with a strong Chinese and Indian influence. The busy city pumps with activity as locals scurry around doing all sorts of business.
A visit to the city is incomplete without a trip to the famous market running since 1828 and held from Mondays to Saturdays. Fresh produce, spices, snacks, perishables, t-shirts, table cloths, bags, hats and other mementos are all on display for you to purchase.
The Place D'Armes is a grand street with a number of impressive statues of famous Mauritians and foreigners keeping an eye on proceedings leading up to the impressive colonial architecture and oldest building on the island of Government House. Take a look at the statue of Labourdonnais, Sir William Newton and then head for some more in the Company Gardens.
In the evenings, head to the Caudan Waterfront, at the bottom of Place D'Armes for some fun with the city locals.
The official name for this garden is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden. The reputedly most visited botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere is just a few kilometers outside of Port Louis and is about 24 hectares in size. The land was originally purchased by Bertrand Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1735 but only got to where it is today as a result of the 18th century efforts of the French Horticulturalist Pierre Poivre. Take a look at the famous water lilies and the lovely house called Chateau Mon Plaisir.
Grand Baie is an extremely popular resort and tourist area on the island. Located on the north eastern side of the island, Grand Baie is a thriving holiday destination with plenty of resorts, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping.
Curepipe is on the interior of the island is essentially a locals town. It's slightly cooler than the coast and safer during the stormy season. Enjoy the local flavour, shopping is cheaper here than at resorts, the local market and restaurants while seeing the real Mauritius.
Coin de Mire
This interestingly shaped island lies just off the northern coast of the island. Its shape makes it an interesting photo opportunity. Boat trips to the island are possible with "le trou de Madame Angon", a cave on it, used by the British navy in the 19th century for target practice.
Known for its long sandy beaches, Belle Mare is a small town on the East Coast of the island. The village itself has a few shops for souvenirs and other shopping including clothing and art.
Ile aux Cerfs
This popular picture subject is just off the island with many tour operators offering day trips by boat to the island. Le Touessrok Hotel operates some facilities on the island which is ideal for sun-bathing on its beautiful beaches, snorkeling, sailing and other water sports. The hotel operates two restaurants on the island as well.
If you decide to visit the island by car, you'll notice as you drive along all sorts of shrines and beautiful temples. The intricacy and colours are brilliant.