Ah, Mauritius, a small island nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Known for its fine sandy beaches, azure blue lagoons, and warm inhabitants.
But Mauritius is much more than that. It also boasts imposing mountains, colorful markets, a zest for life, picturesque nature, and breathtaking waterfalls.
There is no shortage of sports and activities in the natural environment on the island. There are numerous trail paths, hiking trails, and nature walks that lead to waterfalls (which Mauritians are very fond of).
Here, the waterfalls are relatively easy to access, and the paths that guide you to them are diverse. You will surely find a waterfall suited to your physical and athletic condition. For your safety, we invite you to discover them during the dry season (from May to November).
Whether you are a fan of diving, swimming, or simply love nature, alone, as a couple, with friends, or with family, the beauty of the Mauritian waterfalls will not leave you indifferent!
The 8 must-see waterfalls of the island
Waterfalls offer us a true sensory experience. Senses that we use every day, sometimes without even being aware of it. Hearing (for the sounds of the waterfalls), touch (for example, water on our skin), and sight, of course!
There’s nothing better for disconnecting from our daily life than to observe a majestic waterfall while connecting to our senses! Here are the waterfalls of Mauritius that you definitely should not miss:
Located in the southwest of the island, the Chamarel waterfall is the highest waterfall on the island. It offers a spectacular panorama, especially from the viewpoint in the parking lot on your left, along the access road to the Geo Park of the Land of 7 Colors. It is therefore possible to get there by car, taxi, or bus.
To observe it from another perspective, you can go down to a marked trail (suitable for families) and follow the signposts. Count 1 to 2 hours for this little expedition.
The seven Waterfall
Near Henrietta, in the center of the island, hide 7 wonders. A series of seven impressive waterfalls, accessible by hiking trails. To get there, you can take a car or a taxi and park along the road, close to the starting point.
Come to stretch your legs and refresh yourself, for a half-day or a full day. To ensure you take the right trail and especially if you are accompanied by children (minimum age 10), we recommend hiring a hiking guide. They will guide you while explaining the fauna and flora that this charming place shelters. Note that the level of difficulty is considered moderate to difficult depending on the chosen path.
Eau Bleue Waterfall
The Eau Bleue waterfall definitely lives up to its name! This waterfall is not imposing in size, but it is dazzling with its turquoise blue waters. To discover it, go by car or taxi near Cluny, in the southeast of the island. The walk to access it is short but sometimes slippery. So, stay vigilant, even once there with children. Don’t forget mosquito repellent and your swimsuits to relax in its azure water. Plan for 2 to 3 hours for this pleasant outing in nature..
The Alexandra Falls, located in the heart of the Black River Gorges National Park, are undoubtedly synonymous with escape. After parking in the park’s parking lot, you have the choice between two itineraries.
One starts on the right (easy level and suitable for families), which allows observing a splendid panorama of the south of the island but also of the Alexandra Falls (from a distance). The other, starting on the left, is longer and more… athletic (downhill at the beginning, but uphill on the return). From there, you will be captivated by the beauty of these waterfalls. Count 1 to 2 hours of walking.
For the second itinerary, be equipped with suitable shoes and a bottle of water.
Near Souillac, in the south of Mauritius, lies a true natural treasure: Rochester Falls. Its architecture is unique because of its rectangular rock formations and the lush vegetation surrounding it.
A walking path of easy to moderate level and suitable for families leads you to the falls and their pool. From there, swimming and jumping at will! Plan for 2 to 3 hours in total for this outing in nature.
You may have never heard of Mamzelle waterfall, located in the Grand-Port region in the southeast of the island. And that’s normal. Although it is quite charming, it is also less touristy and therefore less frequented. The ideal place to experience a zen and tranquil experience in nature.
As the waterfall is well hidden and the trail little known, we suggest you hire a local guide and get to the starting point by car or taxi. As for the difficulty level, there is none in particular! The walk is easy to moderate, suitable for families, and relatively short (2 to 3 hours). If you want to unwind, relax, and refresh yourself, Mamzelle waterfall will not disappoint you!
500 Feet Waterfall
Also known as the Pebble Waterfall, it is one of the tallest and most spectacular waterfalls on the island, particularly due to its height! A simple half-hour walk will take you to the top of the waterfall. However, accessing the bottom of it is a whole different story. The access is difficult (moderate to difficult) and restricted to the public, and hiking is strongly discouraged for young children. This 3 to 4-hour walk should be avoided on rainy days to avoid any risks. To ensure the best possible conditions, you need to obtain permission, be accompanied by an experienced guide, and visit between June and September. But the effort is worth it. Upon arrival, a real spectacle awaits you. A natural pool in which you can let yourself be carried away. And a breathtaking view for the southwest of the island.
Marc aux Joncs Waterfall
A hike through a lush forest, river crossings, and a beautiful and peaceful waterfall await you at Marc aux Joncs. It is also part of the Black River Gorges National Park. Like all the others, you can access the starting point by car or taxi. To avoid crossing muddy and slippery trails, it is advisable to visit on sunny days.
Rest assured, there is no need to go through an obstacle course to enjoy this splendid waterfall. A hike of 2 to 3 hours, with an easy to moderate difficulty level, will guide you to it. The walk is suitable for children comfortable with hiking and little outdoor adventures.
So there you have it! There is more than one natural wonder to admire in Mauritius. Each waterfall has its charm, its touch of magic. And each of them offers you a unique and rejuvenating experience.
Plenty to enjoy every little corner of Mother Nature, in a respectful and responsible manner of course!