Calm waters, soft sandy beaches. Kids laughing. Parents relaxing. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not if you book your next family holiday to the tropical island of Mauritius!

Mauritius is an acclaimed destination for luxury resorts and romantic getaways, but it is also a firm favourite for families looking for the perfect holiday destination.  The friendly island paradise welcomes families and caters for children of all ages from tots to teens, with a number of resorts offering fantastic family packages such as ‘kids stay and eat for free’ when sharing with adults. This, coupled with interactive activities at the kids’ and teens’ clubs, ensures that the young ones are entertained, leaving the adults to relax.

The kids’ and teens’ clubs are run by highly trained staff who supervise and lead activities indoors and out for up to 12 hours a day, offering fun games, treasure hunts, outings, competitions and water sport activities. For younger children, many resorts offer reasonably priced babysitting services upon request, while teens can enjoy fun evening activities such as karaoke.
The combination of sun, sea and sand is what attracts families to Mauritius. Visa-free for South African passport holders, this tropical island is just a 4-hour flight from South Africa. And, there are many gorgeous beaches to choose from. The island boasts a 330km, pristine white and gold sandy coastline, protected by a halo of coral reefs that make for very safe and calm seas – perfect for small children.
Exploring inland, the island’s interesting and lush interior offers a variety of adventure options for families, from hiking and cycling in the national parks and the volcanic mountains to discover the fascinating history of the Mauritian culture, and the quaint towns and villages.
Fun, family-friendly activities in Mauritius:

Submarine Tours
Those who want to experience the thrill of underwater life can try a submarine tour. Travel to depths of 35 metres, exploring shipwrecks, coral plains and the rich marine life around the Grand Baie area.

submarine tours

La Vanille Crocodile Park
Situated near the southern tip of Mauritius, here children can learn everything there is to know about crocodiles, turtles and other fascinating prehistoric-looking creatures. The reserve is home to over 2 000 crocodiles, 1 000 turtles and an astounding 23 000 species of butterflies and insects.

L’Aventure du Sucre
This centuries-old sugar factory has been converted into a museum dedicated to 250 years of the important role that sugar production has played in Mauritius’ rich history. The interactive museum lets kids explore everything from the island’s grand plantation houses and the elements of cane harvesting to the industry’s sweet myths and so much more.

If you are interested in the island’s history, there are plenty of museums to visit. These include: the Blue Penny Museum, home to the world’s most expensive stamp; the National History Museum where bones of the extinct Dodo are on display; the Mahebourg Naval Museum, which recounts the legendary battle between the French and British navies in 1810; and the Frederick Hendrick Fort, built on-site where Dutch settlers erected their first fort in 1638.

Curious Corner of Chamarel
Curious Corner will open your eyes to the wonderful world of astonishing and interactive optical illusions and quizzical curiosities, perfect for a fun-filled family adventure. It is a fascinating, amusing and social excursion that will leave you quite literally, not believing your eyes!

Casela Nature Park
This leisure park provides a fantastic zoological day out for the whole family. Visitors can discover a menagerie of exotic animals, including 140 species of birds, giant tortoises, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, white lions, lynxes, servals, hyenas, dromedary camels, pygmy hippos, white rhinos, giraffe and many more species. While away the day participating in a fishing competition, playing the crazy golf course or enjoying the thrill of the mini quad-bikes. The park has also recently introduced a zip-line course, in addition to Segway and buggy adventures.

Domaine de l’Etoile
This historical sugar plantation has been turned into a national park of 1 200 hectares of forests and protected fauna and flora. It offers an array of family-friendly activities such as quad bikes, walks, hiking tracks, archery, zip-lining, a kids’ village and a horse-riding club.

Seven Coloured Earths
This unique geological formation is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The dunes were created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures, which were pulverised into sands portraying the various shades.

seven coloured earths mauritius

Pamplemousses Gardens
Situated in the north of the island, this botanical garden is an absolute treat for all nature enthusiasts, or those seeking some inland tranquillity. The gardens are the oldest in the southern hemisphere and host many indigenous plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies.

The Mauritius Aquarium is perfect for children who are too young to snorkel.  Located just outside Troux aux Biches, the aquarium showcases over 200 species of local fish, invertebrates, coral and sponges, including a tank dedicated to giant predators. It also has a special children’s touch pool, offering direct contact with the gentler species that inhabit the island’s rich tropical coastline.

Swimming with Dolphins
The west coast is known for its pods of beautiful Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins that dive in the surf in the mornings, before going back out to sea. Various boat companies offer trips to observe and swim with the dolphins. Dolphin swims are carefully managed and supervised by marine specialists to ensure that neither the dolphins nor the environment is harmed in any way.
swimming with dolphins Mauritius

With all these exciting adventures and activities, combined with the island’s idyllic beaches, calm sea and wonderful choice of resorts… and so much more, Mauritius is the ideal destination for the perfect family holiday.  #RatherbeinMauritius

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