Apart from the usual sightseeing and natural wonders, there is plenty on offer when it comes to offbeat activities in Mauritius. From secret beaches and secluded lagoons that offer exotic activities to unusual museums and shrines, there is plenty in store on this island nation.
A great spot to polish your surfing skills, Tamarin Bay is also great for dolphin watching. The sand here is dark in colour and can be very sticky when wet. La Tourelle Mountain towers over one side of the beach which is a standard on the list of offbeat tours in Mauritius.
Timing: Open all day but visitors need to be wary of the tide timings
Mauritius Photography Museum
The perfect place for shutterbugs to lose themselves in a bygone era. Look at the cameras and movie projection equipment that was in vogue decades ago. History buffs are also sure to enjoy this travel back in time.
Timing: 6.30 am to 4.30 pm
Eureka House (Maison Eureka)
This unique Creole house was constructed in the early 19th century and offers visitors a glimpse into the colonial era. The sprawling grounds of the house-turned-museum are bordered by the waterfalls of the Moka River definitely qualify for offbeat Mauritius.
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm
Blue Penny Museum
The collection in this museum outlines the history and art of Mauritius over the centuries. The famous rare Blue Penny and Red Penny stamps of 1847 which are considered a national treasure are the highlight of this museum.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Père Laval’s Shrine
This shrine is dedicated to the French Catholic missionary and priest who has been credited with a number of miracles. The complex also houses a modern church and a shop that has a permanent display of Pere Laval’s robe, letters, and photographs.
Timing: 8.30 am to 12 pm & 1 pm to 4.45 pm (Mon-Sat); 10am-12 pm & 1-4pm (Sun)
Jummah Mosque of Port Louis
Dating back to the late 19th century, this mosque is an example of a harmonious blend of Creole, Indian, and Islamic architecture. Originally constructed in 1850, many additions have been made to the building subsequently.
Timing: 8 am to 4 pm
If you are someone who believes in living the experience rather than just seeing it, then you are sure to discover many more such interesting and unique opportunities in the island nation. There is no dearth of offbeat things to do in Mauritius!
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