Mauritius might be famous for its gorgeous beaches but those who venture off the beaten path will find so many beautiful waterfalls in Mauritius!
Since I’m from Mauritius, I had the chance to visit some of the best on the island (and a few that aren’t well-known), and today I’m going to share my tips on how to visit each of them!
If you’re looking for the best waterfalls in Mauritius, this guide will show you a list of 17 breathtaking waterfalls to visit, including how to get there and a map with the exact location of each waterfall!
So, without further ado, here are 17 of the best waterfalls in Mauritius!
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17 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Mauritius
Eau Bleue Waterfalls
Located in the village of Cluny, in the south east of Mauritius lies a series of six of the most beautiful waterfalls in Mauritius, Eau Bleue!
What’s so special about these waterfalls is that they cascade into huge turquoise pools of crystal-clear water!
Visiting Eau Bleue is best during the months of December to April when the falls are at their most powerful. If you’re visiting during any other months, make sure to go right after a rainy day otherwise some of them might be completely dry.
The trail is easy to follow and doesn’t require too much effort to get to. For more details, you can read my guide on how to get to Eau Bleue (which also includes a map).
Related post: Detailed guide to Eau Bleue Waterfalls
Cascade 500 Pieds
Dropping from 500ft (152m), Cascade 500 Pieds is without a doubt one of the best waterfalls in Mauritius!
The waterfall is found in the Black river Gorges National Park and even has its very own natural infinity pool!
The trailhead is located at the Alexandra Falls viewpoint and only a 30 minutes hike is required to reach the top of Cascade 500 Pieds.
Make sure to read my step by step guide to hiking Cascade 500 Pieds for more details!
Note: If you want to hike to the base of the waterfall, you’ll need to hire a guide.
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One of the most popular Mauritius waterfall in the Black River Gorges is Alexandra Falls.
The hike down is rather technical as the path is very narrow and steep. Luckily you only have to hike for about 10-15 minutes before reaching the bottom section.
Want to know how to get there? Read my Alexandra Falls hiking guide.
If you’re not very fit, you can skip the hike and see the waterfall from the viewpoint. But keep in mind that you won’t get a clear view from above.
Related post: Visiting Alexandra Falls in Mauritius
Mare Longue Waterfall
I’m not sure if this waterfall has an official name but it’s found along the Mare Longue trail in the Black River Gorges, so I’m going to refer to it as Mare Longue waterfall.
Here you’ll find two streams flowing from opposite directions to finally meet into a clear turquoise pool! It looks quite similar to the waterfalls at Eau Bleue but smaller. The pool also looks quite deep, so be careful if you plan on swimming.
To get there, start your hike from the Petrin Information Center and follow the yellow markings for Mare Longue trail. You’ll then reach the Mare Longue Dam (exact location). It should then take about 10-15 minutes to get from the dam to the waterfall. Overall, the hike duration is about 2 hours, one way.
Note that the trail leading to the waterfall is slightly technical, so it might not be ideal for people with a fear of heights. The path leading down to the waterfall is also very steep and slippery and can be dangerous if you’re not an experienced hiker and aren’t wearing proper hiking shoes!
As always, for your own safety, I recommend hiring a certified guide to take you there.
7 Cascades (Tamarind Falls)
For the adventurous travelers, 7 Cascades (which translates into Seven Waterfalls) is right up your alley!
Located in the village of Henrietta, in the central region of Mauritius, these waterfalls are some of the most impressive on the island!
With 12 waterfalls of various shapes and heights, visiting every single one could easily take the whole day.
While this isn’t the easiest hike in Mauritius, it offers spectacular views over the valley, rivers, and streams.
The pools are also great for swimming and you can even spot some wildlife (Swallow birds) along the trail.
If you’re an experienced hiker, you can read my blog post about hiking to 7 Cascades for more details on how to visit without a guide.
Related post: How to visit 7 Cascades?
Another popular waterfall to visit in Mauritius and the most accessible one is Rochester Falls. The waterfall cascades over several rock columns and into a large pool below.
Since Rochester Falls isn’t too tall, you can actually jump from the top section (make sure you’re extremely careful and check the water depth before jumping!).
The road leading to Rochester Falls is very rocky, so if you have a 4×4 vehicle, you can keep driving until you reach the parking area (exact GPS location). Alternatively, you can leave your car at this spot (exact GPS location) and walk from there.
There’s also another road that leads to the left side of the waterfall. To find it, search for “Road to Rochester Waterfalls” on Google Maps.
Cascade Leon (Exil Waterfall)
Also known as Exil waterfall (due to its proximity to L’Exil Lodges), Cascade Leon should definitely be on your Mauritius waterfall bucket list! If you’re staying at L’Exil Lodges, you can easily reach the waterfall in just under 15 minutes, otherwise, you’ll have to start your hike from Rochester Falls.
The trail is relatively flat with only a gradual incline halfway through. You need to be careful as you get close to the waterfall though as you’ll have to walk across some huge boulders which can be slippery. And whatever you do, don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent (trust me, you’re going to need it)!
The hike from Rochester Falls is about 4 km long and it should take about 1-1.5 hours to get there.
If you want to visit Cascade Leon, head over to my step by step guide to hiking Cascade Leon for more details!
Related post: How to go to Cascade Leon?
Mare aux Joncs Waterfall
Yet another waterfall situated in the Black River Gorges NP, Mare aux Joncs waterfall can be reached from either the Black River entrance (west side) or Petrin Information Center.
If you start from Petrin, follow the purple markers for Macchabee Forest Loop Trail until you reach a fork in the path. Continue straight ahead along a flat terrain until the path starts going downhill.
After about 1 hour, you’ll finally reach the top of the waterfalls.
On the other hand, if you’re starting from the Black River entrance, make sure to follow the green and orange markers. The path is mostly flat except towards the end where it becomes steeper. After 1.5-2 hours, you’ll reach the base of Mare aux Joncs waterfall.
If you want to witness this waterfall at its best, plan your visit during the months of December to April. Otherwise it won’t look that impressive.
Related post: Ultimate guide to Black River Gorges National Park
Situated in the village of Moka, in the central region of Mauritius, more specifically behind the Eureka House are the Eureka waterfalls.
The entrance fee might be a bit steep at Rs 300 (US$7.50) but if have the budget and are looking for a waterfall in Mauritius that’s easy to get to, visiting Eureka Falls might be a good option.
For more details about all four waterfalls at Eureka, you can read my guide here.
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One of the highest waterfalls in Mauritius can be found in the village of Chamarel which also boasts some of Mauritius’ most scenic views!
Chamarel waterfall is a massive waterfall that plunges from a height of nearly 100 meters. It’s sometimes split into two or three depending on the time of the year.
It does require an entrance fee of Rs 250 (US$ 6.90) which also includes a visit to the Seven Colored Earth where you can view the 7-colored sand dunes.
For more convenience, make sure to buy your entrance ticket in advance by clicking here.
There are two viewing platforms from which you can see the waterfall. The first one is located on the left side of the parking lot and the other is found upstairs opposite the first viewpoint.
For avid hikers, you can even hike down to the waterfall. Make sure to hire a guide as the trail can be confusing.
Cascade Mamzelle, Gris Gris Beach
Although the “secret” cave at Gris Gris beach has caught everyone’s attention lately, not many people know that there are also three beautiful waterfalls not too far from the beach!
In fact, two of these waterfalls flow directly into the ocean while one of them is found in a more secluded spot fringed by sugarcane fields.
Gris Gris beach is a great place to visit in the south of Mauritius and seeing all the waterfalls in the area is definitely a must-do!
If you want to know exactly how to visit these waterfalls, make sure to read this complete guide to Gris Gris beach!
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Chamouzé waterfall is found within the Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park. The waterfall plunges down as a single column before making its way into an emerald pool.
It’s quite easy to get to once you’re in the park. It’s just a matter of following the signs and then taking a set of stairs to reach the base of the waterfall.
The entrance fee to Vallée des Couleurs includes a visit to the waterfalls but if you want a pump of adrenaline, you can zip line to the top of the waterfall and back for an additional fee!
Vallée des Couleurs entrance fee: Rs 350 (US$ 8.85) for adults and Rs 175 (US$ 4.45) for children (tourist price); Rs 200 for adults and Rs 100 for children (local/resident price).
This is one of the smallest waterfalls in Mauritius which is also found in the Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park. The waterfall is about 5 meters high and a great spot for a picnic.
Cascade Bois de Natte
Cascade Bois de Natte is connected to Cascade Vacoas and found only a few meters from the latter. You can only view the waterfall from above by taking the same path that leads to Cascade Vacoas.
Plaine Champagne Waterfall
I actually stumbled upon Plaine Champagne waterfall by luck while hiking in the Black River Gorges. I’m not sure if it’s possible to get to the bottom of the falls, so I was only able to visit the top section. From there you’ll also get a view of two other waterfalls in the distance!
Although there are several ways to reach the waterfall, the shortest one is by starting your hike from Les Mares roundabout (exact GPS location).
If you’re coming from the center of Mauritius, park your car on the left side of the roundabout and take the path located on the opposite side of the road (look out for the “Les Mares trail” sign).
Keep walking for about 15-20 minutes until you see a sign showing the way to Plaine Champagne trail. Overall, it should take about 30 minutes to reach the waterfall. Just be careful along the way as the path is extremely muddy and slippery.
You can also start from Petrin Information Center and follow the green markers for Les Mares trail. At one point, you’ll reach an intersection with a sign showing the way to Plaine Champagne trail. Turn right and continue along the path until you reach the waterfall. It should take about one hour to get to the waterfall from Petrin.
The last option is to start your hike at Plaine Champagne road (B103). You can find the hiking trail on the maps.me app where it’s tagged as Paille-en-Queue trail.
If you’re looking for a hidden waterfall in Mauritius, you should definitely visit Plaine Champagne waterfall!
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This is one of the few waterfalls in Mauritius that flow directly into the ocean. Located on the south east coast of Mauritius, a visit to GRSE waterfall is usually included as the last stop when visiting Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius’ most popular island.
The boat will go through a lagoon where the river meets the ocean and you’ll be able to get really close to the waterfall!
Mauritius Underwater Waterfall
To finish off this guide to the most beautiful waterfalls in Mauritius, I can’t forget to mention the famous underwater waterfall!
It’s not actually a real waterfall but the dragging of sand in the ocean creates the illusion of a waterfall.
It’s best viewed from a helicopter but if you don’t have the budget, you can hike to Le Morne Brabant and see it from up there.
Keep in mind that the view won’t exactly be the same due to the angle but it’s still a great alternative for those visiting Mauritius on a low budget!
Have you been to any of these waterfalls in Mauritius? Which one do you plan on visiting during your next trip? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out this map to find the exact location of each waterfall!
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