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Hiking in Mauritius: 20 best hikes in Mauritius for all fitness levels

by Steph

Looking for the best hikes in Mauritius? This Mauritius hiking guide will show you a list of 20 best hiking trails and nature walks to add to your bucket list!

If you’ve been wanting to skip the crowds and explore more off the beaten path, hiking in Mauritius will allow you to do just that. Forget about lazing on the beach (for a while at least), Mauritius has an abundance of hiking trails just waiting to be explored! 

While hiking in Mauritius, you’ll be able to swim in natural infinity pools, climb on top of a UNESCO World Heritage site, chase hidden waterfalls while witnessing the most picturesque scenery! 

Most of these hikes are easy, others are slightly more strenuous but nothing that any average hiker can’t handle.

I’ve personally done all of the hikes mentioned in this article in order to share only the most accurate information. So, if you’re ready for some epic adventures, here are 20 best hikes to do in Mauritius!

Le Morne Brabant: hiking in Mauritius
The view along Le Morne Brabant hiking trail

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20 best hiking trails in Mauritius

Le Morne Brabant

If you have only one day to spare for a hike in Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant is an excellent choice! Leading to one of the best viewpoints in Mauritius, hiking Le Morne Brabant is the quintessential hike!

The first half of the hike is relatively easy with only a slight incline but once you reach the first plateau, the trail becomes more challenging. Expect to scramble over steep cliffs with only your hands and feet to pull yourself up (there used to be ropes attached to the cliff but they have been removed, unfortunately), but it’s definitely worth it!

Finally, all your efforts will be rewarded with panoramic views over the mountains and the spectacular underwater waterfall!

View of ocean and mountains after Hiking Le Morne Brabant in Mauritius
View from the summit of Le Morne Brabant

Book your hiking trip to Le Morne Brabant here

  • Distance: 7 km round trip
  • Height: 556 meters  
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Total duration: 3 to 5 hours 

Related post: Le Morne Brabant hiking guide

Le Pouce

Being the third tallest mountain in Mauritius, one would think that hiking Le Pouce is quite challenging. Spoiler alert: it’s one of the easiest hikes to do in Mauritius!

Those who hike to the very top of Le Pouce mountain get to enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the whole island! You can start your hike in either Port Louis or Petit Verger, the latter being easier.

The trail is easy to follow and zigzags under a canopy of trees with several viewpoints along the way. The thumb section does require some scrambling but nothing too strenuous. 

Mountain hiking in Mauritius at Le Pouce
The view along Le Pouce hiking trail
  • Distance: 4.5 km round trip
  • Height: 812 meters  
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Total duration: 2 to 3 hours 

Related post: Ultimate guide to hiking Le Pouce Mountain

Cascade 500 Pieds

Located in the Black River Gorges National Park, Cascade 500 Pieds is one of the tallest waterfalls in Mauritius. The hike starts at the Alexandra Falls viewpoint and involves a few river crossings but you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views and a natural infinity pool!

The path is easy to follow and goes downhill towards the middle but it’s still great for all fitness levels. 

waterfall cascading over a steep cliff
Cascade 500 Pieds
  • Distance: 4 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Total Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

Related post: Complete guide to visiting Cascade 500 Pieds

Gris Gris Beach Coastal Hike

As one of the most unique beaches in Mauritius, Gris Gris is a very popular spot situated on the south coast. The waves can get pretty rough here which makes the view even more spectacular. 

But beyond the beach, you’ll find secret caves, hidden waterfalls and jaw-dropping viewpoints, making it one of the most epic hikes in Mauritius!

You can start at Gris Gris parking lot by first visiting the beach and secret cave. Next, make your way to “La Roche Qui Pleure” and finally end with a visit to the hidden waterfalls. 

waterfall flowing directly into the ocean at Gris Gris Mauritius
The hidden waterfall at Gris Gris

Book your Gris Gris coastal hike here

  • Distance: 5 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total duration: 2 to 3 hours 

Related post: How to hike to the secret spots in Gris Gris?

7 Cascades (Tamarind Falls)

If you’re planning on hiking in Mauritius, you absolutely can’t miss 7 Cascades (also known as Tamarind Falls)! From the name, you might think that there are only seven waterfalls but there are actually 12!

This is an adventure-packed hike coupled with gorgeous views over a lush valley. It’s not easy but so worth it! You can even walk behind one of the waterfalls and swim in the pools. 

If you’re an experienced hiker, you can do this hike on your own by following the orange markers, if not, I highly recommend hiring a guide.

Tamarind falls is one of the best hikes in Mauritius
Tamarind Falls

Book your hike to 7 Cascades here

  • Distance: about 5 km 
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Total Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Related post: How to hike 7 Cascades?

Plateau Remousse Viewpoint

I actually stumbled upon this one by mistake while hiking in the Black River Gorges National Park. I was initially planning on hiking to Macchabée viewpoint but somehow followed the trail to Plateau Remousse instead.

I’m so glad I found this little hidden gem! The viewpoint is totally gorgeous with views over the lush forests and if you look closely, you can even spot Ile aux Benitiers from up there!

Start your hike from the Black River entrance (west side) and make your way through the forest until you reach an intersection and a sign showing the way to Macchabée trail and Plateau Remousse. 

Hiking in Black River Gorges Plateau Remousse Viewpoint
Plateau Remousse Viewpoint

Continue straight ahead and stay on the trail until you reach a river and a little picnic area. From there, you just need to cross the concrete bridge and then turn left. The trail goes uphill and zigzags around the forest. It’s quite steep but still doable for all fitness levels if you take regular breaks in between. 

You’ll then reach the first viewpoint on your right and another path on your left. Don’t take the left but instead, keep going straight ahead until you reach another sign. Finally, turn right to get to Plateau Remousse viewpoint.

View of the mountains at Black River Gorges Plateau Remousse Viewpoint
Plateau Remousse

Book your guided hike to Black River Gorges here

  • Distance: 5.6 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Total duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Mare aux Joncs Waterfall

Mare aux Joncs waterfall is also located in the Black River Gorges. The easiest way to access the waterfall is from the west entrance

Starting from the visitor’s center, walk deeper into the forest until you reach an intersection and a sign showing the way to Mare aux Joncs. Take the left and follow the green and orange markers.

To be honest, the hike felt very long and a bit boring, which is why it isn’t my favorite hiking trail in Mauritius.

Towards the end, you’ll find a big boulder on which several small stones have been stacked together. The path then becomes steeper until you finally reach the waterfall.

Mare aux Joncs Waterfall at Black River Gorges NP
Mare aux Joncs Waterfall
  • Distance: about 7 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Total Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Eau Bleue Waterfalls

Seriously though, this Mauritius hiking guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Eau Bleue Waterfalls! Located in the village of Cluny, they are by far the most beautiful waterfalls in Mauritius! 

The six waterfalls are located quite close to each other, so you can visit all of them within just a few hours. What I love about Eau Bleue is the crystal-clear water and remote feeling that they provide. 

Most people only visit the 6th waterfall, so if you want to skip the crowds, I recommend starting your hike early at the 6th waterfall before making your way to the twin falls.

Twin waterfalls at eau bleue mauritius
Eau Bleue Waterfalls
  • Distance: 1 km 
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Total duration: 2 to 3 hours

Related post: Hiking to Eau Bleue Waterfalls + Map

Le Souffleur and Savinia Beach

What most of the attractions on the south coast of Mauritius have in common are the stunning cliff views, giant waves, blowholes and epic coastal hikes. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Le Souffleur and Savinia Beach!

While the trail is easily accessible with a 4×4, the most scenic way to get there is to hike between the sugarcane fields and forest.

It’s a flat and easy walk, taking only about 30 minutes to reach Le Souffleur and a further 10 minutes to reach Savinia Beach.

blowhole at Le Souffleur in Mauritius
Le Souffleur
  • Distance: 6 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Total duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Related post: An easy hike to Le Souffleur and Savinia Beach

Pont Naturel

Also located on the south coast of Mauritius, Pont Naturel is one of those natural attractions that will make your jaw drop! Getting there requires a 4×4 vehicle but I decided to also turn this one into a hike. 

You can start your hike from La Cambuse Beach or Le Bouchon Beach. I settled for the latter since it’s shorter and more scenic, in my opinion.

This is one of the easiest hikes on this list. You’ll walk along the beach, between sugarcane fields and mangroves to finally end at the edge of a cliff. It’s truly spectacular!

Pont Naturel Mauritius
Pont Naturel
  • Distance: 3 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Total duration: 40 minutes to 1 hour

Related post: Hiking guide to Pont Naturel

Corps de Garde Mountain 

Located in Stanley Rose Hill, Corps de Garde is easily one of my favorite hiking trails in Mauritius! I did this hike at sunrise and it was truly spectacular to watch the sun rising from the summit. 

There isn’t much shade along the trail, so an early start is advisable. The trail is easy to follow and perfect for all ages and abilities.

Click here for the trailhead location.

Corps de Garde is a moderate hike in Mauritius
Corps de Garde
  • Distance: 4.5 km round trip
  • Height: 720 meters  
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Total duration: 3 to 4 hours 

Candos Hill

If you’re looking for a very easy hike or maybe I should say a quick nature walk in Mauritius, Candos Hill is for you. The trail leads to some great urban views with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

The trail starts at the Sodnac Wellness Park and it takes only about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the top.

Urban views from Candos Hill Mauritius
View from Candos Hill
  • Distance: 2 km round trip
  • Height: 475 meters  
  • Difficulty: Very easy 
  • Total duration: 40 minutes

Signal Mountain

Another easy walk to do in Mauritius is Signal Mountain. Located right in the middle of Port Louis city, the walk to Signal Mountain leads to panoramic views of the skyline and port area. 

The trail is completely paved and easy to follow, so there’s absolutely no chance of getting lost. I recommend doing this walk during sunset if you want to witness the twinkling city lights.

Click here for the trailhead location.

View of the buildings of Port Louis from Signal Mountain
Signal Mountain
  • Distance: 6 km round trip
  • Height: 323 meters  
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Total duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

Long Mountain

Another easy hike in Mauritius with great urban views is Long Mountain. The trail can be confusing at times since it isn’t clearly marked. 

When I was hiking last year, I followed the orange markers but I’m not sure that they would still be there by now. What I would recommend is to always stay on the trail and keep walking straight ahead until you reach the summit. 

If you’re traveling by bus, you can stop at the Terre Rouge bus stop that’s located on the main road. Take the little side road (click here for the exact location) that goes through a residential area. 

Next, turn left at the football field and keep walking until the road bends to the right. Continue straight ahead until you find the trailhead further away on your right.

Click here for the trailhead location.

Dry grass on Long Mountains
Long Mountain
  • Height: 426 meters  
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Total duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

Rochester Falls

Rochester Falls is among one of the most popular waterfalls in Mauritius. Since the waterfall isn’t very tall, you’ll usually find people jumping from the top.

If you’re coming from Gris Gris Beach, drive towards Souillac until you see a sign pointing to Rochester Falls. Since I don’t own a 4×4, I parked my car close to a residential area (click here for exact location) and started the hike from there. 

The path is very rocky but mostly flat. There are several signs showing the way so you won’t get lost. As you get closer, you’ll be hiking downhill until you arrive directly in front of the waterfall.

There’s also another road that leads to the left side of Rochester Falls. You can find it by searching for “Road to Rochester Waterfalls” on Google Maps.

Water cascading over a wide rock wall at Rochester Falls
Rochester Falls
  • Distance: about 4 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total Duration: 1 hour

Ebony Forest

Situated in the village of Chamarel, the Ebony Forest is a nature reserve home to rare endemic birds. It offers spectacular views over the south coast of Mauritius and has several hiking trails perfect for the whole family. 

Since the Ebony Forest is a nature reserve, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee but it’s absolutely worth it! The fee also includes a 30-minute guided tour along the Flycatcher raised walkway where you can spot a few endemic birds.

Sublime viewpoint at Ebony Forest an easy hike in Mauritius
View from the Sublime viewpoint

You can start by hiking along the Ridgeline trail which offers scenic views over the turquoise ocean and Ile aux Benitiers before ending at the Sublime viewpoint. 

You can also continue to Piton Canot peak where you’ll be rewarded with a stunning 360-degree view over Le Morne Brabant, Tourelle du Tamarin, Black River Gorges and more.

You can easily do this hike on your own or hire a guide. If you don’t want to hike all the way to the Sublime viewpoint, you can ask to be driven in a jeep (also included in the entrance fee).

Girl looking at Le Morne Brabant from Piton Canot Ebony Forest
Piton Canot
  • Distance: 1 to 6 km 
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Entrance fee: Rs 450 (US$ 11.30) for tourists; Rs 300 (US$ 7.50) for locals
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m to 5 p.m daily

Eureka Waterfalls

This is one of the easiest and shortest hiking trails in Mauritius. The Eureka Waterfalls are found behind the Eureka House in Moka and consist of four waterfalls. 

It’s one of the very few waterfalls in Mauritius that you have to pay in order to visit. Honestly, they aren’t my favorites. However, it’s a nice hike for those who just want a quick and easy stroll in nature with minimal crowds.

Eureka Waterfall Mauritius Guide
Eureka Waterfalls
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Entrance fee: Rs 300 (US$ 7.50)

Related post: Guide to Eureka Waterfalls 

Vallée de Ferney

The Vallée de Ferney is a forest and wildlife reserve located in the southeast of Mauritius. This hike is easy and the perfect activity to do with kids.

The 3-km loop trail features picturesque views over the valley and forests. You can also get a view of the ocean from one of the viewpoints. The reserve is also home to a little waterfall.

Vallée de Ferney is one of the best places to hike in Mauritius
Vallée de Ferney
  • Distance: 3 km 
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Entrance fee: Rs 200 (US$ 5)
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m to 5 p.m daily

Bras D’Eau National Park

This hike can be done as a loop or point-to-point from Bras D’Eau Beach to the national park visitor’s center. 

Start from Bras D’Eau Beach and make your way to Bras D’Eau National Park. You can access the path from a little dirt road on your right (click here for the exact location). Turn right after the old sugar mill and keep walking until you see a map of the Coq de Bois trail. 

Make sure to always stay on the trail and I would recommend using Google Maps or Maps.me since the markers aren’t easily noticeable.

Alley lined with trees at Bras D'eau National Park
Bras D’Eau National Park
  • Distance: 5 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Total Duration: 2 hours

La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park

La Vallée des Couleurs is one of the most unique natural attractions in Mauritius. The main highlight of the park is the 23 colored earth which are colorful sand dunes formed by volcanic ash. 

The landscape is incredibly beautiful and you can enjoy the day by hiking to the viewpoints and waterfalls scattered around the park. 

23 Colored earth at La Vallée des Couleures Mauritius
View of the 23 Colored Earth

The park entrance includes a self-guided visit of the 23 colored earth, geology tunnel, rock garden, animal farm and waterfalls. Other activities are available as well including zipline, quad biking, nepalese bridge, luge karting and guided trekking but these require an additional fee.

Cascade Vacoas La Vallée des Couleures
Cascade Vacoas at La Vallée des Couleures
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Total Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Entrance fee: Rs 350 (U$S 8.75) for tourists and Rs 200 (US$ 5) for locals

A few tips about hiking in Mauritius

  1. Bring lots of mosquito repellant, especially when hiking around rivers and waterfalls and after a rainy day.
  2. Always start your hike as early as possible to avoid the heat.
  3. Bring at least 2 Litres of water.
  4. In some places like Eau Bleue Waterfalls, you might encounter wasps. Make sure to always stay on the trail to avoid bothering their nests.
  5. Always watch your steps and make sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes.
  6. Avoid hiking alone. Petty thefts do happen sometimes and a lone hiker might seem like an easy target. It’s also much safer to have someone accompany you just in case you hurt yourself during the hike. 
  7. September, October and November are considered the driest months of the year, making the weather optimal for mountain climbing. 
  8. If you want to see the waterfalls at their most powerful, the best time to hike is from December to March. These months usually experience the highest level of rainfall as they coincide with the cyclone season.
  9. Avoid visiting waterfalls on a rainy day. The water level may rise very quickly without warning, making the hike extremely dangerous.
  10. You can use apps like Maps.me to help you navigate around the trails.
  11. If you’re not an experienced hiker, I highly recommend hiring a guide.

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