Mauritius is a staggeringly beautiful country, where you could easily spend blissful days lazing on the island’s stunning beaches. But if you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is likely to be a little sedate for your tastes. Luckily, Mauritius is also the perfect destination for pulse-racing adventures.

Here are just a few of the best places on the island to get your fill of thrills, spills and breathtaking experiences…

Black River Gorges National Park

Best for: abseiling down a waterfall

Thrill-seekers heading to Mauritius should make a beeline for the Black River Gorges National Park as soon as they land. It’s the perfect natural adventure playground, thanks to its dense rainforests, dramatic valleys and stunning waterfalls.

One of the best experiences to enjoy here is abseiling down the area’s many canyons, gorges and waterfalls. You’ll see incredible sights from up high, including Mauritian kestrels and multi-coloured butterflies. The national park also has numerous hiking trails, along with crystal clear pools perfect for a cooling dip after the day’s exertions.

Eastern Mauritius

Best for: horse riding

Experience horse riding like you’ve never experienced it before by travelling through a tranquil area of natural beauty to the east of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. This mountainous part of the island offers panoramic views of forests, fields, rivers and meadows, and one of the best ways to experience it is on horseback.

Ile-aux-Cerfs Island

Best for: walking underwater

Believe it or not, you can walk underwater in Mauritius. Head to the paradise island of Ile-aux-Cerfs, where you can pop on a state-of-the-art helment and tour the colourful reef underneath the waves.

You can breathe normally without snorkel or diving gear, and actually walk along the sand – where a guide will help you carefully (and respectfully) navigate the reef and spot its colourful marine inhabitants.

Anse La Raie

Best for: skydiving

If your idea of an amazing holiday is jumping out of a plane, Mauritius has you covered. Make your way to the resort of Anse La Raie, famous for its skydiving. You’ll fly to 10,000 feet before you hit the sky, from which dizzying height you’ll able to see the entire island and Indian Ocean beyond.

Grand Baie

Best for: parasailing and water skiing

The lively tourist spot is one of the best on the island for watersports, including parasailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Windsurfing at Gran Baie is both challenging and exciting, but local lessons and crash courses are available for newbies. If you’re feeling really bold, give water skiing a try. This high-octane spot is tough to master, but nothing is more thrilling.

Whether you’re dreaming of a heart-stopping honeymoon or action-packed solo adventure in Mauritius, plan your escape with Blank Canvas. We’ll give you your own personal travel expert, who’ll put together a bespoke itinerary to make all your wildest dreams come true.

So, get in touch and tell us what you’d like to do, see, taste and experience in beautiful Mauritius – and we’ll make it happen.