Is Mauritius a Family Friendly Destination?

I have to admit that I have always thought of Mauritius as somewhere you would visit for a romantic holiday as a couple, however it is now the go to place for an affordable luxury family holiday.

Mauritius is located in the South West part of the Indian Ocean, north of the Tropic of Capricorn and lies 855 kilometers east of Madagascar and is actually part of the Africa continent.

Mauritius is protected by the world’s longest unbroken coral reef and the island boasts warm turquoise waters and glittering crystal lagoons that are a dream to explore and perfect for a relaxing family holiday. The island is very friendly and welcomes children with open arms and caters for all ages from tots to teens.

Much as I love the beach, we are not the type of family that like to laze around, topping up our tan or paddling in the water. We love to explore what our destination has to offer and I have been busy seeing what there is to do for families with all ages to entertain.


The Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park, is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs, full of prawns and fish and the thing that really stood out for me is that during your stay in the park you can experience a first-hand unique encounter with the giant tortoises, and get a rare chance to feed, pet and play with them.


There is also the chance to get up close and personal with giraffes and lions by doing a safari on the tropical island.


If you want to discover the wonders of the water around Mauritius but without donning your Scuba gear, Mauritius Aquarium, located in a small relaxing village in the North West of the island, has a unique walk on the ocean floor where you can observe the many types of aquatic animals that Mauritius ocean eco-system has to offer.

For more adventurous types the Kids Adventure Park offers inflatable bouncers, trampolines, a treetops course, pedal go-karts, aquatic jets, car racing, pony rides and for teenagers quad biking and horse riding.

For daredevils like us, I was excited to learn that Mauritius has the longest zip lines in the Indian Ocean which will really please Hubby and the teens.

Zip Line

If you want to explore the islands hidden gems, the mountainous interior encompasses Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox, wild boar, macaque monkeys and deer who wander through the vast swaths of old-growth ebony, and sightings are not uncommon.


From my research, Mauritus is an island for exploring, with Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens, and opportunities to spot rare birds among soaring ebony trees, walk with lions or swim with dolphins. It is a year-round destination although the island’s peak season extends from October to April, which is hot, humid and rainy, with a slight risk of cyclones January to March. The island’s winter, from May to September, is warm and dry, with fewer mosquitoes

I would love to take the kids to visit although with a flight time of around 12 hours from London it would be one I would undertake with slightly older children, rather than toddlers.

Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Mauritius365

17 thoughts on “Is Mauritius a Family Friendly Destination?

  1. I would love to visit Mauritius, but I often thought of it as a place just for adult. But sounds amazing if you have teens.
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  2. Wow looks stunning, I too had never thought of it as being Family Friendly. It does seem like it could be thou, might have to try once the kids are a little bit older 🙂

  3. You see Mauritius, contrary to what many people think is more than beautiful sandy beaches. It is great for adventurers like yourselves.
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  4. Anosa says:

    I would love to visit Mauritius one day with or without kids, I want to try out the zip wire though I am scared of heights.

  5. Oh it does look amazing.
    I totally agree with you though, that it would be best to wait until the kiddies are a little older.
    Far less stressful on a 12 hour flight! 🙂 x

  6. I’ve always wanted to go to Mauritius, your photos are gorgeous.I agree with your points and I think 12 hours for children must be hell.

  7. claire says:

    It looks amazing here, I really wish I could go here, right now :):)
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  8. 12 hours for toddlers would be too long. I agree.

  9. Hannah says:

    This looks amazing and I would love to be able to visit one day x

  10. Mauritius is somewhere that I have always wanted to visit, I always thought that it would be somewhere that we would visit when the children were grown up though as I never knew it was so family friendly. The tortoise park looks amazing xx
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  11. I’m the same. I always thought of Mauritius as a honeymoon destination. Glad to know that it can also be family-friendly too 🙂
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  12. joanna says:

    Its sounds like a lovely place to go I like that its family friendly which is a plus for us these days. I’ve never thought about going there but definitely interested in going after reading this post.

  13. says:

    I have friends who have been here, and they have nothing but good things to say about it as a destination! recently posted…Bearded Backchat with Jo from Organised JoMy Profile

  14. Natalia says:

    It looks so amazing!! My bf is from Mauritius but we both live in the UK… I hope we visit it in the near future!! xx

  15. anna nuttall says:

    Beautiful photos – it look amazing. I would love to visit one day. xx
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  16. gill says:

    Looks gorgeous and like yourself expected it more of a destination for couples -nice to see lots for the whole family to do xx

  17. It looks amazing and whenever i see brightly coloured markets i feel the pull of visiting! Dont know what it is, they just make me want to go!

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