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The Best Waterfalls in Mauritius

The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about Mauritius is the dazzling turquoise lagoons or casuarina tree-lined powder-white beaches. And while these are certainly some of the destination’s most gorgeous features, beyond the golden sands and sublime five-star hotels lies a tropical wonderland unlike any other.

Hidden amongst the fertile lush terrains are breathtaking sights are a number of beautiful waterfalls in Mauritius, situated amongst magical tropical vegetation, each of which is well seeking out. Often found in serene, isolated parts of the island, trekking to see the waterfalls is a perfect way to reconnect with nature, breath the fresh air and surrender to a sense of calm and inner peace.

For maximum comfort while visiting these places, do bring a backpack, hiking or sports shoes, suitable clothing, swimming suit and various protections (sun cream, insects’ repellent, warm clothes) and spare shoes & clothes

Come & Discover the Best Waterfalls in Mauritius:

Tamarind Falls

Tamarind Falls - Mauritius

The Tamarind Falls (also known as Tamarin Falls or 7 cascades) are a beautiful attraction of the southwest of Mauritius. Popular for its beautiful surroundings and unspoilt nature, the Tamarind fall is an astonishing albeit hard-to-reach area. Situated on the central plateau, near the small village of Henrietta, the Tamarind Falls hiking is one of Mauritius’s canyons which you really should not miss. With its 11 waterfalls, multiple jumps, deep ponds and lush green vegetation; Tamarind falls is one of the most beautiful canyons of the Island that will suit the beginner to the hardcore adventurer.

This full day Hike trip to Tamarind Falls is one the most popular hiking trips. It is moderate, fun and accessible to all. There are 2 Hiking options available and both of them you will enjoy the beautiful nature of the Tamarind nature reserve, seeing the famous beautiful Tamarind falls from close, and experiencing the adventure of canyoning with Mauritius’ top qualified guides. To cool down, you can also take a relaxing swim in the lagoon type basin down at the bottom of the fifth waterfall.

For those looking for more adrenalin and thrill can try the Half day canyoning excursion; it will challenge you to abseil down the waterfalls of the Tamarind Falls canyon using nature watercourses and canyoning gear.

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Alexandra Falls

Alexandra Falls - Mauritius

Situated some 700m above sea level, the Alexandra Falls is one of the most popular nature sites in Mauritius. Located in the Black River Georges National Park, a visit to Mother Nature’s heritage is a must for all.

You must have definitely seen many of its pictures on postcards or in videos venting the beauty of Mauritius. Alexandra Falls is indeed one of the most emblematic and popular sites of the island. Famous not only for its breathtaking beauty, Alexandra Falls also offers visitors the chance to live a unique experience with nature. The lush forest of the region, the diverse luxuriant flora and fauna and the magnificent landscapes altogether make it an incredible way to connect with nature.

The waterfall is accessible by going to Plaine Champagne and heading in the direction of Grand Bassin. Along the way, you should see a sign saying Alexandra Falls Viewpoint. Head in the direction of the sign and you will find ample parking and refreshments on sale. The unbelievable tranquillity of the viewpoint is something that everyone needs to experience for themselves and once they do, they are sure to never forget it.

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Eureka Falls

Eureka Falls - Mauritius

As the name implies, the Eureka Falls are situated close to the famous colonial mansion, Eureka Mansion, which can be found in Moka. A tour of the mansion itself is bound to be a memorable experience, with antique colonial treasures found throughout the gorgeous building which is enhanced by a sensational and exotic garden.

The Eureka Waterfalls are a short distance from the mansion itself, and a trip down to them, although a slightly challenging path, is well worth the effort for those who are able. At the end of the path, you will actually find four waterfalls, set amongst mango trees and palms and an array of other sublime tropical flora'. The river banks are the natural habitats for water lilies, 'jacinte d'eau', 'bredes songes'. Under the water surface an intense marine life goes on for the 'scampi, madame Céré' (name derived from the wife of the governor Céré), tilapias, carp and eels which can be found in large quantities.

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Grand River South-East Waterfalls

Grand River South-East Waterfalls - Mauritius

Situated along the southeastern coast of Mauritius, Grand River South East waterfall is exceptional and among the most popular waterfalls on the island. It’s an extraordinary sight and one should not miss the opportunity to swim at this waterfall, you will feel refreshed and it will be an unforgettable experience.

Despite its close proximity to the sea, the area around the waterfall is vivid and lush and boasts an array of huge basalt rocks. The wild flora surrounding the fabulous waterfall is amazing and is colonized with monkeys jumping and playing on the trees just beside the waterfalls as they are used to human presence.

You can come across the local fauna: bats, white-tailed tropicbird or herons looking out for fish in-between rocks. Given its location, many travellers combine a trip to Grand River South East with a trip to the iconic Ile aux Cerfs - another must-experience highlight when in Mauritius.

To visit this waterfall, you can select one of the many options that we have, in a private speed boat or while cruising in one of the Catamaran trips in the southeast.

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Cascade De 500 Pieds

Cascade de 500 Pieds - Mauritius

Cascade de 500 pieds also known as Cascade des Galets, is a hidden gem in Mauritius. It’s among the most tranquil and beautiful places in Mauritius, offering an incredible view on the south coast of Mauritius with its own infinity pool! To reach this waterfall, one has to hike from the Alexandra Falls viewpoint, and the trail is well paved and offers incredible views.

The trail is easy to follow and is not too physically challenging lasting around 30 to 45 minutes. During this hike, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view at the top of the waterfall, the gorgeous Bel Ombre forest and the west coast of Mauritius. After a rewarding trip down the tracks and across the rivers, you’ll reach the waterfall.

This grand waterfall drops from a height of 500 feet and leaves the visitors spellbound with its majestic and lush valley, cool misty ambience, a natural infinity pool, and spectacular scenery

Exil Waterfalls

Exil Waterfalls - Mauritius

Situated on the outskirts of the extraordinary Combo forest, on the most southern tip of the island, travellers will find a veritable Garden of Eden - a tranquil oasis, characterised by vivid green colours and thick, wild vegetation.

Home to an array of indigenous flora and fauna, it’s a nature lover’s paradise. There are technically two waterfalls in this canyon, Leon Waterfall which has a 20 m drop into a 25 m wide pool, and Cascade Cecile, which boasts an impressive 45 m drop, with ample rock pools in between. The cascading waters here have the power to heal weary minds and the area makes for a fantastic place to relax. Those who prefer to remain active have the option of swimming or jumping across the rock pools or even trying their hand at abseiling.

It's gorgeous canyon, tropical forest surroundings, and diverse flora and fauna create a picturesque ambiance, while its high water level during monsoons turns this place into an aquatic adventure hub. There are two mini waterfalls nearby named Leon and Cascade, which elevate the appeal of the place.

Chamarel Waterfalls

Chamarel Waterfalls - Mauritius

Taken from its location name, the Chamarel Waterfalls are listed among the top attractions in Mauritius. The first settler in the area was captain Antoine Régis Chazal de Chamarel who settled here with his brother Tristan in 1786. Later they sold it – but the name remained and in turn the village was named Chamarel.

Interestingly, Chamarel is a south-western historical village with great geological significance, consisting of scenic landscapes and natural attractions such as the Seven Coloured Earths, Black River Gorges National Park,including the magnificent Chamarel Waterfalls.

Known as the highest waterfalls of Mauritius, the Chamarel Waterfalls has a height of about 100 meters (almost the same height as the Statue of Liberty) cascading down against a scenic backdrop of luxuriant forests and mountains which is simply breathtaking.

You will find exposed volcanic rocks dating back to some 8-10 million years ago, thus representing some of the oldest lava rocks of Mauritius. The waterfall is formed by three distinct streams of water sourcing from the River Saint Denis which is nearby the village Cachette, Cascade Chamarel and La Crete.

You can choose to see the waterfalls from the upper deck situated at the Chamarel Seven Colored Earth reserve or can head down the trail to enjoy shallow water swimming at the bottom of the Chamarel falls. You view this waterfall you can either select one of the sightseeing tours packages or for more adventure you can opt for the Chamarel Waterfall Hike.

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Black River Gorges Waterfalls

Black River Gorges Waterfalls - Mauritius

The Black River Gorges is worth visiting for all trekkers, as well as for the pure nature lovers and bird-watchers. The viewpoints and the waterfalls are the two things that make exploring this park a must.

It’s the largest national park in Mauritius. Famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking, the gorge is in the central highlands, making it cooler than much of the island. Swimming in the waterfalls and walking through the jungle will give your Mauritius holiday a new dimension

During the trip you will learn about the natives, the vegetation as well as on the endemic and exotic bird life. The views you will encounter during this hike are breathtaking: A wide, beautiful gorge (canyon) curving dramatically down between a series of mountains. Beautiful waterfall scampering down the hillside with a range of mountains behind them.

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Rochester Falls

Rochester Falls - Mauritius

The iconic Rochester Falls is located in the Savanne district of Mauritius, just some 2.5 kilometers away from Souillac (South of Mauritius). It is also known as the widest waterfall in Mauritius. This majestic waterfall is set in an isolated, wild and lush green area where you can find unique and dramatic cliff faces which have been transformed into jagged rectangular blocks by the force of powerful water over the past hundreds of years.

The cascading waters tumble from a height of 10 meters through the rocky beds of the Savanne River and form a thick foam.

Mesmerizing as it may seem, this spectacular spot serves as an ideal spot for a quick refreshing plunge or a small picnic break.

The breathtaking scenery, cascading waterfalls, pools of clear water, and luxuriant greeneries surrounding the region, makes it a wonderful site to see and a relaxing experience. You might also meet some daring and adventurous locals who are willing to jump from high above the cliffs to the pool of water which is extremely dangerous and definitely not recommended.

Mare Aux Joncs

Mare Aux Joncs - Mauritius

For nature hikes, The Mare aux Joncs waterfall viewing is a great place. It has different paths, for different levels of difficulty and therefore ideal for everyone. It begins at the Riviere Noire entrance to Black River Gorges National Park. The trail is well shaded, easy to follow, and the terrain is not very strenuous. There are several river crossings which will certainly get your feets wet!

This is the only waterfall in Black River Gorges that you can view from the front. It is a nice waterfall to relax, refresh and have lunch around before heading back. You can swim however it’s not recommended as it’s a bit rocky. You will have the chance to spend a tranquil moment in the surrounding virgin green valley which is home to some endemic avian species and flora.

Conclusion:

There are several spectacular waterfalls in Mauritius, and each of them are equally beautiful than the others. Blessed with luxuriant vegetation and fertile soils, the waterfalls in Mauritius are havens of peace and a way to connect with nature. The waterfalls are located in fairly isolated places makes it an excellent place to stop for a picnic or a quick dip in the refreshing waters.

Tailor Made - Mauritius Waterfall Sightseeing Tours

You may also create your own Tailor Made Tour and visit any of the waterfalls of your choice here.

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