Long renowned as a honeymoon hotspot, Mauritius offers newlyweds a ton of fun-packed activities custom made for two. For those willing to leave the comfort of their resort on their dream Mauritius honeymoon, there's a myriad of things to do in twos — from diving shipwrecks off the east coast, to sailing to a nearby island aboard a modern catamaran to enjoying lunch at a turn-of-the-century tea plantation in the island's south.
Located some 2,000 kilometres of the African coast, the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius is lapped by warm water all year round. With 330 kilometres of coastline wrapped in a protective coral barrier reef, there's great snorkelling and diving to be had, often just metres off shore. Enquire at your hotel and if they don't have snorkelling equipment in house they'll certainly be able to point you to a supplier nearby.
For those looking to gain a professionally-recognised scuba diving qualification, there are more than 30 local diving centres spread across Mauritius and Rodrigues that meet the Mauritian Scuba Diving Association (MSDA) standards for training.
With certification in hand, the island's north offers some fascinating dives from depths of a mere 13 metres. There's colourful coral, abundant sea life and and a number of wrecks that have been scuttled to create artificial reefs.
For a bit of nautical fun in the sun, head for Trou D’eau Douce in the island's east and take to the high seas in style aboard a modern catamaran. Your destination for the day is Ile Aux Cerfs Island but there's often a stop or two before you arrive.
A number of operators ply the route between Trou D’eau Douce and the private paradise of Ile Aux Cerfs Island where you partake in water sports or just enjoy the spectacular setting. Most tours offer up a smorgasbord lunch and the opportunity to snorkel along the way. Some even take in the Grand River South-East Waterfalls. Enjoy a rum cocktail as the sun begins to set on a magical day spent cruising off the Mauritius coast.
Dating back to 1892, Bois Chéri was the first tea plantation in Mauritius. Today the 250 hectare facility produces a range of flavoured, green and herbal teas. Give yourself about 90 minutes for a guided tour of the plantation, the facility and the small museum where you'll learn about the history of Bois Chéri and the importance of tea production to the island nation. For many, a highlight of a visit are the tea tastings, where visitors get to sample some of the blends on offer.
Those in the know visit Bois Chéri in the morning when plantation activity is at a peak and before the heat of the day really kicks in. Top off your visit with a romantic lunch at the Le Bois Chéri Restaurant. The a la carte menu contains Mauritian and European dishes prepared using locally sourced produce. Try the fish with turmeric, mustard and lemon. The views over the riverine plains toward the south compliment any dish.