Discover More in Mauritius

When you cruise to Mauritius with Azamara, you’ll find endless coral sand beaches to while the day away, but there is so much more to explore in Port Louis. Beyond beachfronts, beneath the surface, the capital city of Mauritius is rich in immersive cultural experiences. Influences from India, Africa, Europe, China, and the Middle East can be seen, heard, and savored all around downtown streets. It can feel a little chaotic—but in the best way possible.

Head to the Central Market to get a true taste of local life. It’s a real feast for the senses, with vibrant fruits and vegetables piled into pyramids, the aroma of exotic spices, and colorful textiles draped over balconies. Le Caudan Waterfront comes alive after dark. This modern seaside promenade has deep roots in the city’s history. It’s where high-end boutiques share space with local artisans, and restaurants and clubs abound.

Wind your way through the city’s many ethnic quarters past Chinese pagodas, mosques, and Tamil temples to explore unique museums that will give you a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of the history and culture of the island. The National History Museum is home to a replica of the now-extinct dodo bird, and at Aapravasi Ghat, an interpretive center tells the story of immigration to Mauritius.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

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Lilly pads in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in Port Louis, Mauritius

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

The oldest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the botanical garden was originally opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius 300 years ago. Baobab trees, aromatic spice gardens and over 85 types of palm trees are spread out over seemingly endless acres. Take some time to relax and reflect at tranquil ponds filled with floating water lilies and lotuses.

Blue Penny Museum

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The exterior of Blue Penny Museum in Port Louis, Mauritius

Blue Penny Museum

You wouldn’t expect it, but two of the rarest stamps in the world are housed at the Blue Penny Museum on Le Caudan Waterfront. To protect the integrity of the red one-penny and blue two-pence 'Post Office' stamps issued in 1847, they’re only lit up for display for ten minutes every hour. There’s a lot more to this museum too, including excellent exhibits on the island’s colonial past and contemporary history.

Tamarind Falls

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Tamarind Falls in Port Louis, Mauritius

Tamarind Falls

Why settle for one waterfall when you could see seven? Tucked away in an unspoiled green valley, an exciting hike reveals seven crashing cataracts that wind their way down a plateau. Trek over smooth basalt rock formations, sections of dense forest and walk behind a wall of cascading water.

Port Louis, Mauritius At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 20°9'23.21"S 57°29'31.67"E
Size: 46.70 KM2 (18.03 MI2)
Population: 149,194
Density: 3,195 Pop/KM2 (1,233 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 230

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