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From beaches and coastal trails to mountain climbs and pedalling through fields of sugarcane, cycling in Mauritius is a fantastic way to get to know this tiny island nation. Lounging in the Indian ocean around 600 miles (1,000 km) off the coast of Madagascar and around 120 miles (200 km) from Réunion, this stunning island benefits from phenomenally diverse landscapes and terrain.
Cycle routes in Mauritius take you along quiet lanes and through majestic landscapes on hard-packed earthen trails. You can explore coastal routes that whisk you from fishing village to fishing village, pausing to admire the sky blue lagoons formed by the island’s enormous reef system. To get an overview of the barrier reefs, pedal higher into the hills and look down to see how the water changes from lagoon to ocean.
With bike hire widely available and warm weather throughout the year, cycling around Mauritius gives you the opportunity to experience its countryside freely.
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From the sea to the mountains
With an area of 790 square miles (2,040 km2), many of the best bike rides in Mauritius give you ample chance to see significant swathes of the country, particularly if you don’t mind a bit of elevation gain. As an island, you can expect plenty of fantastic coastal rides with golden sand coves around every dramatic cliff. Much of the terrain is flat, particularly along the coastline and your rides will lead you through thriving beachside communities where every street ends in a lagoon view.
There are several mountainous parts of Mauritius, so if you like climbing, you’ll be richly rewarded with tropical forests and expansive views. The Black River Gorges National Park in the south west is the largest and most dramatic of the upland areas however, there are only a couple of roads cutting through it, making the roads busier than you might like. You can rent mountain bikes in the area though, and explore the vast amount of off-road trails which are car-free and packed with exceptional sights.
Wildlife-spotting in Mauritius
Ever spotted a monkey whilst two-wheeling? While cycling in Mauritius you may well find yourself in the company of macaques if you ride through Black River Gorges National Park, as they’ve made quite a home for themselves here after being introduced to the islands hundreds of years ago. Deer and wild boar call the forest here their home too.
For birdlife, Mauritius is a stop on the larger journeys of plenty of fascinating flyers like flamingos, tropicbirds, frigatebirds and boobies. The endemic pink pigeon is a wonderful bird to spot as well, one of the few surviving endemic species of the island.
Things to bear in mind
You cycle on the left in Mauritius. The main roads are generally fairly safe to ride on and wide enough for drivers to pass you easily. Cycling at night is best avoided, as the lighting is poor or non-existent. Some roads aren’t well-maintained so keep an eye out for potholes and always take a puncture-repair kit with you. Mauritius is tropical, so never cycle anywhere without bringing good water supplies and use sun protection.
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