Volcano Craters in Mauritius
Natural Beauties
Black River Gorges
Rochester Falls
7 Coloured Earths
Pamplemousses Gard
Blue Bay Marine Park
Gris Gris Cliff
Grand Bassin Lake
7 Cascades

Not to be Missed
Le Val Nature Park
22 Coloured Earths
Doplhin Watching
Kestrel Watching
Crystal Rock islet

Blue Penny museum
Naval museum
Fort Adelaide
Dodo museum
Maison Euréka
Fort Adelaide
Pamplemousses Gard
Domaine Les Pailles
Flower Distillery
Creole Houses

Kids Attractions
Casela Bird Park
Crocodile Park
Dodo museum
Volcano Crater

Other Attractions
Fruit Orchard
Salt Pans
Tea museum

Other Topics
Where to Stay
Beaches in Mauritius
To Do in Mauritius
Islets Around
What to Eat
Shopping in Mauritius
Island Tips

Volcano Craters - Trou aux Cerfs, Grand Bassin, Trou Kanaka

Mauritius is an island of volcanic origin, which explains the interesting elevations of mountain ranges, waterfalls and cliffs.

All the volcanoes have been dormant for as long as we, locals can remember, and today most of the craters are covered with a rich and lush fauna and flora.

Trou aux Cerfs

This volcano crater is found in Curepipe, a favourite sightseeing place for many locals and tourists. From the crater, you can have a 360-degree view of the town of Curepipe and the coastal plains stretching towards the distant horizon. According to volcano experts, this volcano is not yet dead but 'dormant' and can wake up in thousands years .... (warning: you would never know what could happen to you upon your visit !!)

The region of Curepipe sits high on the Central Plateau and is known to be humid and is relatively cooler than the coastal regions. Settlement in Curepipe started towards the middle of the 20th century, when the trains eased trade and transport between Port Louis and the highlands.

The name 'Curepipe' originated from the fact that once the train arrived from Port Louis, the messieurs would clean their pipes, thus 'cure pipe' in French.

Grand Bassin

A natural lake resting on an extinct volcano, Grand Bassin is considered by many devotees to be an extension of the sacred Ganges River in India. This natural lake resting on a volcanic crater is a place of worship for the Hindus in Mauritius.

Also known as the Ganga Talao, the lake becomes alive especially during the months of February and March, when the Hindus celebrate the Maha Shivaratree, in great pomp. The calm water beautifully reflects the colourful temples and offerings (flowers, bananas, incense) to the miniature representations of Shiva and Ganesh surrounding the lake.

Trou Kanaka

Accessible via rough tracks cutting across tea plantations, Kanaka crater is another extinct volcano, situated South of the island. It might be a good idea to include this in your South-South West tour.

Tip: entrance to all sites above is free. Proper attire (shoes) is required should you wish to visit the temple in Grand Bassin.