The capital & largest city, Port Louis is full of activity during the day.
A good place to get a feel for city life is the Port Louis Market, with sections devoted to fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, souvenirs, crafts, clothing and spices. While in the neighbourhood, most visitors drop by the Natural History Museum to see a stuffed replica of that 'abnormal member of a group of pigeons', the dodo, which has been extinct since the late 17th century.
If you're interested in Islamic architecture, stop by Port Louis' oddly located Jummah Mosque, built in the 1850s in the middle of Chinatown, and Fort Adelaide, which so resembles a Moorish fortress that locals call it the Citadel.
Do not forget to pay a visit to the new Le Caudan Waterfront, where you'll find a casino, cinemas, shops, bars and restaurants.
SIR SEEWOOSAGUR BOTANICAL GARDENS
In the village of Pamplemousses, these gardens (also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens) were started in 1735 by Governor Mahé de La Bourdonnais and later improved by French horticulturalist Pierre Poivre in 1768 in his bid to introduce spices.
Though there are few flowers inside, one key attraction is the park's giant Victoria regia water lilies, native to the Amazon.
Other attractions include golden bamboo, chewing gum trees, fish poison trees, a 200-year-old Buddha tree and - for Christians - a cross tree with leaves shaped like crucifixes.
The fragrant flora of the garden - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, camphor and sandalwood - is another high point.
Pamplemousses is 11km (7mi) north-east of Port Louis, and there are regular buses between the two.
BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL PARK
The best time to visit Black River Gorges National Park is during the flowering season between September and January.
Look for the rare tambalacoque or dodo tree, black ebony trees and the exotic birds that perch in them. You may also run into a band of monkeys, deer or wild pigs.