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The island of Mauritius is ideally situated in the Indian Ocean. The tropical island is also known as the paradise island. Mauritius has earned a good reputation when it comes to water sports, land sports and especially its seaside.

Mauritius is a multi-culture place where you may taste different types of culinary. This little island is full of treasury stuffs such as the museum, rainforest and unique features. If you are planning for a holiday then I would advise you to come to Mauritius and discover amazing things and make the best of your holiday here.

There are many attractions in Mauritius.Here are some places you should visit:

Port-louis:

port_louis MauritiusPort-louis is the capital city of the island of Mauritius, situated in the western part of the island. The place is full of harmony and love and it is a really pleasure to visit. Port-louis is a commercial, political and also a historical place. You may visit different places in a short amount of time.

Furthermore Port-louis is considered as the best place to shop. You may visit interesting places such as citadel, Caudan, bazar and blue penny museum in a short period of time. You may also buy beautiful souvenirs with the vendors near the ‘bazar’.

Citadel

Citadelle Port LouisThe Citadel was constructed by the Spaniards in the 16th century and was finally modified by Frenchmen in the 17th century. Found in the city of port-louis, the Citadel hides thousands of past history. Today la Citadel alias Fort Adelaine is considered as a main tourist attraction.

The Citadel can be easily spotted and have a spacious parking for its visitors. You can either climb like a hundred stairs which is actually very easy to climb or can take taxis to take up to the Citadel.

Up at the Citadel the view is breath-taking. You are able to contemplate the beauty of port-louis and watch the ocean from afar. The best day to go to the Citadel is on Saturdays when horse racing is going on as you get a perfect view of the champ de mars at Citadel. Don’t forget to bring your beer & snacks and try to get there early, it will a promised Saturday.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden.

Jardin Botanique SSRDon’t forget to add SSR Botanical Garden on you planning list. Built by Pierre Poivre in year 1770, the 37 hectares spacious garden is located ideally in Pamplemousses. It is open seven times a week at 8: 30 AM to 5: 30 pm. The Botanical Garden attracts a large number of tourists on a daily basis.

The long giant water lilies plant pond which is actually one of the unique features is the highlight of the botanical garden. Among the southern hemisphere botanical gardens the SSR is nominated as the oldest botanical garden. It was also ranked as the 3rd most admired garden in the world. Besides the giant water lilies, the garden also has interesting features such as the garden of spices, sugar cane and 85 varieties of palm trees. This garden in Mauritius is both a historical place and leisure place.

Spending a day with your friends or family is a real pleasure. You may contemplate the beauty of the lake, animals and trees. Let your mind breath in the middle of the garden, hear the sound of the birds singing and children giggling and running from one place to another. The entry is at a low price and the garden is worthy for at least a visit.

For more information call 243 94-01

Grand-Baie

Grand Bay MauritiusGrand-Baie is situated in the Riviere du Rampart district, the northern part of the island. If you want to have some nightlife fun and meet new people, the best place to visit is Grand-Baie. It is famous for its nightlife, beaches, activities and shops. There is in fact a lot to discover at Grand-Baie.

Pereybere public beach

mauritius island pereybere beachPereyberepublic beach is situated in Grand-Baie. The Pereybere beach is considered as one of the most gorgeous beach in the Indian Ocean. Despite not being a so spacious beach, the Pereybere is the best beach you can go to and spend some good times with your family and friend.

Imagine taking a sunbath on the golden sanded beach with a cocktail in your hand and watching the sun reflecting on the blue turquoise water, seems like paradise isn’t it? You may also buy food and soft drinks from the vendors on the parking space. If you are at Grand-Baie, do visit the Pereybere beach, an amazing day is guaranteed to you.

BLACK RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK

Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

Are you an adventurous tourism or a fan of hiking trails? Well, then Black River Gorge National Park is the best place for you to visit. The national park is known as one of the rarest forest in the whole world wide. It lies in the south-west part of the island. The park covers an area of 6, 574 hectares which actually represents 3.5% of the island.

There are in addition more than 150 species of plants and 9 varieties of birds which are found only on the paradise island, mauritius. The animals and plants are well protected in the Black River Gorge National Park, no hunting is allowed, severe laws are attached to it. While hiking through the park you will be able to spot some gorgeous species including the Peculiar and Umbrella-shaped Bois de Natte trees.

Seven coloured earth

The seven coloured earth also known as the Chamarel is ideally situated in the south-west of the Mauritius islands. The seven coloured earth is now a major tourist attraction. It comprises of different coloured sand dunes most precisely brown, green, violet, blue, yellow and purple.

The amazing thing about the seven coloured earth is that the sand dunes combining together gives a form of the map of Mauritius. Furthermore the sand stay still no matter how many times the rain falls. Visitors need to hike to get to the top to be able to have a nice view of the sand dunes. One may also buy the seven coloured earth in a tube at the entry.

 

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Many plan for holidays with family and friends thus the possibility of holidaying alone may seem rather daunting. Often when travelling alone, budgets and time are top priorities. Solo travel is often on the bucket list of many people and it’s never too early to strike off an item! Certain things are absolute necessities when traveling, especially safety.

mauritius reunion seychelles

When going to an unknown country, it’s better to be safe than sorry- picking out countries without political instability, affordable health care and low crime rate is a must. The islands in the Indian Ocean make perfect destinations for the lonely traveler. Mauritius, Reunion Island and the Seychelles are beatific places in that respect.

1.     Always have a Plan!

While some of the beauty of traveling alone is the unpredictability of exploration, it is important to have at least a rudimentary plan. Assuming you are visiting the islands, the beaches are wonderful for the solitary wanderer. The Northern coasts especially are very striking and moderately populated on the average weekday. It may as well be desolate outside of holiday season summer. Given the tropical climate, it is far from a hardship to swim during the day if you are used to lower temperatures. If you like a peaceful environment, it would be best to make alternate plans for the weekend, especially Sundays. The beaches tend to be packed with families having a good time. It does have a beauty of its own though!

mauritius travels

2.     Know where you are…

Modern technology has made all of us lazy when it comes to get by on our own. Google Map is the new Holy Book for the traveler and unfortunately… Mauritius and many of the Seychelles are inaccurately or incompletely mapped. It is strongly recommended to invest in a real map despite the lack of nifty features such as zooming in!

In Mauritius, getting lost somewhere is not that much of a worry. Muggings are quasi inexistent and there are buses practically everywhere to take you back. Nearly all the locals can speak and understand French and most have acceptable oratory English skills, they will not hesitate to help.

map mauritius travels

However, in Seychelles, this implies a huge taxi/cab fare as the inflation rate is much higher over there. So, keep to the tracks if you wish to keep your wallet!

3.     Precautions reduce the risk of bankruptcy

In prime place of importance is Medical Expenses.

In Mauritius, medical care is free for everyone, irrespective of nationality or any other status. Still, it is advised to get medical insurance in case of any mishap which will require further treatment.

mauritius hospital apollo
In the Seychelles, there are many requirements to qualify for free health care and going there without previous arrangements is advised against.

4.     Reach out to fellow travelers

Like you, there are definitely other travelers who are alone but would not mind a companion for a few hours or maybe more. The internet is full of forums with tourists reaching out when their visit to a country coincides with the other. During the holidays like Christmas, this is an unquestionable plus for both. Making new friends in a strange country creates great bonds which last a long time for certain people. Or you may roam the beaches, talk with the fisherman- the local guys always have the best stories to tell. Even the concierge at the hotel wouldn’t refuse a chat. This is all a lesson in however much solitude is lovely, one shouldn’t forget that the outside world exists and it is full of great individuals.

solo travel islands

5.     Food!

Mauritius, Reunion Island and the Seychelles all have a diverse cuisine. They have had, throughout the years, African, Asian, Indian and European influences creating at the end assorted menus. They satisfy the palates of everyone, whether you are a street food junkie or a gourmet food addict, there is a place for you on the Vanilla Islands!

mauritian seafood restaurant

 

Mauritius in particular offers quite the treat for the rum aficionado. The is an entire tour dedicated to rum tasting in Chamarel’s distillery- undeniably worth checking out if you are a fan of rum or even liquor.

rum tasting mauritius

 

 

** If you are looking to rent accommodations for your holidays, check out these exclusive villas in Mauritius!