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Trip to Mauritius- Map of Mauritius
Trip to Mauritius- Map of Mauritius

Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean and forms part of the three islands of the Mascarene. In 1513, the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas was passing by the islands of Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues and gave them the name Mascarenhas. Today they are called: The Mascarene Island.

Mauritius is a common destination choice for the foreigners wanting a holiday trip abroad. In the year 2014, 1,038,968 individuals travelled to Mauritius whilst in 2015, 1,151,723 tourists were welcomed on the island. The number of tourist coming to Mauritius is always on the rise.

Choose your accommodation

The number of hotels is increasing in the country. You can find a lot of nice hotels without going out of your budget. On the other hand, you can try the big luxurious villas that Mauritius has to offer. We have made a list you might want to check out if you are planning a trip to Mauritius. Among the best accommodation you can find in Mauritius, suited for low and high budgets respectively:

Villa Caroline
Villa Caroline

Villa Caroline– This 3-star hotel flic en flac will provide you with comfort and tranquillity. It is located next to a beach in the town of Flic en Flac in Mauritius. It has 20 standard rooms and 48 superior rooms all coming with a balcony at your disposal. The hotel owns its private restaurant & bar and Diving centre. The hotel’s tariff is very competitive and gives value for money.

On the other hand, one may find the hotel too impersonal or may want a big luxurious house for him and his family alone. Well of course you ought to have a big budget at your disposal for these. Then, we propose you to check out these luxurious villas.

Exclusive Mauritius Villa
Exclusive Mauritius Villa

Exclusive Mauritius Villas– offers a variety of villas ile Maurice coming with 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, 5 bedrooms and above. Get a taste of what luxury can offer you with Exclusive Mauritius Villas.

VillaMauritius
VillaMauritius

Villa Mauritius– Looking for villas in Mauritius? Villa Mauritius lies in Bel Ombre in the southern region of Mauritius. It offers villas which has access to a nice beach and a private 200 metres square lagoon.

Modes of Transports

Public transport in Mauritius
Public transport in Mauritius

By Public Transport-Bus

Travelling in Mauritius is easy as it is a small island of only 2040 kilometre squares. If you have a low budget, you might want to take the bus. There are bus stops nearly everywhere in the island. Stopping at one, you will then have to walk a little to arrive at the destination you want.

Taxi in Mauritius
Taxi in Mauritius

By Taxi

On the other hand, you may find a lot of cars with a yellow roof lights searching for clients in the island. You can call a taxi to bring you right in front of the destination you desire. However, you should find a taxi first and it may be a little costly. In some places, there is no taxi coverage.

Rent a car and/or a driver

It is a good decision to rent a car for your days here. It might be a little more expensive than the common public transport, but at least you will not have to waste time and get upset waiting for a bus. Moreover public transport does not work at night! It is better that you have your car ready at your service whenever you want and you go where ever you desire to. You may rent a car in Mauritius with Avis Mauritius. The latter also propose you a personal qualified driver with the car for a little extra fee.

Plan your schedule

Before coming to the island, you should be looking at the Mauritius activities you will be trying during your holidays in Mauritius. If you come unprepared, you might not enjoy your stay in the island even though it in an amazing place to be. You should also check out the Mauritius points of interest so you do not waste time trying to figure out where to go first and things like that.
Check out our list of the top things to do in Mauritius:

Port-Louis-Mauritius
Harbor of Port-Louis-Mauritius

Visit the Capital of Mauritius-Port-Louis

Visit the economic centre point of the island. Filled with tall buildings, restaurants and shop, an entire day and night will not be enough to fully grasp all that the city can offer. The city of Port-Louis counted a population of 140,430 persons within the 46.7 kilometre square capital. Mauritius being a multi racial country means diversified cultural food. Try the Tamil’s roti from the street vendors or the Chinese’s mine bouille which you can find at a restaurant in a corner of the street in Port-Louis. Savour some Mauritian snack .You can have of taste of the Muslim’s briani and experience the amazing look of how our people from all race mixed together like we are one nation.

Tandem Skydiving in Mauritius

Among the most exciting and thrilling activities, it is not one meant for everybody. What will you experience? You will be dropped from a plane at more than 3km of altitude. This will last for about a minute.

However before the excursion, you will get about 25 minutes of training on the ground with a minimum of instructions as a student skydiver.

Next, the plane will give the individuals a complete 360º view of Mauritius around the coast. Watch the magnificent island from the eyes of a bird. It is indeed a dream come true!

Finally the moment has come for the main activity to take place. Connected to a qualified and experience skydiver, contemplate the exquisite view that will follow. The gorgeous view of Mauritius from above will make the next one minute worthwhile. Live it up! Sense your blood rushing in your veins while the momentum of your falls make strong wind splash on the entirety of your body.

In all, the excursion is expected to last an hour or so.

Insider Tips: Have a bar of chocolate or something sweet to maintain your blood sugar level at an adequate level.

Zip-lines-Mauritius
Zip-lines-Mauritius

Zip-lines

Slide through the forest and admire the beauty of the nature that offers Mauritius. The zip lines includes a cable tied at two ends horizontally while being a bit inclined so that the user can slide though easily, propelled by gravity.

4-D Cinema

The 4D cinema is available in Mauritius at Casela Nature Park. Shows and movies last for about 30-45 minutes. It is a small animated film that makes the viewer feels submerged in the video. Sense the dizziness of the falling actor or recognize the splash of the rain in the video on your face. Feel the fur of rats passing through your legs.
In the end, cinemas have never been so full of thrills and excitements.
Indeed, technology has progressed so far!

Spoilers: Wear your glasses and prepared yourself! You are going to be rocked in your seats, and a little wet when the movie is over.

A lonesome island lost in the Indian Ocean offers beauty, relaxation and adventure beyond measure. Its breathtaking blue seas and white sandy beaches ever warmed by the tropical sun, earned Mauritius its reputation as the Paradise Island. A tempting image, perfect for the holidays this year, I should say…

While there are luxury hotels in Mauritius and grandiose holiday packages, it is possible for the average guy to enjoy his holidays fully on a low budget. The best things the island has to offer are not limited to the wealthy only. A little tweaking here and there- will leave you with the perfect vacation without much hassle.

Mauritius holidays

Sunny beaches, turquoise waters!

The turquoise, jewel-like sea, bordered by endless beautiful beaches are what usually tempts most visitors. There are alternatives to simply renting a parasol (beach umbrella) and laying there the whole day, enjoying the bronzing process.

The beach in Mauritius is one endless stretch of sand and sea. The best way to enjoy this to the fullest is to get up, arm yourself with a cap, water and a pair of sandals for the rocky parts. Else, it is a pleasure to enjoy a barefoot walk on the beach, buy some ice cream (ice cream sellers are present at nearly every corner) or even lunch in a seaside restaurant. You will enjoy the salty air and a fantastic view along with your food.

mauritius sea

Drive Yourself Around and Explore!

Renting a car in Mauritius is fairly easy, even from before landing. The roads are well-marked, making it effortless to drive around the island. The island is rather small and the roads are developed enough to provide a moderately swift travel. This will be less costly than hiring a driver along with the car. Mauritians inherited much from the time it had been colonized by the British, for instance, driving on the left side of the road!

mauritius sugarcane

Be Adventurous with your Food!

Acquired from the various cultures grouped as one, the food has evolved throughout the years to take on a uniquely Mauritian taste. You may need to be somewhat wary of the spice levels given the deep love the locals have for chilies. Thai peppers are commonplace in most recipes, especially Indian ones.

There is no need to stick to luxury restaurants for the duration of your stay on the island- a few glamorous dinners would suffice if the budget is tight.

It is here that the car comes to great use. You may of course rely on the public transport system but travelling after sunset would be quite difficult. There is little to no late night activity among the inhabitants themselves.

Take the car to the capital city, in the evening and early night, Port Louis becomes a hub for the street foodies. The streets smell like shawarma and briani at every turn. They are rather cheap and very filling if you do not mind the extra calories!

During the day, dholl puri makes for a good alternative- it costs way less than a Big Mac!

shawarma kebab mauritius

Shopping, Shopping and… More Shopping.

Clothes back home are a hard on the purse, especially in the US and while the Europeans do fare a little better- the big surprise is that much of the clothes are actually made in Mauritius, especially the cotton and wool products. Having an extra suitcase to bring home some bargains might make your family members eternally grateful!

It is important to shop wisely. Avoiding places without clearly marked prices around Caudan and Grand Bay is a good start. Store keepers may not hesitate to demand exorbitant prices from the obvious tourist, hoping to make a big buck.

Walking around Port Louis or even Rose Hill can be eventful, the shops are numerous and the variety available is surprising. Everything from trinkets to sportswear are waiting to be discovered.

shoes shop mauritius

Unique Wonders of Mauritius- Colored Earths sound intriguing?

Inexplicable yet behold a miraculous view… The layers of different colored earths, formed naturally and never seeming to sustain any damage from cyclonic weather or torrential rainfall is located in Chamarel. It is a small village housing this little sensation. The visit offers a short hike as well as shops selling souvenirs. Definitely a must-do during your holidays in Mauritius. Treating your eyes and taking some pictures for the family back home sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?

chamarel mauritius

For The Lucky Nature Enthusiast:

Being an island of volcanic origin, Mauritius offers multiple mountain ranges, ideal for hiking. Pieter Both is particularly attractive, climbing a mountain to visit the little man at the top is charming. The climb is not a difficult one, a guide is necessary to prevent any mishaps.

The mountain giving you a perpetual thumbs up, where on earth could you find better motivation? Climbing Le Pouce Mountain can be a titillating experience if one views it that way. The map for the path to be taken can easily be downloaded online and a parking area is available at the start of trail.

Mountain climbing in Mauritius is a scenic affair, with the view becoming even more breathtaking the higher you go. From Pieter Both, you will see the harbor on one side and sugarcane plantation on the other while Le Pouce offers the view of Petit Verger. It is an adventure away from the grimy city life without the constant supply of pollution. You may find yourself surprised at how extremely refreshing such an experience can be.

mauritius hiking mountain

If you are not a fan of physical activity, you do have other options on the table. Don’t give up just yet- Mauritius has more to offer.

A little walk down a pathway and you find yourself surrounded by trees older than centuries with endemic plants all around flourishing. Is that of interest to you? Then a visit to the SSR Botanical Garden is long overdue!

The entrance fee is less than a dollar and it is open throughout the week- convenience and affordability in one go.

botanical garden mauritius

History Mystery

Mauritius is hardly an old country but it makes up in quality for what it may lack in quantity. This beautiful island has a rich history of people from all around the world settling here, bringing with them a plethora of cultures to create what we have today. The island is one of the few countries in the world which has no violent past among the races and religions. Every little thing possible to preserve has been kept intact for the viewing pleasure of both Mauritians and tourists. You will enjoy a glimpse into the past of the society that exists today in near perfect harmony.

Museums in Mauritius

The museums are scattered all around the island and visiting them is not at all expensive. The Postal Museum is a relic of times gone by yet still sturdy. Don’t miss it! The Natural History Museum has no entrance fee and it is conveniently located in the capital city. A visit to the museum and lunch at the bazaar (market place) along with a bit of shopping appears to be the impeccable educational family outing when in the country.

museum mauritius

 

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

Need to rent a car in Mauritius for your next vacation? You are in the right place. In this article I will elaborate on important factors and other tips related to car rental in Mauritius. Fasten your seatbelts, embark with me on this ride. Vroooom!

Nowadays, renting a car (car rental Mauritius) on the other side of the world is done within a few clicks, which is not necessarily a bad thing, you just do it in the right tempo. Yet, before entering the digits of your credit card, here are some tips to get you into the right rhythm.

Your papers please!

I honestly hope you will not have to hear those words during your stay in Mauritius, but to be on the safe side, you need to know that roadside checks are quite common on the island.

To drive a car in Mauritius, the best would be to have an international driving license (readable in English or French). But a single national license (e.g. the French license) is valid enough. Same goes for motorcyclists. Other necessary documents will be provided by the renter. Note that some car rental agencies seek a minimum age of 21 and can charge an additional amount for young drivers.

The driving

In Mauritius, the direction of traffic is the opposite to that in France. Driving is on the left just like it is in Britain. However, there are no major concerns that you will encounter, you’ll just need some adaptation. At first, it’s normal to hesitate to keep left, after a few seconds you will automatically be guided by the flow of other vehicles. Speed limitations are 40 km/h in agglomerations and 80 km/h on the main open roads. On the Mauritius highway the average speed limitation is 100 km/h and at some parts it is 110 km/h – make sure to follow the speed signs.

The roundabouts

However, you should give a little more attention to the roundabouts and priorities. As illustrated below, we must take the first lane of travel in most cases. In terms of priority, you simply must stop at every roundabout to give way to traffic from the right already taking the roundabout.

Rond point Ile Maurice

Mauritian roads

The road network is very good with a highway that crosses the North Island to the southeast. Other smaller roads connect the different areas and coastal regions. When it comes to infrastructure, the road signs are relatively straightforward although most are displayed in English. Mauritius being a small island with many direction signs along the main roads and at every major interaction is pretty easy to navigate. With that, when deciding to go off the main roads you will find very little direction signs and you can easily get lost. This is why a decent road map can be very. If you’re really not sure where you are or where to go to, or in case you got lost, just ask the locals for directions. The Mauritians are very friendly and are always happy to help and show you the way to your destination.

Car Rental in Mauritius

Renting a car in Mauritius gives you the freedom and flexibility to truly enjoy your stay in Mauritius at your own pace. With all the attractions accessible by road way, we really do not have time to get bored on the island. If you are not the type to wait for hotel organized trips, get a map of the island Mauritius at the airport and travel at your own pace while saving money.

Cars provided by agencies may vary between providers, but generally, the vehicles are in very good condition and are fairly recent (between 2-10 years). Most leased cars are Japanese but there are also American sedans and cars. I recommend the Japanese small cars which are reliable and cost less. Anyway Mauritian roads are not designed for rapid cars.

The prices

Depending on the provider, the service and the type of car, renting a car in Mauritius can cost between 25 € to 75 € per day. This price normally includes expenses such as local taxes, theft and accident insurance. If you are looking for a car rental in Mauritius over a long period remember that the price drops; so feel free to rent for the duration of your stay.

The Gasoline

Gas is sold at about € 1.26/ $1.42 per liter. This is almost the same price as in France. However, in Mauritius you will be shorter trips, which should not greatly affect your budget. There are nearly one hundred service stations spread all over the island. You can find 24/7 Gas station at the following spots on the island: Bagatelle, La Croisette, Curepipe, La Preneuse, Pamplemousses(Engen Stations), Grand River North West and Callebasse(Indian Oil Stations).

Parking

Free parking is available almost everywhere in Mauritius except than in the main city centers. In the city centers of Port-Louis, Curepipe, Quatre-Bornes and Rose-Hills, there is a charge for parking on the street. The charge for parking is of 20 / 30 Rupees per hour depending on the exact location. In most cases you will find clear sign indicating the requirement for paid parking ticket and also the zone type (Parking Zone 1 / Zone 2). According to the parking zone type you will know which parking ticket to use. The parking tickets are sold at all the petrol stations and with some vendors in the city centers. Also available in all the city centers are private car parks where you can park your cars for charge of about 50 Rupees / hour.

Traffic jam

Traffic jams in Mauritius mostly occurs in the big cities such as Port Louis, Rose Hill, Quatre-Bornes and Ebene particularly during weekdays. However, this small glitch can be easily circumvented by avoiding peak hours (from 8 AM to 9hrs30 and 15hrs30 to 17hrs).

Useful info

· Apart from the entrance of the SSR International Airport, there is no toll road in Mauritius. All routes are free.

· The use of seat belts is compulsory

· No alcohol and mobile phones while driving

· Vigilance is recommended on coastal roads, corners are sometimes quite tight.

· Do not park under the coconut trees

· The rural roads are not all lit at night

· Avoid illegal car rental companies

· Never leave your passport to the landlord

· Always lock your vehicle even if car thieves are almost non-existent in Mauritius

Have a wonderful stay in Mauritius!

Car Rental Mauritius

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It is a long haul from America or Europe, but Mauritius is well worth the 24-hour trip for its palm-fringed beaches alone. Luxurious hotels, marvelous fusion cuisine (Indian, Chinese, African, French) that reflects the island’s multi-cultural heritage, adventurous volcanic mountains, peculiar history, and very nice people who enjoy having visitors come to their tiny speck of land in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Rent a car in Mauritius!

Road trips have long been a part of the holiday tradition. After traveling such a long distance, you will surely want to fully enjoy your holidays on the island of Mauritius. Whether travelling to your hotel, visiting some places of interest or heading to the city for some shopping renting a car in Mauritius is the best way to travel around the island at your own pace.

Tips for Renting a Car in Mauritius

Renting a car in Mauritius can give you freedom and flexibility when you are traveling. Before renting a car, there are several things you need to know. Car rental in Mauritius will always be a more affordable and stress-free experience if you do a little research prior to hitting the road.

Choosing a Vehicle

Think carefully about what kind of vehicle you will need. If you are traveling with children or with a lot of gear, you may want a large sedan or SUV and if you are alone you will surely opt for a smaller and more affordable vehicle.

But size isn’t the only factor. If you cannot drive a stick shift, be sure to reserve a car with automatic transmission. Also, be sure that the company from which you’re renting offers any extras you might need or want, such as a bike rack, car seat or GPS system.

Hidden fees and charges

Will your car rental mauritius company charge you a fee for a one-way journey? Will you be charged for dropping off at a different location to where you picked up? A reputable rental car company on a good comparison website will clearly state all fees and charges that are not immediately obvious to you. If these conditions are not spelt out, try out with a more transparent company. Another hint to save you money:  Rentals picked up at other locations are much cheaper than those picked up at the airport. If you can, hop on an airport bus/taxi and pick up your rental car in town.

At Pickup Time

If your first drive will be from an airport to a hotel for the night, it is in your advantage to take a shuttle van to the hotel instead. Doing this will save you the price of a day’s rental.

Before you drive away from the pickup station, inspect the car carefully for body damage. Be sure the lights and turn signals are working properly, and check the mileage odometer. Report any defects at once.

After the check-up, familiarize yourself with the handling of the car before you leave the lot. Check which side your gas tank is on, and learn how to use the headlights, windshield wipers and turn signal. It may seem obvious, but you’ll also want to memorize the make, model and color of your car, that way you are sure that you won’t lose it the first time you park in a busy lot!

Returning Your Car

Before returning your car rental vehicle, check to be sure you haven’t left any personal belongings. Do not forget to check the trunk! The most common lost articles include cell phones, sunglasses and umbrellas.

Be sure that the check-in attendant inspects the car’s body in your presence and that you agree about any damage. Examine your rental agreement carefully for all charges and make sure they credit any deposit to your account while you wait.

Travelling with kids? Here are some useful tips!

Technological Aids

Some helpful technological aids for holiday road trips are tablets, smartphones and MP3 players. Many children can happily spend hours playing games on their devices. On the other hand, you can load up their gadgets with audio books or music from their favourite bands before you leave for the trip. Make sure you pack some headphones or ear buds to go with the devices and you’ll be able to enjoy some much needed quiet time in the car.

A Travel Journal

A creative way to keep a child’s mind and body occupied during a road trip is to get them making a travel journal. Before the trip, buy a blank notebook or sketchbook for them that they can turn into a memento of their holiday.

Come up with a list of topics that they can write about while away, including the sights seen along the drive. You can research some landmarks you’ll be driving past on the island and get them to draw each one they see, or create a list of items they can try and spot during the hours spent in the car.

Colouring-In, Activity, and Sticker Books

Another artistic outlet that can keep young children distracted during a long car trip is working on a colouring-in, activity, or sticker book. Group a stack of brand new books and some colourful crayons, and only give them to your child once they’re in the car. This way they’ll be delighted by the novelty of the new gifts and will happily spend hours filling in the blanks and arranging their stickers. Yet, if your child is prone to car sickness, make sure that this reading and drawing time covers the trip so that they do not end up being ill.

Some Must-Visit Places in Your Rented Car

1. Port-Louis, Citadelle

The views on the capital are amazing from there. The walls of the building itself are in old stones / bricks. You can also enjoy some shopping in the Fort Adelaide shops while visiting La Citadelle.

2. Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux is certainly one the most famous touristic spot in Mauritius, thanks to its charming little church with red roof close to the lagoon, with views on the North islands. This makes of this place one of the most romantic spots of Mauritius, where a lot of couples want to get married.

3. Pamplemousses Garden

Pamplemousses garden also is a touristic must-see place in Mauritius. This is such a luxurious garden which shows Mauritius from another point of view: the insides of the island which are luxurious green. Some great spots in the garden includes the beautiful alley with royal palm trees, the pond with giant waterlilies, the castle of Pierre Poivre …

4. Chateau Labourdonnais

It is a typical colonial house, one of the few still standing in Mauritius, which recently opened after a few years of restoration,the Chateau Labourdonnais is now a very interesting museum, where you can also have a great lunch and stroll in their wonderful fruit tree garden. The Chateau is also very famous for its rhum and its fruit pastes.

5. Le Morne

Le Morne is a mountain on a peninsula in the south-western part of Mauritius. It is well known as it got its UNESCO patrimony status some years ago, as a symbol for the fight against slavery. It offers wonderful beaches with great views on the mountain, amazing panoramas of the island from its top and a great spot for kite-surfers.

6. La Roche qui Pleure

La Roche qui Pleure, quite an unusual spot, is located in the Southern coast of Mauritius, where there are no coral reefs and thus no lagoon. The ocean there is very strong and crashes its huge waves against grey/black cliffs giving the impression that the rock are crying.

Enjoy a wonderful car trip around the island of Mauritius!

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