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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!

mauritius cheap holidaysThis small piece of land is located in the Indian Ocean, in the east of Madagascar. The island is known for its multifacetedness. Many beaches… some with blustering waves, some barely without waves, some invite you to the perfect fun in the water. Some parts of Mauritius are rocky, others are wooded, others stark and with a simple view over the never-ending vastness of the water, at some places the water is so clear that you can still see the ground after a few meters, in some parts the lagoons shine in different blue tones.

Mauritius has always been depicted as a destination for luxury tourism. It is indeed but travelling to Mauritius can fit any budget too. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great holiday in Mauritius. The trick, is to choose an all-inclusive hotel – and stay for longer. This sun-drenched island is not out of reach for those of us who are watching our spending. For us, there is the package deal, sometimes costing little more than the airfare, with a second week thrown in for only a couple of hundred pounds extra and sometimes a completely free third week. Accommodation, clearly, is not in five-stars, but fortunately the island also boasts a number of cheaper alternatives. This is especially true for Mauritius, here are my tips to travel cheap in Mauritius. Here are some tips to spend cheap holidays in Mauritius.

1) Find an attractive fare flight to Mauritius

Finding a cheap flight to Mauritius is no big fuss, just use the flight ticket comparative sites. You will surely notice cheap flights from the local airline company Air Mauritius. Of course it is very comfortable for its price and you will surely enjoy your journey on their planes. The country is also well served by companies like Emirates, Etihad Airways or Qatar with higher prices and excellent quality service but all at a cost.

2) How do you stay for cheap in Mauritius?

Luxury hotels and even luxury is not lacking in Mauritius everywhere on the island. It is true that these hotels are dreamlike as they are often ideally placed. However, there are no miracles because luxury always cost. Unless you are lucky enough to win a stay at one of those hotels or benefit from a promotion, staying in those hotels with a limited budget is practically impossible. Fortunately, there are very suitable alternatives in Mauritius. Indeed, many hotel apartments offer rooms or small apartments with vgery attractive prices with a very good level of service. The 3* and 4* hotels are sometimes better than the 5* hotels.

3) How to eat cheap in Mauritius?

Well if you opt for a small apartment or bungalow with a kitchenette, you can do your shopping at the supermarket and then cook yourself and thus save money. You will find wonderful locally made products and ingredient and you will  notice that your food budget will be very low if you choose to cook yourself.

You will also benefit a lot from small snacks and small restaurants found everywhere along the beach offering great food- dine in or take away- at a very affordable price. The cuisine is local and delicious. Once you can allow yourself the luxury of trying one of the high class restaurants just to taste fine Mauritian food.

4) Move around the island for cheap!

Well, moving around Mauritius is possible in various ways. The cheapest one remains the Bus but it is not the best way to move around while being on holidays, trust me on that. We will advise you to rent a car in Mauritius. You will find various cheap car rental agencies or agents. This is the best and cheapest way to visit the island. Don’t try taxis, as soon as they will notice you are tourist, the prices will jump.

5) Visit the places of interest!

Last but not least, visits! You can enjoy the beauty of the island for FREE – beaches, scenery, vibrant city life, etc. which is not bad. Then, if you want to visit some sites like the garden of Pamplemousse, land of 7 colors, etc., it will cost you around ten euros/ 12 dollars which is reasonable. But most of the places of interest remains free such as Trou Aux Cerfs, Grand Bassin, Black river gorges… Yet, you can visit other wonderful places such as Casela Adventure Parl, Crocodile Park, Blue Bay Marine Park, Sugar Adventure at a minimal cost. These are must visits if you are traveling along with your kids.

Ultimately, Mauritius, contrarily to the idea, is a very accessible destination and where you can enjoy wonderful holidays at a very low cost.

And you? When are you heading to Mauritius?

Have Fun and a great Holiday!

***Avis Mauritius: Cheap car rental Mauritius…***

Maldives Indian Ocean

 

The Maldives

Located just south of the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives are a dazzling chain of islands in the Indian Ocean. It is a group of over a thousand idyllic islands nestled in the glistening turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are paradise on earth. If you enjoy being able to completely get away from all the daily hustle bustle on holiday then make sure the Maldives is at the top of your holidays destination list.

It Can Be Done Cheaply

The Maldives remains a dream honeymoon destination for couples. It has the best beaches in the world and most would think that the resorts are very expensive. Anyone would have assumed that the Maldives was a once in a lifetime destination that they would visit only for a very special occasion. Not true! It can indeed be done cheaply.

How to find cheap accommodation in Maldives?

The first thing to note is that there aren’t any super cheap options for accommodation. You won’t find dorm rooms in the Maldives, or a $5 a night bungalow on the beach like you would in Southeast Asia. However, there are still plenty of budget guesthouses, and they’re surprisingly good value for money.

For $30-60 a night, you’ll receive an decent, modern, and spacious room with air conditioning. Without forgetting a hot shower, free breakfasts, snorkeling gear, a bottle of water each day, twice daily room cleaning and fast Wi-Fi. Could you ask for more?

There are 150 guesthouses on the islands listed, with 100 under $100 a night and 25 under $50 a night.

Our Recommendations:

Maafushi: The Water Breeze Guesthouse cost $61.71 per night. It remains a favourite amongst visitors. The breakfasts offered is great, the owner is lovely, and the rooms are incredibly elegant and value for money.

Fulidhoo:  The Thundi Guesthouse, one of only two guesthouses on the island cost $53.59 per night. It and incredibly peaceful spot and the Wi-Fi is super fast!

Overall Impression: There were dozens of accommodation options around for $40 a night, so you can definitely find much cheaper.

How to find cheap transport in Maldives?

Transport too can also be cheap. Local ferries run on a somewhat infrequent schedule but shouldn’t cost more than $2-4 for a three hour journey. The price varies from $0.60 for the ferry from Male Airport to Male, $3 for the ferry from Male to Maafushi, $4 for the ferry from Maafushi to Fulidhoo, and $2 for the ferry from Maafushi to Guraidhoo.

If you want to visit a resort, you’ll have to pay for a speedboat, as the local ferries don’t stop at the resort islands. These speedboats are very expensive though. One possibility could be to turn up at the nearest local island, and ask around to see if a local fisherman will take you across on his boat. Avoid the seaplanes if you’re travelling on a budget — these will usually cost around $500 return for a 20 minute journey.

Finding Cheap Food in Maldives.

Food will set you back around $5-10 per meal, but with most guesthouses offering an enormous free breakfast, you won’t find spending of food costly.

In general, the smaller the island, the less food options there are, and you’ll likely be eating at your guesthouse for most meals. On Fulidhoo, the smallest island, dinner can cost $10 whether you order chicken fried rice, curry and rice, or a gigantic fish barbecue. There are only three restaurants on the island and they all charge the same price.

For a busy island, such as Maafushi, there are plenty of food options. There are maybe a dozen restaurants on the island, all offering reasonably priced dinners. For around $5-10 a meal -fish curry and rice, fish and chips, tuna fried rice — lots of fish based meals!

Finding Cheap Excursions in Maldives.

The cheapest way to go on an excursion is to book it through your guesthouse. Don’t be afraid to shop around for prices, though! Wander into four or five guesthouses and ask for their prices before you make a decision. Also check to see what’s included in the price — some guesthouses will include lunch, water and a soft drink, some won’t include any extras.

Many of you are obviously interested in knowing how you can dive in the Maldives on a budget. If you decide to dive through your guesthouse, or arrange it through a dive shop on a local island, you’ll be looking at paying around $100 for two dives. The cheapest option for diving in the Maldives, however, is doing a live aboard trip.Other options for excursions include lots of snorkeling trips. If you’re lucky to be visiting during manta ray or whale shark season, you’ll be able to arrange a trip to see them.

Most guesthouses will also arrange fishing trips ($50 per person), or day trips to the resorts ($50 per person plus a $30 per person entrance fee). You can also take trips to sand banks ($25 per person) and go island hopping around the atoll ($50 per person).

You now have all the secrets to a budget holiday in the Maldives. So get your luggage ready and book your tickets! Have great holidays in the Indian Ocean!