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So there was a misunderstanding. A territory that we thought we knew, and of which we knew nothing. Mauritius, former Dutch colony, French, then British, east of Reunion and Madagascar, is one of the most famous islands of the Indian Ocean. Last year, it attracted nearly 1.3 million tourists, including 270,000 French. Its hundreds of hotels, mostly luxury resorts located on the seafront, are renowned for the beauty of their beaches and the quality of their service. It is so good, with straw umbrella, piña colada and cranial massage at 17 hours, that we do not leave the living room. Or once, for the guilt-free “excursion”. From this country, which we say when we return, by a vain abuse of language, that we “did”, as we did “Costa Rica” or Australia, we will have seen nothing, or if little. As such, Mauritius is perhaps the most unknown known land.

At the controls of an airplane

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The exploration begins where the sand stops. No need to go far – anyway, by car, the island goes through in just over an hour. From Morne’s super-authored beach, it takes fifteen minutes to reach the “high”. In the village of Chamarel, small Creole houses topped with corrugated iron rivals of poetry, tinkered with the means of the edge: colored walls, lambrequins hanging at the end of the roof, flower beds tangled. Dogs roam the main street, between the cane and pineapple fields. Painted on the facade of a restaurant, a naïve dodo welcomes customers. “When we opened our boutique hotel, we were told it would not work. That the hotel business in Mauritius was on the sea, “remember Virginie and Jean-Marc Lagesse, owners of Lakaz Chamarel.

“The resorts are rather on the west coast, sheltered from the wind, ideal for sunsets. The south is wilder. Laurent Marrier, engineer converted into tourism

Fifteen years later, tourists and tour operators never cease to praise the comfort of the twenty rooms scattered over the 12 hectares of gardens. At the top of the estate, from the terrace of the most luxurious suites (100 m2, private pool), the view of the Morne lagoon and the Black River mountains is so clear and plunging that one would think oneself in command of a plane. “Tourists are becoming less sedentary and more and more independent, wants to believe Jean-Marc Lagesse. No need to dance in front of them to amuse them. At Lakaz, the specialty is that there is no animation. Visitors are encouraged to walk up the palm alley, open the wrought iron gate and see the country. In the surroundings, the activities are not lacking. The ascent of the Piton du Canot (526 m, two hours round trip) is from a hiking trail from the restaurant Le Chamarel.

Explosive encounter

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Two kilometers from the village, the river Saint-Denis feed a waterfall worthy of the Lost World: the water flows from a natural diving platform a hundred meters high in a crater surrounded by the jungle. The vegetation stops on the nearby site of the Land of Seven Colors, a geological quirk made of bare earth dunes in different shades of brown, ocher, pink and blue. The phenomenon, of volcanic origin, is explained by the high concentration of iron and aluminum. Despite the torrential rains that regularly fall on the island, the colors never mix or tarnish.

Curiosity of the island, the Land of 7 Colors, a phenomenon of volcanic origin due to the presence of iron and aluminum.

Of the three flanks offered to the ocean, there is one that the hotel has forgotten: the south coast. Too rugged. Realize, there is almost no lagoon. Breaches in the coral reef allow the sea to reach the land. The meeting of cliffs and waves is explosive.

Creoles, Indians, Chinese

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They were wrong. In a short day of stroll between Bel Ombre and Souillac, we discover the Bay of Jacotet, a real nest of pirates in the eighteenth century, a former sugar factory, a beach where Hindu women make daily offerings to the sea. The story of La Buse, a professional boarding (“better than Pirates of the Caribbean”), the golden age of sugar cane, the peaceful coexistence between Creoles, descendants of slaves, Indians and Chinese, who came to lend a hand in cane fields and shops after the abolition of the black slave trade, and the Franco-Mauritians, this white minority of which it is a part.

On the east coast, another pioneer, Julien Gufflet, founded Otentic Eco Tent Experience, a safari tents village on the banks of the Great Southeast River, which flows into the ocean. at the village level of Deux Frères. Kayaks are self-service. Half an hour is enough to go up the stream to the waterfall. An hour, if we take breaks to observe the macaques of Java that populate the trees of the mangrove. Imported in the 17th century by the Dutch, who used it as pets, these monkeys, in excess, wreak havoc wherever they go: they break the branches of trees, destroy sugar cane plantations, wriggle seeds, fruits, pink pigeon eggs and spectacled birds. It is better to keep one’s distance: for a long time poached, the “zako” are sometimes aggressive.

Of course, the good rowers can continue and descend the river to the mouth. On days of sustained rain, the earth rushes downhill with so much ardor that the water turns red. The game then consists of locating and crossing the chromatic border separating the river, ocher, from the ocean.

Quand on pense à l’île Maurice, on pense à une île entourée d’une eau couleur bleue turquoise, claire et transparente. Une île lointaine, perdue au milieu de l’océan. La plupart des gens n’en savent pas tellement plus.

Maurice est située au sud-ouest de l’océan Indien, à quelques 800 kilomètres de Madagascar, à 180 km au nord-est de la Reunion. Sa superficie est de 1865 km2. Elle est surnommée la perle de l’océan indien.

L’île est en effet un petit paradis sur terre avec des couleurs changeantes et toujours éblouissantes. Elle possède une atmosphère presque indescriptible, des paysages très différents, une histoire hors du commun, des gens d’une très grande gentillesse et bien sûr le plus important une délicieuse nourriture !

C’est cette île là que j’aimerais vous faire découvrir à travers ce miniguide.

Quand y aller ?

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Coucher de soleil à l’hôtel Shanti, photo prise par Christian Cazzaro

A Maurice, le temps est doux toute l’année. Cependant on distingue deux saisons.

L’été, qui commence en novembre et se termine en Avril. L’été est souvent très chaud et les températures moyennes affichent entre 27 et 33°C. Cette saison est idéale pour les voyageurs qui souhaitent faire du bronzage sur la plage ou se baigner dans le lagon pour se rafraichir.

L’hiver austral, de mai à octobre est moins chaud mais la température moyenne reste 25°C. Parfait pour les  voyageurs préférant les températures plus douces ou si on souhaite faire des excursions dans la nature. C’est la basse saison, ce qui est également un avantage pour profiter des bons prix des hôtels et avoir la plage pour vous !

Où dormir ? – mon logement préféré !

Je vous propose créole villas, la meilleure location de villas à l’île Maurice. Elle propose une quinzaine de villas aux quatre coins de l’île !

Choses à découvrir et à faire- mes préférées                                 

Maurice est composée d’une île et de 30 ilots et compte plus de 100 plages à découvrir. Voici quelques activités qui sont parmi mes préférées.

Snorkeling près du Crystal rock et au parc marin à blue bay.

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Ces deux sites sont magnifiques pour faire du snorkeling. On se croirait dans un aquarium géant.
Pour se rendre près du Crystal rock, il faut faire une sortie en bateau. Certaines excursions proposées incluent un déjeuner sur l’ile aux Bénitiers. Il y des grillades de poisson et de viande ou option végétarienne, différentes salades et en dessert, banane grillée. On peut également apprécier une coco verte fraiche, joliment décorée.
Le parc marin de Blue Bay est magnifique. Des bateaux à fonds de verre proposent des sorties vers ce parc marin. C’est fabuleux de nager parmi tant de poissons colorés !

Faire du parachute ascensionnel à Belle Mare

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Des bateaux accostés à la plage de Belle Mare vous proposent une petite sortie pour vous amener à la plateforme d’où vous vous envolerez ! Très belle expérience avec une vue imprenable sur le lagon.

Nager avec les dauphins dans la baie de Tamarin

Chaque jour, des groupes de dauphins reviennent dans la baie de Tamarin. Si vous voulez faire cette expérience, il faut y aller très tôt, 5 heures du matin, car plus tard il y a beaucoup de bateaux.

Visiter l’Ile aux aigrettes

Dans l’île aux aigrettes, située dans le sud-est de l’Ile Maurice, au large de la ville de Mahébourg. On y retrouve plusieurs espèces telles que les lézards indigènes et les tortues géantes. Certaines espèces sont en voie de disparition telle que le pigeon des mares. Elle est protégée par La Mauritian Wild Life foundation (MWF). Vous pourrez profiter de cette petite île de corail en compagnie d’un guide de la MWF. Le départ s’effectue de la pointe au Jérôme.
Pour en savoir plus ou réservez un tour guidé, visitez le site de la Mauritian wildlife.

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Se balader dans le Domaine de l’étoile

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Ce domaine est idéal pour se balader. Deux nombreuses activités y sont également proposées. On y peut faire du Quad, une promenade en buggy, une balade à cheval, du VTT, du tir l’arc ou tout simplement une randonnée pédestre. Peu importe l’activité que vous choisirez, vous pourrez découvrir la faune et la flore de Maurice.
Pour en savoir plus : http://www.lavalleedeferney.com/domaine-de-letoile/circuit.html

Parcourir les routes de l’ile Maurice

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C’est en parcourant ses routes que vous découvrirez les paysages. Une des plus belle route longe la mer au sud-est de l’Ile traverse des villages de pécheurs les plus authentiques de l’île.

D’autres passent au milieu d’une nature sauvage très fleurie en été. Sur le côté de nombreuses routes, on peut admirer l’arbre que l’on retrouve sur presque toutes les cartes postales : le flamboyant, cet arbre qui donne des petites fleurs rouges en novembre et décembre.

 

 

 

L’histoire, les habitants et la diversité culturelle

Jusqu’en 1598, l’île fut inhabitée. Cette année-là les colons hollandais débarquèrent, ensuite l’ile fut colonisée par les français et ensuite les anglais.

Les colons amenèrent les esclaves d’Afrique pour travailler dans les champs de canne à sucre.
Puis à l’abolition de l’esclavage, ce sont les travailleurs d’inde engagés par les anglais qui ont joué le rôle d’esclaves dans les champs de canne.
Les travailleurs d’inde sont arrivés au 19ème siècle. Ils ont quitté l’inde avec l’espoir d’une vie meilleure. Ils n’ont jamais pu rentrer chez eux. Il représente aujourd’hui 68 % de la population mauricienne.
Si vous voulez mieux comprendre leur histoire, cliquez ici.
(La population hindoue de la Réunion partage le même passé que les indo-mauriciens.)

Aujourd’hui, il y a environ 1,2 million d’habitants sur l’île.
Les différentes ethnies créent son visage : indo-mauricienne, créole, sino-mauricienne et blanc-mauricienne.
Il y a également différentes religions, à ne pas confondre avec les différentes ethnies. Les religions principales sont : hindoue (plus de 50 %) de la population, chrétienne (30%), musulmane (20%).

Ma région préférée ?

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C’est l’Est de  Maurice ! C’est la côte qui nous montre bien les deux facettes de l’île. D’un côté les hôtels de très grand luxe et de l’autre côté les petits villages de pêcheurs. C’est une côte plus tranquille. Cependant en hiver, elle est venteuse.

Ma nourriture et boisson préférée

Briani aux légumes : C’est un plat de riz épicé. Il y a le Briani aux légumes, à la viande ou au poisson. Il est consommé principalement pour des occasions spéciales à Maurice. On le retrouve par exemple dans tous les mariages !

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La salade de fruit au piment vert : Ce plat pour moi représente très bien Maurice. Les fruits locaux et tropicaux et le coté épicé et fort des plats mauriciens.
Alouda : Boisson très rafraichissante à base de lait qu’on vend dans les bazars. Celui de port louis est délicieux !

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Alouda à la rose

Dholl puri : C’est une crêpe mauricienne à base de lentille. On la retrouve dans presque tous les coins de rue . On l’a déguste avec différents curry.

wonders mauritius

Often, the word Mauritius remains unknown to several people. Being a small island compared to large countries such as the United States of America and France, Mauritius is somehow left behind. If you are wondering where Mauritius is situated, the Indian Ocean is the sea which surrounds it. Neighbouring both Reunion Island and Rodrigues, Mauritius is classified as a developing country. However, Mauritius has achieved greatness in every way possible, whether economically, ecologically and technologically.

First of all before coming to Mauritius, remember to book your flight as soon as possible due to the vast inflow of tourists at this period of the year. Secondly, you might want to book your hotel in Flic en Flac, which is especially well-known for its beach. You might also expect hawkers selling some of the best food specialties of Mauritius – Roti, Samoussa, Gato Piment, as well as American fast foods. To sum up, Mauritius is a mixture of several cultures making it easy for everyone to adapt.

To help you in your visit, let’s break everything down to 4 main features of Mauritius:

Activities in Mauritius

Feeling adventurous or curious? Mauritius is certainly the best place to discover new experiences and feelings. The Casela Nature Park for instance is an absolute must. With surface of 250 hectares, the Casela Nature Park is home to several species of fauna and flora. Imagine yourself patting a white lion or undertaking a walk in the nature with it. It would of course be a dream-come-true for wildlife lovers.

Moreover, thrill lovers, you might want to undertake a trip on quads or buggies. For more intense sensations, ziplines or canyon swing would certainly give you some adrenaline rush. There are also other places such as La Vanille Crocodile Park, providing these activities. Besides, you will also find crocodiles being the main centre of attraction of the psrc

Finally, you might to undertake some hiking or trekking on our beautiful mountains – Pieter Both, Le Pouce, Lion Mountain as well as places such as “7 cascades, Eau Bleu and Black River Gorges.”

Beaches in Mauritius

Coming to Mauritius without going to the beach is definitely a waste of sun. Despite an unpredictable weather, the temperature remains quite warm in Summer. The sun is up, no clouds passing by, a gentle breeze lift – a perfect day to go to the seaside alone or with your family. If you are a fan of sun tanning, kindly bring in sun screen especially if you have a fair complexion. This will help to protect you from dangerous UV lights.

Top 5 beaches include:

Trou aux Biches

Being the top one, Trou aux Biches is ideal for snorkelling or swimming. With a clear and calm water, Trou aux Biches provides families a nice relaxing moment while also enabling accessibility to food stands, cafes and restaurants lined up along the coast.

Belle Mare

Do you wake up early? Why not go for some jogging and take a dips in the cool water? However, do take some precautions, as the currents are somehow unpredictable. Windsurfers on the hand, there are breezier times enabling the practice of your favourite activity.

Ile aux Cerfs

One of the most idyllic place of Mauritius is certainly Ile aux Cerfs. After a few minutes’ boat trip, the island will offer you the privilege of taking part in water-based attractions. You can also practice snorkelling in the lagoon. However, you should note that being a popular destination, it tends to get busy on weekends.

Pereybere

Neighbouring Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, Pereybere has won the heart of several Mauritians, specially students. This is because Pereybere is much deeper than any other beach across the island and due to its crystal clear water, marine life can be contemplated much more easily.

Flic en Flac

Located in Black River, Flic en Flac is known for its white warm soothing sand – a pleasure for those feet. Flic en flac beach is close to several bars and if you are hanging by at around 6p.m, you might end up swimming in a multi-coloured sunset water, a unique opportunity which is not to be missed.

Festivals in Mauritius

Mauritius is home to several festivals due to its multi-ethnic aspect. However during this period, most of the important festivals have already been celebrated. Rest assured, Christmas and the New Year is approaching and celebrating it in Mauritius will surely be breath-taking. Christmas in Mauritius is often rainy, so prepare your umbrellas, but who knows, maybe this Christmas will be a sunny one. Also, if you have not yet bought any gifts for the children, shops often remain opened till late on the eve. During the Christmas week, animation is often done with music and games in the malls, namely Bagatelle Shopping Mall. It might be a good opportunity to bring your spouse or husband and even the kids to enjoy some quality time.

If you ever dreamt of lighting firecrackers, you are at the correct place. Compared to bigger countries, Mauritius has no laws restricting people from lighting up firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. Hence, you will find them available at almost any shop or hawkers around the island.

Mauritian Cuisine

The Mauritian Cuisine is simply one of our favourite.  As a main description, the Mauritian Cuisine is simply a blend of all cultures. As a result, the choice is always wide open and it will surely make you feel at home. From the piquancy of the Indian Cuisine, the gastronomic approach of the French cuisine, the crustiness of the Italian pizza to the savouriness of the Chinese cuisine, Mauritius is combined with all your favourite tastes. Hence, your trip to Mauritius will make you at home by providing you with different food alternatives. However, some must-taste experience is mostly our refreshing Alouda which can be found across the island, or if you are travelling to Port Louis, Alouda Pillay would suit you. As mentioned earlier, our famous fast food is certainly not to be missed; the “Roti”, “Dholl Puri” or “Ti Puri” mixed with some Indian curries. If you do not want Indian curries for instance, the “Roti” is also served with fish curry or chicken.

backpaking mauritius

Over the years, Mauritius has become quite popular among other countries despite its small size. However, during conversations with foreigners, perplexity is the expression written on their face when encountering the word “Mauritius.” As a small summary, Mauritius is a volcanic island situated in the Indian Ocean with climate temperature ranging from 17 oC to 33 oC (winter to summer) and neighbouring islands – Reunion and Rodrigues. Still reluctant to visit Mauritius? According to Mark Twain, Mauritius is incomparable to heaven because the latter is far better than that. With its mesmerising azure seawater and sandy beaches, multicultural as well as multilingual society and eye-catching flora and fauna, the word “regret” will not ever cross your mind.

Backpacking lovers, Mauritius did not forget you. It offers a large variety of sites namely:

Port Louis

Speaking of places for backpacking in Mauritius, we cannot forget Port Louis itself – the capital of the country. Situated in the west coast of the island, it is characterised by sophistication while at the same time maintaining orthodoxy, demonstrated by the reflection of the colonial era in urban architecture – buildings with French stylistic approach from the 18th century, a fortified citadel, a catholic cathedral, as well as a mosque.

Fort Adelaide – bearing the name of Queen Adelaide, was constructed between the years 1834-1840, 240 ft. above sea level. Due to this elevation, you backpackers will have the pleasure of contemplating the large panoramic view of the city, the harbour, without forgetting the famous place of horse races; Champ de Mars.

Besides, last year’s event “Porlwi by Light” which was a huge accomplishment, will once again take place in December. To recapitulate, the face of Port Louis was brought back to life with street lighting, artists, hawkers, food at almost every street corners, screen projection except that it was projected on buildings itself. Therefore, for everyone visiting Mauritius in December be sure not to miss it on the 2-4 December.

Chamarel

Seven wonders assembled in the same place or more accurately, a seven-coloured earth. History states that the decomposition of basaltic lava into minerals caused the evolution of the colours. What is more surprising is that these colours remain intact despite torrential rainfall. If you want to visit Chamarel, the best time to benefit from its full beauty is at sunrise. Besides, those who love swimming in shallow water, Chamarel Falls – a waterfall of 272ft tall, awaits you while for alcohol lovers, there is a rum distillery available in the locality.

Plaine Magnien

Mystery lovers, this area is the absolute place to visit. Located between Mont des Créoles and Mont du Lion, Plaine Magnien hosts seven pyramids which origin is still being questioned until now. Some believes that these were the works of the Mayan civilization while some states that these pyramids can be found only in Egypt, leaving them perplexed. A more rational theory by a local historian on the other hand claims that a sugarcane company named “Mont-Desert-Mont-Tresor” was refining the land in 1944, amassed the stones together making a pyramid.

Curepipe

Did you know that Curepipe hosts a volcano – Trou aux Cerfs? You have no reason to be afraid; it is a dormant one although it can wake up at any time. Are you still feeling adventurous? Trou aux Cerfs serves as a health track for Mauritians who want to do their regular physical exercise. In addition to that, you will get a beautiful view of the crater from the viewpoint available. If ever you are lucky enough, you might be able to contemplate a beautiful sunset in the evening.

Furthermore, if you love floras and faunas, the Botanical Garden is a place where you can spend some family time or enjoy a romantic moment with your partner. However, be sure to bring an umbrella because Curepipe is usually rainy and unpredictable.

Ile aux Cerfs Island

Obviously when visiting Mauritius, you should not forget surrounding islands. Also called “Deer Island,” Ile aux Cerfs is located in the eastern part of Mauritius – close to Flacq district. Constituting of 100 hectares of land, the island were once the shelter of deers. This island is perfect for a family trip or for relaxation and it is free from noise pollution and air pollution unlike urban areas. Local companies might also offer packages involving boat excursions, lunch, and snorkelling. While at the same time, you can also benefit from a five stars hotel with a golf course, and several restaurants present on the island itself.

Tips for backpacking in Mauritius

  1. 1.      Always plan

It is said that one who fails to plan, plans to fail. Similarly, remember to plan your budget accordingly. Avoid buying everything such as expensive clothes, jewellery, etc. in advance since they can be available in Mauritius at cheaper prices. In short, pack lightly and wisely.

  1. 2.      Flight saving

Regularly visit travel agencies or airport companies’ websites for deals and promos. If you want to save money on flights, try the economic class instead of the first class one. It might be less comfortable but as a result, you will save money, which in turn will enable you to use it elsewhere.

  1. 3.      Accommodation saving

Websites such as TripAdvisor are very useful to help you find a suitable accommodation for the budget you will allocate to this service. A little piece of advice: If hotels are too exorbitant, opt for beach guesthouses – they use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning.

  1. 4.      Transport Saving

Try to be eco-friendly when travelling short distances by hiring a bicycle. Although, buses are usually crowded, prices tend to be relatively low while if it is a taxi, always remember to ask for the price and bargain with the driver in advance. For those able to afford car rentals, google might come in handy to find rental companies.

  1. 5.      Food Saving

One of the best ways to save money in Mauritius is avoiding restaurants. They will often be overpriced while serving you the same food westerners eat. Instead, opt for street food or small snacks. For example places selling our famous dish the “Farata” which is at most Rs20.

Family-time-in-Mauritius

Mauritius is the perfect place to watch a variety of animals in their natural environment. Gather your young explorers and head to a surprising island in many ways! At the heart of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers wonderful discoveries for the whole family: an incredibly diverse wildlife and colorful flora. Ready to enjoy new sensory experiences? Follow us into the discovery of Mauritius…

Discovering the Mauritian fauna

Start your family holiday by visiting the Natural History Museum in Port Louis, located in the capital. The museum invites young and old visitors to marvel at the richness of the Indian Ocean fauna. Observe the many endemic bird species that inhabit Mauritius and Mascarene Islands (archipelago uniting the island of Reunion and Rodrigues). Your children will surely be amazed at local, terrestrial and marine mammals. Java deer, black dogfish, and dolphin to upstage reptiles and famous geckos (lizards) of trimmed punchy colors! In the last room, introduce your young naturalists to geology and the study of insects and butterflies. The highlight of the tour remains the skeleton of the Dodo, the bird which disappeared has now become a national emblem. Like the Solitaire in Rodrigues, a volatile also present in the museum, the Dodo is seen as a legend to the eyes of Mauritians and tourists. You will find its picture everywhere: plush, dishes, T-shirts, stamps … and even on beer bottles! Described as a humble, kind and naive animal, this turkey cousin is a great success with children.

Discover the riches of the ocean

Now head to the Aquarium of Mauritius at Pointe aux Biches, a village northwest of the island. This tour promises the discovery of 200 marine species and delve deep into the heart of tropical coral reefs. Admire the brightly colored clown fish, wrasses and damsels with black lips. Enjoy the camouflage stone fish, and the graceful sails of the scorpion. Conclude with the spectacular Grand Bleu: the tray, 15 meters deep, hosts the ballet of many aquatic creatures, such as sea turtles and sharks. But already, young visitors head to the pool to stroke the harmless species.!

Mauritius and its unique flora

Almost all the delights of the Mauritian flora can be contemplated in Pamplemousses Garden. Pass the iron gate of the entrance and walk in the paths of the park, all named in memory of the great naturalists. Avenue de La Bourdonnais takes you to the giant water lily (Victoria amazonica). Do you know that in one day, these flowers change color 3 times? White in the morning, they turn pink at noon, and purple during the evening before closing! The colorful palette of the garden is obvious: the vibrant red flamboyant, yellow heart of frangipani, the tender green of the bamboo forest… Do not miss the spices square: nutmeg, cloves, Ceylon cinnamon titillate your nostrils. Help children read the words in Creole on the few signposts and have fun counting the palm species: there are 95 to find!

Getting lost in the Valley of the seven colors

In the southwest of the island, observe a rare geological curiosity in the plain of Chamarel. This village of 700 inhabitants is known for its Valley of the seven colors. This site surprises you with its bare earth dunes, ranging from brown to purple through orange and pink: the result of the erosion of the volcanic rock. The colored sands cannot mix. If you try doing so, they should return to colors in parting! Further, a cape offers a breathtaking view of a waterfall 100 meters high. The brave will undertake the descent to swim below. With children, you can also visit the Adventure park, recreational trail and discover around 60 species of plants and trees. Veritable playground and learning spot – Mauritius is definitely an ideal destination for a family trip!

Focus on market

In Mauritius, markets can be found anywhere and everywhere. In Goodlands, Port louis, Vacoas, Curepipe, Mahebourg and Quatre-Bornes, colourful vegetable, mouthwatering tropical fruits and typical fabrics can be found. When visiting those market do make it a point to pick up bags, locally crafted jewellery, fabrics and handicrafts. If all the shopping has made you hungry, then don’t worry as there are numerous stalls around the market from where you can savour freshly prepared snacks.

Family Holidays in a Nutshell

When to go?

All year! Its tropical climate is pleasant all year round and is ideal for any type of holidays.

How to get there?

Book your airline tickets well in advance to take advantage of the best rates on flights to Mauritius!

How to move?

By car: in Mauritius, we drive on the left and honk to double. For more freedom, do not hesitate to rent a vehicle. Take advantage of the best car rentals deals with Avis Mauritius. By bus: For the brave, the network might well designed, but the ride can be pretty hectic – look for the brand new low floor buses. By taxi: Do not hesitate to negotiate the price, the counter rarely turns during the race.

Where to Stay?

Fancy a luxury hotel in Mauritius? Opt for example for a 5-star hotel with pool, bar and marina! If You prefer a change of scenery. Else you can go for a cheaper hotel, overlooking the beach of Flic en Flac where you can practice diving? You can also relax in personal villa and enjoy the sun under the palm trees.

Where to eat ?

FILAO Hut: Rue Royale, Pointe Aux Biches, cuisine of Mauritius in a restaurant with a family atmosphere. Products of incomparable freshness. * About 40 € for a complete menu. Escale Creole: Tasty Creole cuisine in a tropical paradise. Allow between 25 and 30 € *. Barbizon Palace: Route Sainte-Anne, Chamarel, unpretentious restaurant, but the tasty cuisine, About 12 €. Happy Rajah: Super U Complex, Grand Bay, traditional Indian cuisine restaurant. A must taste for indian cuisine lovers! About 15 € *.

Have fun with your family on the island of Mauritius!

Biking Mauritius

Mauritius, lost in the Indian-Ocean, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox and an unparalleled underwater life. Between landscapes, nature and lagoons, Mauritius is one of the favorite destinations of athletes and thrill seekers while having the chance to enjoy the sublime seabed at the same time!

Try sea kayaking in Mauritius!

Sea kayaking is a fun sport that allows you to admire the Mauritian nature while navigating the beautiful lagoon that borders Mauritius. Experienced paddlers and even amateurs will be delighted with the many trips available all around Mauritius. And if you want to go for further exploration why not head to the 10th district of the island, Rodrigues. Everywhere mangrove mazes, which have a vital role in the marine ecosystem, offer surprising paths. You can discover the island of Ambre in the North East and to the South East, have a visit to the historic bay of Mahebourg and in the East have a trip around Trou d’Eau Douce Bay where you can sport Mangénie island and the famous Ile aux Cerfs which are unavoidable kayaking spots. For the more experienced, we recommend the unique experience of an expedition around the island of Rodrigues. If you prefer dry land, many excursions await you there.

Canyoning in Mauritius

If walking, sliding, rappelling, diving, jumping and swimming down gorges and waterfalls is your thing, Mauritius’ canyoning hot spots are found in the western part of the island. Located on the outskirts of the Black River gorges in central Mauritius, Tamarin Falls is a stellar spot, offering a set of atmospheric chutes. Chamarel Falls involve a 90m jaw-dropping rappelling adventure.

Equip and prepare for a canyoning in Mauritius

For canyoning, better be well equipped to avoid large and small “bobos”(hurting yourself). It is not a stroll in nature, this is serious! The equipment that you will be using is quite specific, a mix between equipment for climbing and diving. To slide along the rocky walls, a combination is needed. Wearing trekking shoes is highly recommended but simple tennis can do the trick. The helmet is compulsory!

Canyoning in Mauritius: with a guide

The nature of the business, its technicality and understanding weather factors make canyoning an activity that is not advisable to be practiced without the presence of a guide. If you want a little adrenaline during your stay in Mauritius, it is better to approach an organization specialised in this sport, you will then be certain to enjoy a safe and wonderful experience. Of all the excursions in Mauritius, Tamarin falls is certainly one of the richest in thrills and sensation!

What you can expect at Tamarin Falls?

The descent of the Tamarin Falls canyon in Mauritius is strongly discouraged if you suffer from vertigo. With 50m of fall, this experience is the most impressive of all. On arrival, the equipment is loaned to you while your guide delivers all the safety instructions and other technical information about the canyon. Then comes the moment where you have to do the jump and trust us – you won’t regret it a second.

Discover kitesurfing in Mauritius!

Mauritius, an island surrounded with reef that forms perfect lagoons and waves for kitesurfers. During the winter period (May-October) when consistent trade winds are blowing, this playground becomes the ultimate destination for kite freestyle and wave enthusiasts. With its warm waters and shallow lagoon, Mauritius has become an ideal spot to learn kitesurfing and to practice this intensely thrilling sport.

Mauritius, kitesurf paradise

With its ideal location in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius and its magnificent coral reef is a paradise for water sports and for kitesurfing in particular. The trade wind from the southeast blows steadily throughout the year and is more than ideal kitesurf in a temperate tropical climate. Mauritius offers many spots for a diverse kiteboarding. Beginners should start by having some fun in the shallow waters of the lagoon while leaving the reef waves to the delight of more experienced ones. Whatever your level, kitesurfing in Mauritius at any of the favourite spots will give you pure and unique sensations.

The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius

Mauritius offers four regions particularly suitable for kiteboarding. First the West coast and Southwest coast near Le Morne which remains the most famous spot of the island. In Baie du Cap and La Prairie, beginners enjoy the shallow waters while more experienced persons might go down to the wave spot oneye. On the southeast coast, the beautiful lagoon of Trou d’Eau Douce takes you to the Deer Island (Ile Aux Cerfs), the most touristy outer island of Mauritius. The east coast is popular with kitesurfers of all levels with its well protected lagoons and huge white sandy beaches. On the north coast, the lagoon offers a very smooth lagoon near Grand Gaube in Grand Baie but pay attention to the wind that is deemed stronger there on the Eastern Coast.

Learn kitesurfing in Mauritius

Lovers of thrills and strong sensations or wishing to experience that unique facet of Mauritius, note that you will find several kitesurfing schools across Mauritius if you don’t know the sport yet. These schools are usually composed of qualified instructors IKO and are equipped with latest equipment, coming from reputable brands in the field. You can check with schools such as Nomad Kite School or Yoaneye Kite Centre, two schools located in Le Morne. And do not hesitate to share your impressions once you know how to drag like a pro on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean!

Have a thrilling holiday in Mauritius!

sunny days in the Indian Ocean

October is the perfect month to travel and to discover new countries around the globe, especially those in the Indian Ocean. With the beginning of autumn in Europe, you might still want to enjoy some more sunshine. If you want to eke out the summer then why not choose the Indian Ocean as your holiday destination.

sunny day in the Indian Ocean

It is common to see travelers leaving the wistful atmosphere of autumn season to appreciate the Indian Ocean summertime.

The Indian Ocean is the ideal getaway for a warming sunshine, stunning beaches and adrenaline rush activities and perhaps the sunshine break you need.

Mauritius

The Republic of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 2040 km². The largest city and Capital is Port-Louis.

Mauritius, the real holiday destination is described by many as “the paradise on earth”, it is the ideal location to lay down your towel and work on your tan. Palm fringed beaches, lapis lazuli lagoon and a unique sun is the identity of Mauritius. Unsurprisingly, the island is gaining more popularity and is rank as one of the best holiday destination by TripAdvisor.

This idyllic island does not limit itself to just stunning beaches but goes further beyond with waterfalls, rivers, craters, natural forests, UNESCO Heritage Sites and magnificent landscape. The Mauritian culture is actually a blend of different cultures and nationalities, giving birth to the unique Mauritian culture. The Mauritian hospitality is remarkable as well.

Mauritius attractions

Mont Choisy beach

Mont Choisy beach

The best location to sit back and relax, among Mauritius beaches, Mont Choisy beach is one of the longest and is around 3 km long. A very popular spot, the Indian Ocean blue turquoise waters and the island powdery sand mix up together to give an incomparable beauty. This Intimate beach will keep you speechless.

Trou aux Biches beach

Mauritius trou aux birches beach

Powder-like sand shadowed by Filao trees facing the stunning sea is what Trou aux Biches beach has to offer. This famous beach that attracts a lot of tourists each year, is situated in the north of Mauritius. The beach stretches over 2 km long and has calm and shallow waters. It is best to visit during weekdays.

Pereybere beach

mauritius island pereybere beach

Positioned in the northwest part of Mauritius, between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, Pereybere is a well-known beach amongst both locals and tourists. Despite being small (150 metres long), Pereybere is a lively and attractive beach. With its white sand and blue waters, all under the sun of the Indian Ocean, Pereybere remains one of the best beach in Mauritius. The nearby restaurant and street foods adds up to the magnificence of the beach.

Le Morne Brabant

Mauritius Morne Brabant

This astonishing peninsula is worth seeing, the iconic Morne Brabant is one of the pride of Mauritius. There is a strong historical significance behind le Morne Brabant and has a great importance in the Mauritian culture. This rugged mountain is situated in the southwest of Mauritius and is over 555 m height and has been recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Seychelles

An amazing archipelago which comprises of 115 granitic and coralline islands spread over the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 459 km². Seychelles has 3 main islands which are Mahé, La Digue and Praslin, its capital city Victoria is the smallest capital in the world. 50% of Seychelles landmass is protected.

Teeming with a splendid fauna and flora, the Seychelles remains one of the best holiday destination. With its talcum powder beaches, limpid tropical waters and huge granite boulders, the Seychelles seems surreal. Visiting the Seychelles islands represents a pinnacle for many holiday seekers. Appearing in many movies for its legendary beauty and its paradise-like qualities, the Seychelles is a Must visit destination.

Seychelles attractions

Anse Source d’Argent

Seychelles Anse Source d'Argent

A popular beach with a spell-bounding effect , Anse Source d’Argent is located on la Digue Island and is actually the star of Seychelles’ islands. Anse Source d’Argent is scenic, with emerald waters, white sand and sculpted granite boulders, all wrapped in a serene atmosphere.

Anse Lazio

Seychelles Anse Lazio Praslin

A sizzling beach in the northwest of Praslin Island. Everywhere you look turns out to be picture perfect, Anse Lazio beach is considered to be the best beach by Lonely Planet.

Turtles in Seychelles

Seychelles shores is one of the rare places where turtles lay their eggs in the bright day and in tranquility. North Island is a major nesting sites for the hawks bill turtle and the green turtle, both species are protected. The Seychelles is home to the biggest and oldest turtle in the world.

Vallée de Mai National Park

The National Park is a natural museum of rare and endemic birds and plants. A very important place to add to your list, this UNESCO World Heritage sites is home to the famous Coco de Mer (Coco Fess) who has the world’s largest nut and leaves. The Coco de Mer is native to the Seychelles.

Maldives

The Maldives is a sublime archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped in 26 coral atolls and covers an area of 298 km². It lies in the Indian Ocean and is very different from the rest of the world. The Capital city Malé is well known for its fish market.

Defined as ‘one of the wonders of the world’ by Ibn Batuta, the Maldives definitely fit the bill. The awe inspiring beauty of the Maldives will mesmerize you, it is said that the Maldives is highly addictive. This wonderful archipelago is best described as Sunny, Unique and Unspoiled.

Maldives attraction

Fulhadhoo beach

Maldives fulhadhoo beach

Probably one of the best beach in the Maldives. Pure white sand, placid waters, blue turquoise lagoon and a peaceful atmosphere is what the Fulhadhoo beach offers. Away from the hectic hustle and bustle of every day routine, this fabulous beach is the perfect spot to let go and lay back.

National Museum

Found in the Sultan Park, the National Museum of the Maldives is a popular tourist attraction. It was once an ancient palace that has now been converted into a museum. The wide variety of historical artifacts exposed by the Museum reflects the history of the country.

Manta Point

Maldives Manta Point

Divers will be served with a unique experience. The Manta point is a diving site where you can swim with numerous manta rays and discover the rich marine life of the Maldives.

Enjoy your holidays in the mighty Indian Ocean!

Beach Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the favourite destinations for holidays! This summer, if you are wondering what to do during you holidays, well rest assured, we got some advice for you. For a complete holiday full of adventure and discoveries, we have made a top 10 of the must-dos on this wonderful island of the Indian-Ocean. We hope you have fun!

1. Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs is an outer island you should not miss visiting while being in Mauritius. It is an uninhabited island located east of Mauritius. Being both a tourist spot and also a place where Mauritians love to go for a day on weekends for a picnic with family, you will surely enjoy a nice moment there.

To get there, you just need take a boat near Trou d’Eau Douce. There are several formulas “excursion inclusive” but for more authenticity and for complete freedom, we recommend you take the water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce which leaves every 20 minutes and takes you there in about ten minutes. Be careful not to lose your ticket back.

Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise waters that lie ahead. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas if it’s too hot or walk along the beach on the other side of the island where the sea is rough. If you are observant, you will probably encounter large starfish back by the waves. Also, if you are fan of extreme activities like parasailing, you can try them with some operators present on the island.

2. The Garden of Pamplemousses

The Garden of Pamplemousses is one of the most visited sites of the island. It has also changed its name and is now called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (named after the former Prime Minister of the island). This 37-hectare garden is a nice tour to do. You can visit it with a guide that will be available at the entrance of the garden. This will help you to know more about the history of the park and learn more about the specimens that can be observed. Be careful in summer – mosquito – keep your anti-insects sprays near!

Garden Admission: Rs 200 (5 €)

3. Blue Bay

The South of the island is an exceptional site for snorkelling. The marine park of Blue Bay is known for its beautiful fauna and flora. After taking a glass bottom boat that will enable you to learn a little more about the different corals, why not give a try to diving with your masks and snorkels. We promise it to be a pure moment of pleasure among the fish and corals of all colors. There are a lot of providers along the beach, do not hesitate to negotiate rates!

Average price for a visit in glass bottom boat and snorkeling 300 rupees (€ 7)

4. Port Louis and its market

Port Louis, capital of Mauritius! Not visiting this small capital would be a shame because it is a city that deserves to be visited at least for its large market and various historical spots. Mingle with the population, and taste the street food (chilies cakes, samosas, Dholl puree, boulettes) and observe the daily life of Mauritians. Visit the market to discover the beautiful and succulent tropical fruits and vegetables but also the bazaar part where you will find clothing, souvenirs, etc. Know that as a tourist, you will have been “spotted”, and everyone will want to sell stuffs to you. This can be disturbing but a simple “no thank you” will end any sequence. For the price, it’s the same, know that there the price for the “tourist” and the “local” price. Negotiate! Do not hesitate a second. One last thing you should not miss is the “Alouda”, its pure bliss!

5. Beach of Mont Choisy

One of the best beaches is located northwest of the island, the beach of Mont Choisy. The beach is splendid with its fine golden sand. It is ideal for sunbathing or simply relaxing under the casuarina trees that line the beach. Do enjoy a swim in its azure lagoon and if you are hungry you will find there some “food trucks”- Fried noodles in trays is a treat you should not miss!

6. Cap Malheureux

If you’ve already seen photos of Mauritius, you necessarily saw the famous Cap Malheureux red chapel. Cap Malheureux is located north of the island. In the distance we can see the Coin de Mire, it’s really a beautiful place to see. This is a must stop point in my opinion – mostly for those who love romantic corners.

7. Grand Baie

Grand Bay is a bit like Mauritius’ Saint-Tropez. The most touristic place of the island with its many restaurants, bars, nightclubs. This is the place to be if you love nightlife and want to enjoy your holidays to the maximum.

8. Le Morne

Le Morne is a mountain in the southwest of Mauritius, world heritage of UNESCO since 2008 under the name of “Le Morne Cultural Landscape”. This site was a sanctuary for runaway slaves and today is a memorial of the colonial period of the island. Le Morne rises to 555 meters, the ascent is accompanied by a guide. The view at the top is breathtaking. Not far away, you can enjoy the beaches that are perfect for kitesurfing.

9. Visit the Aquarium Mauritius

On the northwest coast at Pointe aux Biches where you can visit the Aquarium of Mauritius. It is worth a look if you will not have the opportunity to explore the Mauritian seabed. Tip for your visit: Go in the morning at 11 am or in the afternoon just before 15h and be present at the large pool of sharks. You will have the chance to witness the feeding of the fish and sharks, it’s a very nice experience to see. It is a visit to do with the kids or if you do not have the opportunity to snorkel or dive.

10. The Tea Route in Mauritius

The tea route is a gastronomic, historic and cultural excursion well known by tourists visiting Mauritius. The course is done in 3 steps and to discover the farms of tea, sugar cane and vanilla. The 3 areas are the domain of Aubineaux, Bois Cheri and Saint Aubin. This route will dive you into a colonial past still present in Mauritius and that deserves attention if we want to understand the history of the island.

To discover the tea route, you have several options. You can go to each step on your own by renting a car or book a taxi for the day. You can also enjoy the services of a local agency that will take you on each domain.

Have a wonderful trip around Mauritius!

Mauritius summer

Winter is coming… Or winter has come…. On these Game of Thrones cliché, you are probably considering where to spend your holidays in a sunny climate. No clouds above your head, no rain, a beautiful sun, a gentle breeze on your skin, wouldn’t that be a dream? What if I tell you such place exists?

Ever heard of Mauritius? A small island in the Indian Ocean often described as heaven-on-earth by people and reviewers such as Mark Twain. Indeed, Mauritius is encircled by a beautiful azure sea and being ideally located in the tropical region, the temperature is mostly warm with a climate close to perfection. Mauritius is also home to various cultures, so don’t be surprised if ever you find your favourite food and favourite celebrations. Besides, if you have something new to offer, Mauritius is more than welcome to allow you to express your different traditions which we will surely fond fascinating.

Celebrations and Events during this Summer

Diwali

Diwali has always been a favourite for youngsters and adults; despite of tiredness due to cooking. However, it is a fun and family-gathering moment. Also known as the victory of light over darkness, expect to find houses lit almost at every corner of the street. Moreover, one of the most beautiful aspect of Mauritius is that due to its cultural diversity and harmony, other ethnic groups often participate.

What can be a celebration without treats? Divali also inspires the act of sharing. Whether you are staying at the hotel or in a house, the Indian neighbours will be surely glad to offer you some treats ranging from the “Barfi,” the “Rasgulla” to “Gato Patate” and “Ladoo”. They are so delicious that you will be asking for more!

Porlwi by Light

New to Mauritius, Porlwi by Light created a mind-blowing success last year, whether financially, economically and socially. It remains one of the event which inspired collectivism and harmony – people of multi-ethnic groups gathered together in one place; Port-Louis. Being the capital of the island, Port-Louis had lost its dynamism over the years. The initiative was to make Mauritians as well as tourists rediscover a new facet of Port-Louis. Stay tuned for future information.

Christmas & New Year

Who does not love Christmas? It is the most popular celebration among the world. The main difference would be that Christmas would be hot instead of cold. You may spend your days by the beach. Warm sandy beaches, a mesmerising azure sea, a blue sky – what can you ask more?

When mentioning Christmas, we automatically think of the remaining days till the new year. Did you ever dream of lighting up firecrackers at midnight? Well, in Mauritius you can do it. Worry not, there will be hawkers posted at almost every cities selling different varieties each at a different price.

Beaches of Mauritius

Mauritius summer

Often when referring to Mauritius, we associate it to white sandy beaches. Did you know that Mauritius is home to more than 100 public beaches? Here’s a small of the top three magnificent beaches:

Flic en Flac

Located on the west, Flic en Flac stretches over more than 4 kms. Being one among the longest beaches of the Mauritius, Flic en Flac is offered some shade by the casuarina trees up. This will be perfect during noon, when the sun is at its culminating point.

Why not book your hotel at Flic en Flac itself? In doing so, you will be able to wake up with a beautiful scenery and the salty smell of seawater. It is also to be noted that the temperature of the turquoise water at Flic en Flac, is normally at around 26oC making it ideal for swimming.

Grand Bay

Even wondered what living inside a postcard feels like? Yes? Prepare to be amazed by Grand Bay. Possessing of numerous services such as hotels, sports activities, and shopping malls – Grand Bay Coeur De Ville. In other words, Grand Bay combines the modern American culture to the traditional Mauritian culture.  In short, Grand Bay is well known for its milky white sand and azure lagoon offering undersea walk and water ski.

Le Morne

Claimed as a National Heritage according to the UNESCO, Le Morne which is situated in the southwest is ideal for relaxation purposes due to its seclusion from man-made creations – roads and cars.

Having an adequate clarity, Le Morne’s sea offers the reflection Le Morne Brabant, while having the possibility to be encircled by fish.

Mauritius Summer Dishes

So Summer is already here, and obviously everyone thinks of cold beverages, ice-creams. A loud tune playing on the street… Yes, it is the ice-cream seller, children as well as elders regrouping outside of their house, waiting patiently in order to buy a refreshment.

Normally at around Rs 35, the usual combination is vanilla/chocolate ice-cream, coconut syrup and chocolate topping and a waffle cone. One of the advantage of these ice-creams is that they are homemade and thus do not have a commercial taste

What would be Summer in Mauritius without it’s delicious fruits? Indeed, Summer in Mauritius is greeted by mangoes, litchis and longan. Just like ice-cream sellers, you will also find pickle fruit hawkers at the famous cities – Port Louis, Rose-Hill and Curepipe. At approximately Rs 15, you may enjoy the sweet taste of mangoes or pineapples mixed with a piquant chilli powder – It’s a pure bliss!

Summer remains the best period to visit the island of Mauritius. With the array of tropical fruits, the ideal temperatures and the beautiful weather, you will surely enjoy wonderful holidays. Yet, remain cautious, summer also means a lot of mosquitoes and if you are unlucky or lucky – depends on you – you might be on the island during the island – so remained informed.

Have fun in Mauritius!

Here is a little surpise for you!

longane mauritius
We would like to propose the longan sangria recipe which is a cocktail made with longans..

Ingredients:

4 longans without seeds

1 ounce of white wine.

½ ounce of white rum

Sprite as a top-up

Instructions

Take the longans and add some ice in a rock glass. Pour the white wine and the rum. Finally, add some sprite and then stir.

 

Indian Ocean Sunset

The Indian Ocean: nestled in its warm waters are beautiful tropical destinations. The third largest island in the world, Madagascar, with its unique endemic fauna and interesting culture, is located just off the coast of Africa. A little further east are the islands of Mauritius and Reunion with their superb and fantastic beaches offering a variety of activities and water sports. The countless islands in the Maldives and the Seychelles all have a fantastic underwater world ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as some of the best beaches in the world.

Mauritius

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Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical island with as capital Port Louis, which is located in the north west of the island. This city is the business center and main administration of the island. To visit the capital, you can start with the Caudan Waterfront followed by the market where exotic fruits vegetables and souvenir of the island will delight your eyes,.

You will also have the opportunity to discover the Aapravasi Ghat – UNESCO Heritage site- where the many Indian immigrant landed when they first came to the island. Le Morne located southwest of the island was also declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008. The mountain of Le Morne is a strategic location that was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, thinking that if they were captured again and they would be killed, so they chose to jump from the top of the mountain. They preferred death to save their honor, their dignity and their right to freedom.

The welcome is warm in Mauritius. You can also discover different cultures and exquisite traditional food such as chicken curry and rougaille. Mauritian sega is the musical soul of the island. There is a lot of places of interest to visit on the island. Do not miss the beautiful beaches surrounded by warm lagoons and calm seas. These perfect conditions allow you to go to the discovery of the underwater treasures of the ocean Indian. You will surely want to stay in Mauritius.

More than 200 species of fish live in Mauritian waters. And these waters allow for many different activities such as swimming, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, big game fishing, or swimming with Dolphins. Savour island hopping trip in Mauritius on the catamaran with sun and sea, beer and guitars in hand while discovering surrounding islands – Ile Aux Cerfs, Ile aux Aigrettes…

Mauritius is a tropical island with lush greens, you can admire the magnificent panorama of the island during a tour to Curepipe, on Trou Aux Cerfs, to beautifully end your sojourn.

Reunion Island

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Located in the Mascarene Islands, the island of Reunion, a French department offers to the traveler the unique charms of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean.

To the north lies Saint Denis. The island has extensive networks of trails pirouetting lush nature. More than 40% of its total area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage. The climate and volcanic soil are very ideal for cultivations such as Arabica, Bourbon vanilla and other species. The cultivation of sugar cane in turn holds the first place in production in Reunion Island

The musical soul of the island of Reunion is Maloya. This moving and meaningful art is the pride of Reunion. Maloya was born to express the pain and rebellion among the slaves of Malagasy and African origin in the sugar plantations of Reunion. This emblematic musical genre contributes to the festive atmosphere which made the reputation of the island. The Reunionese culture, with its various fusions, offers a cuisine with excellent dishes that are very balanced in rice, beans, meat or fish in sauce – rougaille. A menu with appetizer, like vegetable salad, palmist or chayote gratin, accompanied by dessert such as sweet potato or cassava.

The Piton de la Fournaise has an area of ​​2632m and remains the main attraction of the island of Reunion. Being one of the most active volcano in the world in recent years, everyone is curious to see the interior of this majestic volcanic crater.

Reunion is also known for his three circuses named Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie. These volcanic cloverleaf stand proudly in the heart of the island, at the foot of the Piton des Neiges. Cilaos best represents the intense island’s reputation which Reunion forged. While some come only to enjoy the view and to buy the traditional rum others are here to spend a moment of tranquility in a place where you are completely cut from the world. Mafate is the wildest of the three circuses with abundant vegetation and waterfalls. As for Salazie, it has the most visible treasures, The Bridal Veil. It is a waterfall with several sources and is as legendary as Reunion. Geologically speaking, the Iron Hole is the most beautiful place on the island of Reunion. There are majestic waterfalls and some are almost the size of the Eiffel Tower.

The Seychelles

Seychelles - La Digue - Grande Anse

The Seychelles consists of 115 coral and granite islands in the Indian Ocean with unparalleled beaches and majestic cliffs. The capital of Seychelles is Victoria and is located on the largest island of the archipelago, Mahé.

The Seychelles are especially known for their beaches, these blocks of smooth rocks washed up on the white sand and wet with a transparent and hot water are definitely an uncommon sight. Among its most beautiful beaches, Anse source D’Argent remains the most popular. It is popular especially for the panoramic view it offers and the beautiful surroundings. Water sports are not left out, especially with a dive center for those wanting to discover the underwater fauna and flora. The excursion in the glass bottom boat will allow you to see fish and marine species if you are not ready to get wet.

Some islands are home to colonies of giant tortoises. Each island reveals its original beauty: from peaks covered with lush forests to the ocean sapphire, through hillside clearings and beautiful granite rocks that surround the beaches considered among the finest in the world.

The Seychelles has two sites listed as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO: the fabulous Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll, the largest coral atoll in the world.

Accommodations in the Seychelless are also varied as the range extends from small boutique establishment with their beachside bungalows to luxury 5 star hotels. English and French are the official languages. The Seychellois Creole also became the semi-official language in 1981, in the press and literature.

We find the Seychelles Creole cuisine the best of the Indian Ocean. Rice and fish, are decorated with succulent fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. The moutia is the traditional Seychellois dance; its rhythms are strongly influenced by African and Malagasy origin. The songs are prayers that the slaves transformed into chants during work, accompanied by throbbing dance.

Have wonderful holidays in the Indian Ocean!

Hotels in Mauritius

Haven’t planned your next holidays yet? Why not visit Mauritius for your next vacation? Between white sandy beaches and stunning scenery, you will discover a rich cultural heritage of many influences. One thing is certain: it is impossible to be bored during a stay on Mauritius. But when planning holidays, the main question is where to stay? And we are here to help you choose the best hotel according to your needs and desires.

Hotel Categories

First of all, to choose your hotel you need to choose according to how you are travelling! Is it with your family or lover or are you going solo? Most hotels are adapted to a specific sort of resident – even though Mauritius remains a destination for all!

Hotels for Family Holidays in Mauritius

What are the elements governing the choice of a hotel adapted to family life? The variety of sports activities, a true child or teen club, a freedom given to young people residing in the resort. All this should be accommodated safely and in a way that does not disturb others residents.

Rooms should be adapted to welcome families. Our first recommendation would be Sun Resort whose concept “Sun Kids Club” is very successful and has been working for years and the Beachcomber group hotels with their renowned club “Bob Marlin”. Both services offer varied sports facilities, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beach bungalows and included connecting rooms that allow for easy accommodation of families.

Hotels for Romance in Mauritius

Mauritius being one of the best Honeymoon destination, offers great accommodation to couples. Since, in most cases, this is the first trip to Mauritius… We all want it to be memorable! We personally recommend either Lux Le Morne or Villa Caroline Hotel. Lux Le Morne full of charm is leaning against the rock of Morne Brabamt opposite a sublime lagoon. Villa Caroline on the other hand, facing the sunset on the west coast facing Flic En Flac beach.

The still warm, elegantly decorated rooms, the beauty of the evening, dinner by torchlight, feet in the sand, arranged just for you, the many little touches offered by those hotels for newlyweds make by far the best solution for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway successful in Mauritius.

Luxury Hotel in Mauritius

The Mauritian hotel is generally excellent and often cited as an example among professionals in the hospitality industry. But the Deluxe hotel is yet another difficult level to achieve especially for leisure resorts. Luxury takes effect in aspects that go far beyond the variety of buffets offered or the size flat screens in the rooms.

Every single moment, discretion, peace, recognition and personalization, excellence and distinction of the service, the quality of food, responsiveness … all of this counts when it comes to luxury. In short, in this game, the title contenders for luxury hotel in Mauritius are not in excess. We can count five: The Royal Palm, The St. Geran, The St. Regis, Le Prince Maurice and Le Touessrok.

Activity Centered Hotels in Mauritius

Some people travel to practice their favourite activities in unusual scenery. Mauritius is indeed and island that allows for the practice of various activities like diving, golf, hiking, quad biking and even tennis.

Most hotels will direct you towards other agents for activities such as diving, hiking or quad biking – yet, when it comes to sports- golf, tennis – Mauritian hotels are well equipped and proposes those activities in the vicinity of their hotels.

Hotels to play golf in Mauritius

There are 8 hotels namely Le Paradis, Dinarobin, Heritage Awali, Heritage Le Telfair, Le Touessrok, Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare and St. Geran with private golf course, accessible to clients. To decide between them, you will certainly want to know more about the quality of the course, ease of access, services around the golf practice (clubhouse, departures management, coaches, etc …), then the quality of the hotel itself. Here are our bests for you golf lovers:

– For outstanding ease of access to the course, for the magnificent and unparalleled views, for the atmosphere of regulars and the beautiful Morne Lagoon: we would advise you to go to Le Paradis – the experience will be memorable.

– For its two 18-hole courses, free of charge for hotel guests, for the exceptional quality of its service, its restoration, and being one of the finest luxury hotels in the world: Le Prince Maurice is no doubt the choice to remember for very demanding golfers- you’ll be loving it.

Hotel in to practice Tennis Mauritius

Most resorts have tennis courts. But which ones have real momentum around this sport? Undoubtedly Le Paradis hotel wins here too since the hotel had been the hosts of many champions for years and champions not only for their own training, but also to exchange some services with customers of hotel. With six tennis courts, the Tennis Clinic and its top-level monitors, Le Paradis Hotel is the best hotel in Mauritius to practice tennis.

Hotel to practice Diving in Mauritius

To practice recreational diving comfortably on vacation, two elements are predominant: the nearby diving spots, to avoid a three-hour boat ride, and the presence of an integrated Diving Centre at the hotel so that waking up at 7:00 in the morning is not too painful

The must go hotel if you want to visit incredible spot and have a great diving center remains Le Canonnier! Its diving center with PADI certification and CMAS is exemplary and its location between Trou aux Biches and Grand Baie is ideal for diving. The hotel is a 4-star one and is part of the Beachcomber chain. Its services are particularly popular especially for families – thanks to its excellent Kids club (ideal when you go diving …) and family-friendly rooms. The reasonable price of the hotel makes it an excellent choice for those wishing to combine service quality and active diving program in Mauritius.

We hope that this article was helpful in helping you to choose your hotel for your next vacation!

Have fun in Mauritius!

Casela Adventure Park

Mauritius, a former British colony, became independent in 1968 and now belongs to the Republic of Mauritius also composed of Rodrigues and some neighboring islands. Between mountain ranges, plateaus and beaches lined by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers a wide variety of beautiful landscapes. Rich in a culture marked by centuries of colonization, Mauritius is a land of exception. Traditions characterized by local music, Creole flavors and rich cuisine are not to be missed during your stay in Mauritius.

Top tourist attractions in Mauritius

Before you leave, prepare your journey to Mauritius, well in advance, in order to avoid missing any of its many outstanding natural and tourist sites. The capital, Port Louis, home to notable landmarks such as Government House, Adelaide Fort built by the English and Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage of UNESCO. Each side of the island offers a lot of surprising discoveries. Leave the capital and head towards the rich North for its beautiful beaches with amazing names: Trou aux Biches beach, Mont Chosie beach and Pereybere beach … This region hosts many tourists attracted by its leisure centers, restaurants and nightlife.

In the South and Southeast, you can admire the cliffs being hit by waves of surprising power. Located between landscapes of mountain and sea. In the East of Mauritius you will be disoriented for a moment and enjoy a quiet moment on one of the most secluded beaches of the island Belle Mare. The West offers many opportunities for beach recreation and fishing. You can also admire the Morne Brabant Mountain, World Heritage of UNESCO. In the center of Mauritius, finally discover the completely different landscape of Trou aux Cerfs, ancient volcano, the Tea Route, highland houses and the Ganga Talao, a center of Hindu pilgrimage.

Leisure in Mauritius

Your holiday in Mauritius are the opportunity to practice many leisure activities. Besides discovering the sights, enjoy your trip to Mauritius to learn about local cultural specificities through the various festivals and events offered. Guests can enjoy the sun while lying on the sand and water activities – diving, fishing, sea excursions – or sports such as golf, 4×4, horseback riding, skydiving and mountain biking. To relax, thalassotherapy centers awaits you. Finally, restaurants, bars and nightclubs on the island, grouped primarily on the West Coast and in the North, are waiting for an evening full of fun.

Casela Adventure Park

Go to the west of the island, three kilometers from Flic-en-Flac, within the Adventure Park of Casela. 14 hectares of lush area where you can unleash your sense of adventure in the proposed activities like zip-lining, canyoning, quad biking and much more. You can also encounter wild animals, observe many species of birds and discover the tropical flora of the park.

What to do during your day at Casela?

Come face-to-face with zebras, ostriches, deer, antelopes, African giraffes… during a safari. This African Reserve is all yours during this 45 minute trip on a completely open 4X4, to be closer to the animals. Beware of the very curious ostriches, they will not hesitate to pinch your fingers.

For now you will see mainly zebras and ostriches. Segway or quad improve that experience since they are more fun and the scenery is amazing!

The Big Cats

The Big Cats game remains one of the most unforgettable moments. You will discover a number of activities devoted to the big cats including walking with the lions, the drive-thru and the meeting with the cubs.

Drive-thru

On board of a 4X4, enter the heart of the park home to lions and tigers … grrr! Watch them climb trees, chase rabbits or doing what cats do best: Laze around! If you are lucky you might witness a game between the keeper and a griffon. All you have to do is remain alert camera in hand! But be careful, tigers have a habit of marking their territory on the back of the bus, you are warned!

Walking with lions

What a feeling to move alongside the king of the jungle! This one-hour walk takes place near the Rempart River. Enter the territory of the lions in the enclosure where they rest after walking and get your photo taken while you caress the beast, kneeling behind her, memorable! The team of professionals and supervisors of the park will never leave you alone.

Meeting the Cubs

Lucky you, if you visit Casela after the births of cubs you will have the chance to play and caress those big and cute kittens!

The Mini Farm

This dedicated space allows children of all ages to interact with animals such as fawns, rabbits, wallabies, giant tortoises, ducks, guinea pigs … Look, touch and cuddle these gentle animals. The smaller one will also have the opportunity to feed or bottle feed babies, a real moment of sharing.

The Aviary

Casela Adventure Park

Since the recent transformation of the park, you also have the opportunity to stroll in the heart of the aviary among 1500 birds such as parrots, lovebirds, cockatoos of coffins, parakeets great alexander.. You will certainly be amazed by those wonderful feathers of all colours flocking together.

Extreme activities

Canyoning

Jump head first to explore “the three canyons of Rempart” (Papaya River, Rempart River and Pigeon Hole). This tour takes place on a half-day picnic break at the edge of the falls.

Quad Biking and Segway

You can enjoy two different visits via two modes. The quad bike for the bigger and the Segway for the small ones. Unique experience await you on a predefined path where you will meet animals of the park or share fun times on muddy roads.

Zip-lines

Casela Adventure Park

Fan of adrenaline rush? Casela holds one of the longest zip line in Mauritius (400 meters). Experience breathtaking scenery animated by cheerful monitors who will surely make some jokes! Cross Nepalese bridges, let the dual zip lines carry you, upside down over rivers! All in the middle of a really exceptional environment. The first jump is very impressive!

The Tubby Slides

Novelty in the park – “The Tubby Slides” (Avalanche Slides) where you slide with buoys. One is 80 meters, with bends accessible to children from 6 years old, and the other (from 10 years) is 30 meters, with a springboard to take off. We assure you the adrenaline rush is waiting for you, especially during take-off, before landing on the giant mattress. Do not hesitate to repeat the experience!

Have fun at Casela Adventure Park!