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Food in the Indian Ocean

Looking for some good cuisine? Well, the Indian Ocean proposes a large plethora type of cuisines blending French, Chinese, Creole and Indian cuisine. Eating in the Indian Ocean will be a pleasuring experiment. When it comes to culture, food is the other important factor. The way you cook your food represent where you come from. It represents your cultural identity and tradition.

Here you will come across our many recipes and recommendations of some restaurants where you can savour various international menus.

Mauritius

Mauritius is a small island known as the paradise island. It is a multi-cultural island and each culture have their own unique culinary style.

This paradisiacal island offers a variety of cuisines. You will get any type of food you want in Mauritius.  This little island proposes Creole food and also cuisine all around the world.

Famous dishes in the island are the octopus curry, fried rice, friend noodles, biryani.

The Mauritian cuisine offers the most relishing dishes you will ever have. During your trip to Mauritius, do give a try at the famous ‘’dholl puri’’. ‘Dholl Puri’ is one of the most consumed foods by the locals.

Some foods you should not miss while visiting the island are the ‘Aachar’, the ‘rougaille pwason sale’ and many more. The Mauritian cuisines are not only delicious but also cheap and easily cooked. So do have a look at our recipes on our website.

On the other hand, you will find various types of food such as burger, rounder, salads or pizza around the island. In Mauritius, being a vegan is not a big deal as there are a significant amount of vegetarians in the country, vegetarian foods are sold in many restaurants.

Rodrigues

Rodrigues is a small island in the Indian Ocean, 1hr of flight from the island Mauritius. Most of the population follow the catholic religion.

The inhabitants of the Rodrigues island are independent and hard workers. They cultivate their own food and most of the locals are fisherman.

The typical Rodriguan cuisine is also a mixed culture cuisine. The food offers vary among cultures of the population. There are different types of methods of cooking for each types of food eaten.

On the island of Rodrigues, you will mostly find food with natural freshness. All made up of variety of local food product. All the recipes are preserved from generations to generations. The Rodriguans always keep their culture well preserved. They teach their kids what they were taught to keep their culture.

Rodrigues Island offers a great variety of dishes to choose from. Rodrigues is famous for its famous ‘ourite sek’ and ‘Aachar’, in other word pickles.

Besides the island also offer delicious dishes that bring water to mouth such as steamed crab, octopus curry, pork in honey and country chicken with ginger and curcuma toppings.

These relishing dishes are served with the best toppings you can find in the Indian Ocean. Sweet and sour pickles can be added to make the octopus curry taste better. There are also octopus paste, chilli and mango toppings.

After the main course, comes always the dessert. There are traditional dessert such as the ‘’papaya sorbet’’, manioc pancakes or pudding.

 

Reunion Island

Reunion island is also a small island of only 2511 kilometre square. Reunion island has a variety of cooking style. The exotic food offered by reunion island is a pure bliss to any traveller or any local people.

The cuisine is an amalgam of different cultures such as India, France, china, Africa and Madagascar. This mixture is what makes the food of Reunion Island more interesting and exotic.

Eating is one of the favourite activities for the Reunionese.

Rice, leafy vegetables, curry or rougaille are the main typical menu for the inhabitants. The menus are copiously accompanied by pickles, chilli or salad. They taste a lot better after the toppings are added.

The locals are specialised in curry. Curry Is a Creole dish comprising of a mixture of good savours that result to perfection. To make the curry, indian spices, meat, fish, or chicken are mixed together to create the famous curry.

Rice in the reunion island is cooked in various ways.

White rice: the white rice is simply boiled in water. Then you wait till it dries.

Yellow rice: the yellow rice also known as the ‘’plo’’ is a mixture of turmeric, pepper, oil and salt. The yellow rice include the same preparation of the white rice except that ingredients are added in the yellow rice.

Biryani: the biryani is a real pleasure to the nose as well as the mouth. Only the aroma of a good biryani will be enough to make your mouth waters. This dish is a mixture of poultry, boiled egg marinates with yoghurt and spices. The biryani is usually accompanied by cucumber salad, chilli or Aachar.

The rougaille

The rougaille is a main course. It is eaten together with rice. The main ingredient for the preparation is smoked sausages or smoked or dried fish, tomatoes, chilli and browned onion.

The gratin

The gratin is a delicious dish. It can be prepared with vegetables such as potato, green papaya and pumpkin. After cooking the vegetables with garlic, salt, thyme and pepper the mixture is mixed in béchamel. It is then covered with grated cheese.

As for the dessert and tropical fruits there is a variety of them. Mangoes are a seasonal food, there are fifty types of mangoes in the reunion island. It can be eaten raw or seasoned with chilli pepper and salt.

The Seychelles

The Seychelles is made up of 115 small islands. The Seychelles cuisine originates from Africa, Britain, India, Chinese and French.

The Seychelles cuisines include spices such as tamarind and ginger in most of its dishes. Fruits and fishes are sold all around the island by vendors.

As the fishes are abundant, dishes such as fresh grilled fish, salted rougaille and fish curry are often cooked.

Grilled fish.

The most popular way to cook the grilled fish is on the hot coal of the BBQ. To give a better flavour, the grilled fish is usually fired by coconut husks.

Garlic, ginger and chilli are mixed along with the fish and grilled to the perfect dish.

Salted fish rougay

Salted fish rougay is a Creole recipe. The famous salted fish rougay is made up with salted fish also known as ‘pwason sale’. Tomatoes, garlic, ginger, chilli, onion, and salt are added to make the perfect rougay.

This dish is usually served with rice or bread.

For more detailed recipes, read the articles dedicated to the Indian Ocean cuisine.

 

 

Mauritius from the sky

Mauritius is perfect for sharing a moment of serenity, the sun rises and warms you, feet on the sand, gaze attracted to this endless ocean, giving way for a beautiful day. The reputation of Mauritius as a perfect destination for a tropical vacation or a honeymoon is unparalleled. Sandy beaches, sunshine, crystal clear waters, rich culture and lush nature: all these elements aspire to magical vacation. When choosing your tropical destination, you will certainly come across Mauritius as a classic. If you want a trip without concern, sunny days and exotic lifestyle, Mauritius is made for you.

This year, if you are planning your holidays, why not go and discover this beautiful island of the Indian Ocean and its many facets. Experience unforgettable moments on one of the most beautiful Indian Ocean islands. To make the preparation of your stay and your trip to the island pleasant, we have compiled all the information you might need to spend great and complete holidays! From top places to visit, to food and accommodation, we have it all here!

Top places to visit in Mauritius

Before coming over to Mauritius, you surely want to know its attributes.  Here are a few things that will surely conquer you to visit the island of Mauritius. If this is your first time to Mauritius, you will not know where to go on the island. We have made a selection of the best places to visit during your holidays on the island.

Deer Island

Deer island is a beautiful small island located east of Mauritius. It is only accessible by boat. Various formulas will be presented to you when it comes to a trip to Deer Island, however, for more freedom and authenticity know that you can go on a water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce. It is a 10 minute trips.

Then you will be able to just enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise sea around the islet. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas or stroll on the beach on the other side of the island. If you want premium services, you can opt for one of the formulas providing for boat, lunch, visit of the GRSE Waterfalls along with some activities like parasailing.

Port Louis and its market

Port Louis Market

The capital of Mauritius deserves a visit and not only for its market. A walk in town will not only allow you to experience the street food but also to mingle with people and discover their daily lives. A visit to the large market of Port Louis will reveal its most beautiful fruits and vegetables but you will also find clothing and even crafts products to bring back home as souvenirs of your trip to Mauritius. Then why not head to China Town where you can taste wonderful Chinese food and Dim Sum! You can also head to Plaine Verte where you will find the best Dholl Purees and Alouda without forgetting the alluring perfume of the Briani at every street corner.

Le Morne

Le Morne, a mountain located in the southwest of Mauritius, is one of the UNESCO heritage of the island of Mauritius. If Le Morne once served as a sanctuary for slaves, today it is an important place that recalls the colonial era of Mauritius. If you are courageous enough to hike the mountain until the top you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the surroundings. If you prefer water activities, you can reach the nearby beaches that are popular with kite surfers and surfers.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

These gardens were renamed in 1988 in memory of the Prime Minister of Mauritius which led the country to independence twenty years ago. SSR Botanical Gardens are one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island of Mauritius.

The gardens are famous for its giant water lilies – Victoria Amazonica – whose gigantic leaves can measure up to three meters in diameter. There you will also come across the amazing Talipot palm which blooms only once in 30 to 80 years. The garden boast various other rare species that a guide will happily show to you during the visit of the garden.

Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe

Trou aux cerfs Mauritius

At the center of the island, one main attraction remains Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau, dominating the small town of Curepipe. The crater ises on a natural lake. The panoramic view from this point is outstanding, overlooking the main towns, but also the Moka Mountains and the northwestern coast. Note that access by car is prohibited there, you’ll have to walk around the crater- which is indeed a rewarding walk.

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

If you are one of those adventurers, we advise you to visit the south of the island after leaving Curepipe.  Follow the trail from Mare aux Vacoas which meets with Petrin then followed by Ganga Talao (Mostly known as Grand Bassin), a natural lake that nestles in the crater of an ancient volcano. This lake is an important place of pilgrimage where many Hindus of Mauritius converge to pray Lord Shiva during the festival of Maha Shivratree. It is believed that water from the sacred lake of Ganges in India are linked to those in Mauritius. There you will also have the opportunity to contemplate one of the highest statues in the Indian Ocean – Mangal Mahadev – at the entrance of Ganga Talao.

Chamarel and the land of the seven colors

Chamarel Mauritius

Further south, after crossing Bassin Blanc and Vallee des couleurs, you will come across, yet, another wonder of the island of Mauritius. The Land Of Seven Colours- Chamarel. The south of the island is pretty wild, unspoilt and mountainous. The views you will come across while descending the road of Chamarel are stunning.

The Land of Seven Colours is a mystic place, a geological curiosity: small dune lands of different colors! It is very surprising and amazing. Not far away, one can see a beautiful waterfall of about 100m high: the most beautiful you will come across in Mauritius. On the road there, if you are visiting the island during the months of February to April, do not miss to stop along the roads and pick up guavas that grows on each side of the sentiers across this descent towards the south of the island.

The Gorges National Park Black River

The National Black River Gorges Park is without any doubt the green jewel of Mauritius – the lungs of Mauritius. Since June 1994, the splendid forest of nearly 6600 hectares, located in Plaine Champagne in the hills of the south west of Mauritius, is classified National Park and is managed by the National Park Conservation Service. The park offers a unique opportunity for hiking and discovering the natural heritage of the island. It boasts breathtaking landscapes and about 300 species of trees, shrubs, plants and animals. You will also have the opportunity to discover yet another waterfall of the island there.

Ile aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve

Just roll back to 400 years ago and imagine how the land of Mauritius was. Endless forests unfolding before you, pigeons, parrots and bats flying in groups. Giant tortoises and dodos approaching you and wondering what you are doing here. That’s indeed a dream. Although it remains a tiny part of the original fauna and flora of the island, there is a place where you can see some of these rare species in all their glory: Ile Aux Aigrettes.

Those visiting Ile Aux Aigrettes will see the last remnants of dry ebony forest that once grew in abundance across the main island. They will also see some of the work done by the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation’ to replant and reintroduce endangered vegetation such as rare orchids, reptiles and birds such as the famous Pink Pigeon. Guided tours are organised everyday – this is a must visit you will surely be conquered by.

Blue Bay Marine Park

Blue Bay Marine park remains one of the only conserved Marine park of the island of Mauritius. A unique trip awaits you there. Your eyes will be marveled by the various colourful and striking reefs home to various species of fish. The luminous hues of the limpid waters of this marine park is blessed with an exceptionally diverse seabed. Get your snorkel and diving equipment out, you won’t be able to resist to dip into those clear and attracting waters.

The Northern islands

This small group of islands has become a favorite stopover for boats and divers. Various catamaran cruises can be booked to visit those beautiful and secluded island in the north of Mauritius. Participating in these cruises allow visitors to enjoy snorkeling in the crystal waters of Coin de Mire, home to seabird niches in the cliffs. This tour is also an opportunity to organize picnics and swimming around Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel.

You will also have the chance to admire the remarkable silhouette of the Round Island, a nature reserve which cannot be visited in order to protect native species of plants and reptiles that have been reintroduced n this piece of land.  Round island and its neighbor, Snake Island, are part of a large conservation operation by the government and the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.

Top things to do in Mauritius

Between beaches, hotels, villas and sun, you might think you know the pearl of the Indian Ocean … Well, let me tell you something, Mauritius is as secretive as it is exotic. With its palette of cultures and kaleidoscope colours, this little piece of paradise has a lot to offer in terms of things to do during your holidays there. You’ll find activities for everyone – old and young alike will find something to do on this island of wonders.

Water Activities in Mauritius

If you are a diving lover, you will discover submarine spots of exceptional beauty on the island of Mauritius. Whether you are only a beginner or have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island.

For the more curious, you won’t have the will to resist the call to take a look at the marine life of the lagoon of Mauritius … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … venture yourself in the waters of Blue Bay, Ile Aux Cerfs or Ile Aux Aigrettes.

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide. Mauritius, having as feature protected lagoons and its trade winds providing a steady wind almost all year, generates the waves by via Barrier and has become popular for windsurfing.

It does not stop here. Other activities proposed in Mauritius extends to windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boating pedals, glass bottom boat. These are activities that you must try during your stay in Mauritius.

Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius

Mauritius is the perfect destination to discover, learn or improve on your fishing skills. Depending on the season, if you wander into deep sea fishing, you can catch marlin, swordfish, sharks, tuna, bonito or barracuda. A catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius remains a must try. It is an unparalleled way to discover the island in a completely different light.

Nature sports in Mauritius

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a wide array of land activities in Mauritius. From hikes in the many parks and fields, old sugarcane properties or reconverted sentiers such as the Black River Gorges National Park or the Domain de l’Etoile. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through the lush forests of Mauritius to discover its mountainous landscape, exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Golf in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is a golf destination hosting various international competition. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the mown greens between mountains and sea in the paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or on the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses and four 9-hole courses can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, whatever their level of play, they can pleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Aquarium of Mauritius

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in the aquarium of Mauritius located in Pointe aux Piments. Always dry, you will walk around the various bassins boasting more than a 100 species of fish and algae. You will even have the chance to enjoy the view of sharks and sea tortoises.

Discover the Casela Adventure Park

Casela Adventure Park is open all year and invites you to discover its animals, the children’s farm and the many activities proposed around the park. Casela is located in the southwest of Mauritius between Tamarin and Flic-en-Flac and offers a splendid view of the Rempart River Valley. Open since 1979, it now houses some 1,500 animals, including species of rare and colorful birds, giant tortoises, lions and many others. Recently upgraded, the park now offers an unparalleled experience to visitors with its heart pumping activities – ziplines, canyoning and quad biking.

To visit the park and discover the animals, you have the choice to follow a guide on board quads or buggies with all the equipment necessary to conduct this kind of gear. And to be as close to the animals, you can visit animals in their natural habitat on the Segway after a few minutes of initiation! The children will certainly be conquered by the mini-farm which allows them to approach the animals and their babies, and even feed them!

Bet at the Champs de Mars Race course

Horse racing is a national sport in Mauritius! Every weekend, the Champs de Mars racecourse is full. In the stands you will quickly feel the excitement rise; bettors flock to the announcement of the jockeys, riders climb onto the stool, ready to go, take to the starting line and “bang”, the race is on! Spectators observe, comment, shout, exclaim, grumble and laugh. A nice cocktail of emotions to explore when you are in the vicinity of Port Louis during the weekend. This will be a unique opportunity you’ll want to enjoy. At the same time, you’ll have the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of one of the oldest Horse race track of the southern hemisphere.

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius

Mauritius indeed allows you to spend magical moments with dolphins during your holidays. The only constraint might be that you will need get up early! Yet, you will not regret your early morning ride, the show is exceptional and the light is beautiful! The departure is between 7:00 and 8:30 from South West beaches. From Tamarin you will go in the Bay of Black River and Tamarin Bay. After a briefing with the skipper on the types of dolphins and their habits, the precautions to respect the welfare of dolphins and security measures on the boat and in the water, you can put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with dolphins! And then you can take the opportunity to discover ile Aux Benitiers, a charming little island where you can chill and relax before returning back to the main island.

Top 5 Beaches in Mauritius

When you are in Mauritius, you are surely there to enjoy its exquisite beaches. The island being surrounded by sea, offers quite a wide choice when it comes to beaches. Yet to easy your choice, here are the top 5 beaches you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Mont Choisy

In the north, this public beach is the best and the most known. It is distinctly rounded in an arc. Protected by a thick forest of casuarina trees, it is the favorite beach of Mauritian families on weekends. And you should not miss the local entertainment par excellence: Inflatable “banana” ride.

Flic en Flac

Of all public beaches in Mauritius, Flic en Flac, located in the west, is one of the longest: it covers nearly 3 km. Deserted on weekdays, it is barely accessible for the weekend! You just need cross the road to find restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You will also notice quite a lot of food trucks around there.

Blue Bay

To the south-west, you will find Blue Bay! One extremely beautiful beach where the sand is fine and the blue of the sea dazzles you. There you will also have the opportunity to visit one protected marine park, boasting unique specimens found only in the Indian Ocean.

Belle Mare

This is probably the coolest and most tranquil beach of the island. If you are looking for peaceful relaxation in a Robinson Crusoe setting, this is where you should head. Located in the east of Mauritius, Belle Mare does not attract much but remains one great beach of fine sand and clear waters.

Souillac

The cliffs of Gris Gris, just steps from the town center of Souillac, in the south, will amaze you – With its raging waves and its wild beach, accessible by a staircase. Swimming is dangerous, but the scenery is pleasant and the location idea for a picnic.

Top Mauritian Dishes

The Mauritian cuisine is as mixed as its people and its culture with influences anchored in its history. Here are a few specialties you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius!

Rougail

The Rougail is a mix of tomato, onion and garlic which altogether forms a hot sauce in which is incorporated chicken,meat or fish. Served over rice, chapatis or faratas, the rougail is a very tasty dish that you will find easily in typical Mauritian restaurants.

The Briani

The Briani or Biryani is made of rice but maybe declined with chicken, fish, beef or vegetables all with a pinch of saffron punctuated by various spices. The best Brianis you will eat on the island are those from Plaine Verte in Port Louis.

See our recipe Briani chicken here

Magic bowl

The Magic Bowl is usually an inversed bowl of rice topped with chop-suoy. The Sino-Mauritian cuisine is very fragrant and very popular on the island. This dish is a must taste when it comes to the cuisine of Mauritius. It would be unthinkable to visit Mauritius without trying this culinary wonder. The main ingredients of this délice are: basmati rice, carrots, chicken breast, garlic cloves, corn starch, eggs, chives sprigs, oyster sauce, onions, Chinese brède, Chinese mushrooms, etc.

Dholl Puri

Dholl Puri is also one of the most representative dishes of the island of Mauritius. On every street corner you can find a dholl puree seller and do not hesitate a second to taste it. It is a kind of savory pancake topped with chutney and curry. On the island, Mauritians consume it at any time of day. It is a feast for the eyes and taste buds! Note that the Dholl Puri is always served in pairs. A good dholl puri is topped with curry, chutney and rougaille.

Fried Noodles

Fried noodles is unquestionably one of the best dishes you will find in Mauritius. You will find it on the menu card of almost all the restaurants and snack bars of the island. Fried noodles consists mainly of chicken, noodles, vegetables and shrimp.

Taro Cakes

The Taro cake is a donut made from a root-based plant that grows in Mauritius. Soft inside and crunchy on the outside, these cakes are a real delight that is usually eaten with Cotomili chutney (coriander).

Top Restaurants in Mauritius

Food has an important place in the everyday life of Mauritian. Tasting Mauritian cuisine helps you to fully enjoy the ethnic diversity of Mauritius. The hungry travelers will marvel at the quality and variety of local and gourmet cuisine proposed. We have shortlisted the best restaurants on the island for you. There you will taste exotic flavors of diverse influences that you will never forget.

The Château de Bel Ombre

Enjoy a romantic dinner while admiring the stars on the terrace of the Château de Bel Ombre. From the 1800s and located in the French garden of the area of ​​Bel Ombre, the colonial house converted into a restaurant, offers cuisine that reflects the Mauritian traditions.

Phone: +230 605 5000

La Clef des Champs

The restaurant of Jacqueline Dalais, famous Mauritian cuisine lady, remains one of the best restaurants on the island. Through its innovative and family recipes, La Clef des Champs combines the richness of Mauritian produce excellence to French gastronomy. You will love their unique creations.

Phone: +230 686 3458

Chez Tante Athalie

Situated in a garden with used cars and a colonial house, Chez Tante Athalie transports you to a picturesque atmosphere. As its name suggests, the restaurant pays homage to Madame Athaliah from the field of Mon Repos. Its simple, fresh cuisine and typical Creole will marvel you.

Phone: +230 243 9266

Chez Rosy

Typical Mauritian restaurant Chez Rosy welcomes you in a rustic setting with colorful décor. The restaurant invites you to discover the culinary tradition of Mauritius through a simple cuisine and dishes rich in colors and flavors such as lobster in parsley garlic butter or vindaye of octopus (octopus). All in a wild setting near La Roche Qui Pleure.

Phone: +230 625 4179

Happy Rajah

With its central location and its decor with Rajasthani furnishings, Happy Rajah is definitely one the best Indian restaurants on the island. With over 60 different dishes on the menu, it’s hard to choose

Phone: +230 263 2241

Mauritius: Everything you need to know

Official country Name: Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Area: 1865 km2

Population: 1.3 million inhabitants

Peoples and ethnic groups: Indian, Creole, French, Anglo-Saxon and Chinese.

Languages: English, French, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Creole

Religions: Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam and Tamil minorities.

Festivals: New Year’s Day (1 January), Chinese New Year (January-February), “Cavadee” (January-February), commemorating the abolition of slavery (1 February), “Maha Shivaratri” and “Holi” (February-March), the anniversary of Independence and the Republic (March 12), Labour Day (1 May), “Ganesh Chaturthi” (August-September), “Divali” (October-November) “Teemeedee” (December) and all religious holidays.

Time difference: + 3 hours in summer; + 4h in winter compared to France.

Weights and measures: Metric

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs)

Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz.

Telephone Code : + 230 + correspondent’s number

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours from Paris

Transport network

Getting there: Regular flights from various airlines – British Airways, Air France, Emirates, Air Asia, South African Airways, Air Seychelles, etc

Moving around:

By plane: Air Mauritius connects Mauritius to Reunion and Rodrigues daily.

By boat: the boat “Mauritius Trochetia” performs Mauritius-Reunion and Mauritius-Rodrigues bonds.

By bus: buses, often crowded (they depart once filled) enable the visit of different areas of the island … The rhythm of Mauritius is fascinating – frequent stops, sporty driving, cheap trip, and fun guaranteed!

By car: car rental is possible at the airport and at the various car rental services around the island. Driving is on the left and be sure of the authenticity of where you are renting a car and the condition of the car.

Health

The main dangers come from the sun (high protection sunscreen, headgear and sunglasses are a must). Please note also that “chikungunya” is transmitted by mosquitoes (repellent and protective clothing required in the evening). Observe the basic rules of hygiene (washing hands before eating, wash fruits and vegetables, eat well-cooked food …) … and remember to drink enough!In general, consult your doctor before starting to update your vaccines and build up a preventive kit pharmacy.

Security

Mauritius is a relatively safe destination. You should nevertheless be careful to avoid ostentatious signs of wealth and pay attention to your valuables ​​(especially on the beach). Warning: drug use (of whatever nature) is punishable by a lengthy sentence.

Climate: when to go?

Mauritius has two seasons: austral winter (May to October, when it is cooler) and the austral summer (November to April, hot temperatures), which is the most appropriate time to come enjoy the attractions of the island, particularly since it corresponds to winter in France. so pay attention to the influx of tourists during this season, especially in December and February-March: remember to make your reservations in advance.

Did you know ?

The ” dodo, bird now extinct, was from Mauritius. Several theories attempt to explain his disappearance but none have been confirmed yet!

Have wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

Mauritius kitchari

 

Kitchari basically means a hodge-podge or blend of ingredients. The Mauritian-Indian cuisine is all about the flavor and the energy that goes into preparing the dish. Positive energy put in during cooking provides a more nourishing and beneficial experience for those consuming the food. This is a good reason for us to create our own dishes and not buy prepared foods as we don’t know who is preparing them or exactly what ingredients are going into these meals.

What is Kitchari?

Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic recipe that is meant to help digestion in a body that is not assimilating its nutrients properly. It is a very soothing, nutritious dish that can be served any time as a full meal or a side dish.

There are many variations when it comes to this recipe allowing you to be creative and modify the recipe as you want.You can add as many or few ingredients to this dish as you wish. Additions can also be added during cooking or later according to your needs.  Kitchari provides a perfect blend of carbs and protein.

 The Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

–          250g basmati rice

–          200g red lentils

–          1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

–          Cumin grains

–          1 tsp turmeric

–          Ground coriander

–          1 pinch of asafetida

–          300g of Vegetable (1 tomato, a few mushrooms, peppers and onion)

–          2 tbsp sesame oil

–          salt or vegetable broth

Preparation

  1. Rinse the rice and lentils. Cut the vegetables into cubes, grate the ginger.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a skillet and grill the cumin.
  3. Add coriander, turmeric, ginger and asafetida. Mix it up.
  4. Add vegetables (except tomato)
  5. Add the rice and lentils and cover it up with 400ml water.
  6. Add salt or broth to taste.
  7. Cover and, once it has boiled, allow to simmer over low heat.
  8. After some twenty minutes, add the diced tomato, check cooking and cook a few minutes until the rice and lentils are very tender (add water if necessary).

Serve hot, as single dish.

Bon Appetit Biensure!

Watersports Mauritius

Mauritius, four consonants, and four vowels to describe this little piece of heaven shining in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Located about 10,000 km from Europe, Mauritius is an island five time bigger than Isle of Man. If we can compare Mauritius in terms of area, one cannot simply compare the Mauritian landscapes.

On its 2040 square kilometers, the island offers a unique natural diversity. Some people even talk about a paradise. I won’t be that poetic, but one thing is sure, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Like you, each year more than one million visitors favor of Mauritius for their holidays, here’s why:

Mauritian Culture

culture Mauritius

If there is one thing more beautiful than Mauritian beaches, it has got to be the country’s culture. The traditions are cultivated by the multiethnic people and so friendly. From the very beginning, Mauritius was welcomed people from all around the world, Africa, Asia, Europe. And yet, all live in perfect harmony despite their different origins.

Language
Creole-Mauricien

As the country’s multicolor flag, the Mauritian culture is an incredible mix of colors and traditions. So unique that in some regions, Catholics speaking Bhojpuri, a living language mixture of Hindu and Creole languages. And we can draw the same conclusion for the Hindi citizens speaking French.

If we speak formally, French, English and Mauritian Creole are the three main languages of the country. The local press and other media are mainly distributed in French. The French (former colonizers) like Mahé de Labourdonnais have occupied the island for quite some time, this explains why the cities and towns names are mostly in French.

Mauritian Creole is based on French combined with terms from different cultures and religions of the island. Wherever you are in Mauritius, you can be sure that Mauritians understand and speak French and English despite a slight accent.

Mauritian cuisine

Mauritian creole food

Mauritian cuisine is quite particular. Certainly it is less assorted than English gastronomy, but it has something to tickle one’s taste buds. The traditional Mauritian cuisine is slightly spicy and the daily Mauritians gastronomy is based on rice, dried beans, and curry.

Chinese cuisine is widespread throughout the restaurants on the island. Fried noodles, chop suey are amongst the most popular dishes. The “Briyani” national dish but the tastiest Mauritian cuisine are the street foods that can be found all over the island.

Tourists really enjoy the tasty “Gato-Piments, dholls puris, samosas,” those can be even found in hotels. Although French cuisine has much impacted on the Mauritian cuisine, tea persisted as an English tradition.

Climate

Hilton-Flic-en-Flac-Sunset

Located near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius enjoys a tropical weather throughout the year. On a world map, at the height of the Tropic of Capricorn the sun is at its closest point to earth. So, it’s hot in Mauritius, very hot. The temperature never drops below 26 ° C and it can easily go up to 34 ° C.

The time on the island is relatively warm and moist, but the east coast tends to be a little cooler owing to the fact that it crosses the southeast trade winds. However, the west coast is much warmer, especially in Port Louis, the capital city of the island.

Like other countries of the Southern Hemisphere, Mauritius has only two seasons, summer and winter. Summer in Mauritius is between October and March and winter during the rest of the year. The Mauritian winter is explained by a slight drop in temperature. No cold weather or snow here, in the winter sun shines softly. And yes, you better bring sun cream, even in winter!

Mauritian hospitality

Hospitalité Mauricienne

“Mauritius, its a pleasure! “Is the motto of the Mauritian hospitality. Here everything is done to the well-being of the visitor. You will see upon your arrival on the island, an enchanting welcome. Some hotel resorts offer a custom welcome to visitors.

At each corner of the island, we find some of the finest hotels in the world. Luxury hotels like the One & Only St Geran and Le Touessrok are consistently ranked among the finest hotels in the world.

Maurice is a luxury destination. So luxurious that even four-star hotels are ideally located (I mean on the beach). Villa Carolina or the Pearle Beach Resorts & Spa are two of many hotels that offer excellent service for attractive prices.

Other than the large hotels, there are many villas in Mauritius. Beachfront or in the countryside, the villas stand as a less expensive alternative to hotels. The villa of Belle Riviere is the perfect example of the latest trend in hospitality. Not far from the beaches and at the same away from crowded tourist areas, you can enjoy all that the island has to offer, including privacy.

Green island

Mauritius-greenery

Mauritius is much more than a beach destination 100%, thanks to its tropical climate, the island has benefited from a flourishing wildlife. The fauna of the island is comprised of more than 700 native plants including many endemic ones.

The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and other organizations are working hard to preserve this rich natural heritage. So, today you can visit this biodiversity in national parks and gardens.

SSR Botanical Garden

SSR Botanical Garden Pamplemousses
This beautiful botanical garden extends over 35 hectares and is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. Also known as the SSR Botanical Garden, this garden owes its reputation to its famous giant water lilies and lotus flowers.

The garden is located few minutes from Port Louis and is one of the most visited places in Mauritius. It includes nearly a hundred species of palms, baobabs and especially a mythical sacred fig tree. For the low price of 5 pounds you can wander through the endless aisles of the garden and if you like plants, please do hesitate to hire a guide at the entrance, you will discover so much more.

The Gorges National Park Black River

Black River Gorges Nature Park
Located in the southwest, the National Park Black River Gorges is the largest natural park of Mauritius. A reserve of more than 6, 500 hectares of dense forest that lets us imagine what it was like Mauritius centuries back.

The park is not only a botanical sanctuary but also a natural reserve where live the rarest birds of Mauritius, an open-air museum. The Nature Reserve of the Black River Gorges offers over 50km of trekking pathway, it is advisable to visit the park with a group or in the presence of a guide.

The seven colored earth of Chamarel

Chamarel Seven colored Earth
The seven colored earth of Chamarel attracts thousands of visitors each year. Located a few minutes drive from the National Park just after the village of the same name, the colorful lands of Chamarel impel the curiosity of many.

The varied hues land dunes of Chamarel is explained by the presence of volcanic ashes, which over time and erosion formed the multicolored soil . But what we still can not explain is, when you try to mix the different colors, few minutes later, the land intertwine to regain their natural colors! Isn’t curious?

100 beaches!

Hidden beaches in Mauritius
With over 330 kilometers of coastline, the island has over a hundred beaches.Whether you are looking to dive, snorkel or just sunbathe, there is a beach for everything in Mauritius.

The beaches are kings in Mauritius and it’s probably the place you will spend the best moments of your holidays. This is why we are happy to share with you the top 5 most beautiful beaches of Mauritius and its neighboring islands.

# 1 Flic-en-Flac

Flic-en-Flac-Mauritius
Oh, Flic-en-Flac and its kilometers of white sand, who can forget Flic-en-Flac after visiting Mauritius? The beach of Flic en Flac is located on the west coast facing the village of the same name, one of the sun-drenched villages of Mauritius.

The beach is lined with casuarina trees for shade and its dazzling turquoise laguna is simply irresistible. Flic-en-Flac is the liveliest beach of Mauritius, you can practice many water activities like water skiing, paragliding or glass bottom boat tours. But the most interesting activity in Flic en Flac is snorkeling, get your fin and snorkel set ready!

# 2 Grand Baie

Grand-Baie-Ile-Maurice

Located in the north, the village of Grand Bay is the main resort of Mauritius. The beach is enlivened by the presence of some beach restaurants, hotels, bar and numerous villas.

The beach of Grand Baie is spread over several kilometers long where the waves come aground on stretches of white sand. The water is clear and shallow. This is great for swimming and diving, but one can also practice a lot of water activities.

# 3 Tamarin

Swim with the Dolphins Mauritius
Swim with the Dolphins Mauritius

Beach Tamarin is rather special, not only because of its white sand but also for its unique waves. Tamarin is the most trendy beach of Mauritius, many youngsters come here to surf and enjoy the waves.

Tamarin is not as popular as Flic-en-Flac. The beach is far from the big cities and major touristic areas, which certainly helped to retain its authenticity. On weekdays, Tamarin is quite uncrowded, but it gets busier on weekends.

Tamarin Bay is also the best place to see the dolphins. One can even swim with dolphins and boats depart from the beach of Tamarin. So if you want a Mauritian beach like no other, you want the beach of Tamarin

# 4 Belle Mare

belle-mare

Belle Mare is a luxurious beach. Located in the east of Mauritius, this beach is very much uncrowded. The East of Mauritius is characterized by much more natural beaches and sceneries than west of the island. There are quite a few hotels but very little urban development.

The beach extends to Palmar, kilometers of white sand to lay your beach towel and relax. If you prefer some shade, Belle Mare is the beach of palms trees and casuarina trees.

# 5 Le Morne

Le-Morne

With its white sand, turquoise waters and the mythical Morne Brabant as background, Le Morne beach is a living postcard. A place cut off from the rest of Mauritius.

Alongside Bluebay, Le Morne beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the south of Mauritius. The lagoon is protected by a natural coral reef.

Useful information

The time difference between Mauritius and Uk is two hours in summer and three hours the rest of the year.
The flight time is 11 hours
The Mauritian rupee is the currency of the island. (1 £ = Rs 50)
The voltage is 230 volts and electrical outlets are type C and G
Healthwise, no vaccine is needed in Mauritius
Tap water is safe to drink
Mauritian roads are all free
Driving is to the left
You can use your mobile phone in Mauritius, but check with your operator for rates
There are post offices in all regions of the island
Bus services cover the whole island, check here
Do not forget your camera!

Chicken Kalia Mauritius

Chicken Kalia

Chicken Kalia, is a chicken curry from Mauritius that is prepared with yoghurt and lots of spices.Don’t hold back on the spices, even if some some of the quantities might seem rather a lot.

How and when is it served?

The dish is not specific to any event; it is cooked at any time and served in various ways. This dish is best served with plain white rice or cumin rice or parathas. You can accompany it with mixed salads, pickles, chatini or chilli. You can also serve it with chapatis and baby new potatoes.

What is Unique about Chicken Kalia?

This is one of the best ‘curries’ you will have the chance to taste on the island of Mauritius! With its creamy and spicy but not too hot taste , you will definitely be conquered.

The Recipe

Ingredients

–          3 Medium potatoes (peeled and quartered)

–          2 big Onions, sliced in discs

–          1 big Onion, grounded into a paste

–          2 tsps Ginger and Garlic paste

–          1/2 bunch Mint leaves, chopped

–          1 bunch fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped

–          3-4 Tbsp Sundaram Epices pour Briani

–          1 cup Plain Yoghurt

–          Green Peas, frozen or canned

–          1 cup Oil for frying

–          2 tsp melted Ghee

–          2 Green Chillies (optional)

–          3-4 Saffron strands

–          2 cups Water

 

Instructions:

  1. Infuse the saffron strands in 3 Tbsp of hot water and keep.
  2. Season the potato quarters with salt and half the saffron infusion (for coloring) and deep-fry in hot oil for 5-10 mins (They have to be half-cooked). In the same oil, fry the sliced onions till golden brown and reserve.
  3. In a large stockpot, mix all the following ingredients together: the chicken pieces, Sundaram Epices pour Briani, fried potato quarters, yoghurt, mint and coriander, ginger & garlic paste, ground onion paste, ghee, saffron, 2 cups of water and the chillies (optional). Mix carefully and season. Cover and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Cook on high heat until you begin to see bubbles break through the surface.
  5. Turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 30 mins until you obtain a rich gravy. The potatoes should be soft and squishy.

Serve hot with plain basmati rice and tomato salad (Chatini pomme d’amour).

Bon Appetit Biensure!

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With its palette of cultures, Mauritius has the best to offer in terms of delicacies. Some restaurants do provide Mauritian foods, but leaving your hotel or villa might prove wonderful if you want to discover one of the hidden treasures of Mauritius. If you are one of those willing to hire a car and wind through the Mauritian roads, during your sojourn, to the city centres, markets and street corners, you will discover some of the best eats on the island.