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Mauritius in 10 must-sees

Do you know what is one of the best things to do when it’s cold and in winter in France? No, it’s not curling up in a plaid, on your couch, watching TV. It’s also not about gobbling up tons of vitamin C pills to stay awake.

No, no, no, the thing that can help you survive our harsh winters is to go to the sun. For having tested, spend a few days in a hot and sunny country, at the end of the year, it’s a real booster.

Your body will come back to life, trust us as a traveler. And this year, we offer Mauritius as a destination!

As you know us by heart, you know we did not lie on the beach to bubble all day. No, our thing was to travel across Mauritius, up and down. For that, you think to rent a car well in advance (not like us), and you will be able to make some profit. Think well to drive left, like the British. Small peculiarity: you can park on the road, where you want. You will become the king of obstacle avoidance …

Well, let’s tackle things, what can we do in Mauritius? To give you an idea, we were on the east coast, next to Belle-Mare.

The Botanical Garden, you will discover

We start slowly with an introduction to the flora of Mauritius. It is important to know the trees well. Between the pepper trees, the cinnamon trees, the hundreds of palm trees, you have something to do. For the anecdote, it is in the district of Pamplemousse. Well, there is even a turtle enclosure, but we, to see animals in cages, it saddens us always a little.

You have guides at the entrance of the park, if you want to know everything. Otherwise, the ride can also be done independently.

If you are motivated, you can go to Port-Louis, the capital. To be honest, there is little interest in visiting the city except, perhaps, its market. You can also do the classic photo of the umbrella alley at Caudan Waterfront, a shopping center. Eventually, also have a drink, it’s you who decides.

On the beach of Blue Bay Beach, you will tan

The beach of Blue Bay Beach, in the South East of Mauritius, is a little what you look for when you are on vacation in this kind of destination. Shades of crazy blue, transparent water, coconut trees and white sand. In short, all the clichés of a successful postcard.

As a bonus, you have a nice view on the Ile des Deux Cocos … You can go by boat, the beach is public. Just know that a 5-star hotel sits on the island.

Enjoy it to eat a piece, there are plenty of small huts, around the beach, which make local dishes, spicy or not, everything depends if you have the shielded mouth. The advantage is that it’s cheap. Another thing to note is that in Mauritius, you have plenty of trucks that sell ice, with the same little music of 10 seconds that runs in a loop!

It is also a nice place for snorkelling. You will find lots of glass bottom boats that turn in the bay and that will take you for 7 € (300 rupees) / person. The diving equipment is even provided. On the way back, if you are in the right direction, you have the coastal road that goes from Blue Bay Beach to Poste de Flacq.

At the Pointe aux Piments, you will taste

Are you looking for a small public beach, quiet? Do you like Chili? Then you will find your happiness at the Pointe aux Piments. It is in the West of Mauritius. For your information, access is just after the Méridien resort. You’ll be well pampered, you have trees to bubble in the shade. There are even some fish in the water. Go to the coral reef, she’s not far to swim. And then it will make you do a little sport.

Are you hungry? Of course, all this sport digs … A grilled fish, by the sea, there’s that real. That’s good, because if you go back to Trou aux Biches by the coastal road, you will inevitably fall on the cabin of the catch of the fisherman. It’s fresh, it’s good, it’s well placed, and with a single mojito, you drink the equivalent of a 1/2 bottle of rum! As a bonus, the addition is super light.

Do you want to go back to the beach? No problem. You continue to the north, along the coast, and you only have to choose the one you like. You are spoiled for choice between Mont Choisy Beach, Grand Baie (the most touristic) or Pereybere (our favourite). Quite simply, we are the champions to find beaches with trees and the sun.

Do not miss the church at Cap Malheureux, and its red roof!

At 7 waterfalls, you’ll jump

Then, we offer you the excursion not to miss. It’ll take you 4 to 5 hours, it’s a physical hair, but it’s spectacular. The pitch: you go down in the valley, in the jungle, along the Tamarin river, where you will see 7 waterfalls (there are 10 in all, for your culture). The best in all this? You can swim and jump from the rocks. Between 5 and 10m, depending on your courage – that we imagine huge 😉.

For this, we strongly advise you to take a guide, because the path is not always obvious … and then, he knows all the good paths. The icing on the cake, he even provides the lunch, with the local sauce. Good chicken, cheese and onion sandwiches, and good seasonal fruits.

Little bonus: free fish-pedicure in the pools!

After your hike, 15 minutes from the waterfalls, you have a huge Indian temple in Grand Bassin. It is a place of immense pilgrimage.

From the submarine, you will experiment

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So, we offer you something unusual. You’ll be able to take yourself for Commander Cousteau. It’s happening in Trou aux Biches, and the box that does that is Blue Safari. You have 2 choices: a submarine, where you are completely dry, and which goes down to 35m of depth … or mini-scooter of the seas, to go down to 3m. Little bonus, you have your head out of the water!

To you the little fish … And it’s safe, there are divers who accompany you. In short, it is a rather unusual experience to live. This is a good alternative for those who do not dive, either with snorkeling or with bottles.

At Deer Island, you’ll go

Do you have the day in front of you? So why not try Deer Island? Admittedly, it’s touristy, but it’s nothing to see. You have several options available to you. The catamaran that takes you on the island and makes you take a ride, the motor boat, privatized or not.

Basically, you go on Ile aux Cerfs, you spend a little time on the beach, you eat locally on the Island, and you go to the waterfall (and see the monkeys) next. What a good day, sun, romantic, friends or family. If your guide is not bad, it can even drop you on less crowded beaches where you will be almost alone in the world.

Do not look for deer, there are no more on Deer Island.

Diving, you will abuse

We have already talked a little about diving in other must-haves, but we must tell you that this spot is really worth it, it is on the beach of Long Beach!

Here, the corals are in great condition, the water is clear even in windy conditions, there are many fish and there is little background. You’ll understand, it’s The place to Be to dive with mask and snorkel.

At Le Morne Brabant, you’ll go

Le Morne Brabant is the tip located in the extreme south-west of Mauritius. But before talking to you in more detail, take advantage of it to see the 7 colors of the Earth and the magnificent waterfall of this nature reserve.

While entry is not free, but the site is worth a look.

For lunch, not to ruin you, the Liverpool Snack, in the city of Gaulette, is waiting for you. You will eat locally, with locals, for 7 € for 2 (300 rupees).

Let’s talk about the famous Morne Brabant. You can go early in the morning to hike and climb to the top. The climb is done in 2 parts. A 1st that remains affordable, and a second, which is almost like climbing. Not to mention the descent which is not simple. Count 4h minimum for the return trip, with a significant heat.

Just next to Le Morne Brabant, you will see the famous Ile Aux Benitiers. Also know that at the foot of Morne Brabant, you have a huge spot for Kite.

Rum, you’ll be bored

You will notice that in Mauritius, there is a lot of sugar cane plantations. At Chamarel, you will find one rhumery to test local Rum. And to test is a little word. The entrance is certainly paid, but besides the visit of the rum, you will taste. But not 1 or 2 glasses, no, future alcoholic, 9 different rums

And some are pretty cool. You do not take the wheel after, you’ll be cute, promise?

In conclusion, we must tell you, everyone speaks French (English, and Creole) and is adorable in Mauritius. Think about doing a fruit cure, they are delicious !!! And to have liquid on you. The wildlife is also crazy! Of course, we did not have time to do everything or test everything. You also have excursions to see dolphins, hikes, other beaches, etc … But after all, it may be the subject of another trip.

From Ile aux Cerfs to Cap Malheureux, from Rivière Noire to Chamarel, discover all these emblematic sites of an island that is both oriented towards nature and culture. Let’s start with the north of the island and its garden Pamplemousses, then head west with its small villages and national park Black River Gorges, before reaching the south and its natural environment intact. To finish this visit of Mauritius, we invite you to discover the east of Mauritius, its charming villages and its coast … All possibilities of excursions that will allow you to pierce all the mysteries of one of the most beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean.

To prepare your departure on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, we have concocted for you ideas of complete stays (accommodation + car rental) to allow you to go around Mauritius.

THE NORTH OF MAURITIUS

The north coast of Mauritius is undoubtedly the most touristic region, with a host of seaside resorts and some of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean. Attention, which says tourist does not necessarily say that there is nothing else to do than spend his days on the beaches. We have specially grouped a list of points of interest. In addition to the beaches of Mont Choisy, Grand Bay, Flic en Flac and Trou aux Biches, we invite you to excursions north of Mauritius, off the beaten track. Discover the islet Gabriel, the church of Cap Malheureux or the castle Labourdonnais or the Museum of the Adventure of Sugar during your stay. Take a tour of the garden of Pamplemousses which contains priceless botanical treasures: spice tree, ebony, teak, mahogany, balsa, sugar cane …

Located in the North West, Port Louis is a must. Located between mountains and a calm bay, the capital is the only port of the island. A day in Port Louis is an opportunity to discover the historic and colonial past of the city with fortifications such as Fort Adelaide or the place of arms. This is where the government hotel is located. The city is marked by a strong cultural mix. There is the village of Chinatown as well as an Indian and Muslim neighborhood.

SOUTH OF MAURITIUS

Mauritius South Coast

Much wilder, the southern coast of Mauritius still seems forgotten by tour operators and reserves beautiful surprises for nature lovers. We discover a desolate coastline and a host of authentic fishing villages. Follow us and go relax on the beautiful beach of Pointe d’Esny, discover the famous Tea Route or visit the reserve of Ile aux Aigrettes. In the south-west of Mauritius, is the Chamarel rum which produces the best rum of the island. A beautiful mix of scenery both in terms of landscapes and culture at the time of a visit to the south of Mauritius!

EAST OF MAURITIUS

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Of all the regions of the island, it is probably the east coast of Mauritius that offers the most beautiful and impressive beaches. It is also here that we find some of the most luxurious hotels in Mauritius. Miles of golden sand from Belle Mare beach to water activities (diving, catamaran, snorkeling, water skiing, exploration of the seabed) of Ile aux Cerfs through the island of Amber and the Cavernes de Roches Noires , let us show you the most unknown and wildest aspects of Mauritius during a day east of Mauritius.

WEST OF MAURITIUS

The west coast of Mauritius is the sunniest of all, so much so that it can be discovered all year long! Travelers and locals live there to the rhythm of the sea and the sun, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Set on the turquoise lagoon, Morne Brabant is the biggest attraction in this part of the island. A true paradise, Le Morne Brabant is ideal for mountain walks and breathtaking landscapes. Its beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius. It has everything to please lovers of relaxation and swimming and sportsmen who wish to practice snorkeling (with mask and snorkel), diving, walking underwater, water skiing, catamaran or any other water sports in the area. clear waters.

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In a wild setting, we will also take you to discover the beaches of Flic en Flac and try surfing on the Tamarin side. During your stay, do not miss the opportunity to live a unique experience in the lagoon of Mauritius. During a walk-in boat near Black River, you can realize a childhood dream, swim with dolphins. Several companies offer you to the travelers to swim with the dolphins in Mauritius. Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius allows you to go on board a boat to meet the two species encountered in the region: the long-beaked dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin. “And for a romantic excursion, follow us on the island of Benitiers for a lunch that will remain etched in your memories all your life, on your return! What to make a truly idyllic vacation! THE CENTER OF ISLAND MAURICE was forgotten by visitors, the Center of the island Mauritius, however, offers a wide range of sightseeing opportunities during holidays in Mauritius, although the reliefs of Mauritius are not comparable to those of Reunion Island, but they allow you to leave the beaten path and clichés to dive into a region. From city to city, go out and meet Mauritians while discovering real treasures of Creole architecture – in short, a region abandoned by tourists to discover during a hike. in the central plateau.

Have a great excursion in Mauritius!

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

7 colours mauriitus

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.

Surrounded by lofty and mighty mountains and dotted with tropical forests, the scenic natural beauty of Mauritius is an attraction in itself. The vast stretches of virgin beaches covered with sparkling, white sands, the coral reefs and the transparent backwaters are few of the Mauritian Beaties. Here are some peculiar beauties of the island of Mauritius.

THE POPULATION

The Mauritian Population is around 1,2 million of persons of different origins, 65,8% from India, 27,7% from Africa, 2% from Europe and 3% from China roots. Creole is the most used language on our beautiful island, Mauritius. Let us learn some key words before your arrival. Mauritius has a density of 1865 km2. It is 65 kms long and 45 kms wide. the highest mountain is 828 meters high and is called Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire.

Creol is a language with a lot of images. It describe whatever you want to express with the most realistic way. It is a language which has its own life, with no rules. And mostly, it just re-invent itself every single day.

Most Popular Creole Phrases

Hello: Bonzour

How are you? : Ki manière?

I am great: Tou Korek, mo bien

Today: Zordi

Tomorrow: Démain

I would like to eat….: Mo envi manze ene

I would like to drink…: Mo envi bwar ene

Let’s go to…: A nu alle…

See you later: Talère nu zoine

Ti Lakaz En Tol – Colonial Houses

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The Capital of our little island is a true concentrate of old historical buildings. The place d’armes  is the historic center of the city. It is surrounded by palm trees in front of the Government House which was built in 1729 by Nicolas de Maupin, the Governor at the time.

The creole style house symbolizes the creole lifestyle. It is designed in a very specific way. The creole house is generally oriented eastward, in the direction of the rising sun. This will keep the house bathing in the sun rays. Awnings protect the house from the wind, rain and Sun. The roofs are arranged in four slopes and are high enough to ventilate the house and keep the air circulation, avoiding any shakes when the wind hits the house. There is no glass in the windows, just wooden shutters, windows blinds which protect from bad weather and Sun

Another major capital building is, without doubt, the theater of Port Louis. One of the oldest in the Indian Ocean and which was built around the 19th century. And in the corners of some  streets and alleys, you will discover also, by pure coincidence, some old houses which have a past, sometimes no more future, or luckily a second life.

 

The seven colors earth

« It’s a symphony of colors, a cry of dust that exalts an explosion of sparks »: Edwin Michel, mauritian writer

Lost in the middle of the most typical and authentic place on the island, Chamarel is a small village located in the South-West of the island.  And when one refers to Chamarel, he also talks about the Black River Gorges and the Chamarel Rhumerie, the Chamarel Cascade… the seven colors earth…

Born within a volcanic land, the seven colors earth are colors in a very rare geological curiosity: the naked earth dunes, in different colours (ochre, brown, pink, orange, purple…). These are volcanic ash exposed by erosion. May we try to mix them, a few hours later they separate fiercely with their primitive nuance.

This natural phenomenon is a product deeply decomposed and shaped by the gully of basalts. The hot and humid climate has promoted decomposition of basalt to the clay.

Giant turtles can also be observed for the joy of children.

The Cascade of Chamarel

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This waterfall is fed by the rivers St Denis and Viande Salée and is about 100 meters high. The period when the flow is the most important, is between December and April, due to the heavy rains and the cyclonic period. A promontory offers an overview. It is also possible to go down and bathe.

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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

Choose your accommodation

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

Villa Caroline
Villa Caroline

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

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

Exclusive Mauritius Villa
Exclusive Mauritius Villa

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

VillaMauritius
VillaMauritius

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

 

Modes of Transports

Public transport in Mauritius
Public transport in Mauritius

By Public Transport-Bus

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

Taxi in Mauritius
Taxi in Mauritius

By Taxi

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

Rent a car and/or a driver

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

Plan your schedule

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

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

Visit the Capital of Mauritius-Port-Louis

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

Tandem Skydiving in Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zip-lines-Mauritius
Zip-lines-Mauritius

Zip-lines

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

4-D Cinema

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

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

Known as the star and key of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a mesmerizing island. The island is much famed for being surrounded by a calm turquoise lagoon, blessed by the presence of a tropical sun, for having soul-stirring panoramas and a mosaic of cultures. Everyone can imagine themselves vacationing in Mauritius: sipping cocktail, lying on the golden sand and gazing at the majestic ocean. Indeed, this is relaxing to the body, mind and soul. Yet, if you haven’t tried the extreme sports that Mauritius offers and haven’t experienced the adrenaline rushing through your veins, then your trip is incomplete. Check the candid experience from a traveler’s diary.

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Excerpts from the traveler’s diary

My visit to Mauritius had been enthralling. I was able to witness the glory of such a beautiful country of which I had only read about. Reputed for its captivating and exotic beaches, Mauritius is also a mine full of extreme activities that allowed me to feel the kick. Being a lone adventurer and an introvert, I pushed myself to the limit and discovered myself in a whole new light-that’s when you are hanging between the earth and the sky.

RIVER TREKKING

On a bright and warm day, I went for river trekking as recommended by my guide. At first I had no clue about this activity having not even heard about it. Taking a risk, I agreed. But, I was not all dejected. Travelling to the southern part of the island, I was welcomed at the Galet River by friendly guides and managers of this trekking adventure. The payment was followed by a quick and thorough session of guidelines of dos and don’ts and adorning safety equipments.

trek

The four hour trek went through like a flash. We started by marching-or hopping off watery rocks till we came across a big waterfall. We were told it was safe to fall into it. Yet, we had the choice of gliding through the rocky surface found just beside the waterfall. As most of my team members went for having a natural butt massage, my other co-équipiers and I went for the dive. Taking a deep breath and facing my biggest fear, I jumped into the waterfall and within half a second I was already in the fresh and cool waters of the river. It was not too deep so I managed a swim. The tingling sensation is just amazing.

Exploring the aquatic flora and fauna, and listening to the glistening sound of the crisp water, rustling of trees and songs of birds, our stream trip came to an end at the Chazal Restaurant where we were offered a much deserved Mauritian lunch included in the package.

ZIP LINES-TYROLIENNES ADVENTURE

The southern area of the island is literally a hub for extreme activities to be experienced in nature. Vallée des Couleurs is nature reserve with endemic plants, animals, waterfalls and mountainous landscapes. Its specializes in zip-lines adventures or as we may say, Tyroliennes. The 4-line zip line package of 1.3 km was my choice. This package includes a rest point at 4 different places and allows one to better explore the area in minimum time. I was dressed with the safety equipments by the staff-harness, straps, camera, and guidelines. Following this, I set off on this marvelous adventure. Gliding such a massive height above the ground and dangling in the air, I was nervous.

zip

Yet, after a while, looking at the fabulous landscapes from a bird’s eye, I forgot all my anxieties. This was so beautiful and heartwarming. Below, I could see the famous 23-colored earth, stags running, flowing rivers and waterfalls and the epic beauty of the south coast of Mauritius. I even bonded with rare birds as the Pink Pigeon and Cateau Vert. I never knew Mauritius would be so very admiring. I was mesmerized. This adventure ended blissfully with a typical Mauritian lunch at the restaurant on the cliff where again the dazzling scenery was in front of my eyes.

VIA FERRATE ACTIVITY

The Via Ferrate or the iron road trip has been my most cherished one on the island. This activity is done on the western part of the island. I was not alone. Accompanied by many other tourists and local members, we were at first briefed about the trip and the safety precautions that to be taken. Needless to say, the safety equipments were right away on our bodies. We then proceeded to mountain climbing with our guides. I just wished I paid more attention in that cardio class. But, it was worth the sweat.

ferate

When we reached the peak of the Mamzel Mountain, the panorama was breathtaking. We could see the union of the blue sky with the sea and the majestic waves crashing against the coral reefs and people parasailing. We then started an easy trek, followed by crossing a hanging bridge! Only one thought kept flashing through my mind: what if I fell down in the river! But none of that happened. This was soon over and I emerged victorious on the other side and unharmed. As we were on a hill top, we were glided down to the river through Tyroliennes. That was simply amazing.

Shouts of excitement soaring in the air and cool breezing sweeping our faces, we landed with splash in the river. There, we swam in the refreshing waters and under the waterfall. We had lunch on a wooden platform just beside the river. I have no words to describe how splendid that was. We felt disconnected from all worldly desires and instead found ourselves discovering oneself and finding inner peace and bliss. Mauritius is truly a paradise.
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Many plan for holidays with family and friends thus the possibility of holidaying alone may seem rather daunting. Often when travelling alone, budgets and time are top priorities. Solo travel is often on the bucket list of many people and it’s never too early to strike off an item! Certain things are absolute necessities when traveling, especially safety.

mauritius reunion seychelles

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

1.     Always have a Plan!

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

mauritius travels

2.     Know where you are…

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

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

map mauritius travels

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

3.     Precautions reduce the risk of bankruptcy

In prime place of importance is Medical Expenses.

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

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

4.     Reach out to fellow travelers

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

solo travel islands

5.     Food!

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

mauritian seafood restaurant

 

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

rum tasting mauritius

 

 

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

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

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

Mauritius holidays

Sunny beaches, turquoise waters!

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

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

mauritius sea

Drive Yourself Around and Explore!

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

mauritius sugarcane

Be Adventurous with your Food!

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

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

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

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

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

shawarma kebab mauritius

Shopping, Shopping and… More Shopping.

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

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

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

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Unique Wonders of Mauritius- Colored Earths sound intriguing?

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

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For The Lucky Nature Enthusiast:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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History Mystery

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

Museums in Mauritius

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

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