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Mauritius: An island full of wonders!

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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.

Top activities to do in Mauritius

Biking Mauritius

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

Try sea kayaking in Mauritius!

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

Canyoning in Mauritius

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

Equip and prepare for a canyoning in Mauritius

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

Canyoning in Mauritius: with a guide

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

What you can expect at Tamarin Falls?

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

Discover kitesurfing in Mauritius!

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

Mauritius, kitesurf paradise

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

The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius

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

Learn kitesurfing in Mauritius

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

Have a thrilling holiday in Mauritius!

10 Must-Do in Mauritius

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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!

A Fly over Indian Ocean!

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

Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

Reunion Island

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

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

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

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

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

The Seychelles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have wonderful holidays in the Indian Ocean!

Living in Mauritius

Living in Mauritius

Mauritius, one welcoming island, which is usually referred to paradise is the place to live if you are planning on leaving your home country. Beyond the clichés and advertising discourse about the beauty of Mauritius, this small island in the Indian Ocean has many strengths. Colourful lifestyle, economic stability and culinary uniqueness are few of the reasons for settling in Mauritius.

First -  The climate

With its mild temperatures all year round, Mauritius remains a great place to establish yourself. Everyday guarantees sunshine and an average temperature revolving around 25˚C without excessive temperature provides for an ideal atmosphere to live in. The humidity is pretty high but nothing unbearable. If you are still wondering which area is the best to live in, here are some advices for you. It is best to avoid settling in the capital of Port Louis, where the heat and humidity is overwhelming for approximately eight months of the year. Avoid going too much to the south and east since during the four months of winter the wind is omnipresent. The center of the island, where the main population base is concentrated, is not ideal unless you like rain and cold during winter, especially in the town of Curepipe.

The North is undoubtedly ideal for smooth and warm climate all year round with 20˚ degrees of average in winter and 30˚ in summer. That is also why Grand Bay (main North resort) houses most expatriates in Mauritius. This is THE climate paradise of the island of Mauritius: barbecue all year round, pleasant pool temperature, bathing in the lagoon whatever the season, outdoor sports, … life is sweet in Mauritius and even more in Grand Bay!

Facilities offered on the Island

Life on the island of Mauritius is very close to the western model with the heavenly side as a plus. Indeed, for shopping, for example, you will find European store be it for clothing or shopping (Celio, Mango, Super U, Monoprix) with the same products and brands at a more affordable rate.

In various parts of the island, you will come across ultra-modern cinemas that recently opened, with 4-6 rooms with films in simultaneous release with France and the United States. The multitude of activities you will find on the island will definitely conquer your heart. It’s easy to enroll in a football team or in a gym, the options are quite numerous. Living in Mauritius will not change much to your habits. For the curious and for those eager about discoveries, this little island is the place to bethe . The sea will push you to the discovery of water sports, paddleboard, Kite surfing, parasailing and diving among others. With is amalgam of cultures with influences from India, Africa and Asia, Mauritius promises wonderful discoveries, be it on the musical, artistic or simply human aspects. Mauritian being particularly welcoming and helpful people, you will find no difficulty in mixing with them.

Mixing up with the Mauritians

You will find no difficulty in mixing up with the Mauritian.  Their kindness will allow you to integrate the Mauritian culture without difficulty. The mentality is very different from some European countries. The people on the island are rather optimistic. Mauritians are very dynamic people and will always be here to help whenever you need them.

The work value and respect have already been developed on the island. This assiduity allowed the island to become a modern country that had developed rapidly. Mauritius has nothing to envy about the great nations. The major force of the island is the respect of its multiculturalism. The local population is in fact native to different parts of the world. There are Creole, more from the African continent, the Indians, who are the majority on the island, Asians, and finally the French, representing 2% of the Mauritian population. This strong cultural mix with different religions makes Mauritius a rainbow island with as main feature: respect between communities.

Economy in Mauritius

One of the reasons for the actual high demand for settlement in Mauritius: Its economy and taxation. Mauritius is historically a stable country since its independence in 1968. Political regimes of democratic natures have always maintained transparency. The government has implemented effective laws to attract many investors worldwide including particularly effective agreements of double taxation with dozens of Western countries, including France.

These laws and the arrival of foreign companies investing on the Mauritian soil, have contributed to the country’s economic prosperity and its strong development over the past fifteen years. This attractiveness is reflected in a particularly favorable tax regime. Taxes are uniform and amounted to 15% of income, no other taxes imposed. Low taxes, charges far from a Western country, while benefiting from the prevailing economic dynamism and transparency.

The dynamism of Mauritius and its inhabitants have a strong impact on the evolution of the country. The country has been modernized in terms of infrastructure (new highways, new airport …) and foreigners are now more likely to want to settle in Mauritius. Mauritius is today regarded as the gateway to invest in Africa and as the main economic hub of the Indian Ocean especially between Asia and Africa.

Becoming a resident of Mauritius

Living in Mauritius is a tempting and feasible idea. For someone living in a European country, living in Mauritius is legally possible under certain financial conditions. One of the doors to living in Mauritius is via the property market. The government has set up IRS and RES which are awarded to properties such as villas or quite luxurious apartments. These IRS and RES are marketed to Mauritians and foreigners and guarantee obtaining a permanent residence permit on the Mauritian soil.

And if you are interested in staying in Mauritius for longer than 6 months, why not look for your next villa or property in Mauritius?

When to go to on holidays in Mauritius

Mauritius is the holiday dream come true for most who dream of a tropical paradisiacal adventure down the southern hemisphere for a few weeks. Depending on your own availability of holidays and other factors, you will end up planning your holidays during one particular period of time. If money is of no matter, then go ahead and book the best hotel or villa during peak season. It is bound to be exciting ith people all around enjoying the sun, sand and beach of this little tropical paradise.beautiful-mauritius-island1

There are many websites as well as the usual go to which is trip advisor to help you decide which is your best choice depending on reviews of other people. You will be able to determine the quality of service among other relevant points through this method though a little time consuming. However, if you are looking for a more economical holiday all while maintaining the magic of a tropical vacation, you will want to consider other factors such as periods when it is less expensive to book villas as such. This will make the total cost of the holidays lighter on your wallet. This article has as main objective to guide you through the mystical puzzle of Mauritius and its usual syndrome leading to potential visitors wanting to try just about everything!

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Renting a villa or booking a hotel is the first step to any holiday if you do not want any unfortunate mishap. Given the popularity of Mauritius, it would be wise to book way in advance especially if you plan to visit during December or November. Not only do people from up north come over to escape a snowy winter but it is also the summer holidays in Mauritius. So, a lot of people will be taking many a days off to enjoy with their children as family time. Hotels and villas are known to be overbooked during this period, so if you really want to come over during these months, get on with it and book wherever you want to stay because whomever had said better safe than sorry was very right! The beachside hotels will provide a more glamorous touch to your holidays. Waking up to the sun rising over the horizon is one wonderful memory.

Of course, you cannot just wake up early everyday during your holidays in Mauritius- that would be rather too similar to the daily routine of life. Sleep in sometimes, if you opt for a nice hotel, you will have the option to ring up service and be served a scrumptious breakfast in bed overlooking the ocean with its gentle waves crashing against the white powdery beaches. Many people go running in the morning on the sand. The morning breeze especially in Summer is warm and refreshing. Sometimes you would run miles without even realising it if you are a frequent runner. If you are not, this would be a great opportunity to take up a good habit. Set that alarm on the eve and wake up with a deep determination to try the next day. Drag your family or friends or significant other along with you, it would be a shame to let them miss this opportunity.

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In winter, which is mid-year in Mauritius, it is rather cold in the morning but still, nothing to fret over. The sun shines bright after dawn and the birds chirp loudly. It is not for nothing that Mauritius is called a paradise island. The weather in our version of winter is perfect for a walk all wrapped up in a light jacket and a scarf if you really need it. Otherwise, the temperature remains at a comfortable level throughout the day. You may expect a drop in temperature at night but that is nothing that a thick quilt cannot cure. We do not even have heaters in most houses in Mauritius even if some hotels in the plateau central may accommodate that for those who aren’t used to these milder temperatures. Basically, it is a normal holiday period just with jeans and pull overs instead of the casual tshirt and mini short! The prices of hotels are usually lower as well. If you want a great holiday on a budget, winter is when you should plan to come over, with the off peak season you stand a better chance at enjoying promotional deals and other packages especially designed for solo holidayers, couples or families.

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If you like less crowded places and would enjoy a much less frenetic pace of life during your holidays, then winter is the perfect time for you. It is the off peak season so there is way less visitors, hotels have less customers and villas are not as booked as in summer. You might as well find yourself in a silent neighbourhood, sipping a hot coffee with just the singing of the birds and crashing of waves to keep you company. There are places in Mauritius where the hotels are always booked and the beaches filled with people enjoying their afternoon irrespective of which season it is but that is hardly going to be a bother. Children running around are unlikely to disturb you and their laughter adds a certain charm to an otherwise peaceful day. The presence of  more people attracts ice cream vendors who usually operate in vans. Feel free to buy a cone of ice cream for yourself, as the kids say over here- a day at the beach is very incomplete without ice cream or other beach treats like confit of fruits such a pineapple and mango or even shaved ice with rose syrup.

Irrespective of when you choose to come to Mauritius, know that your holidays are bound to be something to remember for a long time! And do remember to invest in a nice enough camera before you land in Mauritius, you will want more tangible memories of your time here and sometimes, simple postcards hardly suffice! Taking the picture of the beach may seem rather mainstream but when it is you taking the picture and not only of that but of endemic flora and fauna as well as of you and your fellow vacationers goofing off, this will go a long way in making your time less forgettable!

Mauritius Island- Trip to 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:

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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.

Mauritius Hot Picks

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

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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!

Most beautiful islands in the world

Not many have had the luxury of travelling the world, its many countries and numerous wonders but some would, rightfully in my opinion, believe that the most impressive beauties of the Earth lies in those tiny floating pieces of lands which we call islands. On a planet made up of 70% water, it is no surprise to be astounded by how much of it is simply ocean and sea. Some of these oceans are home to little places of sunshine and happiness for the avid traveler. One of the most remarkable of them all is the Indian Ocean.

So close to each other, we find the Seychelles, the Maldives, Mauritius, Reunion Island and so much more. They are blessed each with unique landscapes, flora and fauna. A diverse culture spread apart on a vast azure body of water, ever warmed by the tropical sun- seems like a holiday in paradise!

Sunset Mauritius

If you are confused about where to go for your next holidays, we’d suggest all of the Indian Ocean as a wonderful idea! But time and means hardly permit such indulgences! If you are looking for an inexpensive holiday in Mauritius, look no further than on this very blog. There is a plethora of articles waiting to be discovered about countless little paradisiacal destinations. The tropical islands of the Indian Ocean offer the adventure of a lifetime. The feeling of being at home, a great sense of belonging combined with new discoveries everyday- nothing can beat that.

Are you a fan of mountains and beautiful landscapes to accompany your beach holiday?

Then Reunion Island is the way to go for you!

Reunion Island

A more rustic side of the picturesque collection of islands- it is well known for its volcano which tends to erupt majestically after a few years of inactivity. The world watches with baited breath when that finally happens, a fiery beauty to behold indeed. Not only does Reunion Island have a more than impressive volcano but it is also home to three arresting calderas. These huge natural wonders help the survival of many species which are at risk due to pollution and industrialization among other side effects of the modern world. They figure among the World Heritage of UNESCO and should definitely figure on your itinerary of your vacation in Reunion Island.

reunion-island-beach

While you are visiting the Calderas and indulging in hiking as well as sightseeing, it’ll be convenient to book a hotel in Saint Gilles Reunion. If you are on a budget, a 3 star hotel in Reunion Island can do the trick.

Reunion Island is definitely a must-visit, something to always cherish in your memories- the perfect contrast of rocky mountains with the beauty of a glimmering blue sea. While going on a hike into the majestic mountains, fog and cold winds make the experience more thrilling. Given these conditions, it is highly suggested to take precautions though! This cold climate differs from winter in countries of the Northern Hemisphere as it does not snow except at specific times of the year and just a few places on the island, but it is a very unique climate for a tropical island.

If you want to know more about Reunion Island, then be sure to give this a read: Reunion Island of Ice and Fire.

Now, if you would rather tan on the beach and get into extreme activities, exciting little Mauritius should be on your bucket list.

Mauritius

 Mauritius is a mine of treasures, located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by amazing beaches, extraordinary landscape, the wonders of nature, the mouthwatering Mauritian cuisine, and the astonishing multicultural society of this descript island. It is difficult to find a place blessed with so many rare jewels. You will find that the weather majorly influences trips. Renting a car in Mauritius is a good idea. If you desire a summer holiday, Mauritius during the winter is a better idea if you are unused to sweltering hot temperatures. In November and December, the temperature can easily reach 34 degrees Celsius. And it ironically rains a lot more as well! So be careful when you are planning that hiking trip, you do not want to be walking around in drenched shoes! But remember that even if you end up soaking wet in the rain, enjoy the moment- that feeling of being so close to nature! Leaves never seem greener than when droplets of rain water make a pathway on them, a perfect opportunity for photography as well if you are passionate about keeping mementoes of time well spent. This has the potential to be pure bliss.

Now that you are in Mauritius, don’t just limit yourself to the hotel! Sure, the hotels in Mauritius have great food but you have many options to pick from!

ilot gabriel maurice

With so many cultures intermingled together, it is no surprise that Mauritius ends up being a culinary treasure just waiting to be discovered by curious palates. In Mauritius, you will have the pleasure of tasting authentic Indian, Chinese, Creole even Thai and Korean food. There are restaurants who take it one step further and present fusion food. This is the result of our pluricultural society- it all leads to good food! Do not miss the opportunity to taste each and every one of them but do be careful if you want to stay away from too much spices! Convey your requests to your waiter and he will do the needful.

grand bay mauritius

Not only is Mauritius nirvana for foodies but also for our adrenaline junkies! The southern area of Mauritius is a hub for extreme activities to be experienced in nature. Vallée des Couleurs is one of your best choices if you want to try ziplining,  a nature reserve with endemic plants, animals to visit in a semi natural habitat like tortoises and deers among many ohers, as well as a mountainous landscape that just leaves many breathless. Its specializes in quad biking and zip-lines adventures as well as others which are included in different packages. You may feel free to explore which one will best suit your needs. The 4-line zip line package is of 1.3 km, including a rest point at 4 different places. It is designed to allow one to better explore the area from above, being able to see all the wonderful landmarks without having to actually walk through the entire reserve in minimum time. Of course, that’s just a fancy way of saying- adrenaline burst required! You will be dressed with the safety equipments such as-harness, straps, camera, and you will be given several guidelines, following which, time for a marvelous adventure. Gliding such a massive height above the ground and dangling in the air- perfection I would say, don’t you want to try?

Seychelles

Everyone knows of the Seychelles.

At least anyone who has ever thought of visiting an island does!

ile_therese Seychelles

115 islands- that’s a mightily staggering number. They are all blessed with a nice warm sun throughout the year. The beaches are usually stark white against the azure blue sea, dazzling even the most jaded of men. Whether you end up on Mahé, Praslin or any of the little islands, you are guaranteed a great holiday in the Indian Ocean. The beauty of Seychelles is that some islands are so small that you can walk back and forth from one end to the other very easily while in others, you can be misled to think that it is just another big country. Plan a long holiday for Seychelles, there is so much to do that you will regret having to pack up after just a week down on the islands. It is strongly recommended to be prepared to enjoy many days in the different islands of Seychelles before having to head back to boring daily life.

A day at the beach to start with is fantastic, relax- it’s a holiday! This is the time off you had been waiting for after all. If you are a lone wolf kind of person, then stick to the quieter bays, anses and islands. If you are lucky, you might even have the entire beach to yourself or you might have to share it with someone who, like you, just wants some peace and quiet. Listen to the waves and feel the heat of the tropical sun without the disturbance of real life knocking on the door. However, if you are alright with noisiness, then stay in Mahé itself! The laughter of happy children and other holiday goers chatting right and left will just add o the great ambiance. You can treat yourself with ice cream and bask in anticipation of that wonderful tan coming soon!

Petit & Grande Soeur

For couples, life just got more exciting- there are hotels which cater exclusively for couples honeymooning or simply taking a break from the draining daily life. With generous offers from free massages to candlelit dinners happily accommodated by management, you are off to a holiday without reproach. Enjoy a few days of bliss with your loved one in a quasi paradise, being waited on like royalty in Seychelles pool of 5 star hotels. Sumptuous breakfasts in beachfront restaurants, banquet style lunches with others enjoying similar holidays with a wide range of food items to taste and discover on new land with the cherry on top being an intimate dinner of two, classy and to dream of- what more can a romantic soul ask for? The Seychelles Islands are for everyone- you just need to find your niche and it will be the best and most unique time of your life. What are you waiting for? Book that plane!

Anse lazio beach

Seychelles has so much for you to discover though, after your day of rest, get moving! Take a boat to La Digue, there are catamaran rides at affordable prices especially if you will go in groups- that might get you preferential rates. You will have a closer look at the lagoon, it’s honestly nature’s miracle. There is so much colour, such beauty to behold and that’s just the catamaran ride! Imagine a bike ride around the island and a day on Anse Source d’Argent which is renowned for being the most photographed beach worldwide. It’s the celebrity version of beaches- they have competitions, too apparently! Make sure to arm yourself with mosquito repellent, wear your comfyiest clothes (dressing to impress will be of no use!) and take some money with you for your lunch and who knows what might catch your eye. You cannot go back without a souvenir or two after all! You can cycle around the island in group or you can just solo your day out, being the great explorer until time to meet up with the others and take the boat once again. In the evening, you will see the most wonderful sunset of your life, the sky turning a fiery red with streaks of oranges and yellows. Bring a good quality camera if you want to end this holiday with more tangible memories of this trip of a lifetime.

Pourquoi vous devriez visiter l’île Maurice bientôt!

Nous partageons nos conseils dans nos billets sur l’île Maurice, sur la meilleure façon d’y arriver et les périodes idéales pour visiter, mais nous ne fouillons pas trop dans pourquoi il est tant aimé.

Destination Mauritius

L’île entière de l’île Maurice est entouré par des récifs coralliens, créant des lagons vitreux hors de portée des gros poissons. Le récif de corail sain attire la vie de la mer, ce qui en fait un endroit parfait pour la plongée en apnée et en bas de verre des excursions en bateau. L’eau calme fournit également des conditions idéales pour le kayak, et même apprendre à naviguer pour la première fois.

Nous voyons rarement les étoiles de mer dans la plupart des régions du monde, de sorte que la pensée de visiter une île couverte en étoile de mer est généralement un rêve devenu réalité. Ces étoiles de l’océan peuvent être trouvés sur l’île inhabitée de l’île aux Cerfs, juste un court trajet en bateau de la côte.

mauritius travels

Sur la chasse pour la solitude et les étoiles de mer, nous avons pris l’avis d’un membre du personnel de notre hôtel à l’île Maurice et suivi d’un petit chemin de terre, qui a conduit à une plage tranquille sur le côté opposé du petit port. Ceci est où vous trouverez des centaines d’étoiles de mer le long du rivage, sur les minuit couleur rochers, dans l’eau jusqu’aux chevilles. Je recommande fortement le port de chaussures sur la plage parce que cette région dispose également d’une population oursin florissante!

Il ne manque pas de stations balnéaires luxueuses pour se détendre avec votre bien-aimé. Maurice attire les couples recherchant un peu de temps calme pour se reconnecter et il est aussi un endroit idéal pour une lune de miel romantique. Cela dit, nous avons vu quelques jeunes familles au St. Regis, mais il n’a pas envahi par les enfants énergiques. L’ambiance relaxante de cette île tropicale semble envelopper les visiteurs à partir du moment où ils débarquent à l’aéroport.

Je me sens chanceux que nous n’avons pas manqué une visite à cette merveille naturelle. Ce ne fut pas sur notre ordre du jour initial, mais notre guide mauricien a proposé de faire un arrêt ici sur notre chemin de Mahebourg à The St. Regis Mauritius. Cette formation géologique est composé de dunes de sable avec sept couleurs distinctes différentes – rouge, brun, violet, vert, bleu, violet et jaune. Les dunes étonnamment jamais érodent et les couleurs sont causées par la décomposition de la roche volcanique. Si vous prenez une poignée de sable et mélanger les couleurs ensemble, ils finiront par se séparer à nouveau – il est vraiment un phénomène étonnant.

Juste une courte distance de Seven Colored Terre, vous trouverez la Rhumerie de Chamarel – l’une des attractions les plus populaires de l’île Maurice. tours de demi-heure de cette distillerie de rhum sont disponibles du lundi au samedi pour environ 350 roupies. On me dit que le restaurant – L’Alchimiste – est l’un des meilleurs endroits pour manger le déjeuner sur l’île et sert une cuisine unique, préparée avec des produits locaux provenant de la succession.

chamarel mauritius

Chaque section locale que nous avons rencontrés sont sortis de leur façon de nous aider. Ils sont fiers de leur île et semblent heureux de la partager avec les visiteurs. Un de nos amis qui vit à l’Ile Maurice parle très bien de la population locale et a des dizaines d’histoires sur les Mauriciens de sortir de leur façon de l’aider – dans le supermarché, dans la rue, etc.

Quel est votre sport nautique préféré? Nous les aimons tous, donc nous avons passé la plupart de notre temps dans l’eau chaude. Nous avons visité l’île en hiver – le temps le plus venteux de l’année – ce qui est idéal pour la voile et la planche à voile. Maurice est la maison à un spot de planche à voile de classe mondiale – juste à côté du St. Regis – même si vous ne voulez pas l’essayer pour vous-même, il est un diable d’un spectacle. Les matinées sont généralement calme, même en hiver, de sorte que c’est lorsque vous aurez envie de prendre un kayak, ou bateau à aubes.

Ski nautique et wakeboard peut être fait l’année, cependant, les stations ne pourront prendre le bateau si la marée est suffisamment élevée (sinon vous pourriez vous retrouver l’atterrissage sur une parcelle de corail forte). Snorkeling peut évidemment être fait toute l’année, mais la température de la visibilité et de l’eau est à son meilleur en été. Summertime – quand les vents meurent vers le bas – est aussi la saison idéale pour le surf.

Le meilleur moment pour visiter l’île Maurice est de Mai à Décembre quand le temps est frais, sec et ensoleillé. Attendez-vous à quelques-unes des plus belles plages de l’Afrique, des fruits de mer et de longues journées ensoleillées un jour férié Maurice. L’île a un climat tropical classique avec un temps chaud toute l’année. Même en hiver, de Mai à Octobre, la température chute du chaud au embaumée. Pendant l’été, de Novembre à Avril, les journées sont chaudes et humid. Nous ne recommandons pas visting Maurice durant la saison cyclonique humide, de Janvier à Mars, et d’éviter la côte est en Juillet et Août, lorsque le vent est à son plus fort .

Même après quelques jours de l’acclimatation à la différence de temps de douze heures, nous avons fait encore sûr de se réveiller avant le lever du soleil tous les jours. Voici pourquoi….

Nous ne voulions pas manquer un seul lever ou le coucher du soleil tout le temps que nous étions sur l’île, car ils étaient tous de façon unique magnifique. On n’a jamais été déçus.

Top 10 Beautiful Islands: Mauritius

Mauritius Le Morne

The summer holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start planning your next holidays. After a grueling year, some are dreaming of tranquility, sun and sand. TripAdvisor, which just unveiled its ranking Travelers’ Choice 2016 best islands in the world and Europe, allows to give ideas of escape in the heavenly places.

The Nominees

While some will never know how to make yet another international ranking, others will see the reflection of a trend. Realistic or oriented, this trend will prove the influence and international influence of the happily nominated.

The results were based from an algorithm that analyzed the quantity and quality of comments and voters for the various categories (hotels, restaurants and attractions) and interest reservations on the site over a period of a year.

Top 10

Aloha! Maui is leading. It is known for its many beaches and multiple surf spots, diving and windsurfing. The hikes are also appreciated by those who like to discover the treasures of this second island of the archipelago of Hawaii, including a trip to the summit of Haleakala volcano, which rises to 3000 meters. Among lush vegetation, waterfalls and towering cliffs, Maui form a varied landscape that reveals an impressive nature.

As every year the reference Reviews’ site – Trip Advisor – unveils its ranking of the 10 most beautiful islands of the World. A ranking waited feverishly and anxiously by professionals of the tourism sector. Those of Mauritius must be delighted, because the island is ranked 7th most beautiful island in the world (8th in 2015). A boon to the MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority) who is offered an unstoppable campaign with millions of users of the US site. Being present in a Top 10 ranked Trip Advisor is eligible for an extraordinary showcase both on this extremely visited website founded in 2000 and anywhere on the community of travelers around the world.

Above all, the meaning of the Top 10 is not meaningless, unlike other fancier rankings: here it is not the professionals but users who vote. The findings stem from a precious algorithm: the quality of comments to the assessment of users in one year.

Hawaii and the island of Maui have been elected the most beautiful island of the world by Internet users. The surfer island Providenciales follows which is indeed beautiful and discreet (Turkey and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean). With its 7th place, TripAdvisor described Mauritius with a few words: “Mauritius is probably the richest destination in all of Africa: a tropical paradise with lots to do. ” Probably the best advertising of the World.

Top 10 most beautiful islands in the World by Trip Advisor (Travelers’ Choice 2016) are:

1. Maui, Hawaii

2. Santorini, Greece

3. Jamaica, The Caribbean

4. Providenciales, Turkey and Caicos

5. Bali, Indonesia

6. Mallorca, Spain

7. Mauritius, Africa

8. Phuket, Thailand

9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Our Top 4 are:

1.       Maui, Hawaii

If you like watching the sun rise from the summit of a volcano, more than 3 000 meters, swim under a waterfall, hike in the craters and relax on white sandy beaches, while Maui enchant you. This is the place to surf and do some windsurfing. You can also embark a catamaran to snorkel off the island of Molokoni, an island-crater which houses a lively and extremely rich underwater life. Why not decorate your tropical vacation to a round of golf or a visit to a vineyard before offering yourself a tasting of mai tai on the beach?

2.        Bali, Indonesia

The island of Bali, in Indonesia, is an ideal destination both for travelers seeking adventure and holidaymakers looking to relax. The waters along the white sand beaches of the island are perfect for diving, while the dense jungles, home to many monkeys and hidden stone temples, call for exploration. If the rocky paths do not scare you, hike to the summit of Mount Batur. Your efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view. Then, do not forget to pamper your aching muscles, indulge in a massage in one of the many luxury spas that account Bali.

3.        Mauritius, Africa

Mauritius Mosaique

Mauritius is probably the richest destination in all of Africa: a tropical paradise with plenty to do. Port Louis, the modern capital of this island of 61 km by 46, is a bustling port with a modern waterfront and a busy market. However, the majority of visitors who are close to resorts like Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches or Flic en Flac which is a livelier place and known for its diving sites. The city of Black River is perfect for travelers who want to fish on the high seas. Do not miss a visit in the center and the the wonderful Gorges, Grand Bassin, Seven coloured earth and many more places of interest the island boasts.

  1. 1.        Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The turquoise lagoons, white sandy squares and orange sunsets fit so well in the romantic setting of this island which explains why she received twice the same name. Mingle with tropical fish in the Coral Garden in Tupitipiti Point, and relax on the occasion of a self-tour to enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu, ancient volcano. The Lagoonarium, look at the shark feeding and swim alongside turtles. Finally, end the day with a delicious meal in one of the best French restaurants on the island, then finish the day en beauté while sipping a tropical cocktail under the stars of Bora Bora Sky.

Which one would you choose for your next holidays ?

Tips for your holidays in Mauritius

Mauritius Tips

Mauritius, a tropical island paradise and one of the world’s top luxury tourism destinations, is a place everyone should visit at least once in their life. It possesses a wide range of natural and man-made attractions. The island benefits from a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. We have compiled a list of tips for you, so that you can spend wonderful holidays on the paradisiacal island of the Indian ocean!

#Tip 1

Well if you are not good at reading maps: Take taxis! Booking a taxi for the day for sightseeing and excursions in Mauritius is a good solution: it’s practical but remains a little more expensive than renting a car … in return, the driver often serves as a guide!

Budget: € 55/65 day approx. (2300/2700 Rs).

We advise you to negotiate before and see it on the spot. Avoid taking taxis offered by your hotel which is often more expensive than the other ones.

#Tip 2

Rent a car: Do not forget your Map of Mauritius! This is a very practical solution to wander around the island … But you must remember to book well in advance during peak season (indeed most major international rental companies make specials if you book in advance). There are quite a few local brands that have set up shop and offer rates which are often lower (be careful when it comes to the condition of vehicles and the conditions for assistance, insurance, the deductibles …). With those you can provide for a Budget of about 25 € per day. Most will deliver the vehicle at the airport with or without charge.

The big international rental companies like Avis are all available from the airport with a budget that starts rather around € 35/40  per day. Feel free to go through a broker who may offer negotiated prices in the largest rental companies (international or local) and you get a level of rates that might surprise you.

When you got your car, let the adventure begin! Remember that driving is on the left but priority is given to vehicles coming from the right, beware of dangerous overtaking and avoid driving at night. Please note also the lack of visibility: the sugar cane fields can completely obstruct the view in some crosses.

#Tip 3

Change you money in town! Exchange offices of the city center are preferable to those hotels and banks where commissions are often much more important. It is best to withdraw some money at the airport for the transfer (if not included) and wait to be there to make changes in a separate offices. Do not hesitate to compare and to bargain! Note that many retailers allow you to withdraw money in cities and you can also pay by credit card at major hotels, shops in most cities of the island… Check before leaving on fees charged by your bank.

#Tip 4

Do not book your excursions and activities in advance! Even if you are visiting Mauritius during the peak season and you’re afraid of not finding trip to your foot, do not worry: you’ll probably be overwhelmed with proposals on the spot! You will come across a vast number of local agencies and you can even get better rates on site since you can negotiate consistently while promoting competition. It is not worth taking trips offered by your tour operator, they are almost always expensive.

#Tip 5

Take masks and snorkels! Do not forget to put those in your suitcase, otherwise you will be obliged to rent all the time and this quickly become expensive because you will always be wanting more! Snorkeling (also called PMT: Palmes-Masque-Tuba) allows you to penetrate a stunning underwater spectacle: colorful fish, aquatic plants, turtles, stingrays and even dolphins or (friendly) sharks … No need for special skills: this activity is accessible to everyone, even to the children pertaining they know how to swim! Take some precautions though: wear bathing shoes, put 1 shirt or 1 combi …

Best spots you should not miss: Blue Bay Marine Park, West Coast (Flic en Flac, Le Morne …), near Flat Island (passes between Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel) Pereybere, Balaclava, La Cambuse and Belle Mare…

#Tip 6

Eat Local Specialties. If you want to eat the same products that you eat at home they will return you 20 to 30% more expensive (yoghurt, meats, imported industrial products …) than the local prducts.

With small local restaurants, it is easy to eat cheap in Mauritius. It normally costs around Rs 500/600 (- € 15) for 2 and at noon, one can lunch on the go in small huts or beach carts (samosas, donuts, dholl puris, fresh fruit) for Rs 100 for 2 (€ 3). Another option is to opt for the “world food”, eating Chinese in Mauritius costs almost nothing! Make finding in the markets and look for fruits while making lots of bargains: you can also eat lots of little typical local snacks for some Rupees.

Speaking of cost of living, make sure you take your cosmetics! Sunscreen, mosquito repellent products but also health and beauty in general (as baby diapers) are quite expensive on site (as they are imported), plan your stock before you go!

#Tip 7

Buy your spices at the supermarket! In fact, supermarkets are the best plan to do you tropical shopping – Curry powder, vanilla beans, rum, cinnamon, peppers … Their “spices” stall are well supplied and it’s not expensive at all, though – at the market they, oddly, are!

#Supplementary Tip

You should also know: the importation of any weapon is prohibited in Mauritius (even knives, even under artificial form) and severely punished, it is also illegal to possess a defensive weapon like tear gas, do not forget to take your shoes off in every temple you visit (pay attention to your outfit) and observe some decency rules (nudism forbidden, topless to avoid …)

Have a great time in Mauritius!