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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.

The Mauritius Backpacking Guide

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

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

Port Louis

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

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

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

Chamarel

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

Plaine Magnien

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

Curepipe

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

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

Ile aux Cerfs Island

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

Tips for backpacking in Mauritius

  1. 1.      Always plan

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

  1. 2.      Flight saving

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

  1. 3.      Accommodation saving

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

  1. 4.      Transport Saving

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

  1. 5.      Food Saving

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

10 Must-Do in Mauritius

Beach Mauritius

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

1. Ile aux Cerfs

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

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

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

2. The Garden of Pamplemousses

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

Garden Admission: Rs 200 (5 €)

3. Blue Bay

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

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

4. Port Louis and its market

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

5. Beach of Mont Choisy

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

6. Cap Malheureux

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

7. Grand Baie

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

8. Le Morne

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

9. Visit the Aquarium Mauritius

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

10. The Tea Route in Mauritius

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

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

Have a wonderful trip around Mauritius!

A Fly over Indian Ocean!

Indian Ocean Sunset

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

Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

Reunion Island

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

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

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

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

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

The Seychelles

Seychelles - La Digue - Grande Anse

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have wonderful holidays in the Indian Ocean!

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:

Port-Louis-Mauritius

Harbor of Port-Louis-Mauritius

Visit the Capital of Mauritius-Port-Louis

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

Tandem Skydiving in Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zip-lines-Mauritius

Zip-lines-Mauritius

Zip-lines

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

4-D Cinema

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

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

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

Trou aux cerfs Mauritius

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

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

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

Chamarel and the land of the seven colors

Chamarel Mauritius

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

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

The Gorges National Park Black River

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

Ile aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve

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

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

Blue Bay Marine Park

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

The Northern islands

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

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

Top things to do in Mauritius

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

Water Activities in Mauritius

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

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

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

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

Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius

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

Nature sports in Mauritius

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

Golf in Mauritius

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

Aquarium of Mauritius

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

Discover the Casela Adventure Park

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

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

Bet at the Champs de Mars Race course

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

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius

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

Top 5 Beaches in Mauritius

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

Mont Choisy

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

Flic en Flac

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

Blue Bay

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

Belle Mare

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

Souillac

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

Top Mauritian Dishes

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

Rougail

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

The Briani

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

See our recipe Briani chicken here

Magic bowl

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

Dholl Puri

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

Fried Noodles

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

Taro Cakes

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

Top Restaurants in Mauritius

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

The Château de Bel Ombre

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

Phone: +230 605 5000

La Clef des Champs

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

Phone: +230 686 3458

Chez Tante Athalie

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

Phone: +230 243 9266

Chez Rosy

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

Phone: +230 625 4179

Happy Rajah

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

Phone: +230 263 2241

Mauritius: Everything you need to know

Official country Name: Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Area: 1865 km2

Population: 1.3 million inhabitants

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

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

Religions: Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam and Tamil minorities.

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

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

Weights and measures: Metric

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs)

Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz.

Telephone Code : + 230 + correspondent’s number

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours from Paris

Transport network

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

Moving around:

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

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

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

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

Health

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

Security

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

Climate: when to go?

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

Did you know ?

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

Have wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

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!

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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.

Waterfalls in Mauritius

Located south of Mauritius Rochester Falls rushes wilderness more than 10 meters high. Famous for its rectangular rocks, the waterfall is also and above all a peaceful and quiet place, accessible through the sugar cane fields: an extraordinary experience!

Located just 4 kilometers from the village of Souillac, famous for its stunning cliffs, Rochester Falls is lost in the countryside. If you hear his roar for kilometers around, the waterfall is accessible only through the plantations. The one discovers a magnificent gorge with lush vegetation where the waterfall about ten meters high flows. The water ends up in a nice pool, some will jump from the top of the falls, others less adventurous, come here to bathe in a pleasant environment.

If Rochester Falls is one of the best places to tour in Mauritius, it is not so much for its beautiful landscape for the intimacy of the place. Unspoilt by mass tourism, it is the privileged place for travelers wishing to explore the amazing sites without being jostled by the crowd. If a jump of 10 meters above the waterfall does not tempt you, seduced by a soft, clear water, perfect for cooling off admiring the work of centuries of erosion: a carved basalt wall long pipes.

rochester falls

Visit Rochester Falls

Why miss a visit when it is free? Rochester Falls visit either alone or with a guide. You can expect around 2 hours visiting with refreshing swim and jump of 10 meters. Leaving Souillac Surinam, we follow the path that leads to the sugar cane plantations.

It will then cross the fields during a kilometer and the route can only be done on foot at the time of the cut. One then arrives at a track where the last step in the cascade are accompanied by the muffled sound of water is shining on the rock wall. You probably will encounter some fruit sellers on the way, what recuperate before bathing!

The tour of the 7 waterfalls can claim to be one of the prettiest walks to realize the island. Curiously, it is hardly described in specialist guides and almost never offered by the towers Operatori.

Indeed, this site is public, free access and therefore generates no financial income. Located near Vacoas, Tamarin Falls of their baptismal name will give you a wonderful show, and allow you to enjoy a wonderful day in the wild scent of the exuberant Mauritian fauna.

This ride lasts three hours because the duration of your stay in Mauritius unfortunately doesn’t allow too spend more time there unless you opt for an all day because you want to see everything, swim in the refreshing water cascades, lunch in the shade of a tree of the traveler and make the most of the magnificent scenery and beautiful scenery offered by a rich and flamboyant nature the countless shades of green and blue.

Important recommendations:

Do not do this tour if it rains, even if the rain does not bother you, you will have too many obstacles on your way to overcome, and the risk of slipping is too high.

Strap yourself well for a ride, no flip-flops, at least put sneakers.

Take a guide with you, it will cost 400 rupees per person (10 euros). A guide will show you the best path, the easiest and help you through the difficult passages. The guide is indispensable. Trust him.

Warning; the guide will never refuse to make you leave if you are in flip-flops or if it rains, your ride will quickly turn into the Cross and hassle.

Do not forget:

To eat and drink, you will not find anything, so plan accordingly, especially if you stop for an hour for a picnic.

Indispensable, the repellent since the proximity of water favors their development and depending on the season, you can be bothered.

The swimsuit with all these opportunities to swim, it would be a crime to forget.

Secret Places of Interest in Mauritius

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Most people tell you about the popular places to visit. Today, we are going to make you discover those less known places. Mauritius has so much more to offer – beaches are not its only attributes. The island is indeed full of treasure and that would be a shame to miss those wonderful and unique places scattered around the island.

Mary, Queen Of Peace

Set on the slopes of Signal Mountain, Mary Queen of Peace, is a wide open area of ​​greenery with an open church overlooking the city of Port-Louis. Offering a magnificent view over the buildings of the city and the mountain acting as a backdrop, this spot remains a unique spot to visit. Erected in 1940, a priest – James Leen – used to go there to pray for Mauritius so that it could be spared during World War II. Since then it has become a place of spiritual belief and a major tourist attraction.

The church is located on the highest point of the premises at 60 meters. Seven terraces dotted with flowers spots of all colors and 82 hard rock steps lead to the church and the view of the city. A large statue of the Virgin Mary holding a globe in her palm faces the area. The statue is 3 feet high and is made of white marble. The altar carved by Esther Clement, a Mauritian sculptor, was inaugurated three years later (1943) by the priest Leen. Masses held there usually attracts many people from all over the island. One of the major events that occurred there was in 1989 when Pope John Paul II visited the island and people from all over the country gathered to pray.

The Citadel

Built after six years of intense work, it is in 1840 that the fort was named Fort Adelaide, in honor of the wife of King William IV of England, the capital letters of the name listed above the pediment of Entrance. This famous building’s construction happened in the end of the period of slavery and the beginning of Coolie Trade.

Perched 500 feet high on a hill called “Little Mountain” and dominating the city of Port Louis, the fort with its huge walls of black stone, is visible from far away and therefore constitutes one of the more familiar landscapes of the city. Inside the fort you will come across shops and a staircase leading to a magnificent viewpoint. Do not miss the chance of visiting this wonderful and historical spot of the island.

Champs De Mars

After the surrender of French troops in 1810 against England, Colonel Edward Draper arrived on the island of Mauritius. For him, it was important and necessary to win the esteem and the collaboration of the French population. In this spirit, he introduced them to horse racing in 1812.

Indeed, he believed that corporation could arise if the eternal rivals have had to meet in a relaxed atmosphere. Sir Robert Farquhar, the governor of the island then supported this initiative and “Mauritius Turf Club” was founded in 1812. The Champ de Mars was inaugurated on 25th June of the same year and the first race of the Mauritian history was then launched.

The races are one of the most popular sports in Mauritius. It attracts more than 20 000 people each week. We shouldn’t omit the fact that this horse track remains one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere! It is indeed a must visit too!

Domaine Des Pailles

This nature reserve, beautifully landscaped on the slopes of the mountain ranges of Moka is only a ten minutes’ drive from Port-Louis downtown. Going back in time, to see the colonial Mauritius, with a perfect replica of a beef operated sugar mill.

Board the train and enjoy the ride of sugar cutting through cane fields or jump on a horse-drawn carriage to admire the vast expanse of greenery. Take a ride in a Land Rover in the mountains and catch a glimpse of deer, monkeys and rare birds.

Other facilities include a gourmet restaurant “Le Clos Saint-Louis”, a banquet hall “La Cannelle Rouge”, an Indian restaurant “Indra”, Chinese food “Xiao Fu”, “La Dolce Vita” an Italian restaurant and great Casino. Spend a memorable day in one of the hidden gems of the island!

Balfour Garden

Five acres to relax, alone, with family or lovers: this is Balfour Garden in a nutshell. It is the relaxing place par excellence, it welcomes hundreds of visitors a week. Its advantages ? They are numerous. Between the playground (slides, swings, small train …) and a park of  centenarian tortoises, Balfour Garden invites you to discover its green spaces, its ancient trees, the sweet sound of streams and the melodious birdsong.

Located on the banks of the Grand River North West, the garden offers a view of a waterfall, which comes to die a hundred meters down into a lush gorge. On top of that gorge stands the “Tabor” beautiful white house that belongs to the diocese of Port-Louis.

La Nicolière

Nicolière is on the way to the East and can be accessed through a country road to the center of Mauritius. Nicolière is a small lake / reservoir surrounded by unspoilt hills where the vegetation is totally different from that along the coast. Wild monkeys and bats can be spotted when driving in the afternoon and it is possible to stop at two or three points of view along the road and enjoy the view and fresh air and why not take a short walk in the bushes. Nicolière remains a tranquil spot where you’ll feel as if time has stopped.

Gunners Coin

Gunners coin is located in the northern part of the island, a lively village stone’s throw from Grand Baie. A simple cross on the coastal road takes the guest to the landscape of Coin de Mire with a lagoon where shades of turquoise intertwine and where the surrounding north islands stand quietly on the horizon … Coin de Mire perfectly reflects the island lifestyle where relaxation, comfort and simplicity are luxury.

Val Natural Park

This 2800-hectare Nature park takes its name from the luxury Valley, Cluny, in the South East of the island in the district of Grand Port. This single sugar plantation has today diversified into agriculture and livestock: freshwater shrimp farming, cultivation of anthurium – grown in greenhouses for export and a mini aquarium housing some eels and tropical fish. It is indeed a beautiful place to visit if you want to see the authentic side of the island of Mauritius.

ROCHESTER FALLS

An unpaved, bumpy road with almost no signposts will bring you through the sugarcane fields to the Rochester Falls. It plunges down 30 m over black lava rock carved into a unique form that will certainly amaze your eyes. We advise you to go there accompanied since you can easily lose your way along the track.

The fearless men who jump from the rocks into the water basin beneath the waterfall expect to be well paid for this, and will interpret a nod from you as agreement to do so. If you would like to take an exciting photo of such a rock jump, ask your guide to negotiate a reasonable price.

Have a nice trip around the island of Mauritius!

Extreme activities to do in Mauritius

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

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Excerpts from the traveler’s diary

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

RIVER TREKKING

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

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

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

ZIP LINES-TYROLIENNES ADVENTURE

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

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

VIA FERRATE ACTIVITY

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

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

Shouts of excitement soaring in the air and cool breezing sweeping our faces, we landed with splash in the river. There, we swam in the refreshing waters and under the waterfall. We had lunch on a wooden platform just beside the river. I have no words to describe how splendid that was. We felt disconnected from all worldly desires and instead found ourselves discovering oneself and finding inner peace and bliss. Mauritius is truly a paradise.
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Indian Ocean and its Best Beaches

School has taught us, the world’s third largest ocean is the Indian Ocean covering at least 73 million km2 of world’s surface. But, who wants to have all of that bookish theory? No one actually bothers about the geographical details. Let’s all face it, what attracts us the most are the splendid beaches and these are what make the Indian Ocean such a popular tourist destination. The big blue, the white sand, and the scorching sun make us all daydream about a holiday. It is worth it when foreigners spend hundreds of thousands to live a moment in what they consider a paradise. Indeed when part of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere are freezing under 0°C, bits of the Indian Ocean is rejoicing in summer.  Happiness can be found in simple things, like the sea, sand and sun.

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While there are over thirty islands in the Indian Ocean, it is quite a break head to figure about the most beautiful beaches, or as we may say, la crème de la crème. Here are the top beaches that we have searched for you.

1. Sri Lanka’s Impressive Beaches

Located at the south of India and north of the Indian Ocean, Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, mostly known as Sri Lanka, is an island famous for ancient ruins with history, wildlife, South Indian cuisine and extraordinary beaches. Though crowded for such small an island, Sri Lanka welcomes its tourists with open arms. Sri Lankan beaches are widely popular for their beauty and water sports.

 

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Mirissa Beach is found on the southern part of the island. This beach may not be very big, but it is as welcoming as calm and private. Surrounded by the cool shade of palm trees, visitors can relax hearing the gushing waves and fret by watching dolphins and whales. Yes! This is the specialty of this beach. People can have a closer communication with these fascinating sea creatures, the majestic whale and the human friendly dolphin. Some come to this island for only one purpose: Water sports. They cannot be blamed as Sri Lanka provides the best conditions for scuba-diving, snorkeling, surfing, and deep-sea fishing and Mirissa is just the right place. All of these sound great but what about the costs? As much as these features are inviting, Sri Lankan tourism costs are quite low and affordable. Put this place on your bucket list.

2. Island Delights of Maldives

This place needs no introduction. Comprising of little islands grouped together, Maldives is perhaps the most exotic place on our list. The island is widely known for having secure, private and beautiful beaches. Maldives offer a panoramic scenery; the sun, the blue lagoon, the perfect weather (depending on season). A wide range of water games is offered too. While the Maldivian marine life is been protected, the beaches welcome visitors. Maldives is probably one of the few island nations whose beauty has not been polluted by modernism. The serenity reigning at the beaches offers a pleasurable and relaxing moment. The big blue is so…maybe enticing is the right word, that people can find solace by just gazing at it. The pure while sand glisten in between your toes. With the sun just above your head, the next thing to do is to go for a real swim with an indescribable comfort of sense of belonging that no swimming pool can provide you. Some hotels have shacks on the beach and even on water. This is particularly romantic. Getting the picture? Wait until you hear about the nightlife. Be it the luxurious hotels or private event companies, all we care about are the beach parties. Dancing and a night’s enjoyment are confirmed if you would just attend them.

Maldives at night:
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3. Seashores of Seychelles

Ringed with splendid beaches, Seychelles is an island made up of numerous volcanic islands. Yet, the slightly rocky surface makes no stain on the beauty of this magnificent island. While at Seychelles, it is recommended to visit as many beaches as you can as each one of them has a different story to be told. The stunning blend of lapis lazuli to turquoise is heavenly to witness, not to mention feeling of going under water. With takamaka trees and coconut palm trees lined up all along the coastal line, this just adds up to the natural beauty of the island. If you are worrying about your or your family’s safety, don’t, because Seychelles offer such low tides that no one could ever drown and die, except if he is not familiar with swimming. Also, line up your diving gears as you would not be able to resist the feeling of going for a scuba dive. If confused where to go for a holiday, just close your eyes and imagine yourself in brightly sunlit place resting under the cool shade of takamaka trees, sipping chilled coconut water, and looking at the heavenly blue beauty, you will know the answer: Seychelles.

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4. The Less Known Beauty of the Comoros Islands

Sandwiched between Madagascar and the African continent, the Comoros Islands are located in such a secluded position that they are said to be mysterious and enchanting. Many want to demystify the secrets of this rather unknown island, but why? Look at its beaches. Bingo! That can be the only reason. The islands ‘ beaches are so remote and secluded that would frighten anyone, yet attractive as much as a single glance at it and one would abandon all thoughts of fear and insecurity. The beaches seem like belonging to another world where it seems that time has come to a standstill. Beaches this quiet and lonely, and heavily scented with smell of bananas, the marine air, sweet smell of natural ylang-ylang and spicy smell of cloves, often provide a romanticized version of paradise for couples, or just the pursuit of another great adventure of discovering oneself for the lone travelers.

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5. Volcanoes and Exquisite Beaches- Reunion Island

Île de la Réunion is another coastal island governed by the French in the Indian Ocean. No! Piton de la Fournaise, the forests, wildlife and twisting roads are not the only reason to visit the island. Just look it. It is surrounded by water. Water? I mean blue lagoons and beaches. Though usually packed with Réunions and tourists, beaches are still the most admired feature of this little island. They are clean, shaded and offers a gamut of sea creatures, both in and out water. One can spend the whole day lounging on the beach, sipping cocktail, and looking for splashing fishes. Sun bathing is also on the to-do list as the tropical sun has never been so nice to you and you could finally flaunt your sun-kissed skin. It has absolutely wonderful hotels with great service, we’d suggest looking at St Gilles Les Bains hotels in Reunion Island.  In Réunion Island, you would not get the feeling of being an deserted place as the constant cheering of people and sounds of the waves give a sense of acceptance and feeling of home. Just an advice: Beware of sea-urchins.

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6. Beaches of Mauritius

Perhaps one of the most envied and fantasized place, Mauritius. The famed quote Mark Twain comes into my mind: “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius”. After the contemplating the soul-stirring panorama of forests, lush green fields, waterfalls, colorful diversity and beaches, it is only legitimate to agree with Twain. What increase the cosmic beauty of Mauritius are not only the beaches but also trips to the tiny islets scattered around the island.

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Let me give a detailed summary of them. The northern and eastern coasts are well known for their danger-free beaches and lagoons. Finding a spot on these beaches can give you a hard time, but it is all worth it at the end. The sparkling azure sea under the rays of the sun, the talcum-white sand, and the way the proud waves are broken down by the protective coral reefs, are surely a treat to the eyes. For those staying in hotels, it is good to know what some of them provide you with beach butler service. A swim is most definite, after that, having a tan, or just laying with a novel and a punch in hand. The southern coast is infamous and unadvisable for swims. The lagoons are not well guarded with the broken coral reefs and that causes high tides.

We suggest renting a car and getting a villa in Mauritius for the best experience!

Nevertheless, the beaches are frequented so as to watch the huge waves crashing against mountainous rocks. The constantly windy and humid air bring in the smell of marine nature to your nostrils.

Last but not the least, the western coast is a tempting surfing spot. Though you might not enjoy your swims because of the tides, you might be supporting the idea of spending a hot day by the beach with the occasional drops of sea. A tip: Stay back for the sunset. The union of the vermillion reflected sea and the sun is mostly divine.

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What? Are you still here? Book your trip. It is inhumane not to succumb to the bewitching scenes of these islands.

Visit Mauritius

Visit Mauritius

Mauritius’ marvellous blend of cultures—its diverse, welcoming people, varied cuisine and Hindu temples—is evident the moment you arrive onto the island, not to mention its sandy white beaches and lush landscapes. Once the home of the flightless dodo bird, now extinct, this tropical island in the southern Indian Ocean still has moderate temperatures, gentle trade winds and ample sunshine, offered up alongside natural history, bustling markets and vivid festivals.

Excursions in Mauritius

The beaches are kings in Mauritius, but there are also a lot of excursions and adventures to live on both sides. We advise you to rent a car in Mauritius to be able to visit the various corners of the island. Virgin forests, forgotten islands, cultural or aquatic adventure travel; here are the most beautiful excursions of Mauritius.

The escalation of Le Morne Brabant

There are not many places in the world as exciting as climbing Le Morne Brabant. Splendid views, wonderful discoveried – endemic species such as the Trochetia Boutonania – and also a touch of sadness.

Indeed, this site is a cultural landscape classified by UNESCO. It is a bookmark for a sad chapter in the history of the island. While climbing the mountain, relive the tour through the route of slaves who took refuge in Le Morne peninsula. Yanature, pioneer of exploration in the island, offers a hike during three to four hours.

Diving in Mauritius

Mauritius is protected by a barrier reef that will for sure deliver some great diving! Off the reef you’ll find some nice drop-offs, a few caves and several shipwrecks. It is out there in the blue that you’ll have a chance to spot big pelagic sharks, rays, turtles and swirling schools of barracudas. You just have to chose what you fancy the most and what’s more appropriate to your level and experience: wrecks to the north west, beautiful corals on the west coast or big fauna off the south east side!  Yet, all the coasts boast excellent scuba spots like Le Rempart Serpent, The Garden of Corals or the famous Stella Maru. Most hotels and villas around the island offers the possibility to tourist to enjoy this activity through their operators.

Sugar Adventure

Sugar Adventure is a place not to be missed in Mauritius, even for those on diet! This former sugar factory reconverted in museum offers an educational visit to the ancient techniques used to grind sugar cane. The museum also has a restaurant to taste to local dishes and products, and a shop offering a variety of sugar-based products. This shop is an excellent choice for buying souvenirs of Mauritius.

The SSR Botanical Garden

Although this botanical garden is open to everyone, it tends to attract many married couples and youth. Under the palm trees, amid the endemic species, a stroll in the SSR botanical garden offers the most romantic corner in the world.

This landscaped garden was created by the famous botanist Pierre Poivre and exists since 1770. The park covers an area of 37 hectares and it is here that we find the famous giant water lilies of Mauritius.

Swim with dolphins

All year round in Mauritius, nature lovers can experience the most exciting encounter in Black River or Tamarin Bay: Meeting and swimming with the dolphins! Both Spinners and Bottlenose dolphins are seen playing in the bay in the early morning before going back to the open sea. If you’ve always wanted to rub shoulders with the dolphins, enjoy this wonderful trip during your stay on the island.

Several operators offer trips to see and even swim with dolphins. However, while swimming with dolphins you need consider the regulated distance issued by the Mauritian tourism office. Find out more here.

The Deep Sea Fishing

Surrounded by flourishing waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is the destination for sport fishing by excellence. Big game fishing is an experience for thrill seekers. In the Mauritian lagoons you will have the opportunity to fish bigger predators such as swordfish, blue marlin. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity if you are a sea lover.

Ile Aux Cerfs

For those who dream of deserted beaches with coconut palms facing an azure lagoon, be reassured, Ile aux Cerfs is the place to be. The island is located in lagoon East of Mauritius and is the delight of thousands of visitors each year.

The tour of Ile aux Cerfs often begins with a visit to the cascade of GRSE by boat. The crossing takes 5 to 15 minutes depending on the type of boat, but whatever the duration, Ile aux Cerfs is definitely worth the visit. Besides swimming, you can practice a lot of water activities such as, snorkeling, wind surfing and parasailing.

Ile aux Aigrettes

Facing the bay of Mahebourg, Ile aux Aigrettes is an open air museum for the lovers of nature. Unlike other islands and islets, Ile aux Aigrettes is of coral origin. The island is classified as a natural reserve and its ecosystem is devoid of any human activity.

Ile aux Aigrettes is a refuge for many species of birds unique to the world such as the Pink Pigeon. The island is under the protection of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and the latter itself organizes the tours.

Visit the South of the Island

The south of Mauritius is very different from the other regions of the island. The towering cliffs make you forget the postcard beaches of Mauritius. Le Souffleur, La Roche qui pleure and Gris-Gris better characterize this wild side of the island. Although being different, the south has charm and appeals to lovers of wide open spaces and those seeking privacy. The southern region offers an enchanting setting to visitors.

Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest park of the island. On more than 67 km², the national park is the longest hike you will find on the island. If you like hiking discovery, there is no better place to entertain yourself.

Chamarel

The small village of Chamarel located in the south of the island area is home to the famous land of the seven colors and the longest waterfall in Mauritius. Almost all hotels and tour operators organize outings to discover the village of Chamarel.

The site has a large restaurant, a lodge and even a distillery perched over 400 meters. The village of Chamarel is the ideal to cut the rest of the world for a weekend.

Enjoy your visit of the island of Mauritius!