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Mauritius in 10 must-sees

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

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

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

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

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

The Botanical Garden, you will discover

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

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

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

On the beach of Blue Bay Beach, you will tan

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

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

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

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

At the Pointe aux Piments, you will taste

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

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

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

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

At 7 waterfalls, you’ll jump

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

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

Little bonus: free fish-pedicure in the pools!

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

From the submarine, you will experiment

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

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

At Deer Island, you’ll go

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

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

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

Diving, you will abuse

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

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

At Le Morne Brabant, you’ll go

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

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

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

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

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

Rum, you’ll be bored

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

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

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

If the coastline offers multiple places of historical and cultural visits, the center may seem to lack interesting sites. The urban agglomerations of Beau Bassin in Curepipe are above all places of residences and businesses. However, some places are worth visiting for their history, places of worship or the innovative side of museums in particular. Between nostalgia and discovery of a Mauritius in transition, follow the guide.

Rose-Hill

We start with Rose Hill, which for a long time was the temple of culture in Mauritius thanks to the Plaza. This magnificent old-fashioned theater and its village hall have hosted major events. If the party hall has finally been restored, the theater is still waiting for a renovation that would restore its former glory. You can always walk in the courtyard where a beautiful sculpture stands, La Fontaine des Arts. Directed by the sculptor Nirmal Huree and the decorator Serge Constantin, it is the very expression of a time when the city was the scene of great cultural events. The famous art gallery Max Boullé also housed regular exhibitions of Mauritian artists.

In the courtyard of the Plaza, there is also a Silambou erected by the International Movement for Tamil Culture of Mauritius. High 6 m 35, this column in a basin represents Mauritius floating on a lotus.

We can then continue on the Royal Road where two Catholic churches offer different architectures. The first, Montmartre offers a modern architecture, lean profile seeming to touch the sky. Our Lady of Lourdes a few meters further, is a very busy parish that dates from 1890 to the classical structure. Both are open to the public.

Another interesting place of worship in Rose Hill is the Draupadi Ammen Kovil (better known as Moorghen Temple) at Gladstone Street. The temple is named after Draupadi, the wife of the five Pandava brothers in the epic Mahabharata. It is also decorated scenes of this episode of the Bhagavad Gita, sacred book of Hindus and also the life of Shiva and Ganesh, deities revered by the Tamils. The temple worker, who has been working there for 50 years, will be happy to tell you the operating principles of this place of worship.

Fair of Quatre Bornes

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In the neighboring town of Quatre Bornes, another Kovil is renowned both for its location and for the Cavadee festival celebrated twice a year. Typical of Tamil art, it was built, like many temples in Mauritius, by an Indian immigrant, in this case Vella Mooroogan in 1897. The Siva Subramanya Thirukovil is better known as Kovil Mountain or the Mountain Church because The temple seems suspended on the mountain of the Corps de Garde and the devotees have to climb nearly 241 steps to reach it. The ascent is worthwhile because from up there, one enjoys an impregnable view on the Plaines Wilhems, of Moka with Curepipe and on the west coast until Flic en Flac.

Another attraction in Quatre Bornes is the fair which is held on Thursdays and Sundays. A true souk now found throughout the island, this bazaar located in the city center has nevertheless kept its reputation for doing good business. There are mostly clothes of all kinds, curtains, housewares. However, quality is not always at the rendezvous and counterfeits are well established.

Leaving Quatre Bornes, we make our way to Moka to visit a beautiful Creole house, Maison Eureka (photo at the head of the article). Typical colonial building from the 19th and early 20th century, it belonged to the family of the famous writer Jean Marie Gustave Le Clézio. Almost contiguous to the Montagne Ory, the all-wood house, entirely renovated by the new owners, is set in a beautiful garden in the center of a beautiful wooded park. Close by runs a river at the bottom of a ravine and you can go up to the waterfall that you hear whisper.

The visit of the house is done with a guide and one discovers a furniture in solid wood, resulting from the trade exerted by the companies of the French and English Indies.

Curepipe – The centre of the island

We then leave Moka to go to Curepipe. First stop in Phoenix in the industrial zone of Valentina at the Mauritius Glass Gallery (MGG). Opened in 1991 to recycle glass waste from the former Mauritius Breweries Ltd (beverage manufacturer) and Phoenix Camp Minerals, the gallery has its own workshop, the only one in Mauritius. You can visit it and discover the art of the wind tunnel. Before entering, we pass in a gallery where enthroned footprints of many international stars, footballer, singers, politicians, who came to Mauritius. You can also make your own prints

The visit ends in the shop where a multitude of memorabilia or useful accessories await you.

Let’s go to Vacoas now just for a photo stop on the road to Reunion, a little before Winners. Here, three places of worship are gathered side by side: a shivala, a kovil and a mosque. The latter is in fact surrounded by the kovil. A striking example of peaceful coexistence in Mauritius. Then we go up the road to Floréal until Trou aux Cerfs, the sleeping volcano. Tourist place very busy and now reserved for pedestrians, it dates back about 700 000 years. Culminating at 605 meters above sea level, overlooking the city of Curepipe and the district of Floreal, it allows to see virtually the entire island on a clear day. But the most visible remains the Wilhems Plains to the chain of Moka and the west coast to the Montagne du Rempart. The descent to the crater is possible but risky in rainy weather, which is often the case in Curepipe.

The center of Curepipe, about two kilometers away, is home to a few historic buildings including the prestigious Royal College. Designed by the Mauritian engineer Paul Le Juge de Segrais, director of public works, the current blue basalt stone building is inspired by Buckingham Palace. The building was inaugurated in 1941 and was expanded several times thereafter to accommodate a growing number of students. He retained, however, his original silhouette. In 1921, the imposing memorial to the Unknown Soldier of the First World War 1914-1918 was erected in front of the facade with a French hairy man and an English tommy. You can read the names of Mauritians who have “fallen on the field of honor for freedom and justice”

You can also visit the Saint Helena Church. Abusively called “basilica”, the church of St. Helena, neobyzantine inspiration, has a particular architecture borrowed from the Roman Empire found in the dome and the Romanesque with the cross structure. It stands out from the other churches of Mauritius with its imposing dome and the huge tower of its bell tower. As for the Sainte-Thérèse Church, of Neo-Roman style with its high bell tower, it is the largest of the island. She was visited by Pope John Paul II during his apostolic journey in October 1989.

Another interesting place to visit in Curepipe, the Domaine des Aubineaux, a beautiful Creole house set in an immense green setting. The Estate offers a visit related to the history of tea and then continues to the factory and the fields of Bois Chéri.

We finish our visit at La Brasserie, at the exit of the city. There is the oldest boat model making workshop in Mauritius, and perhaps in the world, Comajora. More than fifty employees make models in six sizes from 35 cm to 4 meters. It is undoubtedly also the only workshop which can be visited. Comajora also offers a museum of 82 models retracing the evolution of boats through the centuries from the year 690 BC until the sixties. You can also see a reproduction of the Battle of Grand Port.

A pearl that emerges from the bowels of the Indian Ocean … Among my travels, Mauritius is one of my favorite destinations. This is a colorful island located in the Indian Ocean, a few hours flight from Europe. Follow me, I will tell you more about this island that I particularly like.

The island in a nutshell

At every corner of the country, you are sure to come across a sublime beach lined with palm trees. Sitting on a lounger by the sea, you contemplate the sunset, sometimes a flying fish surface or a zebra turtledove walks on the sand.

The inner part of the island is covered with more than abundant vegetation, a real open-air museum where nature unfolds waterfalls, primary forests, but also plantations of sugar cane or tea.

Pamplemousses Garden

A visit to the garden of Pamplemousse is essential. This space is representative of the biodiversity of the island, you can admire more than 80 species of palms from around the world. Flowers of all colors, all the scents and happiness to walk along its paths.

Port Louis

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Before heading south, we stop at Port-Louis with its market where you will discover color palettes over the stalls of traders. Exotic fruits and vegetables, but especially the best scents and flavors of the country. The market is famous and you will appreciate the different spices of the island. All these smells make us crack for mango and guava, even turmeric or curry (also called carry).

Chamarel

Our journey continues even further south, we stop at Chamarel to admire the magnificent waterfall. Then, a trail takes us to this surprising place where the earth is divided into 7 variations of colors, a unique spectacle. In passing, we stop at the Rhumerie de Chamarel, just to taste the different ways to prepare the rum.

The Mauritian culture feeds on the diversity of its population, no religion is official. In Mauritius, you will meet Hindus, Tamils, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and other immigrants from around the world who live in harmony with the respect and free practice of their religions. You will pass by Grand Bassin, a sacred lake located in an old volcanic crater, in the center of the island. Each year, a pilgrimage sees an influx of people coming from the four corners of the island, often carrying tanks representing a Hindu deity.

The end of the day approaches, we return to the hotel, at the edge of the sea; so: sunset on the sea, a real treat!

Swim with the dolphins

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The next day, departure for a boat trip! Hopefully we will have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. These mammals are so sensitive, it’s a real pleasure to see them dive!

A little later, our guide drops us off on Île aux Bénitiers where we eat divinely good grilled fish! A little rum to relax, and we leave for a trip at sea! The end of the day is coming, but there are so many places to discover in Mauritius. This destination is easy to live with, people are welcoming and always ready to give you advice. The service is excellent, you will find both luxury hotels and apartment rentals. I hope I have given you the desire to discover this little corner of paradise where life is good.

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

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

THE NORTH OF MAURITIUS

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

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

SOUTH OF MAURITIUS

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

EAST OF MAURITIUS

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

WEST OF MAURITIUS

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

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

Have a great excursion in Mauritius!

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

At the controls of an airplane

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

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

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

Explosive encounter

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

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

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

Creoles, Indians, Chinese

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

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

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

This small island paradise is full of treasures of all kinds and has everything to please: its lagoons, sandy beaches, culture, colors … Well, fortunately, this is not bound to stay a dream, for you vacationer. Instead of lazing all day on the beach, we have concocted a list of activities to enjoy! Visit those magical places to discover all the beauty Mauritius has to offer. You will absolutely no longer want to leave this little paradise!

1. Valley of the Colors

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One of the most incredible places on the island is the Valley of Colours! You will be able to admire this place where the earth is of 7 different colors, due to the presence of volcanic ash containing mineral oxides of different colors. This place is located in the Chamarel area, right next to the national park. Often visited on foot, this site becomes grandiose when you go higher up! This is why we recommend that you give a try to the zip line circuit in the nature park, in the middle of the cliffs, waterfalls, vegetation and park of animals. You will embark with the team in a 4 × 4 to go up a part of the park while getting the opportunity to say hello to the harmless beasts of the forest. Arriving on site, you will get your equipment and a safety brief will be given to you. Then it’s all up to you to let yourself slide along the line, over the pristine landscapes.

2. Via Ferrata on the West Coast

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To stay in a sensational activity, the Via Ferrata is a climbing route, that is to say a cable is hung all the way to the rock, and so you can climb safely. At the heart of the Yemen Nature Reserve, this park is home to the two longest rivers of Mauritius (Rivère du Rempart and Tamarin River) and extends over 4,500 hectares. The first part of the route consists of climbing the mountain “Mamzel Zabeth” to the summit. At the top, the panorama is breathtaking since you will have a full view over the entire west coast. The route then continues with a trek of thirty minutes to the suspension bridge, for a little adrenaline-push. Cherry on the cake,  the circuit ends with zip lines ending directly in the pond, allowing you to end the journey with a little swim!

3. Belle Mare

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Everywhere on the beaches of Mauritius, you have the possibility to indulge in parasailing. But for a more spectacular view and fewer tourists for the same, it is advisable to go on the beach of Belle Mare. Parasailing involves a parachute flight pulled by a boat along the coast. At over 60 meters high, like a bird, you will discover an incredible view of this beautiful island. All your senses will be alert and you will feel light and free. A good alternative to parachute jumping, as you get off the boat and climb as the boat moves slowly. But for those who want more sensations, it is possible to unhook the parachute for a gentle free fall in the water.

4. Casela Adventure Park

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Casela is the main adventure park of Mauritius hosting various species of animals living in quasi-freedom in the heart of 14 hectares of vegetation. By taking a shuttle, you can safely roam among wildlife and get in touch with it. For an hour, walk in the heart of the forest, surrounded by these kings of animals, the lions. A walk that looks like a canine ride, with the exception that the animal weighs 200 pounds and could kill you in a stroke. Despite some fears that some may have, the animals are not drugged or beaten, nor tied. An experience, which is yet again incredible to do.

5. Grand Bassin

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Mauritius is strong in its Hindu culture and Grand Bassin remains a sacred place for their pilgrimage for Maha Shivaratree. Located in an ancient volcanic crater in the Savane region this lake is surrounded by a temple dedicated to Shiva, Hanuman and Lakshmi. Once a year, around February / March on the occasion of the Maha Shivaratree (Great night of Shiva), thousands of pilgrims walk from their home for a grand ceremony in Grand Bassin which lasts all night. Ten days before this night, believers refrain from drinking alcohol or eating meat. A place that exudes a true mystical and relaxing atmosphere, a haven of peace and well-being. Also, one will certainly not miss one of the tallest statue of the Indian Ocean at the entrance of the sacred place – Mangal Mahadev.

6. Port Louis Market

market p louisIt is impossible to go to Mauritius without visiting its capital and its incredible market. It is also called the bazaar and contains the wealth of Mauritian culture. Located on Queen Street and being one of the oldest markets, Port Louis Market offers a large selection of fresh and typical products, grouped by category. On one side the color palette of fruits and vegetables: pineapples, mangoes, turmeric, calabashes, passion fruit … but also plants to make herbal teas. On the other hand, the meats and seafood. And finally an exclusive part where you can find souvenirs with artisanal products: Embroidery, tablecloths, teas, jams, clothes … A walk to do late in the morning, to awaken your taste buds and taste, quietly on the go local produce!

7. Meet the dolphins

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An excursion generally made early in the morning (around 7 am), where you start by having breakfast on the beach. Then embark on boats on the beach of Black River for a gentle awakening with the dolphins in their natural habitat. Fins and snorkels are provided to see these magnificent creatures. Be careful not to get too close, do not forget that these are wild animals moving in schools and can have impulsive and violent behavior. The day is followed by a barbecue, followed by another dive called the Natural Aquarium, we let you guess how much it will make you dream!

8. Gabriel Island

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From Grand Baie, embark in the early morning on a Catamaran destined for the Ilot Gabriel located at 17 kilometers from the Mauritian coast. During this excursion, you will pass by the Coin de Mire, a whale-shaped island that houses the famous Paille-en-queues at the top of its cliffs. It will not be surprising during the journey to cross groups of Dolphins playing in the water. Once you arrive at Ilot Gabriel, you can walk around and bathe for an hour or two before enjoying a good barbecue on the Catamaran. Then in the beginning of the afternoon, you will make the opposite way to get back to Grand Baie around 16/17.

9. Blue Bay Marine park

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The dreamed place of the divers, Gunners coin has the paradise of the seabed. The question is why diving in the South East rather than elsewhere? Simply because this area is subject to wind, which means that diving is not ideal every day, and therefore no boats in the water, but when the weather is fine, the marine fauna is more important, a veritable garden of Eden (turtles, clown fish, barracudas, morays, rays …)

10. Tea Route

tea route mauritiusThis time a trip of three stages, of another nature since it is based on the Mauritian gastronomy. You will start by the Domaine des Aubineaux, a typical colonial residence of the 19th century located on the high plateaux. On the program, the visit of the gardens, the old stables transformed into distillery and in the shop of essential oils but also a break in its tea room. Then, direction Bois Cherie, an area known for its tea. You can visit the manufacturing plant by following the various stages of manufacture. The visit is continuous in the tea museum of the estate and ends with a tasting. Finally, stop at Saint-Aubin, north of Souillac to discover an old colonial estate specialized in sugar. This place, today has been transformed into a table d’hôte and will offer you typical dishes based on local products. But also visit the distillery of agricultural rum from which you can follow its manufacture, as well as a small sugar factory that has been recreated for visitors to follow the manufacturing steps.

Enjoy your trip in Mauritius!

Grand Bay is considered the main seaside resort of Mauritius. It is a small village in the North of Mauritius, but its reputation is growing. Grand Bay is the symbol of the North of Mauritius, and is often associated with its neighboring villages, Pointe aux Canonniers and Péreybère, which together form the heart of tourism in northern part of Mauritius. Evoking Grand Bay is also evoking a northern region that stretches about ten kilometers from the villages of Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches in the west to Cap Malheureux further east.

Night Life

In Grand Bay, activities are not lacking. It is these nocturnal outings which have, above all, made the reputation of the North of Mauritius. In the evening, life in Mauritius is generally calm and quiet. Rare are the cities to offer places where you can gather and have fun at night. Grand Bay is an exception, as can be Flic en Flac in the West.

The restaurants are thus counted by dozens on the coastal road of Grand Bay. Restaurants for all tastes: from the snack to the gourmet restaurant, and from all nationalities: Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and even Russian, dot the roads in the evening! For junk food fans, the benchmarks are the same as in Europe: 3 KFCs are based in the North and a McDonald has recently opened his doors with 24-hour service on weekegrand-baie-beachnds! Here is a proof of the animation of this city in the evening!

This abundance of lively and different restaurants create an atmosphere unparalleled in Mauritius. The bars and discotheques are also very present, mainly concentrated at the bottom of the bay, in the heart of Grand Bay. These places, largely empty the day are all filled in the evening, offering local music punctuated with more international pipes. The charm operates and the mixture is natural between locals, tourists and expatriates.

An Ultra-Modern Cinema

For moviegoers, Mauritius will not be a so great change of scenery. Grand Bay has recently built La Croisette, a modern, functional urban shopping center with a large, modern 5-screen cinema. 3D, screens of more than 10 meters, comfortable seats, everything is made for you to fully enjoy the Cinema. On the programming side, the releases are mostly simultaneous with France, unlike a few years ago. The films offered are however limited, with mostly American blockbusters or French popular comedies. Independent or more demanding films are not projected in Mauritius, with rare exception if the film was awarded in Cannes or met a public success.

Activities in Grand Bay

grand-baie-mauritiusOne cannot evoke Grand Bay, without mentioning these many sports activities. Grand Bay is surely the paradise of sportsmen. There’s something for every taste: from amateurs to adventurers! The nautical activities are perhaps the most beautiful and varied of the island.

The Paddle is very fashionable. This long surfboard that is practiced standing with a paddle is a very complete sport and that appeals to all generations. It is ideal for strolling from beaches to beaches. The Kite Surf is also very popular. Anse la raie, a village 10 minutes from Grand Bay, is the most famous Kite spot on the island, along with that of Le Morne in the South.

Surfing is also practiced on some rather discreet spots, appreciated by regulars. Finally kayaking or diving are also very popular, with particularly beautiful seabed on the North coast. Catamarans drop you off after an hour’s sailing, on the northern islands: Flat Island and Gabriel Island. Heavenly and deserted islands that guarantee you Robinson Crusoe moments

For those who prefer outdoor activities, there is of course the golf, the main sport of Mauritian tourism. The North did not have a golf course until recently. Since 2013 a driving range has however opened to 5 minutes of Grand bay with a Golf Club.

Finally, sport says jogging, a must for any great sportsman. The Mauritian roads are not ideal for running, but the North has the advantage of offering varied and easily practicable terrain: from the very long and wide beach of Mont Choisy to the footpaths of the Daruty forest, the joggers are many at sunrise and sunset.

The lazy ones will opt for more social and less mobile sports: the petanque on the beach of Pereybere has conquered Mauritians and tourists passing; The “Queue Club” billiards in Grand Bay are perfect for a beer with friends and finally bowling in the newly built Super U car park will delight families or teenagers in search of challenge!

Shopping In Grand Bay

grand bay mauritiusLet’s leave the sport aside and talk about what makes Grand Bay so glamorous: its shopping. Shopping in Grand Bay is an activity in its own right. On one side the ultra-modern malls with their western fashion boutiques such as Mango and Woolworth, seduce tourists and locals. Yet, prices are not necessarily cheaper than in Europe! To find cheaper, it is necessary to go to the many local artisans and small creators who are very talented like the Mauritian brand Piu Piu on Sunset Boulevard. These shops are very creative and offer products of excellent quality.

Spas And Care Centers

Finally, we cannot talk about the activities of Grand Bay without mentioning well-being with these many spas and these beaches ideal to relax. There are at least fifty Spas between the village of Cap Malheureux and that of Trou aux Biches! From the luxurious Spa to smallest and cheaper one.

One thing is sure, you will always find something to do or try in Grand Bay.

Have fun!

Biking Mauritius

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

Try sea kayaking in Mauritius!

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

Canyoning in Mauritius

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

Equip and prepare for a canyoning in Mauritius

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

Canyoning in Mauritius: with a guide

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

What you can expect at Tamarin Falls?

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

Discover kitesurfing in Mauritius!

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

Mauritius, kitesurf paradise

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

The best kitesurfing spots in Mauritius

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

Learn kitesurfing in Mauritius

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

Have a thrilling holiday in Mauritius!

Bike tour mauritius

Mauritius- a name that by itself evokes the dream and a magnificent journey! But do you really know what you can do on this wonderful island of the Indian-ocean? If you still don’t know what one can see or experience on this wonderful island – well we’ve got the ideal way to spend a unique adventure for you!

So to start, I suggest you get out of the famous travel in car photos with your groups of friends! Innovate and find an alternative … Why not rent a bicycle or motorcycle? It might not be the famous motorcycle road trips in big countries like US or Canada, but on a small island almost lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean! It will simply be a unique experience to visit the corners of this paradisiacal island hair in the wind. Won’t it be fun to browse through the different routes of Mauritius.

What awaits you?

Impressive turns and breathtaking summits, bumpy tracks or asphalt ribbon: Put on your black leather jacket, your helmet or cap, take your bicycle or motorcycle and ride for a trip that will stay in pole position in your memories.

On the island of Mauritius, you will not only find small motorbike, scooter or Peugeot X50, you can even rent a Harley Davidson now! And when it comes to bikes, you will have a vast choice ranging from the classical bikes to professional and electrical bikes.

Harley Davidson in Mauritius

The concession of Mauritius has joined the 300 points spread across the world where this leasing program is already operational. Guests can rent various models in the Sportster, Dyna and Softail. These sublime and authentic Harley-Davidson are maintained according to the company standards for beautiful motorcycle routes on the island without incident.

Indeed, Harley-Davidson Mauritius is the Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals, a service that offers you to rent for a day, a weekend or even a week, the bike of your dreams!

For everyone with well-on rules, conditions and recommendations to follow, the Harley-Davidson® Authorized Rentals covers the entire island. The motorcycle routes in Mauritius are numerous and the scenery is breathtaking. Armed with a map of the island of Mauritius, it is possible to rent a motorbike from 170 € per day (excluding VAT) to go on an amazing adventure! Yes, the dream and the ride of your life have a price!

Besides motorcycles, the store also offers a wide range of accessories and designer Harley-Davidson Mauritius clothes. Enjoy an American dream (Mauritian version) and travel by Harley-Davidson on the road network of over 2066 km of Mauritius! Make one with the landscapes, mountains, turquoise water of the Indian Ocean!

A bike trip, a journey through time …

Those who have always wanted to go on an adventure in command of a motorcycle or bicycle, without owning one, can now realize their dreams! Find the ideal circuit and ride along the idyllic coast, thread turns one after the other in superb wild and authentic landscapes.

What about discovering the realness of Mauritius? Cycle far from the touristic buzzwords on courses to the charming mood of the bicycle to better understand the features of this magnificent island of the Indian ocean. Along the course, connect with Mauritians, artisans, artists and anglers…

Appreciate a little respite to taste their culinary specialties before continuing your ride along the seaside streets with the sound of waves and looking for glorious – all-encompassing perspectives… It’s more than only a ride! It is a direct encounter brimming with sensations. We promise that you will not regret the experience and sensation this ride will provide while putting forward the genuine fortunes of Mauritius.

Discover the island of Mauritius on a bicycle!

Discover the beauty of Mauritius while cycling through the south western part of the island. Come to the discovery of the majestic le Morne Brabant, the renowned chamarel-village of the seven colored earth or the picturesque Souillac village while riding your bicycle!

Discovering the splendor of Mauritius in no way has been so thrilling than through biking. You don’t have to be a sport enthusiast to cycle through the outstanding landscape of this beautiful island.

Whether being an amateur cyclists or just wanting to marvel yourself at the beauty of the island, you can always choose the bicycle and enjoy a trip at any corner of the island at your very own pace. such experience raises the bodily and mental boundaries of outdoors sports fans who hesitate before reserving a bike experience. it will help you cover a greater distance in much less time.

A trip for bikers!

Discover the majestic le MorneBrabant which symbolises freedom in the records of Mauritius. The mountain stands tall at 556m high, adding an additional beauty to the natural setting. Enjoy a wonderful ride to experience the genuine feeling of exploring gorgeous scenery of Mauritius.

The start line of your journey starts off from Bel Ombre, you will then head towards Baie du cap beach, a real fishing village for a quick stopover and then ride to the Baie du cap bridge, where you can stop to enjoy the view of a monument erected in the name of Captain Matthew Flinders, a navigator and cartographer who circumnavigated Australia.

The trip resumes inside the path of La Prairie where you may be served delicious and quenching Mauritian coconut water. After the chilled refreshment, you will ride toward the picturesque fishing village of Le Morne. Finally, you may trip down a charming dirt avenue that weaves through the undergrowth and have a rest at the parking zone, opposite the slave course monument. If you wish you can move further north then, through the village of Tamarin and Riviere Noire!

Have a wonderful bike trip!

Mauritius

White sand, coconut trees and blue sea, Mauritius cultivates tropical postcard and remains the perfect destination for a holiday. If Mauritius has kept traces of Dutch, French and British colonial adventures, it is nevertheless a country that has is mostly influenced by the Indian culture. Here is a summary of everything Mauritius has to offer.

Located in the Indian Ocean, this paradise destination has already made many travelers dream! And the reasons for this enthusiasm are justified. Symbol of luxury, relaxation, charm and authenticity, a trip to Mauritius is the guarantee of a successful holiday! If you want to discover an entirely different culture, idyllic landscapes and warm people, Mauritius is for you.

Why visit Mauritius?

The beaches

A holiday in the Indian Ocean island is also to admire the Postcard landscapes and when it comes to this, Mauritius will not disappoint! With its white sandy beaches, blue lagoons, coconut trees, and endless sunshine, Mauritius will keep its promises. Enjoy every moment, every sunset, every perspective and each experience that you will enjoy during your holidays in Mauritius.

Its inhabitants

One aspect that makes Mauritius so attractive is the kindness of its people. Indeed, a natural welcoming, Mauritians love to share their rich culture and traditions. Smiles, warmth and simplicity are the words that best characterize this mixed population. And this is surely the most beautiful reasons that should push you to visit Mauritius.

Its cuisine

Mauritius is also popular with visitors for the culinary journey it offers to their taste buds. You will discover a wide variety of authentic and spicy dishes that will immerse you in an ocean of flavors. Mauritian cuisine alone accounts for various cultures: Chinese, Indian, Creole that have been brought together to offer you typical dishes, prepared with the best local produce. Also enjoy a visit to the markets to taste Dholl Puris, Rotis, Sweet delicacies and many other delicious foods, not found elsewhere than in Mauritius.

The climate

On this aspect, it seems that Mauritius is close to perfection. With temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees throughout the year, to live in Mauritius is to live in heaven! These temperatures allow, among other, daily swims regardless of the season. With trade winds very present in the south of the island, kite surfers will enjoy the ideal conditions for this sport.

Beaches of Mauritius

At Trou aux Biches, kilometers of fine sand and a lagoon adapted to the delights of swimming awaits you. Moving away you will come across Mont Choisy beach, with its white band of powdery sand and trees for relaxation and Pereybere, popular beach among the youth since it remains one of the best places to swim. The small and intimate beach in Grand Bay Basin is divine to walk along the shore.

On the east coast, Belle Mare, is the most popular for its tranquility and its charm. The beautiful beach of Saint-Félix is ideal to sunbathe and enjoy quietness because swimming is prohibited there. Going to the West, one can enjoy surfing in Tamarin Bay, a legendary spot for its perfect waves at Pointe Morne where conditions are ideal for surfing all year.

Must taste in Mauritius

Mauritian cuisine is a mix of African, Oriental and European.

Main Dishes: The vindaye – fish or octopus based recipe, oil, mustard, onions, garlic and ginger is a pure bliss. The rougail – Creole specialty made with tomato, garlic, onions, spices and fish or meat is a must taste too. The curry a subtle preparation mixing nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves , ginger and other spices with meat, fish or octopus is another dish you should not miss. When it comes to snacks, the samosas, triangular donut stuffed with curry and vegetable, meat or fish is great. And the most popular among all remains the  dholl puri and roti, thin pancakes with curry sauce and vegetables are not to be missed while visiting the various markets of the island.

Sweet delicacies: Taste sweet potato cake, a sweet potato fritter stuffed with sugar and grated coconut cake. Also do not miss the various tropical fruits of the island of Mauritius: mangoes, litchis, guavas, papayas, coconut, pomegranate, without forgetting the famous Victoria pineapple.

Famous drinks of the Island: the Alouda, made of milk, Mauritian basil seeds, agar and vanilla is a must while visiting the Bazar Port Louis. Fan of tea, do not miss tasting Bois Cheri tea and if you are more of a coffee lover, the Café Chamarel is a must taste. For fans of alcoholic beverages and its variations: fruit rum, vanilla rum, spiced rum, distilled beer of the Island, the Phoenix and Blue Marlin are not to be missed. And if you are looking for something fresh, why not have some tamarind juice or fresh coconut juice.

What to do on the Island?

If you are coming on holidays with your family, have fun visiting the island of Mauritius. Do not miss the large Frederica nature reserve with an unbeatable guide to know everything about the flora and fauna of the island. Do the zip line in the tropical jungle at Vallee des couleurs, rent a boat and head towards Ile Aux Cerfs, or simply rest on the perfect beach. You can also visit the Casela Adventure park where various activities are proposed for young and for old.

Couples traveling to Mauritius, enjoy a fly over the turquoise immensity of the Indian Ocean by seaplane or helicopter. Enjoy a romantic dinner while admiring the sunset! Feet in the water, indulge in some beauty treatments and massages by the ocean or simply explore hidden coves scattered around the island with your loved one.

After visiting Mauritius, Mark Twain said, Mauritius was made first, then heaven was copied from it. After visiting Mauritius, you would feel, that if Mark Twain had not said that, these words would have been yours. Mauritius is indeed among the most beautiful island you will ever visit for your holidays.

Enjoy those magical moments to the maximum and have great holidays in Mauritius!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.