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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!

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.

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VillaMauritius

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

 

Modes of Transports

Public transport in Mauritius
Public transport in Mauritius

By Public Transport-Bus

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

Taxi in Mauritius
Taxi in Mauritius

By Taxi

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

Rent a car and/or a driver

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

Plan your schedule

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

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Harbor of Port-Louis-Mauritius

Visit the Capital of Mauritius-Port-Louis

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

Tandem Skydiving in Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Hotels in Mauritius

Haven’t planned your next holidays yet? Why not visit Mauritius for your next vacation? Between white sandy beaches and stunning scenery, you will discover a rich cultural heritage of many influences. One thing is certain: it is impossible to be bored during a stay on Mauritius. But when planning holidays, the main question is where to stay? And we are here to help you choose the best hotel according to your needs and desires.

Hotel Categories

First of all, to choose your hotel you need to choose according to how you are travelling! Is it with your family or lover or are you going solo? Most hotels are adapted to a specific sort of resident – even though Mauritius remains a destination for all!

Hotels for Family Holidays in Mauritius

What are the elements governing the choice of a hotel adapted to family life? The variety of sports activities, a true child or teen club, a freedom given to young people residing in the resort. All this should be accommodated safely and in a way that does not disturb others residents.

Rooms should be adapted to welcome families. Our first recommendation would be Sun Resort whose concept “Sun Kids Club” is very successful and has been working for years and the Beachcomber group hotels with their renowned club “Bob Marlin”. Both services offer varied sports facilities, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beach bungalows and included connecting rooms that allow for easy accommodation of families.

Hotels for Romance in Mauritius

Mauritius being one of the best Honeymoon destination, offers great accommodation to couples. Since, in most cases, this is the first trip to Mauritius… We all want it to be memorable! We personally recommend either Lux Le Morne or Villa Caroline Hotel. Lux Le Morne full of charm is leaning against the rock of Morne Brabamt opposite a sublime lagoon. Villa Caroline on the other hand, facing the sunset on the west coast facing Flic En Flac beach.

The still warm, elegantly decorated rooms, the beauty of the evening, dinner by torchlight, feet in the sand, arranged just for you, the many little touches offered by those hotels for newlyweds make by far the best solution for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway successful in Mauritius.

Luxury Hotel in Mauritius

The Mauritian hotel is generally excellent and often cited as an example among professionals in the hospitality industry. But the Deluxe hotel is yet another difficult level to achieve especially for leisure resorts. Luxury takes effect in aspects that go far beyond the variety of buffets offered or the size flat screens in the rooms.

Every single moment, discretion, peace, recognition and personalization, excellence and distinction of the service, the quality of food, responsiveness … all of this counts when it comes to luxury. In short, in this game, the title contenders for luxury hotel in Mauritius are not in excess. We can count five: The Royal Palm, The St. Geran, The St. Regis, Le Prince Maurice and Le Touessrok.

Activity Centered Hotels in Mauritius

Some people travel to practice their favourite activities in unusual scenery. Mauritius is indeed and island that allows for the practice of various activities like diving, golf, hiking, quad biking and even tennis.

Most hotels will direct you towards other agents for activities such as diving, hiking or quad biking – yet, when it comes to sports- golf, tennis – Mauritian hotels are well equipped and proposes those activities in the vicinity of their hotels.

Hotels to play golf in Mauritius

There are 8 hotels namely Le Paradis, Dinarobin, Heritage Awali, Heritage Le Telfair, Le Touessrok, Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare and St. Geran with private golf course, accessible to clients. To decide between them, you will certainly want to know more about the quality of the course, ease of access, services around the golf practice (clubhouse, departures management, coaches, etc …), then the quality of the hotel itself. Here are our bests for you golf lovers:

– For outstanding ease of access to the course, for the magnificent and unparalleled views, for the atmosphere of regulars and the beautiful Morne Lagoon: we would advise you to go to Le Paradis – the experience will be memorable.

– For its two 18-hole courses, free of charge for hotel guests, for the exceptional quality of its service, its restoration, and being one of the finest luxury hotels in the world: Le Prince Maurice is no doubt the choice to remember for very demanding golfers- you’ll be loving it.

Hotel in to practice Tennis Mauritius

Most resorts have tennis courts. But which ones have real momentum around this sport? Undoubtedly Le Paradis hotel wins here too since the hotel had been the hosts of many champions for years and champions not only for their own training, but also to exchange some services with customers of hotel. With six tennis courts, the Tennis Clinic and its top-level monitors, Le Paradis Hotel is the best hotel in Mauritius to practice tennis.

Hotel to practice Diving in Mauritius

To practice recreational diving comfortably on vacation, two elements are predominant: the nearby diving spots, to avoid a three-hour boat ride, and the presence of an integrated Diving Centre at the hotel so that waking up at 7:00 in the morning is not too painful

The must go hotel if you want to visit incredible spot and have a great diving center remains Le Canonnier! Its diving center with PADI certification and CMAS is exemplary and its location between Trou aux Biches and Grand Baie is ideal for diving. The hotel is a 4-star one and is part of the Beachcomber chain. Its services are particularly popular especially for families – thanks to its excellent Kids club (ideal when you go diving …) and family-friendly rooms. The reasonable price of the hotel makes it an excellent choice for those wishing to combine service quality and active diving program in Mauritius.

We hope that this article was helpful in helping you to choose your hotel for your next vacation!

Have fun in Mauritius!

Mauritius from the sky

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

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

Top places to visit in Mauritius

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

Deer Island

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

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

Port Louis and its market

Port Louis Market

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

Le Morne

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

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

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

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

Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe

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

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

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

Chamarel and the land of the seven colors

Chamarel Mauritius

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

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

The Gorges National Park Black River

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

Ile aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve

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

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

Blue Bay Marine Park

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

The Northern islands

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

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

Top things to do in Mauritius

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

Water Activities in Mauritius

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

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

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

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

Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius

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

Nature sports in Mauritius

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

Golf in Mauritius

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

Aquarium of Mauritius

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

Discover the Casela Adventure Park

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

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

Bet at the Champs de Mars Race course

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

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius

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

Top 5 Beaches in Mauritius

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

Mont Choisy

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

Flic en Flac

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

Blue Bay

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

Belle Mare

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

Souillac

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

Top Mauritian Dishes

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

Rougail

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

The Briani

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

See our recipe Briani chicken here

Magic bowl

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

Dholl Puri

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

Fried Noodles

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

Taro Cakes

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

Top Restaurants in Mauritius

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

The Château de Bel Ombre

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

Phone: +230 605 5000

La Clef des Champs

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

Phone: +230 686 3458

Chez Tante Athalie

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

Phone: +230 243 9266

Chez Rosy

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

Phone: +230 625 4179

Happy Rajah

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

Phone: +230 263 2241

Mauritius: Everything you need to know

Official country Name: Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Area: 1865 km2

Population: 1.3 million inhabitants

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

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

Religions: Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam and Tamil minorities.

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

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

Weights and measures: Metric

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs)

Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz.

Telephone Code : + 230 + correspondent’s number

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours from Paris

Transport network

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

Moving around:

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

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

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

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

Health

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

Security

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

Climate: when to go?

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

Did you know ?

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

Have wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

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.

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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.

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Northern Islands Mauritius

Mauritius is a 65 km long and 45 km wide island. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, it is also rich in cultural tours and beach activities. Around Mauritius, there are various small islands to visit especially in the north. The northern islands were approached for the first time in 1801. The two northern islands of Mauritius are not to be missed. The north of Mauritius is a popular area for tourists. From there, you can take a mini cruise and admire two beautiful small islands.

Gabriel and Flat Island in Mauritius

Gabriel island is part of Flat Island. This island with white sand and wild nature has remained intact despite the many tourists who visit it. Going there ensures a moment in paradise. This tour allows you to spend a relaxing day with your family or in couple. On the program: Diving and snorkeling followed by a barbecue on the beach and a nap in the sun or swim in the beautiful lagoon. This lagoon is a real natural aquarium with colorful fish.

Be careful though, the sun is very strong and there is little shade on the island. So remember to protect yourself, especially if you are with children. To make it more memorable, you have the opportunity to spend a night on Flat Island. During the night this is certainly paradise on earth. You will have the feeling of being alone in the world. A perfect time to spend with family.

Gunners coin- Coin de Mire is a very inaccessible island because there are very few points of attachment. Anyway, it is impossible to visit because it is a nature reserve. Indeed, many birds have taken up residence there.

Diving in the northern islands of Mauritius

Mauritius has many beaches where you can snorkel and admire the Mauritian seabed. However, close to the northern islands, there are 3 beautiful diving spots. These sites have the advantage of being less visited because they are quite far from the coast. You will be quiet for exploring marine life and discover some wrecks.

The cave there is a sharks’ nurse spot at 29 meters deepth. However, it is accessible to even less experienced divers. You can observe sharks, as its name suggests, but also lobsters and other fish. Bay confetti is a dive site that is up to 25 meters deep. Here you can admire the clown fish and anemones in the midst of a multitude of corals with amazing colors.

The Jabeda or Djabeda, is the wreck of a Japanese fishing boat. Located in a sandy plain, the wreck is 34 meters deep near the island of Coin de Mire. You will see many fish, giant moray eels and corals on the wreck. It is also sometimes visited by dolphins, rays and barracudas. Be it for underwater sightseeing or relaxing on the beautiful beaches, the northern islands provide you wonderful moments to share.

Trou aux cerfs Mauritius

Trou Aux Cerfs Mauritius

Mauritius has many extraordinary natural sites and various walks surrounded by nature. The Trou aux Cerfs crater is among the places not to miss during your stay in Mauritius. This volcanic crater demonstrates the geological past of Mauritius. While the island of Reunion is known for its most active volcano, Mauritius also has quite a few dormant/extinct ones.

This volcanic crater measuring about 300 meters in diameter and 80 meters deep is located 600 meters above sea level at the very centre of the town of Curepipe. Between an impressive fauna and flora and a small lake, the crater of Trou aux Cerfs attracts tourists and Mauritians alike. Indeed, the walks around the crater are lovely.

A road goes around the crate and it is possible to go down to the lake or admire the surroundings. Along the crater, there are different points of impressive panoramic view. Admire the city or the surrounding regions and other mountains like Peter Both, Trois Mamelles and Rempart range. If the climate is right, you will also see in the distance the silhouette of the island of Reunion.

A few years back, access to the site was possible by car. Now, it is forbidden to drivers so the Trou aux Cerfs is essentially reserved for the pedestrians so as to provide for a more secure area. You will share a great time in nature without any apparent “pollution”.

Trou aux Cerfs testifies, like other mountains, the volcanic past of Mauritius. Indeed, there are nearly 23 other craters on the island. Basically, Mauritius is a volcanic island with barely no active volcanoes.

These natural sites allow you to discover incredible fauna and flora. They also allow various sports activities such as hiking or trekking. The best known are the peak of Trois Mamelles or the Grand Bassin where a large lake has taken the place in the old volcano.

Bois Cheri Mauritius

Bois Cheri Mauritius

Pierre Poivre imported tea in Mauritius. He brought back plants from China. The earliest plants were planted at the famous Pamplemousses Garden near Port Louis. The Bois Cheri tea is named after the village where it is harvested nowadays.

The village of Bois Cheri spans over more than 500 meters, it is located in an ideal temperate zone for growing tea. The first tea plantation in Mauritius occurred in the year 1892. Before being transformed to large area of ​​tea plantations, Bois Chéri was a sugar cane plantation area.

A cyclone destroyed everything, thus part of the land was devoted to tea plantations. The tea plantation was then built in 1892 by the Bour and Breton company and bought by the Aubin family a few years later. In the 1960s, there was a considerable increase of the culture of tea in Mauritius. Since the Bois Cheri tea is a must and rooted in Mauritian tradition.

Bois Cheri Tea MauritiusThe Bois Cherie Factory also has a museum. During your visit, a guide will explain the origin of the Bois Cheri tea from A to Z, from planting to packaging through manufacturing. He will also expose to you any changes in production techniques. You will visit the facilities where tea is produced and tea plantations. This visit could not end otherwise – a tea tasting awaits you in a magical place!

Mauritius also has beautiful beaches with turquoise waters where you will have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary seabed. However, if you want to see the country, know that Mauritius has exceptional treasures to discover off the beaten track.

Mauritius is a destination for everyone. In fact, you learn a lot about the Mauritian culture, but also observe a magnificent flora and fauna. Both a romantic destination for lovers, a family destination and can even be a solo destination. Mauritius has everything to seduce you.

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.