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There are many islets around Mauritius, all beautiful and unique in their own particular way. île aux Cerfs, an island extending over an area of 79 hectares, situated on the eastern coast, a few steps from Trou d’Eau Douce, can be reached in 15 minutes by boat from the coast.

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The Sunbathing Paradise

An aerial view reveals the dramatic shapes and colours of the lagoon surrounding îleeaux Cents. It is a sun worshippers’ paradise, perfect for sunbathing. The rays of the morning sun hitting the isle is a dream sight This tiny isle, deli­cately poised on the blue pastel sea, is a pearl in the Mauritian landscape.

How to get there?

A regular boating service ensures visitors safe and secure crossing to the island. However, visitors and picnickers are advised to make an early start to avoid congestion and obtain a suitable place for pitching a small canvas tent or secure a shady place for leaving baggage or resting and protecting from the scorching heat. In the afternoon, an early return too is advisable to avoid last minute rush that may end in disaster.

A hotel Island

The islet has surely been named for stags exis­ting on it. It was inhabited by deer the Dutch brought from Java. Now there are no more. The development of tourism has brought the islet into the limelight. The construction of Touessrok helped a lot in the develop­ment of the island by boosting its charm to attract more customers.  Its care and maintenance fell within the jurisdiction of the hotel that still sees to its smooth administration and controls the flow of visitors and the food that they carry along with them.

A blue Turquoise Lagoon

The popularity of the island is going crescendo as it provides unusual pleasures and fares to its votaries. The island so far has not suffered drastically at the hands of man for it still retains most of its pristine charm and beauty of a mini woodland lost in an emerald and pastel blue sea ruf­fled by the South-East Trades Wind. The ripples that glisten on the water on a calm and placid sea present a wonderful sight that one can go on admiring for hours on end. The thundering of me waves or the soft sound coupled with the rustling of the foliage pro­duce at times a mellifluous music or at times an ear-splitting cacophony.

 

A natural Charm

Ile aux Cerfs like Chamarel has developed into a cynosure due mainly to its natural charm reminiscent of Shakespeare’s description of England in King Richard II. “This precious isle found in a silvery sea….” It is known for its lagoons, its natural swimming pools, superb sandy beaches like everywhere in the island. It7s the most frequented excursion destination in the island. It welcomes around eight hundred visitors every day. The island reckons a lush and green vegetation on the western flank confining the tourists within a radius of four hundred metres around the landing place. It is a very beautiful place that immediately takes the eye captive There are many rovers around that pro­pose cruises or short trips or fishing expeditions. The trips sometimes include travels towards the cascade of G.R.S.E though sometimes access to it is difficult and even risky.

There is a lot for the eyes to see… There is a nice lagoon near the landing station. It is pleasant for swim­ming. It has a soft slope that children take much delight in by gliding down Gift shops stand in a line arraying different items like pareos, straw hats, swimming trunks, sports shoes, umbrellas, bracelets and coral necklaces, the proud products of Mauritian crafts.

What to do on île aux Cerfs

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There are two restaurants, Paul et Virginie and Le Marche that cater for all tastes but at an unaffordable price by locals. The latter bring their own bread and soft drinks or water There is plenty to do. On the right of the landing sta­tion the azure blue sea with pure white sands are per­fect for both basking and swimming. The calm waters of the lagoon are ideal for water sports such as snorkelling, relaxing over a long, lazy lunch is almost compul­sory. It has also a crazy golf course. It is a par-72, 7,056-yard course that extends over 94 acres amongst tropical vegetation. It has 9 lakes and small greens that enhance the beautiful panoramic view suitable for film shots. Hiking, leisurely strolls in a natural setting with filao trees and other shrubs and its endemic fauna and flora, exotic plants that have survived the test of time and man’s defiling hands need be preserved. The rare spe­cies in terms of birds like the mynas, the redbird, the tiny crawlers, the lizards, the chameleons, die mongoose, a few rare plants, creepers and other savage flowers still tantalize the visitors.

A ramble along the sandy beach reveals a different facet of the island that may qualify it as a nudist para­dise. Tourists lie almost naked on the sand and attract curious sex starving people who take advantage of washing their eyes. The more intrepid ones do enjoy some sex with their partners as the atmosphere is conge­nial to such a ritual. There is the feeling of having spent a nice time at the end of the day.

Garden of Eden

The visit might be fun­nier had staying overnight under canvas been allowed. Unfortunately, the isle has to be vacated at 5 p.m. The visitor may borrow the road from Bel Air and proceed to Trou D’eau Douce and then turn right along a road with a splendid view it’s bordered by trees bea­ring red or yellow or pink flowers at intervals. They are very aesthetically planted along both sides of the road that leads to the landing station with a spacious par­king lot for safe and secure parking. Ile aux Certs is in fact a garden of Eden as many tourists declare otter visi­ting it.

 

 

 

Mauritius Activities

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Are you visiting Mauritius soon or already on the island for your holidays? If you are looking for activities, then you have come to the right place.

Mauritius has a lot of attractions and activities to offer to its visitors. From the heights of the sky, to the depth of the sea, there is always something for someone to discover. Thrills seekers, divers, hikers, runners, nature lovers, adventurous travelers and many others will be served in their quest for an unprecedented experience.

Sky Divingskydiving trip

Have you ever wondered what it is like to feel like a bird, free to do whatever stunts you want to do in the air? Then sky diving is the perfect thing for you and Mauritius is the perfect place for this kind of activity for adrenaline seekers. The reason being the amazingly picturesque landscape of the island. You will be amazed to discover sugar cane fields, looking like a velvet piece of cloth lying on the ground. The nuances of blue of the ocean only adds to the beauty of this paradisiacal island. The perfect weather, all year round, and very little wind makes it one of the safest place for sky diving.

 

Karting in Casela

Karting is one of the best ways to spend some time racing against your friends and your family. Casela Adventure parks offers karting as an activity to its visitors. Time for some adrenaline rush. The ride is about ten minutes long. The best part of this activity is that you know which of your friends have the best times. So, on your marks….

Mud Karting

Also at the Casela, Mud Karting is one of the best adrenaline activity for adrenaline seekers. Don’t worry, you won’t dirty your clothes. A special protective clothing is provided to the guests. You can also take a shower after the race. The off-road track is perfect to test your maneuvering skills with its who lots of twists, overtakes, turns and speedy straights which only add to the fun of this extreme activity.

Dolphin Fly board

You won’t regret coming to Mauritius with these types of activities on the island. You’ve probably seen this type of activity before on youtube but have never come across it in real life. Well, if you are visiting Mauritius, here is the perfect opportunity to try it out. A board uses high pressure water to make you literarily float above the water surface. You feel like a bird but at the same time can dive like a true dolphin. Isn’t it exciting?

River Trek

Like its sister island Reunion, Mauritius also has a lot of trekking sites. With picturesque, clear water rivers and waterfalls, Mauritius is a perfect place for a trekking adventure. If you like to climb and not afraid to get wet, then this activity is definitely for you.

Horse Riding

Have you ever wondered how it is like to ride a stallion on one of the wonderful beaches of Mauritius, relish a romantic sunset with your lover or explore the lush forests of Mauritius on a horse back? Then horse riding is for you. You are sure to have a unforgettable time doing these on the back of this gracious animal.

If you opt for a beach ride, then Le Morne or Belle Mare beaches will surely satisfy your needs. If you want a more romantic atmosphere in the company of your dearest one, you can also arrange for rides at sunset.

On the Eastern coast of the island, horseback riding will take you amidst mountain paths, amazing picturesque landscapes, streams and rivers with some encounters with the local wildlife and endemic birds. We recommend that you bring along your binoculars to observe animals from afar.

Nepalese bridge

If you are fond of nature, then this activity is definitely for you. Safely walk in the air on a suspended 350 meters long Nepalese Bridge. A wooden platform supported by solid ropes high above a lush tropical forest canopy. This activity will for sure pump both your energy and excitement to create an adrenaline rush and a lifetime experience you never had before.

Segway Safari

Also located inside the Casela, this adventurous activity will give you the opportunity to discover 4500 hectares of the Yemen Safari park savanna and its lush wildlife amongst which you will find: herds of Java deer (around 9,000), wild boars, hares, macaque monkeys, mongoose, zebras, ostriches, African antelopes, rhino and fruit bats.

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!

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!

Indian Ocean Sunset

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

Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

Reunion Island

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

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

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

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

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

The Seychelles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have wonderful holidays in the Indian Ocean!

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.

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!

The Indian Ocean has metamorphosed into a vacation hub attracting hundreds of thousands of vacationers. Mauritius, with its pristine sandy beaches, whelming landscapes and rich cultural diversity, is one of the rare treasures the Indian Ocean offers to the world. It may take weeks and weeks to uncover every nook of this magnificent island and this may affect your schedule. But, we have it all planned for you. It may sound like an ad campaign but it is effective, reliable and exempt of bogus promises: Discover Mauritius in all its splendor in just 10 days! Just remember to start out early.

Day 1: Fun at the beach

indian ocean beach mauritius

Spending hours crunched in a plane and being jetlagged afterwards are painful enough for your body. You do not need another tiring activity to add up to it. To get past exhaustion and body soreness, we recommend a full day at one of the beaches and we guarantee you would not be bored. The best beaches are located in the northern and eastern part of the island. (That’s a bonus piece of information for you to book your hotel!). Starting out early, you may greet the sun emerging from his sleep from the horizon with light jogging along the coast or with a relaxing yoga session on the sand while breathing in lungful of pure oxygen that dominates the atmosphere in the wee hours of the morning. The thought itself is rejuvenating. As the sun makes his way higher in the blue sky and eliminates the intoxication of the previous night, your surrounding bathes itself in a whole new light. Holistically, sea water is said to have benefiting factors that contribute to the purification of the body, mind and soul. So why not try it! This is the most perfect time to swim in the aquamarine waters of the sea or to take a dive and explore the wonders of the marine world. Taking refuge under the cool shade of palm trees, you may as well bury yourself inside the fascinating sphere of a novel while sipping your favorite cocktail. Your hotel may provide catering services on the beach itself and as the evening drools in, you may be offered an exquisite outdoor dinner while gazing at the vermillion sky and its reflection upon the sea. Now this is a great way to start your adventure!

Day 2: Visit to the capital

port louis mauritius holidays

Port Louis is the capital of the island and a major transaction hub. The hustle bustle there indicates the fast pace and the mundanity of the town. But that’s not a reason not to go to explore the lieu. Foremost, you must pack some essentials in your bag before going to the city; sunscreen lotion as you can get some serious sunburns if not protected, sunglasses, hat and water..loads of it. Port Louis might be the smallest district on map but it is quite large to accommodate business and housing. You could commence your day by visiting Apravasi Ghat now marked a cultural heritage site by the UNESCO. It was there where the first Indian Immigrants first arrived and conceived the diversity Mauritius is currently known for. Local authorities have done quite an impressive job at preserving the tools and belongings that were once used by the immigrants. A registrar bearing their names and physical description is also well kept and still gives Mauritians and foreigners happiness and emotional sentiments of finding their ancestors’ names. Moving on, please feel free to squeeze your way through the narrow avenues of the big city. Being always infested by people, these streets will give a certain sense d’appartenance as if you belong to the Mauritian crowd. Each street is interconnected with the other. You may get lost in this maze but this would get better as you would discover newer things. Admire the tall buildings and feel the aura of the corporate world. As you do, walk till the market, the landmark of Port Louis. In there, you would be acquainted with legumes vendors who have humility and modesty pasted over their face. Welcoming people with smiles are other sellers who earn two square meals by selling clothes, daily stuff, and artisanal goods made by Mauritians depicting the island’s beauty. Hungry? Try the favorite dish of Mauritians: Dholl Puri or Roti. A simple round bread made of flour with hot and spicy Indian dishes. If spicy is not your thing then you may eat at the many continental eateries like Panarotti’s, McDonald, SubWay, etc. Facing the sea, the Caudan Waterfront invites you to shop in its luxurious boutiques, gamble in casino, have lunch in a posh restaurant and watch a movie in a star privileged way.   The best thing about the capital is that you keep meeting new people and keep making new memories that you are sure you would not forget.
N.B: Rent a car!

Day 3: Hiking in the west

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The driest and sunniest districts are found on the west coast of the island and this sometimes helps in the island exploration. The South of Mauritius is home to some enchanting endemic flora and fauna. For a significant boost in Mauritian revenue it had been essential to preserve these in all their glory.   Nature’s made waterfalls and mountains have been adapted and converted into safe and guiding trekking trails without an ounce of damage. Many full day trekking packages are made available for participants to be able to enjoy the beauty of nature. You may consider one of the most calming yet exciting places Mauritius- the Tamarind Fall Reserve. The well protected reserve includes eleven waterfalls, deep ponds, and lush green vegetation. You are assisted by a knowledgeable guide. As you venture deeper into the reserve, you come across various endemic plants and animals. You know you are near a waterfall when you hear the gushing stream of water. People may jump directly into a pond of unpolluted and refreshing water and totally enjoy a nice swim. Packages also consist of a picnic with a complimentary meal in the heart of the forest. Trailing upwards, you may even find a nice spot to awe at the western coast of Mauritius. A higher altitude would enable to you to mesmerize at the beautiful landscapes; the mountains, the merging of the blue lagoon and navy marine ocean, flocks of endemic birds breathing freely in the open, and the satisfaction of being on the top of the world…figuratively. Other hiking trails like Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, Black River Gorges National Park, Frederica Nature Reserve, Via Ferrata in the Yemen Nature Reserve, or a River Trek adventure may be considered for a full day acquaintance with Mother Nature and offering ourselves a journey full of bliss and peace.

Day 4: The marathon trip- Part 1

marcher grand bassin

The central part and southern part of Mauritius offer a mine of wonderful treasures for explorers. Trou aux Cerfs, a lake, is a volcano dormant for thousands of years. You can get a splendid view of the Curepipe city and the volcano from a higher pedestal. The cold breeze always makes you shiver without warning yet you would enjoy this one. So, do take your jacket. Leaving Curepipe, you might want to visit the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, commonly known as Ganga Talao. On entering the premises, people are greeted by two 108 feet statues of Shiva and Durga, believed to be the conceptors of Hinduism. Making your way further, the holy lake is seen, water from which is offered to the sculpturic representation of the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, on the Great Night of Shiva, or Maha Shivaratri, after devotees complete their pilgrimage to it. The tranquility of the place offers a calming and soothing effect to the mind. The tongs of bells, recitals of chants and prayers, devotees immersed in devotion, and the fragrance of incense sticks contribute to the heavenly aura. A feeling of great spirituality touches the soul. Your next stop would be Casela, Adventure Park. The latter is shelter to many endemic and international species of birds. Admiring aves might be the coolest thing to do. So the park offers some exciting activities, like the Safari trek where you could meet rhinos, zebras, giraffes, hippos, going through zip lines, tilapia fishing, and many others.

Day 5: The marathon trip- Part 2

rhumerie chamarel

On the second day of your marathon trip, your first stopover should be, Chamarel Rhumerie and Breweries where local rhum is brewed and distilled and perfected to the taste of alcoholics. The estate is set in an exotic location surrounded by cavernous mountains and forests. That part of the island remains unpolluted and allows you to breathe in pure air in a constantly refreshing environment. While touring the south, do arrange a visit at the Vanilla Crocodile Park and Nature Reserve. That reserve is home to various species of reptiles; crocodiles, alligators, lizards, and tortoises. You may also dig in at the diner shack for a lunch in the midst of reptiles. While you are at it, do make brief stops at museums where you would be enlightened on the historical eras that once dominated Mauritius and how we paved our way through enslavement to freedom and evolution. Your second final stop might be the view point of Le Morne mountain. Le Morne is another cultural heritage site by UNESCO as it contributes to the rich history of slavery and freedom of the 19th century Mauritius. The last stop has to be Maconde, a standing basaltic rock along the coastline. As you stand on the top, you would be bowled over by the breathtaking views of the lagoon, the howling breeze and the eclipsing mountains. If you are lucky, you may even be privileged to watch the sky as it slowly turns into an indigo color and then is taken over by the twilight as the sun sets in its cocoon.

Day 6: Island trip on the eastern coast

ile aux cerfs mauritius

Mauritius is known to be surrounded by sea and to own some of the most splendid islets. The tropical weather makes it easier to visit one of those islands. A trip to Ile aux Cerfs could be arranged through a speedboat or catamaran with cocktail and lunch included. The small island can be easily termed as an Elysium: The sun proudly illuminating the surroundings in a crystal clear blue sky, upon the azure sea, heating up the golden fine sand, the sound of the crashing of tides against the coral barrier and breaking up into smaller waves and the rustling of palm trees. Just imagine yourself being there. Idyllic, isn’t it? The advantage of being in that private island is that you are far from unwanted disturbance and you are able to relax and lose yourself in the tranquilizing environment. The lukewarm waters are ideal for a perfect swim. A sexy sun kissed tan also sounds alluring. At the end of the day your chosen way of transport would be ready to take you back on the Mauritian grounds. We would recommend hiring a catamaran for you would appreciate being in the dock with your loved one and revel in the evening light closing in on the day. This sure is romantic and even if you are a lone traveler it gives you the opportunity to admire the beauty of things in serenity and privacy while sipping on champagne.

Day 7: The north

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It is a delight to visit the northern section of the island in the warm winter and within the heart whelming approach the northerners offers foreigners. The Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is one of the many places if interest in the district. First built as a private garden by the French rulers of the island, and later converted into a memorial place in honor of the Father of the Nation, the garden narrates the botanical history of the island. The garden homes a variety of palm trees, endemic plants, medicinal herbs and spices. A big pond that could easily be identified as a massive water bath of an ancient civilization holds giant water lilies. In case you are wondering how big that lieu is to hold so many things then you would be astonished to know that the surface of the garden stretches over for endless acres and may take you weeks to cover the whole area. In the very district of Pamplemousses, visit the L’Aventure du Sucre, Sugar Estate and Museum. One of the main economic pillars of Mauritius is the sugarcane industry. That’s what you get to see across the island. At the sugar estate museum, you would learn on the history of the sugar industry, the manufacturing process, exports, and the by-products of sugar. Lunch and snacks are also available at the Sugar Estate Restaurant with a panoramic view of the Pieter Both Mountain.

Day 8: The northern lights

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Still visiting the north, you might want to travel through the coastal line of it. The Cap Malheureux village assists foreigners in any way they can. The coastal village is much famed for its hundred years old church that still stands tall by the beach to witness the birth of a new born, the union of two souls and the departure of a spirit. Across the sea, you also get to marvel at the formation of a huge basaltic rock, acknowledged as the Gabriel Island. The islet is also a protected natural reserve with aesthetic beaches, clear waters and safe entourage. It is one of the favorite beach destinations for people seeking a day of relaxation and peace. At night, the Grand Baie village, a much arresting and preferred tourists’ location, comes to life. People are making their way through crowded streets and drinking in the night’s mellow. Malls and popular nightclubs are infested with people. In one word, the village becomes euphoric for some. They all seem to be enjoying in their own way: some are partying in clubs, at beach parties, shopping in malls and some are having a serene dinner in a private enclosure by the beach with the gushing of sea waves as the only music.

Day 9: Shopping adventure in the centre

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You are reaching the end of your 10-day adventure. On the second last day, while you have covered most of the island’s popular tourist destinations, go on for a day’s shopping. Mauritius is more than often termed as a shopping paradise. Indeed, we have both local and international garments on sale, local handicrafts, art galleries, crafts boutiques and diamond cutting factory. In the centre, towns such as Floreal, Rose Hill and Quatre Bornes are most suited to shop for local artisanal goods, such as wooden architecture, glass sculptures, Mauritius souvenirs, local spices, foods and drinks, and central markets. After shopping for the local goods, head for Bagatelle Mall in Moka whereby you would access to a large variety of designer wears and goods, as Boss, Celio, Armani, Swarovski, Woolworths, and many. The mall also shelters many restaurants for you to have lunch or dinner and also welcomes you to enjoy a movie in its high class cinema. Enter the shopping world with the usual tagline: Shop till you drop and buy yourself or your family fashionable stuffs or simple souvenirs that remind you of Mauritius.

Day 10: Leisure day

resting beautiful beach

It already is your last day in Mauritius. So far, you would not have regretted any day of your 10 day tour because you have roamed around every nook of it. For this last day, go on the beach and take a stroll. Take time to admire every little bit of your environment and engrave this in your memory. Settle down on the sand and close your eyes to attain inner calmness on that beautiful beach. Grant yourself a pleasurable day of outdoor spa therapy. It would be simply gratifying and solacing. Spend the whole day outside. Do negotiate with your hotel staff for you dine on the beach and arrange for a sleeping tent to be able spend the night as sea sings you a lullaby and the stars watch over you. A night under the stars is a perfect end to the adventure of a lifetime in this small island of the Indian Ocean.

Make the most of every moment and it will last.

Also read: 10 Must-See Places in Mauritius

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

Destination Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

chamarel mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mauritius Tips

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

#Tip 1

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

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

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

#Tip 2

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

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

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

#Tip 3

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

#Tip 4

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

#Tip 5

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

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

#Tip 6

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

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

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

#Tip 7

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

#Supplementary Tip

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

Have a great time in Mauritius!

Dream Vacation Mauritius

Mauritius is a dream destination that pleases many vacationers. Some will choose Mauritius to rest on a sandy beach under the coconut trees, alternating reading, napping and swimming in the crystal clear waters … Globetrotters will in turn be conquered by the blue of the ocean, the old Creole mansions and rich nature of Mauritius.

A little bit of history

We often think that Mauritius is a DOM/TOM, but this is not one! Mauritians are proud to be an independent country. It was actually only a French colony until 1810. From then until 1968, Mauritius was a British colony. The official language is English, but French is the most spoken (or Mauritian Creole, Mandarin and Hindi). This linguistic mixture is that thousands of Indian and Chinese agricultural workers arrived on the island in the nineteenth century.

What to do in Mauritius?

For beach enthusiasts, Mauritius is the perfect destination. This island is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar in Africa. The water in the lagoon is warm. If you were looking for holidays with feet in the water while honing your tan, Mauritius is THE destination. With its long sandy beaches and luxury hotels, Mauritius is one of the preferred destinations for newlyweds. It’s in Grand-Baie, Flic-en-Flac, Le Morne and on Deer Island you can enjoy the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius.

Moreover, while visiting Mauritius, you can go sailing, fishing and diving. Golf is also a top attraction of this island. The island has something to offer to everyone – young and old, friends or couples and even to solo-travelers.

It is also possible to discover the forests and natural lakes of Mauritius. One of the must-visit is the Pamplemousses Garden in the North of the island: this place contains over 500 plant species, including the giant water lilies!

You should also not miss Trou aux Cerf in the center of the island where you will have a beautiful overview of the islands! Finally, flowers and spice markets, the typical architecture of houses and Mauritian culture should please you!

The Local Atmosphere!

Without being neither the prettiest nor the least populated, yet public beaches are the most fun. There you will come across the local culture surely and enjoy the presence of locals since they are the only frequented by Mauritian families.

In Mauritius, the divine clarity of the water of the lagoon and its warmth ensured during most of the year are two indisputable advantages. But to appreciate and enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the reef and its marine life you need to taste some of its local atmosphere. Dance to the rhythm of the live Sega on the beaches during the week-ends. Enjoy the marvelous scent of the BBQ or the fresh Briani and taste the wonderful Fruit Salads or the Famous Glacon Rapé (Crushed Ice on a Stick decorated with Syrup) while enjoying the dazzling beach and the scintillating waters of the Indian Ocean. Isn’t that the dream of everyone?

Mauritian Cuisine

The Local Cuisine of Mauritius reveals the indisputable multicultural richness of the islands and the fusion of cultures that the country has known, to the point that a dish can be both, classified as Creole, Chinese and Indian. Traditionally at the base of all Mauritian recipes, curry and rougailles are served at any restaurant on the island. Moreover, the unique blend of spices with vegetables, meat and fish is what gives recipes of Mauritius their distinctive appearance and unique flavor. Do not miss the top foods on the island and do not hesitate to try street food, they can be the best one if you want to eat something on the go!

Preparing your luggage for your holidays in Mauritius!

The best clothing for this island is light cotton clothing. December to April is the hottest time on Mauritius and the less you wear, the more comfortable you will feel. During the Mauritian winter you might wear long sleeves or sweat shirts with light long pants for the evening or the night times. But the most important clothing you have to wear is your sunhat and not to forget the sun glasses. Kitersurfers should wear neoprene shoes throughout the year and a short wetsuits during the winter time.

There are mosquitos on Mauritius so it might be better to bring some protection or another option is to get some in a supermarket or drug store.

Budget for a holiday in Mauritius?

1 – If you choose a tailor-made trip or if you prefer to organize your own stay in Mauritius

It takes about € 1,000 budget to book the flight to Mauritius with Emirates Airlines (1 flight / return ticket, in June and from Paris with a stopover in Dubai).

And to the hotel, whether you choose a luxury resort (4 * and 5 *) in Grand Baie, there should be € 1000 double room for 1 week. If you prefer to refer you to a hostel or a studio in a 3 * hotel, the budget will be around € 300.

2 – If you choose an all-inclusive stay

Expect to pay about € 1,800 to € 25,000 for booking a stay in a luxury resort; and € 1,400 for a trip including accommodation in a 3 * hotel.

Whichever solution you opt, the cost of staying in Mauritius remains quite high but you will be assured of a holiday in an idyllic setting!

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So motivated to discover Mauritius?