What I love about Mauritius!
When you visit Mauritius, there are some things you definitely fall in love with. Here is a list of everything I love about this wonderful piece of paradise floating in the Indian Ocean!
1. The Beaches
With 330 km of coastline making up wonderful beaches where you can admire the azure waters washing up on the stretches of white sand. Mauritius is surrounded by a blue sea that shines like an emerald tide. The beaches of Mauritius are famous for their fine sand and row of casuarina and coconut trees that line the coast. Who wouldn’t love such a sublime lagoon with crystal clear water, offering ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling and a variety of water sports?
2. The ideal climate
The Mauritian climate is considered subtropical. You can therefore enjoy a pleasant water temperature throughout the year and this remains a wonderful feature of this paradisiacal island.
The hottest time of the year is from November to March. These are the summer months during which temperature varies around 30 ° C. At this time of year, the water is warmer and you can have a nice tan.
If it rains, it will only be refreshing for you. It does not rain for too long, then you can relax on the beach as soon as it stops. However, from December to March, you should expect cyclones in Mauritius. These are tropical swirling winds that blow on the island for a short time.
The winter season lasts from April to October, but temperatures can still reach up to 25 ° C. The sun shines a little less in winter and at night you will need a cardigan. Apart from that, you can pretty much enjoy your Mauritius holiday with comfortable temperatures during the winter.
3. The Dholl Puri
Where do I even start with Dholl Puri? It is undoubtedly the most popular street food in Mauritius. If you ever visit the island, you will see long line ups on the streets, where people are willing to wait for the special paper thin treat from the best street sellers.
Dholl Puri is one of my favourite food as well, the best thing about it is it can be served with savoury dishes like the typical spicy “Rougaille Mauricien” which is basically a tomato based sauce or with sweet dishes like kheer (Rice pudding) more so on special occasions. The combination of the salty dholl puri and the sweet kheer is heavenly!
4. Underwater life
Mauritius is one of the preferred destinations for avid divers and fans of underwater discoveries. The reason is simple: the biodiversity in the lagoons of the island and its surroundings is exceptional, you can discover numerous species including beautiful coral, fish, and shellfish whose colors and behaviors that are as varied as strange.
Feel free to discover the coral garden, located off the small town of Peyrebere, to observe sea robins, or to photograph the famous lion fish or the beautiful angel fish. In Mauritian waters you will also find the stone-fish, stealthy and difficult to detect, known for their ability to camouflage and Java moray south of the island, towards Mahebourg or Blue-Bay.
5. Lush Nature
Among the natural reserves of Mauritius, there are three areas renowned for their natural assets: the Valley of 7 colours, a unique eco-tourism concept that offers 4000 hectares of pristine wilderness. The Bel Ombre estate offering a natural experience in an authentic and preserved area. Finally the Gorges nature park, protected from the onslaught of modernism, which contains the largest part of Mauritian fauna and flora – 3 loveable Mauritian excursions to refuel oxygen!
6. Local Rum and Beer
Mauritian rum is great, especially at one of the three distilleries on the island the produce agricole rum (that’s rum made the proper way, from sugar cane juice instead of molasses). St Aubin and Chateau Labourdonnais produce great rums (do a rum tasting at each spot and try them out yourself) but Rhumerie de Chamarel in Chamarel, in the south west, makes award-winning double-distilled rum that’s been aged in oak. It’s a cut above the others. Mauritius’ local beer, Phoenix, on its side is an award-winning, crisp, refreshing lager that goes well with pretty much anything you’ll eat on the island, and is great by itself, drunk at sunset on the beach.
7. Its Cuisine
Something everyone will love about Mauritius is its cuisine. With its role as a crossroads in colonial times, Mauritius was able to take a culinary advantage that allows it to offer a varied and tasty cuisine.
It is often said that Mauritius is the best cuisine from Beirut to Beijing. Drawing its sources from the 4 corners of the globe, Europe, India, China and Africa, Mauritians have learned to mix flavors, spices and ingredients, not to replicate the recipes of their ancestors, but to create new ones.
Indeed, you will find that often, some dishes were adapted to the vegetables, spices and local fruits, although many of the ingredients are imported.
8. The Culture
Mauritian culture is based on the diversity of the population, that’s why there is no “official religion” in Mauritius. Hindus, Tamils, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and others from all over the globe live in harmony and respect the free practice of all religions in Mauritius. The ancestral melting-pot that is Mauritian culture allows different faith communities to cohabit in mutual respect. Mauritius is an island of temples, churches and mosques.
9. The colourful festivals
You are going to love those colourful festivals celebrated on the island of Mauritius. They are mainly Cavadee, Chinese Spring Festival, Christmas, Divali, Easter, Eid-ul-Fitr, Ganesh Chathurti, Holi and Maha Shivaratree.
Cavadee is celebrated in January/February. Along with the fire-walking and sword-climbing ceremonies, Cavadee is among the most spectacular Tamil events.
The Spring Festival, which is the Chinese New Year, is celebrated in January/February, depending on the adjustment of lunar days. Red, symbol of happiness, is the dominant colour. Food is piled up to ensure abundance during the year and the traditional wax cake is distributed to relatives and friends. Firecrackers are lit to ward off evil spirits
Divali is the most jovial of all Hindu festivalsTraditionally, clay oil lamps were placed in front of every home turning the island into a fairyland of flickering lights; these have now been replaced mostly by decorative electric lights.
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadhan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. It is a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing for Muslims. Prayers are offered at mosques during the morning.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated sometime in September. It marks the birthday of Ganesha, the God of wisdom and remover of all obstacles according to Hindu mythology.
Holi is the festival of colours. It celebrates the beginning of spring and people of the Hindu faith enjoy themselves by squirting coloured water and powder on one another.
MahaShivaratree is celebrated in honour of Hindu God. Hindu devotees, clad in spotless white, carry the “kanwar” – wooden arches covered with flowers – on pilgrimage to Grand Bassin, to fetch holy water from the lake.
10. The Hotels and Villas
Mauritius has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation. From budget 4* to top notch 5+* hotels, Mauritius has it all for any budget and any type of holidays. The villas on their part are sublime and offer such peaceful holidays.
11. The Spas
Get rid of the stress! Revive your senses with exquisite beauty and body care products, on a unique journey of serenity and harmony, at one of our beautiful spas. We guarantee that time will stand still when you visit one of these havens of peace and tranquillity.
12. The Activities
Whether you are a fan of on land activities or sea activities, you will definitely love the activity proposed on the island of Mauritius. From scuba diving to hiking and sky diving, Mauritius offers a large array of activities to be practiced by both young and old. Having multi facets, Mauritius offers diverse activities which will help you discover the island even more.
13. The Sega
Last but not least, the Sega- the local music and dance. Every Mauritian is brought up with the Sega dance and music. With its rhythmic, lively music and colourful Creole lyrics, the Sega is regarded nationally as an expression of freedom and ‘ joie de vivre’.
These are 13 things I love about Mauritius!