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Mauritius in 10 must-sees
Do you know what is one of the best things to do when it’s cold and in winter in France? No, it’s not curling up in a plaid, on your couch, watching TV. It’s also not about gobbling up tons of vitamin C pills to stay awake.
No, no, no, the thing that can help you survive our harsh winters is to go to the sun. For having tested, spend a few days in a hot and sunny country, at the end of the year, it’s a real booster.
Your body will come back to life, trust us as a traveler. And this year, we offer Mauritius as a destination!
As you know us by heart, you know we did not lie on the beach to bubble all day. No, our thing was to travel across Mauritius, up and down. For that, you think to rent a car well in advance (not like us), and you will be able to make some profit. Think well to drive left, like the British. Small peculiarity: you can park on the road, where you want. You will become the king of obstacle avoidance …
Well, let’s tackle things, what can we do in Mauritius? To give you an idea, we were on the east coast, next to Belle-Mare.
The Botanical Garden, you will discover
We start slowly with an introduction to the flora of Mauritius. It is important to know the trees well. Between the pepper trees, the cinnamon trees, the hundreds of palm trees, you have something to do. For the anecdote, it is in the district of Pamplemousse. Well, there is even a turtle enclosure, but we, to see animals in cages, it saddens us always a little.
You have guides at the entrance of the park, if you want to know everything. Otherwise, the ride can also be done independently.
If you are motivated, you can go to Port-Louis, the capital. To be honest, there is little interest in visiting the city except, perhaps, its market. You can also do the classic photo of the umbrella alley at Caudan Waterfront, a shopping center. Eventually, also have a drink, it’s you who decides.
On the beach of Blue Bay Beach, you will tan
The beach of Blue Bay Beach, in the South East of Mauritius, is a little what you look for when you are on vacation in this kind of destination. Shades of crazy blue, transparent water, coconut trees and white sand. In short, all the clichés of a successful postcard.
As a bonus, you have a nice view on the Ile des Deux Cocos … You can go by boat, the beach is public. Just know that a 5-star hotel sits on the island.
Enjoy it to eat a piece, there are plenty of small huts, around the beach, which make local dishes, spicy or not, everything depends if you have the shielded mouth. The advantage is that it’s cheap. Another thing to note is that in Mauritius, you have plenty of trucks that sell ice, with the same little music of 10 seconds that runs in a loop!
It is also a nice place for snorkelling. You will find lots of glass bottom boats that turn in the bay and that will take you for 7 € (300 rupees) / person. The diving equipment is even provided. On the way back, if you are in the right direction, you have the coastal road that goes from Blue Bay Beach to Poste de Flacq.
At the Pointe aux Piments, you will taste
Are you looking for a small public beach, quiet? Do you like Chili? Then you will find your happiness at the Pointe aux Piments. It is in the West of Mauritius. For your information, access is just after the Méridien resort. You’ll be well pampered, you have trees to bubble in the shade. There are even some fish in the water. Go to the coral reef, she’s not far to swim. And then it will make you do a little sport.
Are you hungry? Of course, all this sport digs … A grilled fish, by the sea, there’s that real. That’s good, because if you go back to Trou aux Biches by the coastal road, you will inevitably fall on the cabin of the catch of the fisherman. It’s fresh, it’s good, it’s well placed, and with a single mojito, you drink the equivalent of a 1/2 bottle of rum! As a bonus, the addition is super light.
Do you want to go back to the beach? No problem. You continue to the north, along the coast, and you only have to choose the one you like. You are spoiled for choice between Mont Choisy Beach, Grand Baie (the most touristic) or Pereybere (our favourite). Quite simply, we are the champions to find beaches with trees and the sun.
Do not miss the church at Cap Malheureux, and its red roof!
At 7 waterfalls, you’ll jump
Then, we offer you the excursion not to miss. It’ll take you 4 to 5 hours, it’s a physical hair, but it’s spectacular. The pitch: you go down in the valley, in the jungle, along the Tamarin river, where you will see 7 waterfalls (there are 10 in all, for your culture). The best in all this? You can swim and jump from the rocks. Between 5 and 10m, depending on your courage – that we imagine huge 😉.
For this, we strongly advise you to take a guide, because the path is not always obvious … and then, he knows all the good paths. The icing on the cake, he even provides the lunch, with the local sauce. Good chicken, cheese and onion sandwiches, and good seasonal fruits.
Little bonus: free fish-pedicure in the pools!
After your hike, 15 minutes from the waterfalls, you have a huge Indian temple in Grand Bassin. It is a place of immense pilgrimage.
From the submarine, you will experiment
So, we offer you something unusual. You’ll be able to take yourself for Commander Cousteau. It’s happening in Trou aux Biches, and the box that does that is Blue Safari. You have 2 choices: a submarine, where you are completely dry, and which goes down to 35m of depth … or mini-scooter of the seas, to go down to 3m. Little bonus, you have your head out of the water!
To you the little fish … And it’s safe, there are divers who accompany you. In short, it is a rather unusual experience to live. This is a good alternative for those who do not dive, either with snorkeling or with bottles.
At Deer Island, you’ll go
Do you have the day in front of you? So why not try Deer Island? Admittedly, it’s touristy, but it’s nothing to see. You have several options available to you. The catamaran that takes you on the island and makes you take a ride, the motor boat, privatized or not.
Basically, you go on Ile aux Cerfs, you spend a little time on the beach, you eat locally on the Island, and you go to the waterfall (and see the monkeys) next. What a good day, sun, romantic, friends or family. If your guide is not bad, it can even drop you on less crowded beaches where you will be almost alone in the world.
Do not look for deer, there are no more on Deer Island.
Diving, you will abuse
We have already talked a little about diving in other must-haves, but we must tell you that this spot is really worth it, it is on the beach of Long Beach!
Here, the corals are in great condition, the water is clear even in windy conditions, there are many fish and there is little background. You’ll understand, it’s The place to Be to dive with mask and snorkel.
At Le Morne Brabant, you’ll go
Le Morne Brabant is the tip located in the extreme south-west of Mauritius. But before talking to you in more detail, take advantage of it to see the 7 colors of the Earth and the magnificent waterfall of this nature reserve.
While entry is not free, but the site is worth a look.
For lunch, not to ruin you, the Liverpool Snack, in the city of Gaulette, is waiting for you. You will eat locally, with locals, for 7 € for 2 (300 rupees).
Let’s talk about the famous Morne Brabant. You can go early in the morning to hike and climb to the top. The climb is done in 2 parts. A 1st that remains affordable, and a second, which is almost like climbing. Not to mention the descent which is not simple. Count 4h minimum for the return trip, with a significant heat.
Just next to Le Morne Brabant, you will see the famous Ile Aux Benitiers. Also know that at the foot of Morne Brabant, you have a huge spot for Kite.
Rum, you’ll be bored
You will notice that in Mauritius, there is a lot of sugar cane plantations. At Chamarel, you will find one rhumery to test local Rum. And to test is a little word. The entrance is certainly paid, but besides the visit of the rum, you will taste. But not 1 or 2 glasses, no, future alcoholic, 9 different rums
And some are pretty cool. You do not take the wheel after, you’ll be cute, promise?
In conclusion, we must tell you, everyone speaks French (English, and Creole) and is adorable in Mauritius. Think about doing a fruit cure, they are delicious !!! And to have liquid on you. The wildlife is also crazy! Of course, we did not have time to do everything or test everything. You also have excursions to see dolphins, hikes, other beaches, etc … But after all, it may be the subject of another trip.