Let’s face it. Mauritians love Europe and Europe is great place to travel to, and a place where most Mauritians feel the most comfortable outside their own country. The fact is, right now, and for the foreseeable future, traveling within Europe is cheap. Traveling throughout Europe has never been easier or as inexpensive with airlines as Air Mauritius, Emirates, Corsair and other Companies.

If you are young, don’t have unlimited funds, or you can put up with the less glamorous side of no-frills travel(waiting in lines, no assigned seats, possibly being up to an hour late), but still want to see Europe, than this article is for you. If you’re like me, like most Mauritians, you want to see a lot of Europe but you don’t necessarily have the two months it would take. Let’s say you have two weeks. With the proper planning, you can see up to five countries in two weeks and not feel slighted at all.

Ok, first thing is first. Getting to Europe. We won’t speak too much on booking flights from Mauritius to Europe. Now if you want to see only one European city, like say Paris, or Rome, or London, then get a direct flight to these Cities with Air Mauritius, Emirates, Corsair or other travel companies. But almost always the cheapest destination to fly to in Europe is London. Its also the perfect city to begin a jaunt across Europe.

So here we are, in London. There are four airports in the London area. But do not make the mistake and assume that they are close. The four largest airports associated with it are Stansted, Heathrow, Luton, and Gatwick.

Now the probability is that you will fly into Heathrow, the largest airport. Getting to and from these airports can be done by bus or taxi. The Bus between Stansted and Heathrow will charge about 50GBP one way, and the trick is getting a round trip from Heathrow to your airport, because a round trip only costs an extra 5GBP. From Heathrow to Gatwick it takes about 70 minutes, but costs only 12GBP each way. Travel between the airports in London will range from $25-100 US dollars, so remember to figure bus fare into your overall travel expenses.

Onto the no-frills airlines. Ryanair flies just about everywhere in Europe. Ryanair has flights in every Western European country excluding Switzerland. Countries they travel to also include Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia. Its main airport of departures is London Stansted. A great number of flights also originate from Frankfurt Hahn, Barcelona Girona, Rome Ciampino, and Dublin.

Easyjet flies to all of Western Europe(including Switzerland), Finland, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. Easyjet makes use of London’s Stansted, Gatwick and Luton, as well as Berlin Schoenefeld as major departure airports. As with both Ryanair and Easyjet, check their respective websites for listings of all their destinations.

Both websites post their fares for six months in advance, so it is possible to book early. Most of the time however, this is not necessary. Most travel plans should be made about a month to two months before the actual trip will take place. 
Ryanair and Easyjet both use similar, if not the same jets as most domestic US flights, so have no fear about boarding one of their planes.

The fares are extremely inexpensive, for example they offer specials where some flights are FREE, and all you pay is the tax. There are a few reasons for this. The first is the most important. They fly out of the smaller, out of the way airports opposed to major airlines, which fly out of the major airports. For example, instead of flying out of Heathrow(which you most certainly flew in to), you would fly out of Luton, Stansted, or Gatwick. Another example can be seen in Rome, where one would fly out of Ciampino, the military airport, instead of the main larger airport, Leonardo da Vinci. Same thing in Paris. An important point to remember is that these smaller airports are usually farther away from the main city, and require public transport(buses or taxis) to reach.

The good news is that both Easyjet and Ryanair provide shuttle service from the airport to the city center and vice versa. The carriers pay less to fly out of these lesser used airports, and thus fares are significantly lower, too.

Another reason is that, like Southwest Airlines in the States, there are no assigned seating, as well as no paper tickets. If you’ve never flown Southwest, then compare boarding the flight to boarding a bus. No assigned seats, but if you arrive early, you can be first in the queue, or line. The higher you are in the queue, the priority you have in choosing your seat. So best not to take children under the ages of eight on these flights. But remember this is Europe, not the States, so people will be more accommodating if you want to sit with your party, traveling with children and so on.

A note about paper tickets; some people need to hold a physical copy of the actual ticket in their hand, and that is fine, just don’t expect it on these flights. Print a copy of your receipt(which should have the time of departure and arrival, as well as your name and conformation number) if needed. When you check in they will ask for your passport, and that’s it.

Another way they are able to charge such low fares is because they charge for luggage by the pound. On Easyjet and Ryanair both airlines allow you one piece of carry on luggage, and another piece of check-in luggage(up to 15Kg(33lbs) on Ryanair and 20Kg on Easyjet). Every Kg after that Easyjet charges 6 Euro and Ryanair 7 Euro each, so pack as light as possible. Check their respective websites for more specific luggage weight issues.

Also, no-frills means no frills. No drinks, no peanuts, no blankets, nothing. A seat is all you paid for, and that’s all you get(but you paid $20 for it!). The flight attendants will come around offering to sell soda, sandwiches, all laid out on a nice laminated menu. The portions are SMALL, and costly. If you can eat or get food at the airport before you board, do it. The expensive food and beverage costs are another reason that the flight is so inexpensive.

So now you know why the tickets are so cheap. Besides saving money, something else of note is that not every ticket is round trip. One-way allows you to bounce around cities across Europe. That sounds great, right? And it is. It’s just not as easy as it appears to be. Ryanair and Easyjet do not have flights between every city that they fly to. Meaning, it is possible one would have to fly back to London in order to travel to another city, because there is no direct route. But using a combination of Ryanair and Easyjet flights will work for most travelers. They are also adding more routes daily, so check there first.

But we don’t want to spend most of trip in the air, flying back to the same airport we’ve already been to just to get to another city. There are other options. Other carriers, such as Virgin Atlantic and national airlines(for example: Iberia in Spain, Alitalia in Italy, Lufthansa in Germany, British Airways in England, AerLingus in Ireland) may be viable options. Also, do not forget about the rail. It is true, the Eurorail pass is outdated and extremely expensive. But travel by rail between close cities is relatively easy. Tickets can be purchased the day of travel, and will be inexpensive. Just remember to allow enough time for a longer rail trip as opposed to a flight.

Our two favorite options, if Ryanair and Easyjet can’t get you where you want to go, are Virgin Express and Corsair. 
Virgin Express travels throughout southern Europe, with their main point of origin being Brussels. It is possible to travel all throughout Spain, as well as Athens, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan and Berlin. Flights are not as inexpensive as Easyjet or Ryanair, but are usually cheaper than the national carriers.

All the above mentioned airlines and such have provided us with a beginning look at low cost travel in Europe but by no means a comprehensive view. But they do show us it is possible to do Europe(at least flight wise) for cheap. I know, I planned a trip in which my girlfriend and I in two weeks saw Amsterdam, Rome, Ljubljana, and Zagreb, used London as our hub, and spent less than $500 in airfare for the BOTH of us.

It can be done. Use the tools provided and any ones you find(let me know) and forget paying the travel agent. Here are my final words of advice.

Know the exchange rate of the country you are traveling. Most countries in Europe use the Euro, but not all. Bring some money in Traveler’s Cheques, but if you have an ATM card, use it. You get the best exchange rate of the day. Avoid taking out small amounts, its not worth the fees. Currency Exchanges are rip-offs every place I’ve been. Check exchange rates before you leave and during your stay at www.xe.com.

Be flexible! Not every plane, bus, train is going to be on time exactly. Give yourself enough time to do everything you want before heading toward the airport. Arrive at the airport as early as possible. Remember that getting lost isn’t the end of the world. On that trip I mentioned earlier, we were lost in Zagreb, it was raining, and it took us three hours to find our hotel. But it happens. Most places someone will speak your language, and you’ll get where you need to go. Remember, most of all, planning your trip is half the fun of actually going on the trip, so enjoy both. 

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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.

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

The island in a nutshell

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

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

Pamplemousses Garden

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

Port Louis

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


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

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

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

Swim with the dolphins


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

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

Mauritius is best known for its beautiful luxury hotels, with their private beach and high quality spas, making the island the perfect place to get away from it all and let yourself be pampered with care and relaxation.

For the more curious and nature lovers, the island also offers various landscapes that are worth a visit. The southwestern region is home to the Tamarin Falls, Chamarel and its land of 7 colors, the island of Benitiers, the seaside village of Flic en Flac and the Black River Gorges National Park. Organize a hike to the summit of Le Morne Brabant at over 550 m altitude, take a boat to Île aux Cerfs known for its water sports and golf course and spend a day in the small village fishermen of Grand Bay with its restaurants and bars.

For your heavenly trip to Mauritius, you can choose from the best hotels with the luxury Spa in different corners of the island:

Shanti Maurice – South Coast – Saint Félix

“Shanti” means peace in Sanskrit. At this luxury hotel, you’ll find your inner balance with luxurious wellness treatments and Ayurvedic treatments in an idyllic setting on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Listen to the sound of the wind in the palm leaves from your deck chair at the edge of your private pool.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa – West Coast – Flic en Flac

At this magnificent hotel with Asian architecture on the bay of Tamarin, you will feel completely out of place. Whether you want to relax in the heart of a tropical garden, recharge your batteries or detox in a luxurious setting, the Ayurvedic cures of this hotel will make your wishes for well-being a reality.

LUX * Grand Daube – North Coast – Grand Daube Bay

This hotel will transport you to another world. With a spa offering various treatments and massages and a beauty salon, you will feel pampered from head to toe. Lie down on its private sandy beach or go to discover its turquoise lagoon with the diving school located in the hotel. Lovers of sensation will also be seduced by the many water activities available on site.

Outrigger Mauritius – South West Coast – Bel Ombre

Whether you are alone, in love or with your family, the Outrigger will give your stay a true taste of paradise. In the heart of a huge tropical garden and by its private beach, you can relax by the ocean, walk in the middle of nature, entertain the children with the various activities on offer, enjoy traditional Mauritian dishes and even take cooking classes given by the chef to test new recipes at home.

The Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary – North of the Island – Congomah D’Epinay

The secret to get rid of the stress of everyday life and to find a light and positive spirit is revealed in this hotel of well-being and health. Specialized in bioenergy and neurotherapy, the care is practiced by qualified personnel in the middle of a panorama of green nature. Finish your well-being day by watching the sun set behind the mountains by the pool.

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Un Mariage au Paradis

Elie Bernager’s Website

One is not born with a camera in the hand, but one is surely born with talent. Some play football extremely well, some others have golden voices and some others have the perfect eye for taking the perfect shots. It doesn’t simply take a good camera to become a great photographer. Excellent photographers will take excellent shots from bad cameras too. Photography is inborn and god-gifted. Wedding Photographer in Mauritius and the Indian-Ocean, Elie Bernager is one of those god-gifted men.

For the real professionals, photography is less of a profession and more of a passion. They are committed to capture the beautiful moments of your charming life and turn them into life lasting memories serving as a permanent source of happiness for you, forever and are always passionate to capture your memorable moments.

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Finding the perfect Wedding Photographer is important as you should find someone who can understand how important this special day is for you, that is your wedding day and how he can turn this significant event simply by a set of lenses into a cherishing life lasting experience saved on a couple of photos.

Elie’s skills are blend of professionalism and experience. He knows how important this day is for you and how much you are willing to spend happily for this very special day but is not here to exploit you but to enjoy the work he does and makes sure that he delivers quality within your economy.

As an experienced photographer the camera has been his friend for the last 35 years, not as a profession but as an obsession.

Who is Elie?

Simply put, Elie is the best Wedding photographer in the Indian Ocean. The city of Paris is known for its contribution to the world of art. Almost everyone with a taste for culture has heard of the Louvre, even if they have not necessarily visited it. In 1953, a small contribution to the world of art was unveiled in Paris in the form of baby Elie Bernager. Of course, no one could predict that he would become a renowned photographer, working for magazines such as Marie Claire or Cosmopolitan. But since his father was a doctor and his mother a well-known artist, his parents encouraged him to explore his artistic abilities, which is not surprising when you see the level of success he has achieved.

Early Career

At sixteen, Elie earned a place at the prestigious National School of DECORATIVE Arts, a school that receives about sixty students a year, selected from about three thousand applicants. Competition is fierce and only the most promising are allowed. There, Elie developed a love for travel and therefore sought a career that at the same time will fill his passion for travel. Elie began a career at CLUB MED’s resorts for the next ten years while working for various magazines. At the age of 30 Elie decided to embark on fashion photography and stills but continued to work for big names such as Vogue Magazine France.

At the age of fifty-five, Elie has so far visited one country a year and enjoys traveling with his girlfriend Celine and two children Nathan and Claire. In his spare time, he enjoys water activities such as scuba diving, sailing and canoeing. In 2001, Elie and his family settled in Mauritius. They enjoyed the island so much that they decided to live there, in the village of Tamarin more precisely.

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Elie has diversified his career since arriving in Mauritius. He taught photography at the D.C.D.M University of Quatre Bornes. He is also once a month at the University of Mauritius, where he teaches photography to students aged eighteen to seventy. He educates and discusses methods like photographic technique and composition and fundamental questions such as “what is photography? “

Recently, Elie embarked on the new and popular “Wedding in Mauritius” market. Many couples come to Mauritius to get married and there is a lot of competition between photographers for work. However, the quality of the work varies widely and Elie sadly comments that, “other photographers do not like people they photograph; they just do it for the money. I do it for the money as well but after thirty-five years of experience in the photographic field, all I have done in this business is out of love, for the sake of it. “

“Work is like holidays” for Elie and he enjoys meeting new people and happily ending his days with them. Its purpose is, “… to give the customer the best service they will receive. I treat them like models, I treat them like stars, I’m ready to do my best as a fashion photographer to help make this day even more memorable “

Mauritius is also firmly in Elie’s philosophy about his work. “I always think about the island itself, all my photos help to promote holidays in Mauritius, to be a tourist in Mauritius, to be in a charming hotel of four or five stars at the Mauritius and encourage more people to come here. “Promoting the country is not only good for him, but for all the people who live there and he hopes that others in the tourism industry share the same view.

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Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is not just about having performant material for making good pictures, far from it. The photographer must create an atmosphere conducive to relaxation as the photographed couple should be as natural as possible. But he must also pay attention to a number of parameters in his choices, both technical and artistic. His skills will make the difference: the choice of the right focal length, aperture and speed settings, the care taken in framing and the overall composition ensuring photos of an optimal quality.

His experience will offer you the most rewarding poses, while putting you at ease every moment of the shooting. Each image of this session will be a work of art, for which you will be the unique subject.

When reporting, you are sure he will be as discreet as possible; he knows well the course of a marriage, and knows when to intervene and immortalize the most beautiful moments of your life.

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Mauritius also known as the paradise island is ideally situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It is considered among the treasures of the Indian Ocean. The Mauritius islands is simply a mixture of culture, the inhabitants originates from different country such as India, China, Africa, and Europe. The mixture of culture can also be seen on its culinary; you have a variety of different food from different culture offer to you.
The island is mostly known for its mesmerising beaches, lagoon and reefs. The lush rainforest, Black River Georges are the best place to enjoy hiking, quad and waterfalls. Your trip is not completed if you visit Mauritius without touring its capital, Port-Louis. The capital city has interesting sites such as the Caudan waterfront, the citadel and the champ de mars. The northern part of the island is blessed with the so called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam botanical garden, one of the major tourist attractions of the island of Mauritius.

The Mauritius Island offers many packages, different types and prices. There are both land and water activities offered by many organisation. You will have the opportunity to do many things that might offered by your country, you will get to experience new feelings and new places. Feel the adrenaline rush while slipping on the zip line, doesn’t that makes you dreaming? Well, let your dream becomes reality! Book your tickets to Mauritius and make the best of your holiday here!

Swimming with the dolphins

Have you ever dream of swimming with the most friendly water animal in the ocean?? Well, here is a golden opportunity to realise your dream. As the Mauritius is a tropical island, the swimming with Dolphin activity can be performed all year round. Nature lovers have the chance to experience this activity in Black river or Tamarin Bay! You just have to book your ticket.
The journey starts at the very morning where you will get on a speedboat which will actually bring you to where the dolphins are at. Snorkelling equipment will be given to you better to perform the magical once in a lifetime experience. The speedboat carrying capacity is usually up to 6 persons, you have the opportunity to join a group or simply rent the whole speedboat for yourself and your family.

During winter, from May to October, the dolphin swimming activity starts from 7 hr am or around 8.30 AM whereas during summer time the dolphin swimming activity is operates from early morning, as from 6 AM. As per the organisation’s experiment they says that the earlier you go the greater time you will get to spend with the dolphins. You may also spend a whole day in the catamaran also where you will have the opportunity to snorkel outside beautiful reefs and will move to the mesmerising turquoise water of the lemonade where BBQ seafood lunch will be served to you.

There are actually 2 types of dolphin that you will spot: the spinner dolphin and the Bottlenose Dolphin. The peers will be in different spot as there do not like mingling with each other. If you are playing with the spinner dolphin, they might leave you all of a sudden if the bottlenose dolphins make their appearance. The bottlenose is considered the most common dolphin species in the world and also the biggest compared to the spinner dolphin. Its weight is said to be up to 650 KG and a length of 12 feet. This species is kind of more quiet and gentle, they are the best type for a good swim and they are known for their high level of intelligence and willingness to cope with humans. In Mauritius, the bottlenose dolphin live in groups of 2 to 15 members, they can be seen at around 11 hr 30 AM but if you get lucky enough you might also see then afternoon, in the middle of the stunning lagoon.

The most playful and vivid dolphins are the spinners types, the live in a kind of large group of up to 100 members. They are smaller than the bottlenose ones, their weight is 80 kg and height is 8 feet. The stunning spinner dolphins are famous for their rapidity and for being more active than the bottlenose dolphin. Surely, you will have a great time playing with them. They are usually seen in the morning, playing and training for the calves. Generally they are up to 3 kg and are 1 foot long.

Trip in cruises to isle aux Cerfs


Enjoy a great day at isle aux Cerfs! Your journey starts at 9 in the morning at the location your chosen organisation will ask you to meet. Then you will be brought to a nice site where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkels in the stunning turquoise water and enjoy the mesmerising undersea water views or you may just simply sit on the cruise and enjoy the sunrays reflecting on your face and have a good relaxation time. The boat will then bring you to another mesmerising place where you watch silently the lush vegetation lies on the sides of the river banks. If you are lucky enough you might also get a chance to spot some bats or monkeys moving from one tree to another or just feeding themselves.

By the time you visit all these marvellous beauties, lunch will be ready to serve. Eat each of every pieces of the delicious BBQ seafood while watching the ocean on this piece of paradise. After your lunch you will get the chance to enjoy and explore the isle aux Cerfs. The white sandy beach is all you need to complete a perfect holiday! You might also swim in the clear crystal water or get tanned on the beach. If you want to sip a drink, don’t worry! You may go to the Preskil Beach Resort of the island. The beach resort is a pleasant place to stay at, you may hear some creole song playing and may also join the dancing hall. The trips end up at 4 o’clock, dinner is not included but unlimited drinks are offered. The trip is allowed for all ages!

Big Game fishing excursion with lunch

Big game fishing in Mauritius
Big game fishing in Mauritius

Ever wanted to fish without having to wait a lot? Well, the best place is in Mauritius as there are abundant of fishes. The fishing spot is at Tamarin in the southern part of the island hence the meeting point is at Black river.The big game fishing also come along with a full day fishing excursion where you will be provided with lunch and unlimited drinks.
Your journey will start at 7 am o’clock in the morning, you are expected to be seen at about 6: 30 am as complimentary breakfast then you will be taken to the fishing spot.Make sure you had your complimentary breakfast before hopping on the boat as you will need a lot of energy and most importantly patience! Fishes such as blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and bonito are most likely to be caught at the Tamarin. You will be taught techniques to easily catch fishes by an expert skipper.

After the fishing trip, lunch will be served to you. Enjoy your barbecue while staring at the mesmerising views of the west coast. Then you will also have the opportunity to snorkel near the boat for some times. After the 9 hours of touring and fishing you will be bought back to land.

3 hours whale watching cruise

Hump back whales in Mauritius

Enjoy a unique holiday by watching beautiful enormous creatures jumping and splashing the water. You will also get the golden opportunity to watch them really close but unfortunately you won’t get the chance to swim with them as it can be dangerous. The whale watching activity is in the west coast of Mauritius. Meet your guide at the meeting point which is actually at Black River Village 50 m from the police station. You may also come by the transportation service but make sure that you book your place 48 hour before the departure time.

A small speedboat will come at pick you up at the meeting point, bear in mind that it only accommodates 10 passengers by tour. You will be taken to a strikingly wonderful views and unspoiled landscape of the island of Mauritius. Meanwhile the guide will have a brief explanation about types of the whales and tell you more about their habitat. After the brief explanation you will be heading out of the sea, hopefully to encounter the gigantic creatures. However they only do not show up if the weather or the sea in in bad condition, but are 60 % spotted during tours. For security each customers are given a life jackets.

Mauritius is a tropical island which is also remark as the paradise island, also is of the 3 Mascarenes Island. Found in the Indian Ocean, the Mauritius Island possesses a variety of both natural and man-made attractions. People all around year come to visit the island of Mauritius, however they are not only attracted by activities that are offered or unique beach, they are also interested in its amazing culinary. Enjoy the warm clear crystal water of the tropical climate, explore and learn more about the wonderful fauna and flora of the island and contemplate the beauty that the ethnic mix allowed.
Long ago French and Dutch brought slaves from different countries including India, Africa, and china which can actually explain the multi-ethnic population. The Mauritian population is very friendly and welcoming; you don’t have to hesitate to talk to them. Surely you will feel like home being in Mauritius. There are luxury hotels all around the coast of the island which are well designed. The infrastructure is pleasant with a vivid atmosphere; the roads are never empty no matter what time of the day. Mauritius has received many awards such as World Leading Island Destination, World Travel Awards and World’s Best Beach Award.

There are many things to do in the Mauritius Island. Firstly, Mauritius offers a unique natural beauty where you may perform many activities or just stare at the beauties of the island. Visit the island most unique features such as the Black River Gorges and the 7 coloured Earths of Chamarel. Some of the major tourist attractions of Mauritius are Les 7 Cascades, Curious corner of Chamarel and Casela Nature Park. If you are no so into hiking trails, don’t worry! Mauritius has many more other activities to offer you including deep-sea fishing, kite surfing or maybe golf?

If you are a big fan of going hiking and explore the nature, you should go trekking through lush rain forest or you may just take your bicycle and enjoy the village beauty. Sometimes you may also attend religious ceremony which is very fascinating to explore, with all its colourful dresses and everything. There are also a lot of shopping centres where you will find all that you need including locally made textiles, sugar, food, clothes and many interesting stuff.


Imagine yourself swimming with a variety of species, all of them having their own unique colour and size! Isn’t that amazing? Let your dream come true and come dive in Mauritius. Fortunately the island of Mauritius is protected by coral reef. There are some nice diving spot for diving lovers. Diving in Mauritius is surely everything you need to feel before going back to your country. There are corals and fishes of all colours and size, you may also meet up with unknown mesmerising species.

The diving institution of Mauritius welcomes both beginners and experience divers to come and explore a diving session. There are guides who will firstly explain to you how to move under the water, then once in the water you just have to follow these instruction for a perfect diving session. However the guides will help you all round the time of your session. Come for a diving session in Mauritius you will surely not regret it.

Peyreber beach

The Peyreber beach is found in the northern part of the island. The stunningly gorgeous beach is considered among the world’s best Beach. Its white sanded beach, the shaded trees, and its turquoise sea water is like paradise on earth. The Peyreber beach is not so spacious and also most people go to the Peyreber beach which is hence most of the time a bit crowded.
Besides being crowded, everything at the beach is perfect. Sip your drink and watch the beautiful sun reflecting on the clear crystal water. If you had enough of tanning you may go and seek shade from the Filao trees. There are food vendors near the parking space where you may have lunch or dinner or you may just walk by a restaurant near the beach and have a wonderful lunch or dinner.

Grand bay

Grand Bay (Grand Baie) is a village which is surrounded by only hotels and beaches and is also a major tourist attraction. Found in the district of Riviere du Rempart in the northern part of the island, the Grand Bay was also known as De Bogt Zonder Eyndt which means the bay without end in Dutch. The Grand Bay gets everyone’s attention by its enchanting emerald sea watersand its vivid atmosphere. Grand bay strictly facilitates its visitors for safeness of swimming, water skiing, fishing and even windsurfing.

Grand Bay is not only a about beaches or hotels but also about shopping! It is home to multiples of craft shops, fashion Boutiques and also jewellery. You may do your shopping at grand Bay and may also do some courses at supermarkets of Grand Bay. It is also known as the best place to party. Known for its night life, Grand Bay hosts the best party of the island. The best places to go is to have a once in a lifetime night life is at Banana Café, Les Enfants Terribles and the most famous is the Buddha bar.


Here is the most interesting place to visit. It is the best place to see real creole culture! Port-louis is the busiest town of the island and also the Capital city of Mauritius. It is beautiful of how the past merge with the present! There are many building which were made since the very discovering time of the island. Despite being the smallest district there is always something new to discover in Port-louis.

The citadel: the citadelis one of the most beautifuland breath-taking place in the port-louis. It was built at the top of a hill to be protected by enemies; each and every corner of the citadel hides a different history! Nowadays, it has become a major tourist attraction, to get to the top of the hill you either walk like a hundred stairs or just take a taxi to get you up over there. At the top of the hill you will see the whole city of port-louis which is quite amazing.

Caudan: Caudan is just a unique feature of the island! Caudan is a place of work, shopping, eating and also own 2 cinema room! There is everything you wish for at Caudan. While eating your food you may watch the breath-taking view of the port, contemplating the sun reflecting on the sea water.

Pack you stuff and let your next destination be in Mauritius!

must see places mauritiusIdeally found in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is one of the three Mascarenes islands. Often the Mauritian island is called the paradise island by most people. The island is a real heaven, there are mesmerizing beaches, lush rain forest, abundant foods and activities, enough for a perfect holidays! Mauritius is an island where there is a whole mixture of culture giving a vibrant atmosphere. Whether it’s Muslim, Hindu, catholic or Chinese, they all live together in peace and help each other.

Year after year, the island of Mauritius has become a great place of interest to millions of tourist from all around the world. Thus, there is nothing surprising with the island and its thousand types of hotels, bungalows, luxury shops, villas and restaurants. Mauritius is kindly a welcoming place to every types of tourist, there is room to every person who set foot on its soil.

Many of the visitors stays in a hotel where they are offered with luxurious services including good food, swimming pool and luxurious product to use for themselves. However choosing a hotel might not be a super good idea. As a matter of fact Mauritius is a place where you should go on adventure, meet new people and discover amazing stuffs, it’s not all about luxury stuffs. Tourist who are knowledgeable are aware that their holidays will not be a complete one if they don’t mingle with Mauritian and discover new adventure. Let us see why the mesmerizing island is a unique and perfect place to be on holidays and why millions of tourist seek a little adventure in this place.

It’s a multicultural population

Mauritius Island TourismThey paradise island has a diverse culture! Long time ago people from different countries such as the Dutch, British and French have settled and was ruling the island. These people have brought indentured labour and slaves from countries such as Asia and Africa to work in the fields. Today all these descendants is what makes Mauritius a great and peaceful place to be or to visit as. Forget about how welcoming the Mauritian population can be, such diversity can also be felt and seen in their language as well as its culinary. Basically, Mauritian talks in creole but there are different accent, some might mix it with French or even in Indian languages.

Mine Frire MauritiusIf you ever visit the Mauritius islands, you should taste the Mauritian cuisine at any point! There are rare and delicious food that you could never imagine. Abundant of food all over the place, whether it is snacks, dish or any other thing you could imagine. The culinary is based on its culture which means you may enjoy any types of food, even Italian food. The Mauritian tradition of cooking a creole dish is very different from any other country culinary. In the morning you may get food like ‘’dhollpourri’’, ‘’gato Pima’’ and ‘’samousa’’. For lunch and dinner you might get whatever you want to, pizza, pasta, creole dish, curries, burgers, fries and any other thing.

Beautiful white beaches

Here is the very main reason why Mauritius attracts so much tourist in a year. Many tourist choose Mauritian as their holiday as the beaches feels like real heaven on earth. Its white sandy beaches are unique and some of them are considered among the most beautiful beaches in the whole world. Mauritius is rich when it comes to good beaches, it actually have a good selection all along the coastal region of the island of Mauritius.

Kite Surfing Mauritius These mesmerizing pieces of heaven does not only allows you to relax but also to practice sports including kite surfing and wind surfing. Have I mentioned about its lagoon? Well, most places in Mauritius have a protected lagoon with wonderful coral reefs which means that surfing or performing any water activities beyond the lagoon is safe.


Relax and let yourself get tanned! Just lazing around there with your family, friend or your lover. One advice is to let go of all your stress and specially your smartphones. Just enjoy how beautiful the ocean is. There are usually food vendors in the parking space where you might get some snacks, drinks or even have lunch and why not dinner?

Sunset MauritiusMont choisis beach, found in the northern region of the island is the perfect place to watch the sun sets. Imagine watching the sunsets with the love of your life, your feet buried in the sand and all you are looking at is the overwhelming orange burning sun, reflecting on the ocean as well as your skin. Sip your coconut water or your beer meanwhile and forget not to take pictures as memories as you might never watch the sun sets like this again.

To practice diving on the island of Mauritius

Just Diving MauritiusIt is always a good time to perform water activities in the tropical island, of course there are exceptional day such as cyclone or heavy rainfall. In other words you may enjoy any activities including kayak, snorkelling, boat trip, Catamaran and diving at any time of the year! Divers are the luckiest, Mauritius is one of the best place on earth to dive through its underwater and meet up with all its colorful species. There are a whole lot of fishes of different colors and size, corals from lively to deadly, giant and tiny sea turtle and many other rare species for you to explore.

If you are not a diver but you always dreamt of becoming a good diver, well, there is no problem at all, you might realise your dream in the paradise island. You will be able to experience the charm of the diving in the island, there are diving levels from beginners to experienced divers. Mauritius have a diversity of diving site, you might choose your place and have the best of your holiday.

There are many organization who offer diving lesson, and don’t worry the site are safe and are closely monitored by Mauritian federation. However there are different organization depending on the region. All the diver coaches are qualified and well experience, just trust your coach and let him/her do his/her job.


Mauritius districts attraction mapMauritius also known as the paradise island is a tiny island situated in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the three Islands of the Mascarene. In the paradise island resides a number of tourist attractions that will fill up your schedule in Mauritius. You have the opportunity to visit museum, go on an adventure or even visit cultural places. It all depends on what you would like to fit in. The island is mostly known for its beaches, lagoon and reefs. The best time to visit the island is between May and December where the island is sunny and typically tropical.

Here are a few tourist attractions which you should not miss while in Mauritius:

Vallee des Couleurs

7 coloured earth mauritiusThe mesmerising Vallee des Couleurs is home to a variety of flora and fauna, where many activities are proposed. It is a great place to enjoy an adventurous journey among families and friends. Nature lovers are bound to adore this place. Unique in its own way, the Vallee des Couleurs owns mountain valleys, plateaus, hill, waterfalls and lakes. It is a purely natural place where visitors are treated with 23 coloured Earth, a green valley, kid garden and a restaurant.

The visit of Vallee des Couleurs starts at the very beginning itself which is at the Exhibition room and this will give you an outline of how your journey is going to you. Throughout your visit to the fern garden you will spot some wild orchids, Bouquet Banane and many other types of flowers. The bouquet Banane is the most mesmerising flower of all the others but unfortunately it only blooms at the end on the year. Hopefully you get lucky enough and get the golden opportunity to watch the blooming of the Bouquet Banane.

Take the most perfect picture of the unspoiled beauty of the 23 coloured land of the Vallee des Couleurs. The 23 coloured earth was formed by a volcanic eruption of the Bassin Blanc. There are many activities including the Tyrolienne and quads which are proposed by the Vallee des Couleurs. The duration of the total visit to natural reserves is around 3-4 hours. There are many packages that you can choose. Each of them has their own price.

Citadel Fort Adelaine

Citadelle Port Louis
View from Fort Adelaide

The Citadel also known as the Fort Adelaine is ideally built up on a 100 metres hill which is actually known as ‘’Petite Montagne’’. The monument is named after the wife of William II back in the time where the British were ruling over the capital of Mauritius, Port-Louis. The Citadel was cleverly made to protect the British from enemy in the 19th century. It was designed by Colonel Cunningham and built by Indian and African slaves.

The building, made of giant blocks, is now a National Monument. At the top of The Fort Adelaine includes views of the entire town of Port-louis including the port, Caudan and champ de mars. You have to walk about a hundred stairs to get at the top of the citadel but you may also take a taxi to get at the top of the citadel. The place is always open and you may also go at night as there is light all over the place. However the best time to visit the Fort Adelaine is on Saturday from noon to around 4 to 5 PM. You may watch the horse race at the champ de mars from atop of the hill. The citadel is worth for at least a visit, you will surely enjoy the beautiful scenery of the port- Louis and you may also take some memories. So if you are in Mauritius and wondering where to go just pay a taxis and it will bring you to the citadel mall.


the seychelles The island of Seychelles is an archipelago which is made up of 115 islands in addition. There are 41 granite islands and 75 of them are coralline islands, all of them unique in their own way. Actually, no one can get bored in the Seychelles as there is always a new thing to discover, whether it is on land or underwater.

The Seychelles is as well a major tourist attraction. Besides its mesmerising beaches, lagoon and coral reefs the island also have wonderful attractions including its lush rain forests, its natural reserves, its museum and most importantly all the activities that the islands offers to all its visitors.

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

The Botanical Garden is made up of more than 15 acres of exotic and endemic plants and lies in the heart of Victoria which is the capital of Mahé. Being over 100 years old, it is an outstanding attraction in the Indian Ocean deserving a mention in this list. While it was initially introduced as an experiment for the cultivation of several species of plants, it has now become a park where nature lovers would kill for an opportunity to visit this exotic place.

The Vallée de Mai National Park

The Vallée de Mai National Park is one unique attraction in the Seychelles which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the largest amount of the endemic plant coco de mer fruit palm (around 4000 samples). The reserve also contains several rare bird species such as the black parrot.

Vallée de Mai was first established in 1966 and later listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983. This tropical forest includes many species of animals and plants that are threatened to extinction and are protected by the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). Nature lovers and photographers would love The Vallée de Mai National Park.

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

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


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

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


Mauritius South Coast

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


east of mauritius

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


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

le morne mauritius

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

Have a great excursion in Mauritius!

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

At the controls of an airplane

mauritius sugar cane

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

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

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

Explosive encounter

7 colours mauriitus

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

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

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

Creoles, Indians, Chinese


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

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

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

The Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian cuisine is like its people, a mixture of colours, cultures, traditions and especially spices. Most of the time, it is made with rice, vegetables, meat and seafood. Spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper and others are used as much as possible. Just for your information, beef is rarely eaten by part of the population (Hindus) because the cow is sacred to them. In some restaurants, the pork also is banned

The gajacks

gajack mauritius

An explosion of flavor from the very first taste of the Mauritian aperitif – You will know everything about our snacks and favorite drinks.


A sundowner may start at the beginning of the afternoon. This can happen during the visit of a friend, parent, there are no pre-established rules! To accompany the ti punch, the rhum and cokes, a Mauritian beer or litchi wine (Yes it exists), the Mauritian like the appetizers, i.e. ‘gajacks ‘. These are Samosas; pastry stuffed vegetables, or fish bricks or even cheese, molkoos (crispy appetizer), crispy squid or Caramelized Chicken wings.

How to make the ti punch?

ti punch mauritius

Ingredients / for 1 person
For one glass :
5 cl of white rhum
2 cl of sugar cane sirop one small green lemon

1. In one glass crush the quater cut lemon.
2. Add the rhum and sagar cane sirop and stir. Add ice and enjoy


The Mauritian is not very fond of starters. He eats a main meal and basta. However, there are times, one may fall on some rather nice starters such as the Palm salad, a smoked marlin tartare or an octopus salad. The products are fresh.

Recipe of smoked Marlin Tartare for one person

  • 200g of smoked malin
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 3 cive branch
  • 1/4 small cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oïl
  • 1/4 white onion
  • green lemon juive
  1. Cut the cives in small sections of 5 mm approximately. Slice the onion. Peel the cucumber and cut it in small dices.
  2. Prepare your marinade by mixing  the olive oil, the lime juice and crushed garlic.
  3. Dice your beautiful smoked marlin. Mix the onions, the cives, and cucumber. Sprinkle with the olive oil and the lime.
  4. Let stand an hour before serving your Tartar chilled.

The main course

The main course consists of rice, vegetables and meat. Being a multi-cultural country, our Cuisine comes from three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe. This mixture brings to our dishes an unmatched flavor.

In all cases, the cuisine has been adapted according to the ingredients available in Mauritius and the taste of the Mauritians . The dish is often based on a plate of rice on which we just place various elements such as a broth of lentils, a meat or a fish sauce and condiments such as a vegetable pickles.

The chatini of « pommes d’amour »

  • 6 small ripe tomatoes
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 small onion
  • ½  tablespoon of olive oil,
  • salt


  1.                         Cut the tomatoes and chillies into very small pieces.
  2.                         Finely chop the onion and the coriander leaves. Add them to the tomatoes.
  3.                         Mix all ingredients and add the oil.
  4.                         Just before serving, add salt and mix coarsely.

Sweet tooth

We always end up our meal with a dessert. We are surrounded by  various tropical fruits. In summer, we really have a great choice; mangoes, lychees, pineapples… nothing like to make up a big fruit salad to finish your meal nicely. But a good banana flambé, a flan Cocos caramelization, or a pudding, or the sagou can make your world go round and round.

Bon Appetit Biensure!