As they say, “Travelling leaves you speechless!” However, if you’re travelling to the Islands of Mauritius, you won’t just stay speechless; you’ll indeed turn into a fascinating storyteller. It’s that beautiful, and that stunning. It’s the bible of beauty, which attracts people from all over the globe. According to its frequent visitors who comes for holidays in Mauritius island, “In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent in your office or at home. So, visit Mauritius island right now – alone, with a group of friends, and especially with your significant other. Every trip of Mauritius will sculpt one of the most pleasurable and unprecedented memories and crush run of the mill routines of your life.
Therefore, grab your coats, and run to Mauritius for memorable holidays…
However, before you do that, it’s immensely pertinent to learn some significant things regarding the island of Mauritius, so that you can make every second of your trip fascinating. We have compiled a small guide on Mauritius which we hope will surely help before visiting Mauritius.
The Island of Mauritius is actually a volcanic Island nation in the Indian Ocean. It comprises 2040 km2 with all the facets of nature. When we look at its history, it appears that it’s not just the new age obsession. The olden times are also quite exciting and exhibit that it was the favorite destination of Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch Republic, France, Britain, and etc. All of them ruled this island for some time, but gave it its independence on 12th March, 1968.
After sculpting its new constitution, the Mauritius Island became a republic within the commonwealth too, in 1992. And, this thing changed its image completely in tourists’ eyes.
The culture of Mauritius is quite rich. Unlike other nations and tourist places, it’s a rather safe place. One can perform its religious or cultural duties anytime he wants without getting worried regarding its habitants or the government. Once you visit it, you see that it’s in actuality a multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural, and multilingual place. In other words, you see all the colors of the world in one place, walking, laughing, talking, and relishing their time like pure friends. Even celebrities opt for this place and savor their time with their significant other and families; you can also notice them in the capital Port Louis – or on the beaches easily and take pictures with them too.
Mainly, the Island of Mauritius is known for its beaches, lagoons, and reefs, as the tourist choose these places often in order to stay away from the hustles of their lives for a few days. These places aren’t only tranquil, but also present exceptional activities to their guests. Furthermore, the interior island is also as exceptional as the outer beaches; one can discover and visit various outstanding places like Black River Gorges National Park – with rain forests, waterfalls, hiking trails, and etc. But, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. If you want to make your holidays memorable, reside in this place at least for a month, so that you can absorb its entire beauty in true essence and trip all of its popular attractions.
All in all, Mauritius Island is the rabbit of hole of extravagant life; it’s the premier destination for the tourists. However, there are some facts that demand attention, so that one can make his tour memorable, or stay away from all kinds of hustles and surprises.
For instance, when it comes to population, it’s not much. Perhaps, that’s why, it attracts people and usually perceived as the tourists destination. The population of Mauritius is around 1.5 million. Besides, the official language is English. And, all the government’s office works and communications are in English too. But, most people speak French and Creole. Therefore, if you know French, or at least English, you won’t have any issue in communication; you can converse on deals, packages, and have immensely easy time.
Apart from this, there are total 9 districts of Mauritius; all of them have their own unique flavors and colors. If you’re planning to visit Mauritius for a month at least, don’t forget to visit all of them. In case if you’re on a short visit, choose that district which suits your needs and hands you what you want. The names of the districts are Port Louis, Grand Port, Savanne, Moka, Plaine Wilhems, Pamplemousses, Black River, Port Louis, Flacq, and Riviere du Rempart. In addition, the other islands which belong to Mauritius as well are Rodrigues and Agalega.
Though, the crime rate in Mauritius is low, as everyone is there for celebrating his holidays, with his significant other and family members. However, for answering public needs, there are police stations in nearly all cities, towns, and districts. One can contact them anytime he wants 24/7 and submit his complaint. This unfortunate situation almost never arises as most tourist book villas and apartments, and they already have their own security guards and camera. Plus, for securing precious belongings, there are security lockers too; you can find them in almost all the villas and apartments in the main bedroom.
Lastly, the legal system of Mauritius Island is based upon the French civil laws. If you want any further information regarding visa, or anything, you can consult a French lawyer too.
Mauritius doesn’t only have general facts. There are some incredible interesting facts as well that expand the boundaries of imagination on a massive scale. Just like general facts, these below interesting facts aren’t just for general information. They can indeed educate you and facilitate you in adopting the Mauritian lifestyle. Just read them, canvass them, and see why Mauritius Island is the most exceptional island on the planet Earth… So, are you ready?
The power of nature doesn’t just show the beauty; it in reality works in the favor of human life as well. Since, among all the developing countries, this island has the highest life expectancy ratio – 73 years. Therefore, people often love to be Mauritian, once they visit this place. Especially, the pro veterans love to spend their lives there once they retire.
Do you love bird watching? Well, you’re in luck if you’re in Mauritius, as the legendary dodo bird, the national bird of Mauritius, was found only on the island of Mauritius before it became extinct. But, it’s not just the dodo; there are a lot of unique birds which we assure will mesmerize you and give your bird-watching hobby a new angle. All you need is to get a camera and take some outstanding pictures of them if you want to impress your friends.
Unlike other countries, the island of Mauritius doesn’t have a standing army, as this region is away from all kinds of conflicts. However, you’ll find a lot of police stations there for public safety; they’re ready to serve their guest and resolve their all kinds of issues 24/7.
What upholds the economy of Mauritius? Do you have any guess? Well, if you think it is tourism, then you aren’t correct. Yes! Tourism boosts the economy of this beautiful island, but it’s standing on the second position on the economy charts. The no.1 money-earner of the Mauritius Island is indeed sugarcane. It is planted on 90% of this country’s arable land.
Monday to Thursday : 9.15 am -3.15 pm, Friday: 9.15 am -3.30 pm , Saturday :9.15 am -11.15 am (Some banks only). Banks are also open to coincide with the arrival and departure of international flights at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport.
Almost all of our large hotels are equipped and ready to cater for conferences. The number of people that can be accommodated varies from 30 to 500. The International Conference Centre in Grand Bay and the Freeport Exhibition Centre in Mer Rouge can easily accommodate 600 and 1,000 people respectively.
Credit cards are normally accepted by banks and most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.
Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. The population consists of Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans.
People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.
Foreigners with a driving licence issued by a Competent Authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.
Police:999, Police : 208-7018/20
Fire : 995, Samu : 114
Mauritius is a democratic state based on the Westminster model and enjoys political stability.
No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.
Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English
and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are also spoken.
Free public medical facilities are widely available. Private clinics provide medical services for a fee.
Besides a wide choice of local papers, the pick of the European and American press is available.
Nudism and topless sunbathing are frowned upon on our public beaches. No hotel permits nude sunbathing on beaches. Topless sunbathing is sometimes tolerated.
There are 15 public holidays every year. Seven of them are fixed holidays: January 1st & 2nd, 1st February, 12th March, 1st May, 2nd November and 25th December. The remaining public holidays are religious festivals whose dates vary from year to year.
A tourist police service has been set up to ensure security in tourist zones.
An anti-terrorist law has also been proclaimed. A specific law relating to all tourist activities and corrupt practices has also been voted.
The following essential pieces of advice are meant for you :
Keep an eye on all personal belongings at all times.
Be careful when withdrawing money from a cash point.
Avoid wearing expensive jewellery.
Do not leave anything inside your car.
For trips use only recognised operators or suppliers.
Keep your passports, plane tickets, jewellery of value and large sums of money in safe custody.
For sea excursions, do not rent boats with inadequate security standards.
During individual sea trips, always notify the person responsible for the boat house.
Do not go swimming in areas where it is forbidden.
When using taxi services, please ask for rates before the driver starts the car so you are not being overcharged.
Shopping hours in our main cities range from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (Monday-Saturday). Some shops are open till noon on Sundays and public holidays. Many duty free shops and modern shopping centres (Caudan, Curepipe, Floréal Square, Happy World House, Orchard Centre, La Croisette Grand Bay) offer a wide choice of products.
Tipping is not compulsory, but by tipping, this will definitely build a stronger relationship with the person you have given the tip.
Time & Telecommunications
Mauritius is four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and three hours ahead (2 hours in summer) of mid-European Time. Mauritius has international direct dialling facilities to most parts of the world as well as high speed fax and internet services.
Satellite TV and local TV & radio are available
in most of the hotels.
A value added tax of 15% is payable on goods and services including hotels and restaurant bills.
Some restaurants have been found to charge 15% VAT despite the fact they are not VAT registered. So please check their VAT certificate that needs to be fixed in the premises before the VAT.
What to wear
Take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months (June -September), carry some light woollen clothing for the cool evenings.
Please show due respect when visiting religious places. Wear appropriate clothing (and remove leather shoes and belts) when entering the premises.
Private Sector : Monday to Friday: 8.30 am – 4.15 pm Saturday : 9am -noon (Some offices)
Public Sector : Monday to Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday : 9 am – noon.
Although still very young in certain respects, Mauritius however has a most fascinating and vast history of its own. reflected on today’s actuality. In fact the island has borne several names before it was eventually called Mauritius.
Port Louis Theatre
In all likelihood, it seems to have been discovered by some Phoenician, Dravidian or Arabic sailors since the 15th century, who called it Dina Robin, next to Dina Margabin (Reunion Island) and Dina Moraze (Rodrigues); those three islands being part of Tirakka. the Mascarenas archipelago. Yet it seems that the Portuguese were the very first to set foot on the virgin island, the exact date of which has laid grounds for discussion. While some attribute i to Don Pedro de Mascarenhas in 1511, others do so to Domingo Fernandez around the end of that same year.
In a very well researched work published in 1979 by Dr. Alfred North Coombes, the latter rather attributes the discovery of Mauritius to sailor Diego Dias, who would have landed on the island in July 1500, before setting foot on Reunion Island one month later.
No matter what, the island was called Ilha do Cirne (Swan island) by the Portuguese who did not seem eager to develop it. This is so because they only introduced cattle and monkeys on the island which they were seemingly only interested to use as shelter and food supply in case of storm. Hence the very first settlers willing to colonise the island of Mauritius were the Dutch, who landed on it almost a century later.
It was indeed in September 1598 that, pushed by a storm, a Dutch flotilla commanded by Vice-Admiral Wybrandt Van Wanvyck, drew alongside Grand Port on the South East coast, where major vestiges of the Dutch colonization stiill remain today.
The island was then called Mauritzius in the name of the stadhouder of Holland: Maurice de Nassau. As from 1638, the Dutch really started to develop the colony by building dwellings and fortifications (namely in Mahebourg then called Port Warwyck), importing slaves, introducing species such as the deer from Java, deforesting and over-exploiting the island’s natural resources such as the ebony wood. Thus the talk-goes that, rightly or wrongly, the Dutch were also the responsible ones for the extinction of the Dodo bird, which was far too heavy to fly and which they consequently delighted themselves in.
In fact, the dodo has ever since become the emblem of the island and the true symbol of threatened species.
Later in 1710. upset with the most difficult prevailing climatic conditions, epidemics, rat invasions and possibly slave rebellions, the Dutch decided to desert the island, leaving behind some slaves and a crop that would become the backbone of its economy: sugar cane, which had been imported from the East Indies earlier on. Yet the island did not remain unoccupied for too long.
Five years later, the French who had already shown interest for the region by colonising the neighbouring islands of Madagascar and Bourbon (Reunion island), took possession of Mauritius, represented by Guillaume Dufresne d’Arsel. He landed in Port North West (Port-Louis) on the 20th of September 1715. changing the name of Mauritzius to Isle de France.
That period of French colonisation lasting for a whole century would be very dynamic.
Not only were slaves imported from Africa and Madagascar to develop the agricultural sector, the capital was also transferred from Grand Port to Port-Louis thus significantly boosting trade up.
The island was then managed by the West Indies Company ivhich appointed Francois Mahe de La Bourdonnais as Governor between 1735 and 1746. It was hence through his leading impetus that Port-Louis was transformed into a major naval port and that Isle de France became the headquarters of the West Indies Company in the Indian Ocean. Mahe de La Bourdonnais is also responsible for the construction of several important public monuments such as the Government House which still exists, as well as the development of public infrastructures and the introduction of different major crops such as rice, indigo or cotton.
Furthermore, he was the one to develop the cultivation of sugar cane and manufacture of sugar on a large industrial scale, namely with the construction of the very first sugar mill in Villebague (Northern region). Although opin ions about him vary with most considring him as a remarkable hard worker, a man of great vision and a manager and some as an inhuman proslaver rather; itwas through his outstanding drive that I’lsle de France became, as stated on its token of office: the star and the key of the Indian Ocean.
Port Louis / Grande Mosque Arabe
The West Indies Company yet experienced certain financial difficulties which led it to give the island back to the French King in 1765, who then nominated Pierre Poivre as administrator. As he mas a passionate botanist, the latter introduced a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper, clove or nutmeg on the island. It is consequently under Pierre Poivre that the Pamplemousses Garden was built.
Still considered as one of the most spectacular botanical gardens world-wide, it is hence ir the Pamplemousses Garden that the famosu talipot tree grows, flowering every hundrea years only as the legend goes. Life in the colony was then prosperous and Port-Louis was a place where memorable and sumptuous parties were thrown.
Port Louis / Mauritius
The Treaty of Paris, signed on the 30th of May 1814, made of I’lsle de France another British possession, which they called Mauritius and for which they swapped Bourbon Island with the French. Fortunately, that treaty enabled the inhabitants of the island to keep their traditions, customs, languages and religion. These conditions were hence very well respected by the successive British governors of whom Robert Townsend Farquhar was the first.
The French language and the laws in force were likewise maintained so that Mauritius remained the only British territory to adhere to the Napoleon Civil Code. In January 1813, the British Colonial Administration published an order of abolition of slavery which would not however be applied until 1835. The consequences of the latter measures, disapproved by the colons, were the beginning of the period of “importation” of labourers during which a great deal of Indian workers were “imported” to work in the fields mainly. Some 450 000 of them came to Mauritius over a period of thirty years, so that they have been representing the majority of the local population ever since 1860.
The Indian labourers highly contributed to the agricultural development of sugar cane and exportation of sugar from Mauritius to England. The railway was introduced in Mauritius in 1862, the rupee (still used today) in 1877 and the very first electrical sugar mills in 1884, concurrently with the growing institutional development of the island. The political aspect of Mauritius slowly found its way with the establishment of a Government Council in 1822, followed by the introduction of regional democracy in 1849, the first Municipal elections taking place in Port-Louis and the creation of a new Constitution in 1886 which accounted for the election often deputies.
In 1936, Dr. Maurice Cure created the Labour Party after his unsuccessful attempt to return Mauritius to France in 1921. Advocating claims from the most under privileged sections of the population, the latter political party experienced an increasing success at the elections, which started taking place at universal suffrage as from the Constitution of 1959- In the scrutiny of 1967, some 56% of the population proved to be in favour of independence as put forward by the Labours Party then led by Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, who presided the solemn ceremony held on the 12th of March 1968, after much debate with the British.
At noon of that very same day, the Union Jack flag was thus pulled down and replaced by the four-colour Mauritian flag in Champ de Mars. Mauritius yet remained a member of the Commonwealth and the British Queen was still officially represented by a Governor General until 1992, ivhen he was replaced by a local President, appointed by the National Assembly after Mauritius had been granted the status of Republic.
Mauritius is now but a young and dynamic republic, a lively democracy presently holding a population of some 1,200,000 individuals.
Black River Gorges
This national part of Mauritius is one of the best attractions in the entire world. It is situated in the south western part and managed by the National Parks and Conservation Service. Tourist from all over the globe must visit this park to see the exclusive plants and animals of Mauritius, such as, Mauritian flying fox, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius Fody, Mauritius grey white-eye, and etc.
The Botanical Garden is actually a SSR Botanical Garden (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden). It’s also famous as Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. It’s near the capital of Mauritius – Port Louis… Believe it or not, but it’s been ranked third among all the gardens of planet of earth. It has giant water lilies, spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and more than 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, and etc.
If you’re an Indian, or connected to Hindu religion, you perhaps already perceive the sacred value of Ganga Talao. It’s about 1800 feet above sea level, located in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, in the heart of Mauritius. This Mauritius attraction also has a temple which is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, Hanuman, and Goddess Lakshmi. During the Shivaratri, pilgrims walk bare feet to this lake.
It’s a paradise for hiker; if you love hiking, this attraction is for you. Tamarind Falls are in the west of Mauritius and operating all days. However, bear in mind that according to the laws, to relish its pleasure, one needs to be older than 10. Therefore, if you’re with children, care about this rule as it can jeopardize your plan. Furthermore, don’t forget to bring hiking shoes, sun cream, mosquito repellent, and spare set of clothes.
Trou Aux Cerfs
Want some thrill? Opt for ‘Trou Aux Cerfs’. It is a dormant volcano with a well-defined cone and crater. One can sense its history and imagine numerous things. It’s just so surreal because of its beauty and historical fact. The thing that makes this place more interesting is the view of the experts. According to them, this volcanic place can be active at any time within the next thousands years… So, what are you waiting for?
Crocodile and Giant Tortoises Park
In Mauritius, nature meets human in the crocodile and giant tortoises’ park. The inhabitants call it ‘Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes’, because of its rich history and innate tradition and scenery. It is positioned in the south of Mauritius and lures all kinds of tourists with families. You can meet the nature in a Mauritian way and take a lot photographs with giant tortoises. It’s indeed a million-dollar experience.
Blue Penny Museum
Located in Port Louis, the Blue Penny Museum has the currency of history. In its collections, you can find 1847 Blue Penny and Red Penny Stamps, which were brought in 1993 for $2,000,000 by an association of Mauritian enterprises headed by the Mauritian Commercial Bank. The attention-grabbing thing is these stamps were back in Mauritius almost after 150 years. The hitch is, authorities show the original stamps only temporarily.
Eureka House is also in the heart of Mauritius, in Moka. It’s a model place to take pleasure in the inland exquisiteness of Mauritius. Its green surroundings and a dedicated and dynamic team provide first-class experience to its guests. The record reveals that it’s the place of the kings and queens who opted for this place to relish their living standards. And, one can see that why – Since, it has acres of beautiful nature reserves.
Casela Nature Park
Customized Safari package offered at the Mauritius Safari and BirdPark – adventure in the heart of nature! Benefit from maximum flexibility in creating your own tailor made program of fun and exciting activities at the Casela World of Adventures Park.
Ile aux Cerfs Island
Ile aux Cerfs Island is like a heaven on earth. There was a time when several deer were also found in these island. The best thing about these beaches is the beautiful lagoon and the wide variety of water sports that the island has to offer. Swimming and Snorkelling are considered to be the best water sport that can be done in this island. You can even go for water skiing, glass bottom boats and more.
Aapravasi Ghat at Port Louis
Aapravasi Ghat is mainly the remnant of an immigration depot built in 1849 and it was here the indentured laborers from India, Eastern Africa, Madagascar, China and South East Asia were received in order to work on the sugar estates on the island. This UNESCO world heritage site stands as the symbol of indenture in the 19th century.
Port Louis houses this historically important site which has been declared as the National Monument by Mauritius Government. But what remains of the three stone building currently is minimal.
Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery
The colored earth and waterfalls make Chamarel famous but it has more than that which let the visitors definitely fall in love with the location. One among them is Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery. Here is the high quality rum is produced which is purely ecological. The reason behind the purity is the land where the sugarcane and fruits plantations are on.
As a visitor, you can observe each process involved in the production of brewing fun. Also, at the end, you will get to taste the original, ecologically safe and pure rum here. The distillery came into existence with an attractive tagline saying “a dream is not a place but a journey” in 2008. The 40 minute long visit will let you know more about the detailed process involved.
La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park
23 different colours on earth gave La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park a prominent place in the travel and tourism section of Mauritius. This park is termed as one of the unique attractions of the world as it holds indigenous but rare species of flora and fauna. A 1-2 hour long tour will let your eyes witness the best formations of earth in different manner here.
Highlights: The different ranges of natural landscapes, plateus, mountains, valleys, craters and crater-lakes. The four wonderful waterfalls are adding up the beauty of the place. They are Cascade Vacoas, Cascade Bois de Natte, Cascade Cheveux d’Ange and Cascade Chamouzé
Activities: Walking, quad-biking etc are the favorite activities of the visitors at the park.
Chamarel Coloured Earth
You will be completely left jaw dropped at the sight of Chamarel Coloured Earth. It is a special tourist attraction since it comprises of sand of seven different colors. Your trip to Mauritius will be simply incomplete without seeing Chamarel Coloured Earth.
Due to the tropical weather which is prevalent in Mauritius the colors has of the sand dunes have faded away and you will see reddish, black, cyan and purple.
Highlights: If you mix the colored earth together, they will eventually settle in different colors.
Domaine les Pailles at Pailles, Port Louis
Domaine les Pailles is known to be one of the oldest domains on the island of Mauritius. It has been turned to be a prominent centre of culture and heritage. The 17-year-old estate is existing between the two major cities of the island named Quatre Bornes and Port Louis.
Highlights: A ride in horse-drawn carriages is the highlighted activity here along with a replica of the traditional ox-driven sugar mill, a rum-brewing distillery, a spice garden, a playground, jeep safari and quad biking space. The 1500 hectare estate brings forth an option for an extensive day tour which takes you to understand the different processes happening in the sugar mill, distillery and shows the other buildings and activities inside. The estate tour starts around 10:00 AM and can be wound up by 04:30 PM.
Champ De Mars, Race Course Port Louis
Champ De Mars, Race Course is the one of the oldest racecourses in the world which came into existence in the year of 1812 with the interference of the Turf Club. Basically, the season for racing extends from April to November and the Maiden Cup is the biggest race that occurs in September every year.
Champ De Mars now attracts thousands of people on every race and it spread the importance of horse racing as a favourite sport among the mass; both the elite class and normal people started loving it. In today’s scenario, horse racing is a pure form of entertainment amid the local population as well.
Highlights: The statue of King Edward VII made by the famous sculptor Prosper d’Epinay and the Malartic Tomb which is an obelisk to a French Governor are the major highlights displayed within the racecourse.
Balaclava Ruins at Turtle Bay
The mystery behind Balaclava ruins is pulling the crowd toward the site every day and it is one of the most attractive landmarks on the island of Mauritius.
Featuring the undying memories of a tough and challenging colonial period, Balaclava was the greatest fort that prevented the attacks toward the sugar estates. It is situated very close to Baie aux Tortues which became famous after the giant tortoises found out here.
Highlights: The living memories of a huge fort along with the sea walls on one side. Also, it is near to the famous Maritim Hotel where you can opt for a stay as well.
Activities: Rent a bicycle and explore the location is the best activity that can be done here.
Other Places to Visit in Mauritius
Senator Club Mahebourg
Ti Vegas Casino Quatre Bornes
Mountaineering at Pieter Both
St James Cathedral
Window shopping at Port Louis Bazaar
Sunset Cafe le Caudan
CocoLoko Bar Restaurant
Mont Choisy Beach
Blue Safari Submarines
La Cuvette Public Beach
Solar Sea Walk Underseawalk
Senator Club – Casino – Grand Baie
Le Capitaine Restaurant
Beach House Restaurant & Beach Bar
Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve
Monument Commemorating Abolition Of Slavery
Notre Dame des Anges
National History Museum
Battery of Devil’s Point
Blue Bay Marine Park
Chez Patrick Resto
Curepipe Botanic Gardens
Dolphin Encounter Mauritius
Mare aux Vacoas
Casinos of Mauritius
Offbeat Places to Visit in Mauritius
Parasailing at Trou d’Eau Douce
Ebony Forest Chamarel
La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park
Village tour Bel-Ombre, Mauritius
Snorkelling at Flic en Flac Beach
Pointe Aux Piments Public Beach
Bras d’Eau National Park
Curious Corner of Chamarel
Rivulet Terre Rouge Bird Sanctuary
Anse aux Anglais
Debarcadère , Trou d’Eau Douce
Cave Sea Kayaking at Pointe Aux Sable
Water skiing at Grand Baie
Deep sea Fishing at Black River
Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire
Hike Le Morne Brabant
Van Ann Chocolate Manufactures
Grand Bay and Pamplemousses
Tandem Skydiving at Belle Vue Maurel
Sea Hover at La Balise Marina
Le Domaine des Aubineaux
Mauritius is known as the paradise of beaches. The views your experience there are the views you never find anywhere else on the planet Earth; they’re hypnotically attractive and unforgettable. But, the question is, is it just the beauty that grabs attention? Well, no. It’s not just the beauty that earns them the awards. It’s the Indian Ocean too that protects the beaches of Mauritius with its warm waters. Plus, the weather is also the king without crown; it’s pleasant all day, day-to-day. One can visit the Mauritius beaches anytime of the year he wants and get pleasures from water sports and activities with his friends and family members.
There are numerous Mauritius beaches that can blind you with beauty. However, we’ve put together the list of top ones, so that you can plan holidays well in case you’ve short time.
Blue Bay is the highlight of Mauritius. It has the best underwater scenery that fills its beach with all kinds of tourists and impels them for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. But, the water activities/sports aren’t the only best parts; it’s famous for its incredible landscapes as well. Though, this south of the Mauritius Island is undeveloped, but recent hotel constructions and the development of the markets have turned it into a premier place. It’s like the authorities of Blue Bay have merged the city life with the beach life. On one side, there is crystal clear water and white sandy beach, and on the other side, there are 5-star hotels, villas, and apartments that are equipped with all the amenities of life.
Miles of powder white beaches hug the coast at Belle Mare. It’s almost 10 km long and a tad windier than other parts of the Mauritius. Unlike other beaches, Belle Mare has packed its punches well when it comes to delivering pleasure through activities. First, there are golf courses that hold championships and invite golfers from all around the world. If you’re interested in golf, Belle Mare is the perfect place. Second, there are family-friendly water parks and abundant aquatic sports that keep you in the arena of constant fun; they ensure activity-filled days and keep your spirits high 24/7. Couples with children and big families often prefer Belle Mare over other beaches just because of the thrilling activities it provides.
Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile Aux Cerfs, the deer island of Mauritius, is like the last piece of chocolate that lures everyone. It’s situated on 100 hectares of land and has world’s most beautiful beaches. Just like Belle Mare and Blue Bay, Ile Aux Cerfs is also known for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoons, and big selection of activities. However, the thing that makes it distinctive is “Island Tours” that can be done through speed boat, catamaran, and even yacht. If you’re residing in Ile Aux Cerfs, all you need is to inform the authorities of villas regarding your Island Tour plans; they’ll tell you packages and arrange everything on their own.
Trou Aux Biches
The amazing Trou Aux Biches enjoy a prime position on the west coast of Mauritius. They’re almost 45 miles away from the airport. The closest famous locations are Port Louis (capital) and Grand Bay. Unlike other Mauritius beaches, the Trou Aux Biches offer a chain of luxury hotels. They’re specifically designed for those who want to have lavish and rich fun. From fabulous restaurants to million-dollar spas, everything is there to mesmerize guests. Furthermore, villas and apartments are expensive either. One can afford them rather comfortably. However, the issue is they’re rather packed all the time. Therefore, it’s vital to call the authorities of Trou Aux Biches at least a week before and explain your plans.
Grand Bay is in the district of Riviere du Rempart at the north of Mauritius. It’s actually a seaside village, also famous as “Bay without End”. After canvassing the tourism statistics of Mauritius, it would be safe to utter that Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in
the entire Mauritius. The frequent visitors often opt for it as according to them the enchanting quality of its emerald water is totally gripping. It pacifies their emotionally, psychologically, and physically. Moreover, the opposite side of the shore is also packed with all the amenities and entertainment. You can crafts and fashion shops, traditional local shops, hotels and restaurants, modern shopping centers with worldwide brand shops. Plus, there are traditional shops for clothes, jewelry, and textiles as well. If you want to buy gifts for their loved ones, they’re the best place for you that are utterly easy on the pocket too.
In Mauritius, Pereybere is the tourist-magnet. It’s situated between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux in the north. If you’re a person who loves spending time on beaches, this is place is for you, as it has a lot to offer; you can book dolphin cruises, participate in big fishing game trip, and even relish kite surfing or speed boating, alone, with friends and loved ones. Furthermore, there are a good variety of restaurants that accommodate people of all classes. In addition, on the other side of the coastal road, there are daily-services which are just a stone’s throw away, like ATM machines, cash points, internet cafes, souvenir boutiques, and etc. But, before you opt for Pereybere, it’s pertinent to know that it’s a small beach. And, in the tourists’ special months, it’s often jam-packed. Therefore, if you want to relish tranquility, it’s better to avoid it during the tourists’ peak seasons.
Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is resting on the western part of the Mauritius. It’s one of the nicest and longest beaches on the island. However, these days, as a professional tourist, I can say, it has lost its beauty a tad, because of the recent developments. A few years back, it was definitely the
picture of heaven. But, now, after the constructions of apartments, complexes, shops, money changers, holiday rentals, and etc., the striking factor has been reduced. Though, it doesn’t mean that it’s a seaside city; it still has its own charm that still lures tourists today from all around the globe. But, if you’re thinking that it’s a blessing from heaven, then you’ve to think again. Since, it has become a premier destination for the party-loving crowd.
Well, this beach is a complete jaw-dropping beauty. It’s not that famous like other beaches, perhaps because of its location, but it’s standing beside the best beaches of the world. Mon Choisy beach is located near the village of Grand Bay, in the Pamplemousses district. Unlike other beaches, there aren’t any special constructions around it. Therefore, it’s perfect for those who want peaceful, loving moments with their loved ones. It’s a deserted, forested coastline with white sandy pleasure and crystal clear waters. There won’t be a single hotel in sight; you’ve to drive a few minutes at least to find the perfect place for residence. In addition, if you’re planning to visit Mon Choisy, it’s better to consult the management of your hotel, as they can arrange the whole trip and provide a professional driver as well.
Le Morne is the prettiest place on this planet. It’s indeed the land of actual paradise. The deep blue sea, shades of the casuarinas trees, and the dance of the dolphins make the entire trip blissful. Besides, there is a Le Morne Mountain in the background that gives this beach a totally different look; it’s a residence of unique tropic birds too – you can watch them flying on the beach especially in the evenings. But, it’s not just the beauty of the beach that grabs the winner’s trophy; there are numerous five-star hotels too, which are available in quite economical prices. One can afford them without burning holes in pockets.
This incredible beach is also near the town of Grand Bay in the northwest part of Mauritius. It’s also known as “Royal Palm Beach” and “La Mauricia Beach”; some people call it the tiny little hidden gem of the north too. As the name explains it, it’s quite small and intimate.
However, the quality of water and the beauty of rocks make it standout among the stiff competition. If it’s possible avoid visiting this beach on the weekends if you want to relish the true beauty, as weekends on this beach are jam-packed. And, a lot of people with their families and friends visit it to have some fun and participate in thrilling activities. The best thing regarding La Cuvette is that it’s not so far from the city center. There are main traffic routes nearby and all the other amenities as well – including lavish villas and apartments.
If you’re in the southeast part of the Mauritius, near the village of Mon Desert, don’t forget to visit La Cambuse Beach. It’s situated in the Grand Port District. It’s the least visited beaches in the Mauritius, as it’s not usually on the tourist maps and most visitors don’t know about its exact location. But, the people who know about this beach think that it’s a private property, which is not correct at all. It’s a public property, complete with public restrooms, fireplaces, benches, huts, and etc. Though, it’s a beautiful place and has some interesting places around it like Shandrani Resort, Spa Complex, Taxi Stand, Sugar Cane Field, and etc. But, the thing that makes La Cambuse Beach less important in the eyes of the tourist is its path, which is filled with rocks. You crawl at 10 km/h in a normal rental car. Besides, the currents of this beach are quite strong too, which aren’t good for little ones.
So, now you know about all the award-winning beaches of Mauritius. Pick any one of them and visit it today. If you’ve enough time, don’t forget to visit all of them, as all beaches of Mauritius have their own unique identity and taste. And, you won’t find beaches like them in the whole world… So, pack bags and run for the white beaches of Mauritius for holidays.
“An explosion of delicious taste” – That’s what you can say about the cuisines of Mauritius. This island offers one of the most delicious foods which you can’t savor anywhere else in the world. The authorities of the Mauritius knew that in order to turn their island into a complete heaven, they’ve to fill the tables with the world’s best foods as well. Therefore, their restaurants often rank high among the world’s top restaurants and grab winner’s trophy.
But, the restaurants aren’t the only explosion of deliciousness. The cultural food also has the ability to transcend your expectations. It is the blend of Creole, Chinese, European, and Indian. It’s common for the combination of cuisines to form part of the same meal. In a way, you can taste all the cultures in a single plate. But, this isn’t the only thing. The French cuisines also have a great influence on the cuisines of Mauritius; their dishes strengthened their values under the short French rule. In their restaurants, and even in their homes, one can find French dishes like bouillon, tuna salad, daube, and coq au vin, and etc. easily.
Foods don’t demand any kind of decree. They can become favorites anytime and prosper in a culture rather quickly as well. And, that’s what the Indian Food did. The Indian workers who migrated to Mauritius brought their special foods with them too, such as, curries, chutney rougaille (tomato paste that’s popular especially when served with fish), and etc. Besides, the Indian pickle is quite popular too and adds a unique touch in Mauritius flavors.
If you’re a person who wants only the best food on the table, and wish to visit the top restaurants of the world, you’re in luck, as Mauritius has some million-dollar restaurants.
– Le Chateau de Bel Ombre:
This is the best restaurant in the entire Mauritius, according to its visitors, and it’s often jam-packed as well. If you’re residing in the south of the island, don’t forget to visit it – particularly with your spouse; they’ll love it and be so impressed.
– Le Barachois:
It’s kind of like a small guest house, but through its interior and services it hands you the safest and the most romantic environment. The Le Barachois restaurant is famous for serving unique dishes like freshly caught giant shrimp, lobsters, and crabs.
– Domaine Anna:
Are you choosing a place near Flic en Flac? Well, this Chinese restaurant should be on top of your priority list. The Domaine Anna serves food on the wooden tables beside the sea – a true Mauritian eating experience, totally unforgettable.