Escape To Mauritius
‘Book the ticket, buy the bikini, never look back.’
Recently I went to Mauritius for two weeks. Before I set off I had so many questions about the island what there is to do what I should pack etc and I really struggled to find the answers. So here is everything I know and learnt about Mauritius to help any of you thinking of travelling there.
Mauritius is located 2,000 miles off the southeast coast of Africa, so for those travelling from the UK it would take roughly 12 hours on a direct flight there. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is where you would be flying in to. It is located 48km from the city Port Lois. It is a very small Island and you can travel easily from one end of the country to the other in under 2 hours.
The best time to visit Mauritius
Depending on the type of weather you are looking for the best time to go is between Novemebr – May as this is the summer season. However take note that the rainy season is between January- May. I visited in February and there was a cyclone and thunder weather for 70% of the holiday. When there wasn’t any rain the weather was beautiful.
Places to visit
There are many excursions and things to visit when in Mauritius. This can include Dolphin viewing and swimming along side them in the wild. This is an amazing experience and as the water is clear you can see the dolphins so well. of course trying to keep up with the Dolphins isn’t so easy but those few moments you do get to see then and swim along side them is magical.
Dolphin viewing and swimming.
There are also excursions to visit Ile Aux Cerfs which is a private island near the east coast of Mauritius and you can get a speedboat to the island. Its a beautiful tourist Island where there are many photo opportunities the water is crystal clear and the beach is beautiful. When visiting this island there is also an opportunity to take a speedboat to visit one of the many waterfalls in Mauritius
Ile Aux Cerf Private Island
There are many snorkelling opportunities all around the island. A lot of the hotels offer the opportunity to go snorkelling. It is a relaxing trip where you can spend an hour in the water seeing all the beautifully coloured fish.
Also taking a speedboat to visit Crystal rock which as the tour guide explained to us is Mauritius Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by beautiful crystal clear water and right next to it is a deserted island where beach BBQ’s are often held.
You can also visit the Sagar Shiv Mandir which is a hindu temple surrounded by water which is located on the eastern side of Mauritius
Sagar Shiv Mandir
There is also the Botanical Gardens where the famous giant Lilly pads are. Also there is the seven coloured sand and volcano all of which I was unable to visit whilst I was in Mauritius.
In order to get anywhere you have to use a car, for 3500 Indian Rupees the cab driver would take you to the south or north to visit the sites in those areas. The cab drivers are very knowledgeable about their country and it would basically be your own personal tour. I am unsure if this is for all hotels but the hotel we stayed in would call us a cab then we would get the rate for return journey. You would give the cab driver a time to pick you up to take you back to your hotel.
The main languages spoken in Mauritius are English, French and Mauritian Creole. Most of the locals speak English which is perfect for any English speaking travellers. There was never any language barrier problems when I visited.
Food and Drink
If you are a seafood, curry, spice, fruit and sugar lover Mauritius is the place for you. Also a beach BBQ is always on offer. The local beer there is phoenix beer and of course they have numerous homemade rums in a variety of flavours. I am a fussy eater and when it came to food I stuck with pasta bread chips and chicken most of the holiday so If you are worried about the food there are always other options available.
If you have any questions about Mauritius don’t hesitate to ask!