Mauritius Uncovered

flying to mauritiusMauritius is well known for its sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons but there’s more to it than words can describe. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the small island created by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago, is visited by tourists all year round. People come from faraway places to experience its beauty and discover its amazing multi-cultural society.

dodoThe island is famous for the dodo, a big lazy bird which was found only in Mauritius. Although now extinct, the dodo still lives in the heart of all Mauritians and has enabled the whole world to see the effects of mankind on the environment.

Relaxing

relax on beachA lot of people don’t find time for themselves or their family in their day-to-day life because they are overloaded with work due to tight deadlines and busy schedules. That’s why they opt for Mauritius Holidays so that they can leave behind all their worries to finally get the time to enjoy themselves.

How do you fancy sitting on a sun lounge breathing the cool air of the sea? Or enjoying a nice massage in one of our professional spas. The ladies can even get their hair done as well as a makeover whilst they’re at it.

Activities for the family

family cyclingThere’s nothing more that brings a family together than doing fun activities together. You can go trekking or hiking on nature trails, go to the Waterpark for slides or opt for some sightseeing instead. There are some excursions for the family which lets you explore surrounding islets by Catamaran and have barcecue on the beach for a change!

You will also get the opportunity to play games at the hotel where you’re staying. Does beach volley sound good to you? How about playing tennis among your family, followed by a swim and ice cream when finished?

Sports for everyone

parasailingSince Mauritius is surrounded by the sea, you will find that we have a lot of water sports here. It is the first island in the Indian Ocean to offer walking under the sea which will allow you to discover our marine species easily. You can choose to drive your own submarine (sub scooter) if you prefer though. And if you want to catch a blue marlin, then there’s no better place than here.

So for those who like the adrenaline rush, there are many things you can do: parasailing, surfing, snorkelling & diving, undersea walking, big game fishing and golf. These are just a few of the popular sports that tourists enjoy when visiting Mauritius but there’s more sports that you can try on top of these.

Places to visit

pamplemousses gardenThere are loads of fantastic places in Mauritius that it’s just unfair to list only a few but for the sake of it, we’ll mention the places that you should try to visit during your vacation.

Chamarel is a natural phenomenon of 7 coloured earths and Pamplemousses Botanical garden is an absolute beauty. The Black River Gorges trekking will allow you to see a nice white bird called the Paille en Queue and Casela is our national zoo where you can pat the lions and leopards and walk with them. Port-Louis is the capital of Mauritius and you’ll find a huge bazaar there as well as The Caudan Waterfront.

Eating out

eating outIf you did not come on holiday on a full board basis, you’ll need to get out to buy your food. Since we are a multi-cultural society, you will find dishes from all around the world here. So whether you’re into Italian, Indian or Chinese food, there’s bound to be a restaurant catering to your needs. Be sure to try our local Mauritian cuisine!

A full meal in an average restaurant will cost you around 10 euros per person (Rs500). If you prefer fast foods, you can go into a KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald and get a meal for around 2 euros (Rs100). It is usually not advised to eat from the people selling on the streets as the hygiene is quite bad there.

Nightlife

nightlifeEntertainment at night can be challenging depending on the region you’re staying. For the best and safest pubs and discotheques, you’ll need to go to Grand Baie and Flic-en-Flac, the latter offering a wider choice.

Shopping & souvenirs

shoppingA lot of high quality brands like Marks & Spencers, Next, Billabong are made in Mauritius and you will be able to get cheap stuffs at some factory outlets. Otherwise there’s a whole range of clothing and accessories that you can buy at a fraction of the cost in your home country.

It’s worth visiting Caudan to do your shopping and the local bazaar as well for some unique souvenirs to bring back for your relatives and friends.

General information

British tourists do not require a visa to enter Mauritius, other nationals may though. It is advised that you consult your travel agency before booking your flights. The exchange rate for the British Sterling pound to the Mauritian Rupee is (1:45). So for 1 pound, you will get Rs45. It’s roughly the same for euros.

It’s worth noting that Mauritius is a tropical island and therefore the climate is usually hot, so you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You also need light clothing and appropriate footwear to ensure you’re comfortable during your trip.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take lots of pictures!