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A Trip Guide to Mauritius

    

Mauritius is a paradise island with different shades of cultures located in the Indian Ocean to the east of famous Madagascar. It is a perfect Honeymoon destination and also a paradise where one can pump in a little adventure by doing some adrenaline rushed water sports like parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, underwater Sea Walk and of course Scuba diving.

Surrounded by the serene sea and having numerous adventure activities, Mauritius will surely give you the adrenaline rush that you're looking for.

Here’s a list of information to help you reach and enjoy Mauritius thoroughly:

Welcome to Mauritius

A Trip Guide to Mauritius-1 You will arrive at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport of Mauritius, which is the main airport on this beautiful island. Air Mauritius operates as the central flight operator. Other international flights such as Emirates, Air France, Austrian Airlines and British Airways among many others will take you to this island country. NOTE: Visitors are required to provide accommodation details at the immigration office to make sure that you secure your accommodation well in advance. Also, if you come from a place where Malaria is endemic, you will have to pay a visit to the government hospital for sample test of your blood.

Adjusting to the New Colors of Mauritius

A Trip Guide to Mauritius-2 Mauritius doesn’t have an official language but the  popular language in practice is English. The most commonly spoken language is Mauritian Creole, a French-based creole which incorporates some words from a variety of sources including English, Dutch, Portuguese, and many others. It has a slight pronunciation difference from standard French. Next most used language is French which you might have a hard time dealing with, so make sure to attend a few English tutorials. This will make your life much easier on the island. Tamils constitute around 10% of the population; therefore you can find some Tamil speaking people. Apart from that, you can find Hindi and Urdu being used at places.

Places To Visit While in the Island

A Trip Guide to Mauritius-3 North: Port Luis- It is the capital of Mauritius. You can visit the historical La Citadelle-a stone fortress situated on top of a hill offering a magnificent view of Port Louis. Caudan waterfront - It has many shops, food courts, craft market, movie theater, casino etc. You can also visit the world famous Pamplemousses Garden which was renamed in 1988 in the honor of the late Prime Minister, a total of 60-acre garden boasts 500 different species of plants, of which 80 are palms. South: Visit the craters of Trou Aux Cerf’s - an inactive volcanic crater covered with greenery and offering a breathtaking view. Sacred lake of Grand Bassin - According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva while carrying the water of The Holy Ganges, dropped a few drops on the island and a lake was formed. One of the island’s two natural lakes, later depart for Black River Gorge & Chamarel – seven colored earth - where volcanic ash colored is naturally displayed in 7 different colors - red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow never erode in spite of torrential downpours and adverse climatic conditions. Ile Aux Cerfs- Ile Aux Cerfs is the largest lagoon of Mauritius which is spread across 87 hectares. This truly relaxing getaway is located off the east coast of Mauritius and is a popular tourist spot famous for its expansive sandy beaches, luxurious hotels and exceptional golf course. Grand Baie- Grand Bay or Grand Baie is a seaside village in the district of Rivière du Rempart which is located in the North of Mauritius. It was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt, meaning Bay without end by the Dutch. Grand Baie rose to popularity due to its charming quality of emerald waters and to its liveliness in day and night. Grand Baie and its surroundings offer an array of fashion and craft shops, hotels and restaurants in its central market. You can also visit the jaw-droppingly beautiful nature parks in Mauritius to make your experience grand. Rodrigues Island- Rodrigues Island is an amusing little holiday island which is located in the middle of Indian Ocean at a distance of 650 Km east of Mauritius. Rodrigues is surrounded by coral reefs on all sides, offers great diving and snorkelling opportunities. Rodrigues Island is named after Portuguese explorer Diogo Rodrigues, and is the smallest of Mascarene Islands; 18 Km in length and 8 Km wide. With its amazing flora and beaches, Rodrigues never ceases to amaze any traveler who is visiting this island. East Coast- If there’s any place which we can call a nature lover’s dream place then its East Coast. East Coast is less developed than other places in Maldives but attracts tourists with its pristine beaches and natural beauty. East Coast boasts of its gorgeous grooves of casuarinas trees bordering white sand shores. Those who want to get away from the crowd and are searching for a secluded location for spending some peaceful time then East Coast is their place to be. Le Morne- If you want to explore another side of Mauritius apart from its beaches and luxurious hotels and villas then a visit to Le Morne is a must. Le Morne is famous for its hiking over Le Morne Brabant which is a huge monolith over the Mauritian Peninsula of the same name.

Things to Do

A Trip Guide to Mauritius-4 Deep Sea Fishing: Mauritius is an ideal place suited for deep sea fishing. When in the tourist season, you can catch a variety of blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, yellow fin tuna and many others. Safari Jeep Trips: This activity takes place in Yemen natural reserve national park and is a host to two longest rivers on the island. This ride will take you among various species of animals including Zebras, Ostriches, African antelopes, Javas, Monkeys, Deer, and much more. Scuba Diving:  When you dive in the waters of Mauritius, you can explore coral reefs, multi-colored marine life, shipwrecks which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and some ships sunk recently which create beautiful artificial reefs. There are numerous dive sites strewn all around the island. One of the well-known and popular dive sites in Mauritius is the Cathedral, which is located off the Flic en Flac on the western coast of Mauritius.  There are many other activities such as Quad biking, Hiking and Trekking, Skydiving, Water Ski, Horse Riding, Parasailing and much more.

Food

A Trip Guide to Mauritius-5 Mauritius is a heaven for your tummy. The different tastes and aromas gathered from the migration of delicious dishes which historically gives the food a unique flavor. Culinary traditions from all over the world including France, India, China and Africa amalgamate here to create magically delicious dishes. You can find all kinds of food, Indian Paranthas, Roti and Dal and other traditional dishes as well as the traditional Mughal Biryani and other Mughlai food items depending on the region you choose to eat.

Miscellaneous

Organize comprehensive travel insurance and ensure that you have all the necessary documents, like your visa and passport and immigration papers in place and with you all the time. Always do remember to register your contact information so that you can be contacted in any emergency. Safety tips would include the normal safety routine of keeping an eye on any suspicious behavior and avoid visiting dark places. Apart from that do not leave your valuables in your car or any vehicle. Importantly, avoid getting caught into any fraud offers of a cheaper trip and always make sure to check the history and work of the agency through which you book your trip. For making your trip further comfortable and hassle-free, feel free to contact us at shoesonloose.com and we'll create the perfect trip for you for a memorable experience.
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