DestinationsMauritius

Mauritius

July 20, 2008 — 0

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DestinationsMauritius

Mauritius

July 20, 2008 — 0

We consider Mauritius as one of the best honeymoon spots with its clean and pristine beaches and very warm people. For the fun loving couples, it also has some great water activities, serene environment to enjoy the cosy moments and great food to enhance the experience.

We think you’d either love the place, or love it more!

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TRAVELLED IN: 2008

Main island, Port Louis (capital) – We visited the main island only and stayed at Port Louis, which is at north tip of Mauritius island. The main island has most of the activities and fun. You can take cruises to few neighboring islands but when we looked at details, we didn’t find much to add to.

Mauritius is ideal for honeymoon couples, scenic beauty lovers, honey-mooners, relaxing getaways; recommend 5-8 days – we spent 8 days there to enjoy tours as well as get off-days for relaxing at the beaches.

QUIK TIPS ABOUT THE PLACE

Airport/transfers: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport to hotel, whose distance could be from 20min (if near Mahebourg) to 1.5 hours away Le Morne/Grand Baie. There are various pre-paid cabs/buses for airport transfers available from the airport. We strongly recommend taking those and not take just hang out and try to take cabs. The airport is far from most hotels and its safest to just book a prepaid/hotel transfer.

Money exchange: Money changers are there near most hotels but we recommend Shibani money changer – they offered the best rates at the time. They are also present at the airport. You can bargain a bit if higher amount.

Language: English is commonly spoken apart from official language, Croele. Hindi is sparsely spoken.

Getting around: We recommend using public mode such as bus/taxi only during day and be back before dark. You can hire destination-specific taxis from many agencies present around hotels which also book activity tickets (such as parasailing, submarine dive etc). We could negotiate to give us around 25-30% discount. Taking a guided tour is recommended since there is a lot of traveling to distant destinations and taking the taxi everywhere can be expensive unless you’re up for buses to each place.

OUR MODEL ITINERARY FOR REFERENCE

NOTE – THERE ARE USUALLY 3 TOURS CONDUCTED – NORTH, SOUTH AND ILE AUX CERF. THEY ARE EACH A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TOUR (READ BELOW!) SO IF PRESSED FOR TIME, YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH THEME YOU’D LIKE TO COVER!

Day 1: Airport transfer to hotel. Relax at the hotel / resort and walk around for the day.

Day 2: North Island tour  – Takes whole day. Leave after breakfast at 9am and take city bus to Port Louis (1-1.5hr), taxi takes 45min-1hr. See churches, French colonial buildings, a shopping mall etc. Note – this trip can be summarily covered if you go to Casela Nature Park (described later). We estimate you can be back by 3-4pm.

Day 3: Ile Aux Cerf – This is a have-to-go tour! It’s all about water sports, para-sailing, speed boat thrill etc. Take tour bus at 9am and reach Ile Cerf at 10:30 or 11am. Change and enjoy the activities. Be back tired but happy by 5-6pm.

Day 4: After a tiring but fun filled day at Ile Aux Cerf, take a day off from the tours and chill out at the hotel / resort.

Day 5: South Island Tour – This is a tour about some important highlights throughout the Mauritius island. For example, you would see the crater of an extinct volcano and a natural lake at its base, land of seven colors, hindu temple of historical importance etc. Leave at 9am and take tour bus. Back by 6pm.

Day 6: We were bit tired after the south island tour due to lot of traveling and we chilled out in morning. Afternoon – we took cab to nearby submarine diving spot. It was a good MR12k per person (USD250) but we thought the money was not really worth it. The whole trip, from hotel and back took 4 hours in the afternoon.

Day 7: Full day yatch (Cataraman) trip. There are many operators offering Cataraman trips (USD200-300 per person at our time) in which you go on a full-day trip deep into the sea. You get music and lunch buffet on the house, watch dolphin en-route if you’re lucky but otherwise enjoy the whole day trip on the open air Cataraman. They go in groups of 40-50 but the boat is big enough to not make us feel crowded. We absolutely loved it.

Day 8: Casela Nature Park: Take the public bus at 9am and go to the Port Louis (depending on where your hotel is, we stayed at North end of the island). At Port Louis, you can cover North Island Tour mentioned above in 2 hours and then take a bus to Casela Nature Park (1hr). Take the same route back and we were back to hotel at North end of island by 7pm. For the route map – click here.

Day 9: Chill out at at the resort / take airport transfer. End.

QUICK ITINERARY TIPS:

  • If pressed for time, avoid whole day North Island tour as the main places can be quickly covered when you go for Casela Nature Park. We covered the same places in 2hrs (although quickly) when we had to change buses at Port Louis, coming from our hotel at Trou Aux Biches. For the route map – click here.
  • For money change – try Shibani money changer. When we went, they offered better rates than most others.
  • We didn’t find Mauritius rates for garments and textiles very competitive although they are good for souvenirs nonetheless.

SOME LINKS WE USED TO PLAN OUR TRIP

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