Mauritius Travel Guide – Know More About the Beautiful Island Nation

Mauritius Travel Guide

Mauritius, a beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean, is blessed with natural beauty at its best where tranquillity is also wonderful to keep you surprised. From the natural beauty of beaches to lagoons, coral reefs and tranquility to wonderful and world-class resorts and spas and marketplaces, the beautiful island paradise draws the attention of honeymooners from across the world to celebrate their romantic voyage with some water sport adventure activities and vibrant nightlife. This small and multi-cultural island in the Indian Ocean in the east of Madagascar and northeast of Reunion and Southeast of the Seychelles is a beautiful archipelago to provide you with a breathtaking view of your routine life.




Port Louis – the Capital City of Mauritius

Port Louis
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Its capital city Port Louis is a blend of ancient and modern lifestyle where you will see up to date architectural wonders, ancient buildings, old marketplaces, shopping malls and nightlife entertainment options along with some of the best resorts in the world. Champs De Mars Horse track, Eureka Plantation House and 18th Century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, etc are some of the wonderful places to see here.

Map of Port Louis Mauritius:

Cities and Islands in Mauritius

Rodrigues Island in Mauritius
Rodrigues Island in Mauritius

Mauritius is a home to islands; while there are also different cities that you will explore during your honeymoon or any kind of other holidays in Mauritius. These cities are Blue Bay, Grand Bay, Flic En Flac, Chamarel, Mahebourg, Beau Bassin, Curepipe, Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Vacoas and Phoenix. Different other destinations and places to see here include, but not limited to:

  • Trou d’Eau Douce is a beautiful place is located to the east from where you can see L’lle Aux Cerf.
  • Domaine De Bel Ombre is in 2500 hectare in south-west of Mauritius; the beautiful destination is spreading and stretching from the mountains to a turquoise lagoon.
  • Tamarin is a small town on the west coast known for its salt pans. You will see a number of restaurants and shops here; while the beach is beautiful enough to keep you busy.

Some other places that you will see here include Domaine Du Chasseur Nature Preserve, Macabee Bel Ombre Nature Preserve and others.

Map of Bluebay Marine Park In Mauritius

Why Mauritius Is Ideal to Explore as Honeymoon Destination

Best Honeymoon Resorts In Mauritius
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Presenting the fusion of Asia, Africa, France and Britain on one of the Indian Ocean’s most beautiful islands, Mauritius is prime territory for honeymooners and the jet-set with palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear water, and coral reef sheltered aquamarine lagoons and a luxury hotel for nearly every week of the year.  What draws honeymooners towards this stunning coast ring is a less-explored, spectacular interior that is tall-swaying grasses of seemingly endless sugar-cane plantation, forested ridges and gorges along with bright tropical flowers and palm trees. Not to mention meadows ad arable land – all interspersed with emerald-green jagged peaks – soaring skywards from this fertile isle.

Greenery and Natural Beauty All around Blended with Serenity

Hiking To Alexandra Falls In Mauritius
Hiking To Alexandra Falls In Mauritius (Image By Thrillophilia.com)

Mauritius is the best destination for natural beauty, balmy and pristine waters and white sandy beaches that are making your romance move on the next level. You will see dense evergreen forests, traditional cuisines, captivating waterfalls and deserted beaches. Don’t miss to explore the beautiful and mysterious mountainous interior of Black River Gorges National park with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife will surprise you and provide you a way of having more fun. Some other famous points of interest to add more names in your list of attractions during your honeymoon include Fort Adelaide, Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, Place D’Armes, lle Aux Cerfs, etc are some of the wonderful destinations to explore.

Visa and Other Documentation to Mauritius

Mauritius offers a free visa-on-arrival with a tourist visa that is valid for 60 days. It is not for all countries, but for most of the countries. From other countries, you need to have a passport that is valid for 6 months. If you are not eligible for Visa on arrival, you can apply for one by applying for it.

Currency

Mauritian currency is called as Mauritian Rupees or MUR that you can exchange with your national currency at any exchange counter at the airport. Plastic money is widely used here for making payments in restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and even for transportation too.

Local Culture and Traditions

Majority of the population is Muslim; while people from India are living here for last centuries. In this way, you will see people in Mauritius are celebrating different festivals and following their traditions most.

Food in Mauritius

Dim sum dishes
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Mauritius is famous for serving you the best food of your choice that you can take at beach side restaurants, in cities and different other islands. Street food is also quite popular. Some of the best and special dishes that you will enjoy during your tour to Mauritius include

Dim sum at First Restaurant, Boulet, Faratha topped with prawn curry, Sweet potato cakes, a vanilla orchid at St Aubin and a palm heart. You can also try prawn rougaille and Roti chaud from the Flacq market.

Shopping in Mauritius

Shopping in Mauritius
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Mauritius has a thriving textile industry; while tailors in Port Louis are tailoring suit overnight for around Rs 5000. Don’t miss to explore Mahmood Affejee at 8 Eugene Laurent Street or Central City of Curepipe that is the hub of factory shop with outlets in abundance just outside in Floreal. Curepipe is also the centre of model ship-making, with specialist shops such as Voiliers de l’Océan on Sir Winston Churchill Street. Trou Aux Cerfs on the outskirts of the city is a place to enjoy shopping that is in bowl-shaped crater of a dormant volcano. From Port Louis, you can stock up on Vanilla Pods, Sugar, Spices and tea.

Best Time to Visit Mauritius

The beautiful island paradise of Mauritius is inside the Tropic of Capricorn where you will feel the cold at time of the year. Winter season starts from May to November when the temperature averages 2C on the coast, and a few degrees lower in the high interior.

Summer starts from December to April that brings high temperatures of around 30C and humidity is a bit higher. Not to mention cyclones that can hit at any point during this time, but are most likely in January and February.

Best time to explore Mauritius is counted from September to December when the warm temperatures and the lowest rainfall is common.

How to Reach Mauritius?

Mauritius airport – named Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport or Plaisance, is the main airport on south-east coast and around 50km from Port Louis. There are regular flights from different nations to Mauritius. Some of them also operate seasonal flights from October to March.

You can hire taxi from airport or take a bus that pass the roundabout outside and will take you across the island at very low fare. Gare Du Nord and Victoria Square are two main bus stands in Port Louis connecting different islands and destinations. Boats are commonly used to reach at different islands. Dhonis are also commonly used that are small boats.

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