Holidays in Mauritius are one of the most coveted and desired tourist destinations of recent times. We give you a series of tips and plans that you won’t be able to refuse.
Mauritius is one of the most beautiful destinations you can visit at any time of your life. Located some 900 kilometers from Madagascar, it is so beautiful that even Mark Twain described it as “God first created Mauritius and then heaven”.
For that very reason, if you’re considering a trip to this dream place, here are a few things you might want to know to make the experience even more enjoyable.
How about swimming with dolphins?
It sounds like a dream, but you can make it a reality. The west coast of Mauritius is the perfect place to do it. During the boat excursion, you will see if the dolphins are playing or, on the contrary, resting.
Depending on whether it is one of the others, the decision will be made as to what is the perfect moment to jump into the water and enjoy a unique opportunity in the world.
Meet the island’s great icon
It’s called Le Morne Brabant and, at 556 meters high, it’s the quintessential symbol of Mauritius. It is a spectacular mountain made of basaltic rock located next to the most beautiful waters you will ever see, in the Indian Ocean. It was used as a refuge for escaped slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was in 1835 when slavery was abolished in Mauritius, that many of them jumped into the void.
Just when the police wanted to tell them what was going on. Today, it’s a great place to climb to the top (with a guide, of course). If you can, you can also see the mountain from the sea and then enjoy the so-called ‘Crystal Rock‘, a diamond-shaped rock. Spectacular!
Take a quad biking safari
One of the great options is called ‘Mundo de Aventuras Casela’. This is a wonderful family attraction, where children can come into contact with giant tortoises, giraffes, and even go down big slides in a nature reserve! Located in the southwest of Mauritius, this is a wonderful way to go on safari: by quad bike, lasting one or two hours.
Spectacular animals such as antelopes, ostriches, and zebras, among others, come naturally close to the caravan. You will probably never be so close to them. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular and completely indigenous rainforest, with species such as wildebeest, wild boar, and a host of exotic birds.
What about a helicopter tour?
Undoubtedly, this is one of the great tourist attractions: Take a spectacular helicopter tour. It is an original and effective way to discover, like never before, an island as magical as Mauritius. One of the best companies for this activity is, without a doubt, Corail Helicopters.
They organise up to three routes: L’Excellence, Le Magique, and Le Must. The price ranges between 200 and 400 euros, approximately. Another of the most popular plans on the island is fishing with the family.
Discover the so-called “sacred lake”
An incredible way to mix tourists and pilgrims has a place: the temples of the Grand Bassin. Foreigners don’t hesitate for a second to wait in line to have that third eye (tika), the well-known Indian ink teardrop, placed on their foreheads. Of course, only their feet are allowed to get wet. Bathing and fishing are strictly forbidden.
Central Market of Port Louis + Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
A visit to the capital of Mauritius is a must and a visit to the Central Market, which dates back to 1844. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of high-quality fruit and vegetables, while you’ll have the perfect opportunity to get into the world of bargaining like never before.
If you’re a sailing enthusiast, don’t hesitate to get your hands on a model of an antique boat! It is one of the most prized handicrafts in the place.
If you decide to go to the Central Market, a few kilometers away you will find the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. It is one of the most acclaimed in the world for its more than five hundred different species. The more than eighty varieties of palm trees are a real marvel!