Mauritius is a small island country in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most stable African countries and is a popular tourist destination. Enjoying a tropical climate and varied activities, it offers something in the sun for everyone.
This Mauritius travel advice should help you to plan your stay and enjoy your time on the island:
Visas for Mauritius
Many nationalities do not need a visa to visit Mauritius. People from most Western countries, as well as New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia do not need a visa. For people who do need a visa, they should contact the local Mauritius diplomatic office, or in countries where there is none, applications are possible at some British Embassies and Consulates.
Getting to and Around Mauritius
Many visitors arrive by air. The main airport is Sir Srewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. There are boat services from Madagascar, and several cruise operators stop in the country. Buses and taxis are available in most major areas, and the island can also be toured by rental car.
Food and Drink in Mauritius
A major dish in Mauritius is flat bread with curry. Biryani is also popular. Many snacks are available from street vendors, offering visitors the chance to try a wide selection of delicious local delicacies. There are many delicious cakes. The Bazaar of Port Louis sells a plethora of goods as well as tropical fruits and delicious local snacks. You must make sure you try the cane rum when in the country, and there are a couple of locally produced beers.
Beaches in Mauritius
Pereybere Beach is one of the island’s best swimming beaches. It is also great for leisure and shopping. Blue Bay offers dazzling white sandy beaches as well as blue waters. Snorkeling trips are popular. Another pretty beach is Tamarin Beach, which also has some good surfing areas. Flic en Flac is good for diving. Grand Bay is filled with bars, restaurants, shops, and leisure and entertainment options. Caudan Waterfront is also great for leisure and shopping. The small island of Ile aux Cerfs is situated a little off the coast and is a top spot for a variety of water sports. There is a golf course on the island as well as some stunning waterfalls. Ile aux Aigrettes is great for wildlife watching. The island of Rodrigues is also part of Mauritius’ territory and makes for a great excursion.
Cultural Attractions in Mauritius
The picturesque village of Triolet is home to the magnificent Maheswarnarth Hindu Temple. There are some good ruins of the old Dutch fortifications at Vieux Grand Port. A major historical site on the island is Martello Towers. There are several places of interest in the country’s capital of Port Louis. The Balaclava Ruins are worth a visit; the old sea walls are near to Tortoise Bay.
Other Things to See and Do in Mauritius
Domaine de Bel Ombre is a stunning stretch of land sandwiched between towering mountains and a beautiful turquoise lagoon – it offers a visually amazing natural attraction. Black River Gorges is a terrific national park with a great variety of flora and fauna. Ganga Talao is a large natural lake that sits in the crater of an extinct volcano. The Aquarium near to Pointe Aux Piments is a perfect place for the whole family. The Waterpark Leisure Village is another terrific place for families. Hiking, climbing, dolphin watching, horse riding, fishing, animal spotting, snorkeling, diving, and kayaking are just a few of the activities that one can enjoy when in Mauritius.
Armed with this Mauritius travel advice, enjoy a fantastic break in the Indian Ocean.