Mauritius is a good looking island off the east coast of southern Africa that positively must be in your bucketlist!
I selected to go to it as a part of my 2019 bucketlist quest to see the World’s finest, and wasn’t upset! The surroundings is much like a mini-Hawaii, with lush mountains and some waterfalls, plus infinite clear blue seashores.The persons are pleasant, meals is superb, and also you’ll have an amusing time catching glimpses of the extinct however not forgotten Dodo fowl!
Right here’s an thought of what to do and the place to remain in Mauritius for every week! It consists of the proper mixture of rest and journey! Plus a number of important ideas you’ll have to know!
The place is Mauritius?
Mauritius is so small that you just in all probability would by no means have the ability to discover it on a map except typing it right into a search. It’s simply East of Madagascar, and in shut proximally to Comoros, Reunion Island, and the Seychelles!
It’s within the Indian Ocean which suggests the ocean waters are clear, blue, and heat! There’s additionally plenty of stunning ocean wildlife! That additionally means although that there’s a cyclone season, so be sure you plan your journey throughout dry season which is from Might to November. (Cyclone season is January to March!)
Native Foreign money, Trade Charge, & Tipping
In the beginning, the native forex in Mauritius has Dodo Birds on the payments! Okay now on to the helpful data:
Most locations in Mauritius settle for bank cards, but it surely’s all the time advisable to get money out for ideas and souvenirs! I solely took out about $100 US for the week and it was sufficient, however I used to be additionally on half-board at my lodges!
Native Foreign money: Mauritian Rupee
Present Trade Charge: 1 MRP = 0.028 USD
Tipping: Tipping isn’t anticipated however all the time appreciated, particularly for tour guides, drives, boat skippers, bell hops, and so forth. I’d say about 10% of payments is an effective tip, or between $1-5 for included providers just like the bell hops.
Colonization, Language, Ethnicity, & Faith
Mauritius by no means had any indigenous folks on it when it was found. Dodo birds sure, however no folks. The Arabs had been the primary to find it, adopted by the Portuguese again within the 1500’s.
Then the Dutch arrived within the 1600’s and ate all of the Dodo birds, inflicting them to go extinct. Later the French took over, however had been lastly overthrown by the British. So the final colonization was by the British, which is why you’ll see a log of English affect.
In 1968 although Mauritius gained its personal independence, so now it’s not owned by any European nations. Booyah.
Languages: English, Mauritian Creol, French
Faith: Roman Catholic
What’s This Concerning the Dodo Birds?
To be fully trustworthy, I didn’t know that Dodo Birds had been endemic to Mauritius (that means they solely ever existed there). After studying that, and in addition studying that they went extinct after the Dutch ate them, I hoped perhaps there was one in a zoo someplace, however no such luck.
The Dutch actually ate all of them to the purpose of extinction within the 1700’s. They used to look considerably much like turkeys however with large beaks in keeping with locals.
I describe them as what the offspring of an Ostrich and Toucan would seem like. However perhaps you may simply think about them from Alice in Wonderland.
Random truth: The primary ever absolutely reconstructed Dodo Chicken skeleton was just lately bought for $671,000 in an public sale.
Mauritians haven’t forgotten their extinct endemic fowl although; you’ll nonetheless see photos of it everywhere in the island! It’s even on the native forex!
The place to Keep in Mauritius
After a particularly lengthy and rugged roadtrip round Madagascar, I made a decision I deserved slightly spoiling! I used to be with three different content material creators, so we obtained a two bed room villa at 4 Seasons Mauritius Resort at Anahita.
The 4 Seasons property is very large, and situated on the gorgeous southwestern coast of Mauritius. It’s so massive the truth is that one of the best ways to get round is by buggy, which you’ll be able to request at any time, or by bicycle that’s included together with your villa!
An impressive breakfast is served each a la carte and buffet fashion, and even features a juice bar and champagne station! For dinner you may select for three scrumptious eating places; French, Italian, and Asian Fusion! We even obtained a particular deal with one of many nights on the Chef’s Desk, the place we discovered methods to cook dinner native Mauritian dishes!
There’s a ton of enjoyable issues to do on the 4 Seasons moreover consuming all of the yum meals and stress-free at your villa too! For starters, the infinity pool is just beautiful, and there’s two personal seashores (one for adults solely) with beautiful mountain views.
You may as well lease non-motorized water sports activities, like paddleboards and kayaks. Or soar on the hourly boat switch that takes you to the personal 4 Seasons seaside on Il le Cuerx! There you’ll discover a stylish outside consuming space and essentially the most Instagram price seaside bar I’ve ever seen.
Different issues that basically stood out to me in regards to the 4 Seasons was how pleasant and attentive everybody that works there may be!
We additionally stayed on the Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa within the northern space of Mauritius, nearer to the primary metropolis. This was one other stunning property, with two unbelievable infinity swimming pools, and 5 superb eating places!
They will even arrange a particular breakfast upon request on the finish of their jetty, that may embody a 15 minute shoulder therapeutic massage!
Finest Ocean Adventures in Mauritius
You positively have to get out on the water sooner or later if you’re in Mauritius! It’s stated that the very best public seaside on the island is Blue Bay, which you’ll be able to go to by yourself, or take a ship tour!
The boat excursions typically all embody: Lighthouse island, River Waterfall, BBQ fish lunch, and snorkeling. Right here’s extra particulars:
We took a half day boat tour to see as a lot as doable, together with a shipwreck, waterfall, and BBQ fish lunch on Ailing de Cuerx! We left from Blue Bay, so instantly obtained a glimpse of the Kool-aid blue water that’s so clear that you may see all of the reefs and fish under!
After a when you’ll see an actual shipwreck within the distance! Solely about half of it’s left, but it surely’s from the 1800’s and is a French boat that hit the reef and wrecked. There have been loads of shipwrecks that occurred on this space truly, from all of the tried invasions.
There was just one “method in”, which was by a channel within the ring of reef, deep sufficient and calm sufficient for a ship to move. However when the French had been in management, they shot down another ship that attempted to move, till they had been finally conquered by the British.
We weren’t in a position to get as shut as normal to the river waterfall as a result of some type of investigation was occurring. We weren’t capable of finding it within the information, however there have been positively loads of police, coast guards, and divers wanting for one thing within the water in entrance of the waterfall…
Our final cease was the general public space of Ile Aux Cerfs, which didn’t really feel very public as a result of the boat excursions every designate a secluded space of seaside for their company. We pulled proper as much as our little surrounded by mangroves, and sat at an adorably set desk below a tarp.
For the lunch we began with deliciously BBQed contemporary white tuna filets that I assumed was the primary dish so ate two items. Then they introduced out juicy, buttery, lobster story and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than I used to be in a meals coma!
It sadly began raining after lunch, in any other case we might have gone snorkeling as effectively, so I hope you might have nice climate!
Finest Outside Adventures
There’s many outside adventures available on the inland components of Mauritius in addition to the coastal ones!
Actually I skilled essentially the most epic zip lining I’ve in all probability ever executed within the World! It zips you to the highest of a waterfall and then you definately get to zip again by leaping off the waterfall! I even did it in an extended flowy skirt!
The ziplines are simply one of many many issues you are able to do at this nature journey park known as La Vallee des Coleurs! We began out by driving ATVs alongside the dust roads to get to the primary attraction; Valley of Colours.
This peculiar space of land is alleged to have 23 completely different colours of soil, although it’s exhausting to inform except it’s sunny otherwise you see it above like I did with my drone.
Close by the mound of coloured Earth, there’s additionally a good looking waterfall tucked into the woods. It’s one in every of three waterfalls that I noticed in complete on the nature park.
You may as well see tortoises and deer, which I noticed from the primary zipline, that’s 1.5kms lengthy, making it the 4th longest one on the earth.
Random truth: Deer will not be indigenous to Mauritius; they had been introduced over by the Dutch after they ate all of the Dodo Birds as a result of they wanted one thing else to eat.
Hopefully this submit has satisfied you so as to add Mauritius to your journey bucketlist! As all the time, if this has helped you propose your journey, please return the assistance by sharing on Pinterest or Fb!
Disclaimer: This submit is in collaboration with Mauritius Tourism Board, 4 Seasons Mauritius, and The Westin Turtle Bay, nevertheless all experiences, opinions, writing, and photographs are my very own moreover the extinct Dodo fowl.