A guide to Mauritius Island (Ile Maurice)

This post is for people who have no clue about my little island, Mauritius (Ile Maurice). I get this question a lot, ”where is Mauritius?” or ”I never heard about it”.

God created Mauritius first and then heaven. 
– Mark Twain
If you google about Mauritius, this quote will come up pretty much everywhere. 

 

 

 

 

 

Name after the Dutch Governor, Maurits van Nassau and known as the key and star of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a little island with a population size of 1.2m. The main island is Mauritius and our sibling islands are Rodrigues, Agalega and St Brandon.

Even though English is our main language, most people speak Mauritian Creole and French. On top we speak Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Mandarin, Marathi and other languages, this sounds interesting right.

Picture taken at Petrin

Thalassophiles and nature enthusiasts know that Mauritius is a little paradise for them.

We are mostly known for our sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, impressive wildlife, endemic faun and fauna (pink pigeons, Mauritian Kestrel, giant tortoises), nature reserves, our marine environment and our extinct species. You must have heard about the dodo bird, yeah they were our little gems back to when the island was discovered and now extinct.


My favourite topic : FOOD!  

You will be pampered with a variety of cuisines and dishes. Dive in a meal feast, be it Indian, Chinese, African, pure Mauritian or European food. Not to forget our tropical fruits: lychees, longans, mangoes, jambalac and pineapples. 
– Mauritians relish on fried noodle (mine frite), salade ourite(Octopus salad), poisson sale (salted fish in tomato sauce or in fried rice), fish or chicken curry (masala sauce)…

Some of the must visit places during your visit : 
– Chamarel (seven coloured earth & the rhumerie)
– Ile aux cerfs, Ile aux aigrettes, Ile phare…
– Casela nature and leisure park
– Black River Gorges, 7 Cascades
– Le Morne, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Aventure du Sucre
– Ganga Talao
– Champ de Mars, Fort Adelaide Citadel, Caudan waterfront
– Markets : Quatres Bornes market, Port Louis shopping experience
– Beaches : Pereybere, Blue Bay, Mont choisy, Flic en flac to name a few

What you need to do in Mauritius
Allow yourself the privilege of a luxury resort, try some water sports: Snorkeling, dolphin watching, catamaran trip etc, visit the UNESCO world heritage sites – Le Morne, explore the colonial history, enjoy the festivals of the country, run through sugarcane fields, cycle around the villages, sip on coconut water, collect shells, see the giant waterlilies, pet the big babies at Casela, Golfing and SO MUCH MORE. 

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Handy tips :

We enjoy a tropical weather throughout the year. Summer runs from November till April and Winter months from May to October. Avoid February and March when it is most humid (cyclone and rain months).
The best time to visit Mauritius is from October to January to enjoy the sun.

Our local currency is Mauritian Rupee (Mur – Rs).

Transport : Public transport (bus) do not run till late night unfortunately. Hire a car and explore at your own pace. 

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Look no further, Mauritius is the place to be 🙂 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, thank you for dropping by.

 

 

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