A small island off the coast of Africa, Mauritius has been touted as a luxurious honeymoon / vacation destination for tourists around the world. Unlike its Asian Island counterparts like Bali or Maldives , Mauritius has a lot to offer than just beaches & water sports. A recent trade show by Mauritius Tourism- India gave me a better insight into their offerings, the country as a whole and what it would be to vacation in this beautiful country. So here’s a quick Mauritius travel guide that gives you all the info you need for a quick trip.
Facts & Info
- Capital : Port Louis
- Airport : Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
- Population : 1.2 Million
- Average Temperature : 20-30 C
- Languages Spoken : English, French, Hindi & Tamil
- Flights to Mauritius : Air Mauritius, Emirates & Turkish Airlines. Round trip from India is roughly 38,000 INR
- TimeZone : GMT+3
- No of Tourists from India to Mauritius : 86,000 in 2017.
One of the biggest advantages of a Mauritius Visa is that it’s FREE and can be obtained ON-ARRIVAL . Plus the passport’s validity should be just enough till your stay in the country without a minimum six months mandate.
Things to do in Mauritius
Mauritius has developed itself into a luxury destination for all kinds of travellers. Be it businessmen, adventure lovers, beach lovers or even foodies, you’d definitely find something to your interest.
For Adventure Lovers
Adventure Lovers in particular can rejoice in this island with a plethora of activities that can spike up the thrill quotient.
Some of the adventure activities include :
- Sky Diving
- Quad Biking
- Helicopter Tours
- Safari / Walking with the Lions
Beaches & Water Sports
What’s Mauritius without a dip in the beautiful turquoise waters and having fun with some amazing water sports that includes :
- Submarine Rides
- FlynDive Ride
Food, Spa & Leisure
Mauritius offers can be a great place to unwind and relax in a beach side resort offering gastronomical delights . Some tours also take you on a rum & wine tasting tours on the hill side . You can head down to a spa that offers professional massages & treatments for soothing those tired muscles.
If you are into Golf, you might be surprised to know that Mauritius has several professional golfing clubs & conducts international tournaments throughout the year.
Mauritius has plethora of historical museums and you can catch a glimpse of their long history in these places
Of course, you could always relax, swim and sunbathe in one among the 100’s of turquoise coloured waters of the Indian Ocean.
Hiking & Other Things
Surrounded by volcanic peaks, natural parks and beautiful mountains, you can safely bet on an amazing hiking/trekking/walking trails across these paths. In particular, the Black River Gorges National Park can be a great starting point for your trek.
When it comes to trekking, head to the famous Lion Mountain or the Le Pouce mountain. These offers you a combination of trekking as well as views of the beautiful landscapes of Mauritius. The focus on green tourism is very much on point in Mauritius as well.
Well , one thing’s for sure in Mauritius. You can never run out of beaches, natural parks, botanical gardens, wildlife, luxurious resorts and of course their famous hospitality.