Related Mauritius Favorites Tips

  • Favorites
    by Exomauritius
  • Favorites
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Favorites
    by CatherineReichardt

Most Viewed Favorites in Mauritius

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo

    Mosey along the north and north eastern coast

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Sep 26, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: If you have a hire car and would like to explore a part of the island where relatively few people seem to venture out of their resorts, then I'd highly recommend moseying along the north and north east coasts.

    We started at Pointe aux Pimientes and drove into Grand Baie - not somewhere that we decided to linger, as it's rather too touristy for our tastes.

    We meandered along the coastal road, stopping off at little beaches and bays at whim. It's a beautiful stretch of coastline, and there are many places that you could stop for a drink or a bite to eat.

    We were particularly taken by the little town of Poudre d'Or, where the tourism authorities have made a real effort to leverage off the town's interesting history, and have put together a short self guided walking tour.

    If you have still time, you could stop off at the much celebrated Pampelmousses Botanical Gardens, although we had such a good time dawdling along that we didn't have time for this.

    If you wanted to embellish this route, you could make an early start and book on the first submarine tour (which leaves from Trou aux Biches) and then continue on.

    Was this review helpful?

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo

    A suggested driving route around the south west

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Sep 26, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: As we're not the sort of people that want to be confined to a resort for an entire week, we hired a car for three days to explore the island, which I would highly recommend.

    If you're hiring a car for the day and want to appreciate some of the scenic highlights of the island, I would strongly recommend that you drive a circular route around the south west of the island.

    We were staying in Pointe aux Pimientes (just north west of Port Louis) and took the highway south - towards the airport - turning westwards to the Hindu shrine at Grand Bassin. From there, we visited the Visitors' Centre at Pétrin to see the pink pigeons, stopped off en route at the lovely Alexandra Falls and then drove on to the spectacular viewpoint over the Black River Gorges.

    We then continued westwards along a particularly scenic section of road to Chamarel (notable for its stupendous waterfall and celebrated but rather less impressive Seven Coloured Earths), from where we joined the coast road just before Le Morne. From there, it's a straightforward run straight up the west coast to Port Louis.

    I would recommend doing it in this order as the scenery continues to get better as you progress, whereas if you reverse the route, the last section may be a little disappointing by comparison with what you've already seen earlier in the day.

    Was this review helpful?

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo

    Seriously consider the 'all inclusive' option

    by CatherineReichardt Written Sep 24, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Most Indian Ocean island destinations (and I suspect, resort hotels worldwide) offer 'all inclusive' (AI) deals which I'd strongly recommend that you consider taking.

    The all inclusive option (which includes all lunches, local drinks and certain activities) really is worth it unless you plan to be extremely abstemious, as even non alcoholic drinks are a little pricey. It's also worth it for the peace of mind that you don't have to worry about the bill that you - or, perhaps more relevantly, your family - can run up by ordering all sorts of extras whilst you're in the holiday spirit.

    Bear in mind that the AI option has to be purchased in advance, and you can't change your mind and add this on once you've arrived (and have realised what the additional costs could add up to).

    In our case, the truly 'all inclusive nature' of the package was underlined by the fact that at the end of a seven night stay at the excellent Le Victoria, the only extra item charged to our room was the cost of a local phone call!

    Was this review helpful?

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo

    medium term stay ( 3 to 6 months)

    by nora_south_africa Written Nov 24, 2011

    Favorite thing: I would live in Grand Baie, its near the big super U supermarket, also on bus route to Port Louis but if you are looking for cheaper accom then try Perrybere,check my pages for lots of info on Mauritius

    Related to:
    • Work Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • krissy8's Profile Photo
    4 more images

    Mauritius: Weather: Avoid February

    by krissy8 Written Oct 28, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Dee you should be aware that January to March are the rainiest months,and also prone to tropical storms and cyclones at that time. The past two Februaries have seen a few tropical storms and one cyclone Cat 4 two years ago. Its very hot and very humid. I have been most months, and much prefer the Mauritian winter from May to September, with less rain and less humidity. Problem then is the wind on the east and south coasts, although the north and west would be ideal. The Hilton, Taj Exotica, Sugar Beach, Sofitel, La Pirogue and Sands are all good choices on the west at Flic en Flac and Wolmar. If you must go Feb be aware of the risk of cyclones and tropical storms, which even when out to sea and quite distant bring very windy and wet weather. I would change the dates if possible. October is supposedly the driest month. The east is usually rainier than the west and north.
    Krissy

    Fondest memory: The scenery, particularly the mountains on the west of the island.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • krissy8's Profile Photo
    4 more images

    Mauritius: Weather: Avoid February

    by krissy8 Written Oct 28, 2008

    Favorite thing: Dee you should be aware that January to March are the rainiest months,and also prone to tropical storms and cyclones at that time. The past two Februaries have seen a few tropical storms and one cyclone Cat 4 two years ago. Its very hot and very humid. I have been most months, and much prefer the Mauritian winter from May to September, with less rain and less humidity. Problem then is the wind on the east and south coasts, although the north and west would be ideal. The Hilton, Taj Exotica, Sugar Beach, Sofitel, La Pirogue and Sands are all good choices on the west at Flic en Flac and Wolmar. If you must go Feb be aware of the risk of cyclones and tropical storms, which even when out to sea and quite distant bring very windy and wet weather. I would change the dates if possible. October is supposedly the driest month. The east is usually rainier than the west and north. Lovely beaches, particularly Flic en Flac in the west, Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches in north west and Belle Mare in the east.
    Krissy

    Fondest memory: The scenery, particularly the mountains on the west of the island.

    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • krissy8's Profile Photo
    4 more images

    Mauritius: Weather: Avoid February

    by krissy8 Written Oct 28, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Dee you should be aware that January to March are the rainiest months,and also prone to tropical storms and cyclones at that time. The past two Februaries have seen a few tropical storms and one cyclone Cat 4 two years ago. Its very hot and very humid. I have been most months, and much prefer the Mauritian winter from May to September, with less rain and less humidity. Problem then is the wind on the east and south coasts, although the north and west would be ideal. The Hilton, Taj Exotica, Sugar Beach, Sofitel, La Pirogue and Sands are all good choices on the west at Flic en Flac and Wolmar. If you must go Feb be aware of the risk of cyclones and tropical storms, which even when out to sea and quite distant bring very windy and wet weather. I would change the dates if possible. October is supposedly the driest month. The east is usually rainier than the west and north. The beaches are fantastic, with the west having Flic en Flac, north west Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches, and the east Belle Mare. The west has a scenic backdrop of mountains, running all the way down to the south west at Le Morne. Hire a car for a few days and see the coastline as well as the interior, particularly Black River Gorges National Park, with its stunning scenery. You can take organized walks.
    Krissy

    Fondest memory: The scenery, particularly the mountains on the west of the island. The people. Everything!!

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel
    • Luxury Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • yussufay's Profile Photo

    visiting Mauritius

    by yussufay Written Oct 10, 2008

    Favorite thing: Hello & greetings,

    I am from Mauritius and am a primary school teacher. I'll try to answer your questions.

    1. We want to get out and about in evening, are there any local restaurants/bars/shops in Trou d'Eau Douce?

    Trou d'Eau Douce is a tourist village. There are almost all the facilities there including lots of restaurants etc.

    If not where would the nearest place be?

    But u may also want to go elsewhere everywhere is near with a half an hour routes.

    2. Recommendations on excellent local restaurants across the island? 3. Recommendations on a swanky restaurant for a special occassion?

    I can't really recommend u. I have a friend who can really help u can reach him on jhugroosunil@yahoo.com

    4. I have read of a lion & cheeta sanctuary in Port Louis where you can walk with the lions, does anyone know anything about this?

    This is not in Port Louis but at Casela on the other side of the island. Trou d'eau Douce is in the East and casela in the west of the island. About 1 hour drive. They are baby cheeta and baby lion. Casela is a bird zoo. There are lots of birds and it's really grandiose.

    5. How easy is it to reach other resorts by taxi - ie Grand Baie?

    by taxi it's about 1 hour off peak hour. That's in the North of the island.

    6. Does anyone have a reputable and reasonable taxi driver contact? Also anyone who would do island tours?

    U may contact my friend and he may advise. He does island tours.

    7. Any boat charter companies?

    Again he has the contacts. U may go sight seeing watch dolphin and even big game fishing... or simply fishing. There are all these in Mauritius.

    Enjoy Mauritius... u'll love it.

    U may contact me via my email address if u have any questions about where to visit etc. yussufay@hotmail.com

    Was this review helpful?

  • krissy8's Profile Photo

    Money and Shopping

    by krissy8 Written Jul 28, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Change your money into Mauritian rupees in the arrivals hall at the airport. IME the people are very friendly and are not there to rip you off, and the hotel staff do not hover around waiting for tips. We visit Mauritius every year, so can fully reassure you on this. Take as much spending money as you want. Prices in supermarkets are the same as the UK or Australia. Eating out is generally cheap. There used to be lots of factory shops selling fake designer goods, particularly Ralph Lauren, and they were actually good. Since RL complained to the government these shops closed down from 2002 onwards, and clothing is no longer a good buy. Sizes also tend to be on the small side. There is good shopping in Grand Baie, and Port Louis. Caudan Waterfront has some good little shops selling everything from designerwear to souveniers, and there's a craft market there. Avoid the central market, as you get lots of hassle. Some nice things among the dodo tat. The local Phoenix beer is good, and you get wine at the supermarket at reasonable prices; all kinds from Australian, South African, US Chilean etc. Bar prices slightly more.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Exomauritius's Profile Photo

    The flora of Mauritius

    by Exomauritius Written Feb 4, 2008

    Favorite thing: The flora of Mauritius is compose of 700 species of indigenous plants. Many of these plants are threatened with extinction. This is because there is less than 2% of their natural habitat left, and because introduced plants and animals compete and destroy their fruits and seedings. In collaboration with the National Parks, the Conservation and Forestry Services, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is working to protect these species and the forest for the future generations.

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • Klod5's Profile Photo

    Coin de Mire

    by Klod5 Written Jun 30, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Coin de Mire est un île située au large de Cap Malheureux. Elle doit son nom aux canonniers qui l'utilisaient pour ajuster leur tir.

    L'Île Maurice est une île chaude dont la température est adoucie par la mer et l'alizé de sud est. Elle est aussi soumise à des microclimats, frais et plus sec sur la côte est, plus chaud et humide sur la côte ouest.

    Coin de Mire (Corner of Sighting) is one island situated to the large of Cap Malheureux. It owes its name to the gunners who used it to adjust their shooting.

    Mauritius is a hot island whose temperature is eased by the sea and the trade wind of south is. It is also submitted to microclimates, expenses and drier on the coast is, more hot and humid on the west coast.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Seniors

    Was this review helpful?

  • Klod5's Profile Photo

    Tamarin beach

    by Klod5 Updated Jun 30, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: La plage de Tamarin qu'on atteint en traversant l'embouchure de le rivière Tamarin à pied (ou en pirogue à marée haute) est réputée pour ses fortes vagues. Les amateurs de surf l'affectionnent particulièrement, et viennent du monde entier sur ce "spot".
    La plage de sable très fin et doux, semble blanche, mais ce sable a la particularité de noircir un peu les pieds lorsqu'on marche dessus.

    On entend résonner souvent le ravane, le soir, en périodes des fêtes d'amateurs de Sega.

    The beach of Tamarin that one reaches while crossing the mouth of river Tamarin on foot (or in dugout to high tide) is reputed for its strong waves. The amateurs of surfing especially love it, and come from all over the world on this "spot".
    The beach of very thin and soft sand, seem white, but this sand has the particularity to blacken a little the feet when one walks over.

    One hears to resound often the ravane, in the evening, in periods of the feasts of amateurs of Sega.

    Fondest memory: For me, the best beach in Mauritius !

    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Klod5's Profile Photo
    1 more image

    Le rayon vert

    by Klod5 Written Apr 19, 2007

    Favorite thing: Les plages de l'Océan Indien offrent de magnifiques, mais courts, couchers de soleil. En effet, à la fin du jour, le soleil plonge dans l'Océan très vite. Par temps très clair, on peu observer le dernier rayon, vert émeraude, une fraction de seconde...
    ... un spectacle de la nature inoubliable, qui restera à jamais inscrit dans votre mémoire.

    The beaches of the ocean Indian offer magnificent, but short, sunset. Indeed, at the end of the day, the sun dives very quickly in the ocean. By very clear time, one little to observe the last ray, green emerald, a fraction of second...
    ... a spectacle of the unforgettable nature, that will remain registered forever in your memory.

    Was this review helpful?

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo

    BUY A MAURITIUS SIM CARD HERE

    by nora_south_africa Updated Mar 18, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: At this chinese garden restaurant(Grand Baie) is a small shop on its right that belongs to the restaurant, here you can buy a sim card IF YOUR PHONE CAN TAKE OTHER SIM CARDS, please be sure of this, to sms from Mauritius is very cheap, in June 2007 I paid 1 rupee for a sms, local or int. You must produce your passport to buy a sim card.
    Just behind the guy in the pic you will see the front of a bus... well thats where you get the air condition express bus to port louis, mostly tourists use this, a bit more expensive but much cooler and much quicker. This is the terminus of this bus, it does not continue east to Perybere, from here it goes straight to Port louis ( not via coastal rd).

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • 4 more images

    Beaches & Activities

    by marierosy1 Written Jan 23, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Mauritius is fascinating. away from the magnificent beaches, you will discover an amazing insular scenery.

    It is more than a a voyage, its is an encounter with its heart open to you.The enchanting and peaceful landscapes bestow a feeling of wellness and happiness

    Fondest memory: Visiting small islands in the south est of the island in a pirogue with local fisherman, having a picnic on one of the island, BBQ with fresh fish ........ and climbing the Lion Mountain around 800mts height and being at the summon of this mountain and enjoying this beautiful view of the land, sea and islands around, it was magic!!!!!!!!

    Related to:
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

Mauritius Hotels

See all 96 Hotels in Mauritius

Top Mauritius Hotels

Mauritius Hotels
128 Reviews - 278 Photos
Grand Baie Hotels
47 Reviews - 184 Photos
Grande Gaube Hotels
3 Hotels
Mont Choisy Hotels
8 Reviews - 33 Photos
Pointe aux Cannoniers Hotels
4 Hotels
Centre de Flacq Hotels
1 Hotel
Pamplemousses Hotels
29 Reviews - 67 Photos
Mahébourg Hotels
26 Reviews - 76 Photos
Terre Rouge Hotels
1 Hotel
Flic-en-Flacq Hotels
12 Reviews - 97 Photos
Bel Ombre Hotels
4 Hotels
Poste de Flacq Hotels
1 Review - 5 Photos
Port Louis Hotels
82 Reviews - 295 Photos
Trou d' Eau Douce Hotels
2 Hotels
Curepipe Hotels
15 Reviews - 22 Photos

Instant Answers: Mauritius

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

62 travelers online now

Comments

Mauritius Favorites

Reviews and photos of Mauritius favorites posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Mauritius sightseeing.
Map of Mauritius