Mauritius Travel Guide

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    lush green garden on the property
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    The view from our room - Sugar Beach...
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Mauritius Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful beaches, culture and mountain scenery 

  • Con
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    Weener says…

     Tourism - over priced and destructive. 

  • In a nutshell
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    hivaoa1 says…

     a beautiful cheap paradise where I hope more backpackers will decide to go 

Mauritius Things to Do

  • Mixed Bag

    Mauritius offers the best of water activities as well as sight seeing.We opted to hire a travel guide rather than hit it out on our own. Our guide was excellent, experienced and knew all the local spots. He also suggested activities and areas to visit anticipating weather conditions.For anyone out there looking for a stress free holiday with young...

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  • Frederik Hendrik Museum

    Small museum on the east coast of Mauritius, I give a web site with some history.This is the site of the first human settlement in Mauritius. The Dutch discovered Mauritius in 1598. However, they settled here only in 1638, when the Fort Frederik Hendrik was constructed.

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  • Mauritius A paradise on Earth

    Hi Friends and my dear Travellers freaks,It has been a remarkable experience sharing some of the best exotic places I have been to and one of them is the beautiful paradise called mauritius. I loved this place so much that I travel every year once for 10 days atleast to relax myself and chill out.Mauritius is not so expensive as compared to other...

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  • Perybere??

    Perybere is my favourite place to go in Mauritius, lots of locals, the best local beach on the island, we even do night swimming here.There is a tour operater in Perybere that can book tours to the whole island as well as boat tours.There is a bank and money exchanger. There is a public phone, a supermarket and some clothing chops.There are plenty...

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  • Catamaran Cruises

    Catamarans head north from Grand Bay to Ilot Gabrielle, from Shandrani to Ille aux Cerfs or from Tamarin Bay to Port Louis. Each boat carries snorkelling equipment, and a delicious barbecue is prepared by the crew. Listen to great music as well.This is a full day trip.

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  • Pamplemousses

    Visit the famous botanical gardens of Pampelemousses to see the giant Victoria Regia water lillies and the rare Talipot Palm.

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  • L'Adventure Du Sucre

    Visit this authentic old sugar producing factory completely restored and discover the fascinating world of sugar. The exhibits take you back in time to let you ubderstand the extent to which the history of Mauritius is so strongly linked to the sugar industry.

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  • Get married!

    I didn't!But there was a wedding at our hotel while we were there. I took lots more pictures than the official photographer. I had about 15 when he took the first shot.

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  • chamaral waterfall

    This waterfall is close to 7 coloured earth, there are stalls here that sell goods quite cheaply, I bought wine glasses cut out of stone, quite unique

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Mauritius Hotels

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Mauritius Restaurants

  • Excellent Thai Food

    Excellent Thai cuisine in Grand Baie. Extensive menu, friendly service, nice ambiance - especially at night. Restaurant is on the main road through Grand Baie so it can be a little noisy but for us it is part of the atmosphere. Angry Duck, the angrier it is the hotter it is.

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  • Best Pizzas ever!

    Best pizza's in Grand Baie!I love pizza's and this chicken pizza that I tasted was realllyy good! There are also many Indian and other ethnic and international restaurants and bars around grand baie

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  • Best Italian food in Town

    This Italian resturant is set behind the Banana bar on the east end of Grand Baie.We had a lovely meal here on a Saturday night.The place was packed with Mauritian's enjoying the fab food.Although packed the food appeared very promptly out of the kitchen.This place was run like clockwork with very attentive staff.The resturant was light & airy with...

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Mauritius Nightlife

  • Best Bar in the island

    On the Rocks is a the place to chill on the Waterfront with its friendly ambience, catchy lounge music and its incredible Brazilian barman, who has given On the Rocks a personality all of its own.On the Rocks is where the clink of ice and the buzz of conversation provide the perfect aperitif to a cool evening.A brand new bar with a brand new...

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  • STAY AWAY FROM LES ENFANTS TERRIBLE

    I WAS SHOCKED AT THE WAY ME AND MY FRIENDS FROM LONDON WERE TREATED AT THE DOOR OF THIS CLUB. THE VERY UGLY BIG NOSE GUY AT THE DOOR TOLD US IT WAS A PRIVATE PARTY AND EACH TIME HE TOLD US THAT, HIS NOSE GREW BIGGER LIKE PINNICHIO. HE TOLD US TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE DOOR TO LET SOME WHITE PEOPLE GET IN NO QUESTIONS WERE ASKED. TO THINK ME AND MY...

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  • Flic en Flac

    Its open only saturday evening.There is a karaoke,chill room and house music room.There is for local people list,they must reserve their tickets advance.For tourist its not a problem.Entrance fee 100 mur,beer 50mur. You have to wear long trouses.no shorts.

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Mauritius Transportation

  • Airport delays & rsort info

    Try to embark your aircraft quickly to get ahead of the queue for passport control. Only 10 x people in front of us and it took 76 minutes before our turn at the immigration. To check in luggage was perhaps just as bad or worse. 95 minutes to check in two cases - eleven people ahead of us - four of which were couples. We stayed at Clubmed -...

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  • From Airport to the North by bus

    Hi,Of course there is bus to the North of the Island. From the airport you'll have to walk to come to the bus stop and wait for the Port Louis bus. The bus come in every half an hour. (walk 5 min, bus 75 - 90 min in off peak hours)In Port Louis you'll have to walk a little bit to take the shuttle to the North bus station. (walk around 5 min and bus...

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  • Public Transport - Taxi - Rental Cars

    I've been to Mauritius a few times, and i've experienced all types of transportation.For a fact, public transport is a big NO. Buses are relatively slow and to get from A to B, you'll have to go through C, D and E. A short trip from Quatre Bornes to Rose Hill for example can easily take 45 minutes or even more. First of all, there's "no bus...

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Mauritius Shopping

  • Ship model in Mauritius

    Its like any ordinary in-hotel shop..however unlike most oher such shops this un had some pretty decent priced stuff and after visiting some city shops I can say one can surely buy souveniers from here. Some of the products which were priced around Rs 500 at the ship factory shop was sellling at just Rs 200 odd bucks here. I bought few small ship...

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  • duty free

    if you buy booze in a duty free shop you cannot take it out of the shop it is delivered to you at the airport prior to departure.go to a local supermarket and pay Less than the duty free places and take it out with you. Scotch whisky 350 rps about £4 $8 us

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  • Sculptures

    PEM is a sculptor who has a small shop at Caudan Waterfront.He has already appeared on Air Mauritius inflight magazine, which he is proud of.The day we met him he had just received a copy of a Hotel chain magazine (Beachcomber?) congratulating him for this birthday. Great day to have met him.We ended up not by a small 50cm piece, but by a 1,7m high...

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Mauritius Local Customs

  • Hindu wedding

    I miss the way of life and the day when we sort of got lost and found ourselves welcomed to a hindu weddings.Family took us as relatives and we had to join the party with hundreds of people and we only wore a beachwear...embarrasing 'cause we knew how religious those people were.but we ate lunch and finally had fun after realized that everyone...

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  • Fishing

    Besides tourism, producing sugar, textile industry etc, part of Mauritius economy comes from fishing in the surrounding waters with plenty of marine wildlife. I hope that these fishing activities are controlled so as to preserve the ecosystem.

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  • Houses & architecture

    The houses and buildings of Mauritius are generally very colourful, especially in the smaller towns and villages. Also, the streets and generally clean and filled with lots of people as there are not many walkways along the streets.

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Mauritius Warnings and Dangers

  • "The loos"

    We had booked a tour to an island for the day. The tour operator was fetching us from our hotel after breakfast and taking us to a beach further north to get onto a boat.We had quite a long drive and a bit of a wait for the boat. By this time, my daughter and I needed to go to the loo before getting onto the boat.We were waiting at a public beach...

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  • Winter is June July & August in...

    This is a general warning for anybody planning a holiday in Mauritius in what is Summer in the UK but is the Winter in Mauritius!!!!The holiday brochures give you the average sunshine & rainfall for each month. What they fail to tell you that Mauritius is a very large Island & the weather is very regional. They never tell you what part of the...

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  • Maurisun update

    I am pleased to report that Maurisun - through whom we organised the car mentioned in the earlier posting - has organised that Monet Cars reimburse us 100% for the days we had the inappropriate car.I think we should have refused to take the car, despite the fact that we were tired, had just travelled a long way, were in holiday mode, and despite...

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Mauritius Tourist Traps

  • Looks Real, Feels Real BUT is so NOT...

    The Island is dotted with TOURIST shops who will openly tell you that many of the labels are fake. But then they will also show you the "real" thing like a Burberry or Hermes bag . Tourists fall for this because they are really really good FAKE knock offs. Dont be fooled. Say no and dont buy. Shop if you must but offer them a 10th of the price...

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  • Pearle Beach hotel - a rip-off, do NOT...

    Ads say it's paradise, but we encountered dishonest front desk staff, and also a manager condoning discrimination against clients. The facade may fool tourists: typical fake smile, but really overpriced, and over-rated, especially when they try to cover-up their own mistakes. big rip-off for the money spent. Do NOT go there Perhaps other hotels...

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  • Mauritius - a big rip off

    We have just came back from Mauritius (spent Xmas & New Years there) totally NOT worth it!.We have NEVER been more aware of how much they are ripping you off - starting from the exchange rates at the hotel to buying ANYTHING in the hotel (i.e. one bottle of water is 25 RS in the supermarket hotel charges a whopping 130RS!) to the taxis, branded...

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Mauritius Off The Beaten Path

  • Flic en Flacq, West Coast

    I stayed at Easy World Apartments and saved a ton of money to eat, and hired a car from the apartment to explore local scenery. Spar Supermarket and an internet cafe is across the street and the beach is another 3 minutes away. Spar had fresh bread and coffee. Walked over barefoot several times. Can't ask for anything more. The apartment also...

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  • Exploring on Horseback

    The scenic areas of Mauritius are ideal for exploring on horseback. Vieille Cheminee at Chamarel is in the south near Le Morne, where horsback trails explore fileds,plantations and rivers. Near Grand Bay the Leisure Park in the north offers riding over an esate od 1700 acres. There is a fee which includes a visit to the property and the services of...

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  • Mahebourg

    Mahebourg is a nice coastal town located in the south-east coast very near to the airport. There are many fishing boats here as well as a famous statue to remember those who died during a fierce naval battle near this place between the British and French in 1810. There is a good view of the Lion Mountain north of the town.

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Mauritius Favorites

  • Driving in Mauritius

    In Mauritius, driving is on the left side of the road and drivers have to give way to traffic from the right. Visitors wit a driving license issued by a competent authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.

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  • What to wear?

    Take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months (June - September) light woolen clothing is recommended for the evenings. Please show due respect when visiting Hindu religious places. Wear appropriate clothing and remove leather shoes and belts when entering the temples..

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  • Country of Mixed Cultures

    I loved this country as I must say I've loved all the places where I've been to. But Mauritians are happy, sincere and kind people. I visited Mauritius in Autumn which is best time at year if you want to relax. It's the beginning of high season and you can see it when most of the restaurants are almost empty at dinner time and at daytime you find...

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