Mauritius Tourist Traps

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Mauritius Tourist Traps

  • Disappointing Botanic Garden

    only the water lillies are interesting to see for their size, but they don´t look so healthy. the rest on the botanic garden are palms.

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  • Trolley bandits at plaisance airport

    'There are lots of crowds in the terminal - I will take you a special way in'......Oh no you won't my friend! Watch out for theses geezers who try to grab your luggage as you get out of the car. The terminus is not crowded and they are lying. Just carry your own bags in as its about 50 yards maximum.

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  • Port Lois

    If you want to pay for something,give your money only the owner of the schop.Dont show your money to anybody.We lost 40 euro,because somebody from the shop took our money from our hands and he wanted to change it.We never saw hem anymore.Be carefull.

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  • Big hotel with no special personalised...

    I will classified most of the hotels in Mauritius as usine. Try to go outside and visit, travel, discover things by yourself Come and Discover a different face of MauritiusLes Sirandanes Hotel is located on the West Coast of the Island. This quaint hotel is designed as a villa on two floors, where traditions and colours blend harmoniously...

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  • ILE AUX CERFS

    Some tours include a visit to so called waterfalls on the island.Don't pay for it. It is not worth it.What you will see can harldy be called a waterfall.They take you there in small speedboats and you have to get in line (with the boats, in order to be able to reach the falls). btw, the shower at home looks more like a fall than this one does.

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  • Pre-booked hotel on arrival???

    Apparently you don't get into Mauritius if you don't have a hotel reservation upon arrival. I arrived there without one and so didn't fill out the arrival card accordingly. The immigration officer kept my passport and sent me to a travel agency to book a room for at least three nights... I'm pretty sure that the agency keeps a hefty commision for...

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  • Port Louis Market

    Be very careful what you are charged when buying things here, I bought some fruit in Curepipe Market and was charged what (I think) was the local price , and was very cheap but when I bought some chilli sauce from a seller in Port Louis market I paid well over the odds and also we got some drinks mats and they were much more expensive than they...

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  • Domaine Les Pailles

    This place is situated 5km south of Port Louis. It is a former sugar estate which has transformed into a tourist trap.We were taken there on one of our excursions and the prices they give are a robb of. A part of the group took the miniature railway trip around the estate. They had to pay 150 RS and it took ten minutes and they were back! No guide...

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  • Marketeers - beware!

    The Market in Port Louis is a great place for a colourful visit. Just don't shop there! The prices are horrific and even if you're adept at bargaining, you'll never end up with a bargain. The starting prices are so high that the old adage of cutting the asking price in half still doesn't help you. These guys know how to con you - even though it's...

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  • Beach sellers

    A lot of locals sell their products on the beaches at a very extremly high price. They come and chat this and that with you and then all of the sudden you find yourself in a situation where these guys swarms you and shows all their prducts to you and trying to make you buy something. My mother bought seashells for 250? and we got the same amount...

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  • The market of Port Louis

    The fruit and vegetable market in the capital Port Louis is wonderful and well worth a visit or two, but you will need to have eyes in the back of your head and your wallet in a very safe place. My wife and I were cornered and closed in by two guys operating together and whilst there was confusion they tried to get into our back packs. Not born...

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  • I just can't keep away from the Internet

    If you must sign on to the internet while you're away, this is the place to do it! I must admit that I do try to keep in touch with my parents while I'm away, and e-mail is a quick, easy and cheap way of communicating.This Internet café was down on the Caudan Waterfront.

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  • Sitting on the beach

    Unfortunately many of the beaches are "private". Meaning people have comodified what god has given to humanity "the wonderful beach". Anyway , if you do go to one of the i have to admit, amazing hotels in mauritius, do yourself a favour. Dont sit on the beach and rot for 2 weeks. Any fool can do that. make the most of the experience . Venture out...

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  • Watch what you buy from people who...

    This young local lass was trying to sell me local handicraft (keychains, if I remember correctly) but at exhorbitant prices. Beware, some of these handicraft (which they claim to have made themselves) can actually be found at the shops for much lower prices. It was nice of her to take a shot with me despite my rejection to buy her 'goods'.

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  • Brand names shopping

    most of the factories have big signs of famous brand names which they claim are original. NON of them IS. and the one that are original are almost at the same price you can buy it at a discount store in your country.Try to avoid it

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  • ILE AUX CERFS

    At arrival, salesmen and -women, try to get you into parasailing and diving. It is very important that you bargain on the price.Parasailing is operated by 2 or 3 companies. Get the cheapest and dont forget to ask for how long you will be in the air.We noticed that it differs from 8 ' up to 15 minutes.

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  • ILE AUX CERFS

    At arrival, salesmen and -women, try to get you into parasailing and diving. It is very important that you bargain on the price.Parasailing is operated by 2 or 3 companies. Get the cheapest and dont forget to ask for how long you will be in the air.We noticed that it differs from 8 ' up to 15 minutes.

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  • Beach vendors and the Port Louis market

    Mauritians are relatively poor but I didn't see one beggar. They all try and sell something.Beware of the market in Port Louis. They are over-expensive and see tourists from a mile. If you just look at something they expect you to buy. I bought some T-shirts and sarongs there that I could get cheaper in Grand Baie. All the clothes are not off the...

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  • Double Check

    Exchange rates can vary from moment to moment .Check each time before you use your credit card especially in duty free stores.Prices can vary on roomservice items from day to day even in the very good Beachcomer Resort hotel where I spent my stay... I found it was easier to shop in Euro$ at the airport. Just check..."how much" and what is the...

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  • Monay

    La monnaie est la roupie mauricienne (MUR). Les cartes de crédit, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners et les chèques de voyages sont acceptés dans les hôtels et les grands magasins. Des distributeurs automatiques sont disponibles dans toutes les agglomérations importantes, à Maurice et à Rodrigues. Dans les banques, le retrait d'argent avec...

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  • SSR Botanical Garden - Beware of...

    If you want someone to bring you around the botanical garden, make sure you hire a proper official guide. Coz there are some so-called "unofficial guide" will approach tourists and offer to bring you around. And after a short "introduction trip" (about 30 min) they will be asking for money. If you really want to know the place and the plants I...

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  • The sugar cane's leaves are extremely...

    The young couples that are going to make their first experiences in love there know something of it: how many young mauriciennes had the buttocks and the thighs torn at the time of their romps in love. In the places where the machines cannot go, it is necessary to cut to the hand, as once. The workers protect themselves therefore to the maximum...

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  • When you go to the markets in...

    When you go to the markets in the Capital, Port Louis the main problem that tourists get charged nearly double the price for anything. If you get the price reduced to a quarter you're having a good deal still.

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  • Over the last few years,...

    Over the last few years, Mauritius has become overrun with 'Authorised' Ralph Lauren Factory Outlets. Be especially wary of the shops that have large Car Parks, or Tourist Busses/Taxis parked next to them, as they often represent the least value for money!!!!Better quality clothing can be found on the island - & much cheaper too.

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  • Don't get stuck in a resort....

    Don't get stuck in a resort. There are so many things to see and people to meet, such as young Barcley here. I meet so many people who didnt even make it out of their resorts to see the island. A bit sad really.

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  • This is undoubtedly a...

    This is undoubtedly a beautiful location however resorts and hotels are for the most part very isolated.There are local buses which are cheap and can be usedbut if you want to get around you will have to hire a car or join a group tour or charter a taxi for the day. The first two are very expensive and you need to budget GBP45 a day for rental car...

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  • One of the pleasures of...

    One of the pleasures of Mauritius is the absence of people harassing tourists. The best advise therefore is to be open towards people approaching you; unlike in some other countries, there is no I-want-your-money-idea behind friendliness. On the other hand, Mauritian hospitality can go somewhat too far at times, since it often includes the offer of...

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  • Shop around before you spend...

    Shop around before you spend money at markets - the vendor next door has the same item and may charge less. They expect you to bargain with them. Watch out for pickpockets here - unfortunately Mauritians are very poor and this is an unavoidable problem. When visiting one of the local indoor markets, wear your hat indoors or walk with a small...

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