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Mauritius is especially popular among honeymooners and couples, but the island is also extremely family-friendly. Children and parents alike can enjoy a memorable holiday that meets the different expectations of every generation and respects the needs of all ages. With so much entertainment to choose from, your children will be the happiest in the world! Here’s a thorough list of the top things to do in Mauritius with kids.
Birdwatching at Ebony Forest
The freedom of nature and the endless exploration opportunities that a forest offers fascinate children. Mauritius used to be covered with ebony trees, which due to systematic harvesting are now restricted to the Ebony Forest Reserve in the region of Chamarel. Introduce your kids to a day in the woods, where you can watch endemic birds such as the Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet, and Grey-white-eye, and learn more about an eight-million-year long natural history in the Ebony Experience museum. For the active families, a three-hour guided hiking tour is in the forest is also available.
Ile aux Cerfs Cruise
Thanks to the warm temperature, and the clear and shallow waters, the Indian Ocean offers the perfect conditions for children to indulge in water activities. Does a full day out on the turquoise lagoon sound like a dream? In Mauritius, dreams come true. Embark on a catamaran cruise and sail to Ile aux Cerfs islet, the natural beauty of which and wildlife inhabitants will impress even the most demanding young sailors. Watersports activities including parasailing, snorkelling, undersea walking, and tube riding are available upon request.
Zip Line & Nepalese Bridge Walk
Children are the most spontaneous, curious, and brave adventurers. For an interactive and adrenaline boosting experience, we recommend a visit to the nature reserve of the Lavilleon Natural Forest. Children of five years and above can revel in the wonders of Mauritius’ nature through a fascinating flying pursuit along a 260-metre long zip line and Nepalese bridge crossing above the canyon. During the activities, young participants are accompanied by a professional team member. If you want to encourage the development of your child’s discipline and attention skills, consider the archery course, which takes place amidst the Mauritian nature.
Besides physical health, there are many more reasons to get your child into the saddle of a horse. However, if you cannot quite commit to horse riding back home, definitely don’t miss the opportunity to try it with your family during your holiday in Mauritius. Les Calèches du Paradis in the forested area of The Vale caters to all levels and ages of riders, as dedicated instructors guarantee a comfortable and safe experience. Children between three and 11 years old will ride a friendly pony whereas older children and adults will ride a horse.
Le Pouce Mountain Hike
Hiking Le Pouce (or The Thumb) is relatively easy making for a fun family outing. The whole family can effortlessly reach to the shoulder of the mountain whereas some rock climbing skills are required for the last 20 metres to the top. However, we dare to say that the views from the shoulder are equally rewarding. Being the third highest mountain in Mauritius, Le Pouce offers breathtaking panoramic views of Mauritius, including views of the Pieter Both peak, the lighthouse of Albion, and the island of Coin de Mire.
Le Bounty Boat Day Cruise
Are your children fascinated by stories about treasures and pirates? In Mauritius, they can recreate their pirate tale on a pirate boat which sails along the north coast of the island. The wooden vessel transports you to a different era and allows children’s imagination to thrive. But the entertainment isn’t restricted to the boat -- everyone is invited to snorkel in the shallow lagoon and to enjoy a fresh meal on the beach.
Pink Mango Travel is in the process of bringing more child-friendly activities in Mauritius to parents like you. Stay tuned for Labourdonnais by train and Le Domaine des Aubineaux, or contact Pink Mango to book a tour of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park offline.
Written by Maria Iotova, a freelance journalist and former expat in Mauritius.
Whether you like to travel light or bring your entire wardrobe with you, we are happy with it — as long as you carry the must-haves with you. We are here to help you pack efficiently for your holiday in Mauritius, and ensure there will be space left in your luggage for the many souvenirs you will buy. Open your suitcase, and let’s get ready for the best beach holiday in your life. The plane will not wait!
Okay, this one may sound too obvious, and we don’t mean in any way to underestimate your judgement. It’s a beach holiday on a tropical island after all — of course, the swimsuit will make its way to your suitcase. However, what we do recommend is having at least two swimsuits in case one gets damaged or because it’s better to be sipping your cocktail at the pool bar in a dry swimsuit. Don’t forget your rash vest, if you are planning to indulge in water activities such as water skiing and stand up paddleboarding.
In Mauritius you will catch some sun, boost your levels of serotonin, and stock up on vitamin D. But it’s important to do so without exposing your skin to unnecessary risks. Assess your type of skin (e.g., sensitive, fair) and speak to your pharmacist about sun cream options, which protect both from UVA and UVB rays. Women may want to pack a different sun cream for the face, as well as a sunscreen spray for hair. Regardless of how you choose to protect yourself from the sun, remember to take frequent breaks under the shade to reduce the chances of sunburn. Did you know that many sun creams are harmful to the aquatic ecosystem and are responsible for the bleaching of the coral reef? A way to reduce your environmental footprint is to choose mineral sunscreens over chemical. Last but not least, put an aftersun in your toiletry bag for a long-lasting tan.
Mauritius has stunning beaches, and you will spend most of your holiday in one of them. While most of them are organised, which means they offer chaise longues and umbrellas, some are unspoilt. There’s no reason to sabotage a beautiful day on the beach due to lack of shelter when you can carry your own. Modern beach shelters are easy to put up and pull down, and they create an excellent play space for kids. Don’t forget your children’s beach toys!
The Indian Ocean offers endless possibilities for snorkelling — coral gardens, dolphins, and sea turtles are only some of the marine life you can witness. Whether you are in the north or south of the island, a lot is going on under the water. Even though most snorkelling tours and hotels offer the equipment (e.g., mask, flippers, snorkel), often it is worn or not enough for everyone. It’s always better to have your gear, which you will also use in your beach holidays to come!
Mauritius may boast a 330-km-long coastline, but there’s more to it than beaches. The island is also home to high, rocky mountains, and lush forests. Some tops can be conquered even by the most amateur hikers, and others require experience, skills, and professional guidance. There are also land activities such as zip lining, abseiling, and mini-safaris, which all need the appropriate footwear (and flip flops isn’t the one). Bring your hiking shoes along to make the most of Mauritius’ nature.
Mauritius’ tropical climate means that for the most part, the sun is shining gloriously. However, between November and April, Mauritius goes through its rainy and humid summer season. Although average temperatures remain high, there’s a high chance of tropical storms and cyclones. Be prepared for those sudden and heavy rains with a light raincoat, which you can keep in your handbag at all times.
Insulated drink bottle
In such warm weather and with so much physical activity (e.g., swimming, hiking), your body will need regular hydration. Even though you can find reasonably priced bottled water almost everywhere, a thermos will keep your beverages cool throughout the day.
Motion sickness tablets
You don’t have to be on a long journey to get motion sickness; those who are familiar with the unpleasant sensation know what we are talking about. If the thought of being on a boat makes you nauseous or gives you a cold sweat, pack a couple of motion sickness tablets. Mauritius offers some lovely boat tours, which are 100% worth taking. Why let motion sickness stop you from a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Indian Ocean when the solution can lie in your bag?
Mosquitos make themselves at home in tropical climates, and there’s no doubt that these tiny creatures are capable of ruining a romantic alfresco dinner or a whole night’s sleep. To avoid unpleasant situations such as uncontrollable itchiness and inflamation, we advise you to cover yourself with light layers whenever possible, and bring along a mosquito repellent. If you are into natural remedies, we have tried the mix of cloves, surgical spirit, and essential oil, and it worked just fine! In any case, even if you get bitten at some point, don’t panic as Mauritius is a malaria-free destination.
Mauritian Creole or French phrasebook
In spite of English being the official language in Mauritius, French is much more prevalent in society. Creole is the street language used in markets, festivals, and amongst friends and families, especially in rural areas where people may not speak English or French. If you want to experience Mauritius like a local, we suggest you pick up a few Creole words. The Mauritian people are genuinely proud of their inheritance, and appreciate even the smaller effort that travellers make to connect with them on a personal level. For a start, check out our beginner’s Creole guide we have composed for you.
Most five-star hotels and resorts apply a semi-formal dress code in their premises, and especially in the restaurant and bar areas. For example, men cannot appear for dinner in jeans and flip-flops, and women are expected to wear at least sandals and something chicer than shorts and a sportive top. Of course, it all depends on each hotel’s style and internal regulations. However, in clubs and restaurants outside of your hotel, you may still find that dress-code rules apply. We strongly recommend smart trousers, polos, and linen shirts for men, and a black party and a floral maxi dress for women.
Activewear and sports equipment
We cannot think of a better spot to lay our yoga mat and do our sun salutations than on the beach with the views of the flaming sun falling into the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is also a popular diving destination, and if you are planning to spend most of your time underwater, it might be worth bringing along your diving costume. Also, if you are an avid golfer, you probably already know that the island has more than ten outstanding golf courses. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is also quite popular amongst the younger Mauritian generation, and you can always find a session to join in as a guest.
First and foremost, Mauritius is the ideal place to relax. And in our mind, relaxation comes hand in hand with a good book alongside a fresh juice on a colourful beach towel. Depending on how fast a reader you are, and how many days you are staying in Mauritius, pack a book or two or stock up your e-reader. We encourage you to go offline and indulge into the books that have been waiting for you for a while, but you never had the time to read back home.
Important note: The power supply is at 230 volts, and the power socket uses the British 3-pin standard.
Written by Maria Iotova, a freelance journalist and former expat in Mauritius.
Congratulations on your wedding and a honeymoon well-chosen! Because, when you think of merry newlyweds, romantic settings, and intimacy, Mauritius is rightfully coming first in your preferences. The Paradise Island offers a balanced set of experiences for all types of couples — from beach privacy and invigoration at luxurious spas to adventurous hikes and fancy cocktail bars. However, to make the most of your tropical honeymoon, check out our advice. We can’t wait to host your love in our diverse island.
Agree on the type of honeymoon
Your honeymoon should be an unforgettable shared experience, the memory of which will continue to inspire your future endeavours as a couple. So, how do you imagine your trip? Are you looking forward to sunbathing on a sandy beach, with a rum cocktail in hand, thinking about nothing but the beautiful present? Or are you excited to get an adrenaline rush? If you and your partner have different preferences, one of the greatest things about Mauritius is that you can have it all.
Choose the best season
Mauritius has a tropical climate, which means that for most of the year the sun is shining gloriously. There are two seasons in Mauritius: rainy and humid summer (November to April) and winter (May to October). The average temperatures are 30 degrees Celsius in the summer and 23 in the winter. Despite the likelihood of tropical storms, the summer is the high season, when tourists flock to the island in their thousands.
Plan your budget
From the North to the South and the West to the East, Mauritius has first-class resorts and elegant boutique hotels where you can enjoy hospitality at its best. Infinity pools, secluded suites, and classy service will undeniably help you bond with your better half. However, you can opt for affordable accommodation, which may have less flashy facilities, but there’s enough natural beauty in Mauritius to enthrall you.
Experience Mauritius like a local
Mauritius is far more than upscale resorts, shimmering lagoons, and sandy beaches. The island is home to a unique blend of nationalities peacefully coexisting, a fusion cuisine, and sustainable local businesses. So, we highly recommend you leave the dream of your five-star hotel for a while, and connect with the community in a novel way. Are you ready to hop on a bus, drive along sugarcane fields, and enjoy Mauritius like a local?
Keep the romance alive
Being on a honeymoon doesn’t necessarily mean that the romance is present throughout the trip. However, in Mauritius, it’s not difficult for affection and intimacy to blossom thanks to the various couples’ activities. From sundowners at the forest and sunset horseback rides on the beach to underwater activities and cruises, Mauritius knows how to bring your partner closer.
Get some me time
Long-lasting couples advise that the secret to a successful marriage is for each side to be content. So, maybe you are longing for deep relaxation achieved through the healing properties of a hot stone massage, while your partner is practising their yoga and painting skills. Find out what self-care means to you, and don’t hesitate to do what’s right for you. Not only your other half will be happy for you, but the short time apart will enhance the relationship.
Written by Maria Iotova, a freelance journalist and former expat in Mauritius.
Mauritius’ vibrant dining scene embraces tastes from the world’s most loved cuisines and presents them in well-curated and authentic settings. To save you time and make your life easier, we have composed a list of ten tried-out and appraised restaurants in the North — representative of Mauritius’ culinary variety. Follow us to the bustling North, right in the midst of the island’s tourist zone, where you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink. Bon appétit!
1974 brims with love for Italian food created by Antonio and first-class service offered by Giulia and her team. The restaurant is a three-minute drive from the famous Trou Aux Biches beach and has terrace seats with a spectacular view of the ocean. We strongly recommend asking for the specials of the day before ordering your meal. However, the sea urchin pasta is one of the most-favored dishes on the menu.
Tip: Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Cabane du Pecheur
As its French name suggests, Cabane du Pecheur is the fisherman’s hut. Here, they only serve the freshest street food in Mauritius while you are enjoying the uninterrupted views of the Trou aux Biches lagoon. A few tables on the sand, traditional seafood menu which changes depending on the catch of the day, and friendly service make Cabane du Pecheur a must-do experience in Mauritius.
Tip: Cabane du Pecheur doesn’t sell alcohol, but feel free to bring your bottle.
Matthew McConaughey has eaten here. If that’s not a good enough reason to check it out, then we don’t know what is. Jokes aside, at La Voglia Matta you feel like you are being welcomed in the house of a big Italian family. The chefs and staff are busy to take care of a large number of tables, but they are all smiles and full of patience. Everything on the menu is freshly made — they also have gluten-free pizza.
Tip: Kids (and adults who want to become a child again) are crazy about the Nutella pizza.
If you wish to relax between intensive souvenir shopping at Grand Baie’s bazaar and swimming in Mont Choisy’s cerulean waters, German-run Cafe Müller is a great option. Just off Grand Baie road, a lush garden awaits you, and the entire place reminds something of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The owners are always there to welcome you, and more than happy to discuss their homemade recipes.
Tip: Show up on Saturday for their luscious brunch or on weekdays, early in the morning for breakfast buffet.
Greek cuisine may not have attained the popularity of the Italian, but for everyone who has tried it, Greek food remains a divine memory of earthy aromas and clear flavors. Also, being so healthy, there’s always a good reason to taste more of everything. Zorbas’ young yet talented chef creates traditional meals with a modern twist, and the result is a delight for your taste buds and eyes.
Tip: The roasted lamb with sweet potato releases its full potential when accompanied with a glass of Domaine de la Baume Syrah.
Curries (spicy and not so spicy), fresh whole fish, tropical salads, and Mauritian starters are all prepared with the authentic creole cuisine in mind at La Rougaille Creole. The restaurant is behind the Sunset Boulevard shopping center, but if you have some difficulty finding it, ask anyone around, and they will point you in the right direction. The portions are generous, the staff is alert, and prices are fair — they even welcome you with a delicious fried aubergines starter.
In Mauritius where about 60% of the population is of Indian origin, the quality and abundance of Indian cuisine don’t come as a surprise. Happy Rajah, in the same complex of Super U Grand Baie, is one of the most authentic Indian restaurants on the island. Take your seat on the veranda for people watching and pleasant sea breeze. Keep in mind that in spite of its spacious room, Happy Rajah gets very busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
For burger lovers and those travelers who are looking for a rustic dining experience in Mauritius, Dalon is local, quirky, and serves deer burger. Dalon’s limited outside-only seating doesn’t discourage people from trying their luck for a table even on busy weekends. However, note that this place isn’t what we would call child-friendly because of its small size and location on a congested road, off the Grand Baie main road.
Located on a quiet street of Grand Baie, Le Shabu specializes in Asian cuisine. From BBQ and dim sum to Thai salads and Laksa soup, here you only find recipes made with fresh local produce. The ambiance of this place is very calm, and the managers take the attendance of their guests very seriously. Feel free to ask for recommendations and specials, if you are indecisive.
Tip: Before making your way to Le Shabu’s current location, double check with them, as they are in the process of relocating to Pereybere.
When the Italian and French cuisines meet, Le Poivrier happens. A 15-minute walk from the lively beach of Pereybere, Le Poivrier is ideal for a romantic dinner after a sun-filled day. The restaurant is set in a tropical garden, which is atmospherically lit at night. The menu is in French only, but the attentive staff and one of the owners who are always on the floor are more than happy to enlighten you.
Tip: The parking space is quite small, so don’t hesitate to ask the parking attendant for help.
Written by Maria Iotova, a freelance journalist and former expat in Mauritius.
Markets are always a must to explore when travelling abroad and Mauritius surely has a few to choose from. In fact, the traditional markets opened many years ago when the first port was build which allowed locals to buy imported goods arriving by the merchant ships in one place. The market tradition is today a rooted part of Mauritius and while visiting the markets you are sure to explore massive crowds, discovering an endless amount of vegetables, herbs and spices not to forget to mention all the tourist souvenirs, local artworks, textiles, costume jewellery, DVDs, CDs and books. The markets in Mauritius are also the place to try the local street food which offers local delights, rotis, dholl puri, samosa, gato piment, and the delicious Alouda drink. We have listed a few of the markets for you here.
Port Louis Central Market The most famous market in Mauritius is the Central Market in Port Louis. You will find it crowded as the market is highly visited by tourists as well as locals and is a popular meeting point. The market is divided in sections, a section selling fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs and local food snacks, a section selling meat and sea products, a section upstairs selling souvenirs and a section selling clothes.
The market is open Mon-Fri from 09.00 to 18.00. Saturday half day, Sunday closed.
Quatre Bornes Cloth Market Quatre Bornes Market specializes in textiles and is therefore known for its cheap buys of clothes, casual wear, dresses, t-shirts, cloths by meter and many other sorts of textile. A great visit and opportunity to make a cheap deal. The market is located in the heart of Quatre Bornes and around the market you will also find normal street stores with a bit higher pricing. It is also possible to enjoy local snacks and drinks around the market.
The market is open Thursdays and Sundays from 09.00-18.00.
The Flacq Market The Flacq Market is an extremely colourful outdoor market offering different textiles, fruits and vegetables and extraordinary local herbal teas and fresh vanilla. The Flacq area is known for its production of tea which is why you will find many different teas at the market.
The market is open Wednesdays and Sundays
How to bargain and negotiate at the markets Negotiating is an absolute must when visiting the many markets in Mauritius. You will notice that many of the items are highly overprized and that you can actually get it for half the price! Never buy at the first shop that you see, check out the prices at the whole market and then decide which one you will go for, in that way you will get an overall feeling of the prices and avoid paying overprice. When you negotiate the price we recommend to always start very low and move up as the sale evolves. So if a seller wants a 1000 Rs, your offer should be around 300 Rs and the ideal is to settle at 500. If the seller will not accept your offer you simply walk away, the seller will either let you go or run after you and accept your offer. If he lets you off, you can easily find another stall selling the same product and renegotiate.
Other markets in Mauritius
Grand Baie Market: Open Mondays to Saturday and closed on Sundays.
Mauritius is always alive and for those whose feet can’t stay still and wish to explore the tropical nights, Mauritius hosts various different clubs and bars, which range from beachside bars, restaurant-clubs, beating nightclubs and cosy lounges. We have listed a few of our favourite clubs and bars for you to discover.
Banana Beach Club The Banana Beach Club is found in the heart of the charming tourist village of Grand Baie. The place is best known for its natural tropical setting, outdoor breeze, an extremely cosy and joyful atmosphere and live music. Here tourists and locals enjoy festive moments together indulging themselves in fruity cocktails, made from local fruits, and the best made Mojito on the island. As a part of the Club’s wonderful ambiance it is possible to enjoy an extensive menu at the Clubs Gourmet Grill with a unique fine dining set up. If you wish to just chill out and enjoy the cool tropical atmosphere, have a wonderful diner, or have a pre-party before heading the big clubs, rest assured that you will have an enjoyable experience at the Banana Beach Club. Banana is open Monday-Saturday from 12pm-01am.
Insomnia Insomnia Night Club is a one-stop clubbing spot in the heart of Grand Baie, a few steps away from Banana Beach Club. Insomnia is for the party people who never sleep! Here you can party all night long, singing along on great and up to date clubbing music while showing off your dance moves at the two dance floors that the club is offering. The nightclub offers several of drinks and cocktails and has nice seating areas where you can chat about anything and nothing to the early morning. Insomnia is open Friday-Saturday from 11pm-06am.
OMG Nightclub OMG nightclub is also located in Grand Baie, not far away from Insomnia and Banana Beach Club. The nightclub houses a huge dance floor area and a prestigious bar where you can enjoy any drink you’d like. OMG is famous for its many theme events and international DJ’s visiting the club, they are actively creating new events and the place is a huge gathering point for both locals and tourists. The club is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10pm-05am.
Shotz Shotz Nightclub Lounge is located in Flic en Flac on the beauitiful west coast of Mauritius. The nightclub has become a landmark in Mauritius with both a Mauritian, expat and tourist crowd and gladly opens the door for anyone who wishes to party and dance the night away. Shotz are constantly designing themed parties, live shoes and hosting some of the biggest parties with re-known international Dj’s and artists, as well as promoting and supporting local artists. Both resident DJs and guests DJ’s offers a blend of several music genres such as Commercial music, Afro Beats, Funky House, and R&B. The nightclub is open Wednesday from 9pm-02am ,Friday from 10pm-04am and Saturday from 10.00pm-05am.
Big Willey’s Big willy’s is a huge gathering space for both local and tourists and it’s unique set up offers a restaurant, a sports bar, a beer garden and a night club! It is ideally located at the entrance of Tamarin and welcomes a broad audience. At Big Willy’s you will find 2 bars, 2 dance floors, a multitude of screens, 2 giant outdoor screens for the sports lovers and a restaurant with over 50 seats. It is a one-stop experience that brings out the best night life of Mauritius. Big Willey’s is open Tuesday from 11am-10pm, Wednesday from 11am-03am, Thursday from 11am-10pm, Friday from 11am-04.30amand Saturday from 06pm-04.30am.
Al Shisha Al Shisha is located en Flic en Flac and offers a cosy and authentic hookah lounge where you can enjoy the best shisha, oriental tea, small snacks and lovely drinks in Mauritius. A great place to visit before a night out.
Known as “The Star and Key of the Indian Ocean” because of its spectacular beauty and remote location, Mauritius has earned the reputation of a top holiday destination. From museums, central markets and nature reserves to extreme activities, island tours, mountain climbing, snorkelling and diving with sharks. Mauritius offers such a diverse range of activities that will make every type of traveller fall in love. It has proven itself as an incredibly romantic destination for couples, as well as families who want to dive into an educating culture shock. Whether you’re trying to find the perfect location to initiate a wedding proposal or a hopeless dad, who wants to show his kids other cultures and different ways of living, Mauritius and PinkMango got you covered! We will introduce you do the best day trips and tours, Mauritius has to offer.
You can not visit Mauritius without checking out its bustling capital city, Port Louis. This iconic city is home to cultural diversity consisting of sacred sanctuaries, unique traditions, historical monuments, tempting Mauritian cuisine, as well as friendly and welcoming locals.
Cuisine from all corners of the world - stroll through Port Louis’ charming streets, while munching on tasty delights.
Sample a vast variety of delicacies of local mouth-watering food, influenced by the best European, Asian and African cuisine has to offer. The street food tour is a culinary around-the-world-trip. Whether you enjoy feeding each other with your fiancee or are eager to give your fast-food-spoiled kids a new perspective on food, Mauritian Streetfood has it all. Our Port Louis Streetfood Tour enables you to stroll the streets like a local, and learn about Mauritian history from our guide, all while munching on bite-sized delights. What a way to soak in the atmosphere.
One of the best is Dholl Puri; similar to tortillas but made using yellow split peas, wrapped around in many varieties of curries and pickled vegetables. Still can't get enough of tasty snacks filled with rustic herbs? Try Gato Pima. A very addictive falafel-like snack, made with yellow split peas, soaked overnight, ground up, mixed with spring onion and chilli, and stuffed with cumin and herbs. Mauritians love to eat it with a drizzle of hot sauce. Want something warm instead? Try haleem, a heartwarming soup made with lots of carefully-blended spices, wheat, lentils and meat. It is then served with vinegar, lemon juice, finely chopped scallions, fried onions and chilli.
Immerse yourself in the unique history, rich culture and fascinating traditions of Mauritius.
There are many great destinations to have a relaxing beach vacation for both families or romantic couples sipping on all-inclusive drinks staring into the horizon, but if you fancy some educational travelling, Mauritius’ museums are a great place to start. Whether you are just trying to get some refuge from the tropical sun or want to teach your kids about culture and history. Blue Penny Museum, The Natural History Museum, and The Photographic Museum are just some of the insightful museums in Port Louis. Each museum has its own background and uniqueness that provides a glimpse of Mauritian life. Please read further to learn more about the unique stops we take along our cultural tour.
Mingle with the locals in Central Market
To experience the authenticity of the city, stroll through the central market and explore. Central Market is the center of the local economy in Port Louis, and as such, there is always something going on. It is a place where fresh fruits, vegetables, handicraft, spices, etc. can be found under the same roof. Central market is also the ideal place to mingle with the locals because they usually hang around to catch up on gossips about politics and fashion, or simply get together over a meal or a refreshing drink.
Soak in the local atmosphere while walking through the walls built from the volcanic rocks and chiselled to bricks, then smelling the fresh aroma of spices, oranges, peaches, and all kinds of local vegetables and fruits. Some friendly sellers will be actively trying to sell their goods, but a simple no will make them understand. If you’re proficient at haggling you’ll score some good bargains here!
Look up to the stunningly detailed architecture of religious buildings.
The diversity of Mauritius is reflected in the various religious buildings found in the city, which are conveniently within a relaxed walking distance from each other. Mosques, temples, cathedrals and pagodas - The diversity in architectural styles is a direct reflection of the diverse populations found in Mauritius.
This is the oldest mosque on the island. Located on the Royal Street of Port Louis, it has Moorish and Munhal art architecture with impressive columns and large arches. There is a Badamia tree in the middle of the mosque that adds a special charm. Its large branches provide shade for worshippers and visitors in the middle of the city heat. Carved solid teak entrances, towering round domes, glittering glass chandeliers give the atmosphere of being in Arabia and India.
Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix
This is a very popular attraction for both locals and tourists who come to admire the modern contemporary architecture of the building. Situated on the flank of Signal Mountain, which offers great views of the city, Port Louis, the chapel is surrounded by a green garden that is very well maintained with patches of colourful flowers throughout the terraces. Those who like photography will be very satisfied here while enjoying the beautiful views of the Port Louis from the top of the hill and a great viewpoint for New Year's fireworks. If you fancy a workout with your loved one or have a hyperactive ten-year old that needs to let off some steam, there is a good trail run going up the signal mountain.
Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil
This is an old Hindu temple that boasts a strikingly vivid, colourful entrance. The inviting entrance is not misleading, it is a place of spirituality and peace surrounded by beautiful details. It’s a great way to calm down for a bit and enjoy the tranquillity of the place. It is built in 1854, dedicated to Lord Shiva, with authentic Dravidian architecture that can be seen in every aspect of the temple. As is custom with Mauritius, we respect one another religion and its principles, so please take off your shoes and dress appropriately before entering this sacred temple.
A full-day road trip through paradise in an iconic oldtimer
Have you ever been on the road trip and felt a thrill and excitement even when driving through the most mundane, featureless region? Well, then imagine what driving through a cultural and natural paradise in an iconic, unique vintage car would feel like. Our vintage car tour enables romantic couples to have some bonding time and gathering a series of unforgettable experiences in one day. Our tours use a driver, which allows you to enjoy the stunning views along the northern and central regions of the islands, with your significant other by your side. What’s there to see exactly? Stunning colonial architecture, vibrant landscapes, colourful temples, engaging museums and craftsmen.
The highlights of this tour are:
The Domaine de Labourdonnais a museum - which offers a glimpse of the daily lives of Mauritians in the nineteenth-century
La Maison Eureka - an ancient Creole mansion, that's engulfed by waterfalls and lush-green Mauritian foliage
Enjoy a romantic lunch menu filled with typical Creole dishes
Grand Glaube – A tranquil beach area in the very north ideal for some relaxing time
Sunbathe on white-sand beaches, while the kids get to snorkel in unspoilt, turquoise lagoons
Whether you’re a dive master on a honeymoon or a family looking to spot some colourful sea creature with your snorkels, you will love the island’s pristine white sand beaches and the unspoilt turquoise lagoon ahead. Mauritius’s Flat Island is also a favourite destination for families looking for a sense of paradise. Enjoy swimming in the warm turquoise water, building a sand castle and dining in a kid-friendly restaurant. Or relax at the spa while the kids enjoy new friendships and get involved in local culture at a fun themed kid's club.
This friendly family island is ideal for nature lovers who love snorkelling and bird watching. Also, the Pigeon Rock area has an internationally renowned dive site called The Shark Pit where divers can watch and swim with sharks.
Learn how to enchant your loved one with an authentic, romantic dinner - Mauritian style!
Cuisine plays an important role in understanding Mauritius's culture, and there is no better way to learn about authentic Mauritian cuisine than learning some simple and easy to follow recipes in a cooking class held by an experienced Mauritian lady.
This informative cooking class introduces the secrets of the authentic delicacy of Mauritian kitchen, the different variations of local fresh vegetables and spices, popular Mauritian dishes, all while discussing the history of the Mauritian cuisine and Mauritian lifestyle. After cooking, enjoy the meal that you make yourself and don't worry, you can bring the recipe home. This will be a great bonding time for families and couples a like. After all, what’s romantic than returning home, unpacking your suitcases, while your loved one is already preparing a Mauritian candlelight dinner.
Observe a warm-hearted traditional performance with a surprisingly dark backstory.
Comprising a mixture of impressive race, religion, culture and tradition, it would be a pity to
leave Mauritius without experiencing the rhythm, colour, music and sensuality that make up the traditional Sega music. Born out of the pain and suffering of slaves, Sega was a cry for freedom and expression. It usually performed around a fire, often in the mountains, forests, and beaches
What makes Sega more interesting is a set of instruments used in folkloric bands, such as maravane, ravanne, drums, triangles and so on, made by the locals, and are living historical and cultural artifacts.
That’s not all!
The attractions here are just the tip of the beautiful Iceberg (or volcanic island!), that is Mauritius. No matter what kind of traveller you are, Mauritius will enchant you with its positive vibe and make you feel lucky to get to see this beautiful spot on earth. From impressive mountain peaks, lush-green rainforests, pristine golf courses, powder-white beaches to the fascinating culture and its rich heritage.
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We say that tipping is not compulsory in Mauritius. The locals know that in order to earn tips an extra effort, work and attention needs to be given to the clients. However, hotels, tour operators, guides and restaurants are always going to do their utmost best to make you happy with their services, to earn those tips. The tipping policy is therefore very simple, you tip when you feel an extra service and attention has been given to you or if you feel very content and satisfied with a situation. The amount really depends on the place you are staying and you as a person.
The paradise island Mauritius is located in the heart of the Indian Ocean and lies 800 km away from Madagascar’s east coast, about 2,000 kilometres away from the east coast of Africa and is said to be a part of the African Continent. The island is around 61km long and 46 km wide with a total land area of 1,865 km2. Rodrigues Island and two small dependencies Agalega Island and Cargados Carajos Shoals are also a part of the Mauritian territory but unpopulated. Both Mauritius and Rodrigues Island are a part of the volcanic island chain called the Mascarene Islands.
Mauritius was created by volcanic activity around 12 million years ago and also houses a dormant volcano, which last activity is dated back to more than a 100,000 years ago. The island is formed by mountain ranges, some reaching between 600 -800m above sea level, a central tableland with a level of 300m in the north and around 600m in the southwest. The mountains are surrounded by coastal grasslands with small local villages, however you will find the mountains steepest around the centre of the island and less steep elsewhere. The ocean around Mauritius has created an impressive ring of coral reefs surrounding the 160km coastline, forming shallow and calm lagoons and white coral sand beaches.
Gorges and wild nature is to be seen more or less anywhere on the island with rivers and waterfalls. The volcanic lava stones are very present around the island and especially the southeast coast are known for amazing cliff drops of lava stones.
Mauritian is known around the world as a beautiful paradise island with bountiful nature and azure blue lagoons. While this is all true, their lies a great history behind the island as we know it today.
The discovery of Mauritius The first people to have ever visited Mauritius and its beauty were the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century most probably in and around 1510, but it was only the Dutch who settled on the island many years later, more precisely in 1598 and named the island Mauritius after Prince Maurice of Nassau. The Dutch were the one introducing the sugar cane and the many fields, but also the one known to have hunted the Mauritian national bird, the famous Dodo, to extinction. The Dutch left the island in 1710 because they had found a far better settling place in The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Only around five years later around 1715, the French occupied the island, renaming it to "Isle de France.”
French occupation It was under the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais that Mauritius had its first real development as a great harbour was built and Port Louis, named after the ruling king Louis XV, became the capital of Mauritius. Trade became great business for the island and Mauritius could supply enough sugar and rum to the surrounding islands. Slaves were also brought to the island from Madagascar, Senegal and Mozambique around this time and the slaves worked hard in the sugar cane fields and many also died. It was also during slavery that the Creole language was developed. Today creole is the mother tongue of Mauritius.
British occupation However, in 1810 the British conquered the island which they then occupied, and re-named Mauritius. The island was formally ceded to the British in the "Traiti de Paris" of 1814. Most of the French people, who had settled down in Mauritius, remained on the island and were allowed to keep their customs, religion and laws. Years later, in 1835, the British finally abolished slavery this led to the importation of Indian indentured labourers to work in the sugar cane fields instead. They eventually settled in Mauritius and their descendants constitute nowadays the majority of the population. Quick and rapid development of the infrastructure continued and free primary education was given to the population so that local civil servants could be trained to run the affairs of the country.
The Independence of Mauritius Jumping all the way to the 12 of March 1968, which was the year that Mauritius achieved their independence. The Mauritians adopted a constitution based on the British parliamentary system, yet the first post-independence years were difficult, but finally after 15 years of great work and planning, Mauritius finally achieved economic and political stability. Mauritius changed its status to a Republic on 12 March 1992.
Today Mauritius is in constant innovation and continuously trying to improve the country’s situation and development.