Lives in Norfolk, United Kingdom
Since Jun 2015
35-49 year old female
Before welcoming our daughter into the world, myself and my husband travelled a lot, chasing the best scuba diving and food around the world! Having lived in London, and Jersey (Channel Islands), we have settled in Norfolk, and now spend our time exploring East Anglia with our dog Sandy, as well as looking for family and budget-friendly holidays in the UK and further afield. And the odd adults-only trip for us both!
Scuba & Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Casinos, Shopping Malls
Gift & Speciality Shops
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Sacred & Religious Sites, Bodies of Water
Coffee & Tea Tours
Having landed in paradise, it makes sense to head straight for the beach, and Mont Choisy is a great place to start. In the north, it is the longest beach on the island and has a lovely, sweeping curve of powder white sand with clear waters.
Trou aux Biches is the next beach resort along from Mont Choisy, and is equally as gorgeous. If you are looking for water sports, this is the place to be, with everything on offer including subscooters, which let even non-swimmers explore the fabulous coral reefs and marine life using self-propelled diving vehicles!
If you are feeling more adventurous, Mauritius is a great scuba diving destination. There are plenty of great dive companies operating from Trou aux Biches, all offering everything from a try-dive to PADI courses or day trips for qualified divers. The majority of dives will be at dive sites just outside the reefs that line the shore, a short boat trip from the beaches.
Grand Baie is my favorite place on the island: a bustling fishing port with a gorgeous beach. It is a real melting pot of local and tourist activities. You'll see fishing boats coming in with their catch of huge tuna, alongside shops selling everything from t-shirts to pineapples.
Dedicated to Shiva, this is one of the best examples of a Hindu temple in Mauritius. Located to the west of Grand Baie, it is really colorful and has a great atmosphere. Plus, it is a welcome contrast to the bustle of the town center.
The shopping mall scene is still developing in Mauritius, and this is one of the best. It boasts 80 shops and 20 restaurants, plus a cinema and playground, and is a good option if you are in the mood to shop until you drop, or you fancy some fast food.
At the end of day one, it is time for a cocktail made with fresh fruit. The Banana is a well known bar with open-air seating, a great atmosphere, and live music. It's also excellent value for money, and they have a good food menu, too.
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is a little oasis of peace and tranquility on the outskirts of Port Louis, and it's well worth a stop-in if you have time. With the gardens having been established for nearly 300 years, you get a real sense of history here, and you can see a wide variety of species — particularly palm trees.
If you were to arrange one day trip during your stay in Mauritius, I would recommend visiting the capital city, Port Louis. It's a compact city which really gives you a taste of the true Mauritius. From the gorgeous fruit and vegetable displays in the central market to the nose-to-tail approach in the rather more stinky meat and fish markets, to the swanky and spotless Waterfront development, to the skyscrapers of the financial district and various temples and places of worship, it is buzzing, welcoming and great fun!
There is a great buzz about the Central Market, where stall holders sell everything from fresh and plump tomatoes piled high in gorgeous displays, to arts and crafts and spices.
The Jummah Masjid Mosque, on Royal Road, is a beautiful place to visit while you are in the city, and it offers a moment of calm and reflection that contrasts the hustle of the Central Market and nearby Chinatown. It is one of the oldest mosques in the country, and is used by the large Muslim population of the city.
The modern face of Port Louis, the Cauden Waterfront development, is a harbor-side commercial area with shops, restaurants, offices, and even a casino! It is a nice walk from the Central Market down to the Waterfront, and along the promenade, where you can watch the huge cruise ships and working ships in the water.
If you want a contrast to a day spent in the city, then you can arrange to join a half- or full-day boat trip to visit the tiny island of Ile aux Cerfs, just off the east coast. The boat trip itself is a great way to see the coastline from a different perspective; and once you have arrived, head to the lagoon, which boasts shallow, clear water that is beautifully warm and great fun to paddle through to reach the powder white sands along the shore.
Charamel is a village in the southwest, and the location of some of the most beautiful natural sites on the island. The main attraction is the Seven Coloured Earth, a very pretty geological phenomenon that is perfect for a short visit and photo opportunity. You can then use Charamel as your base to visit all the other great attractions in the area.
A visit to Les 7 Cascades, a series of seven waterfalls in indigenous forests, is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the island. A hike through the area is a real highlight of a visit to Mauritius, and provides a nice contrast to days spent on the beach or by the hotel pool!
While you are in the area of Charamel, stop by to see this waterfall. It is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and the water really thunders down the 83-meter drop, particularly after a heavy rainfall. There are some interesting volcanic rock formations here too.
Another attraction in the Charamel area to take in during a tour, the staff here are really welcoming and there are some great, fun activities on offer. Just let your imagination go wild for a minute, and kids and adults alike are bound to enjoy themselves!
As you travel around Mauritius you will see the fields of sugar cane growing in abundance. One of the most fun by-products is Mauritian rum, and the Rhumerie de Charamel distillery is a great place to find out more. They run an excellent tour of the beautiful buildings, ending with the most generous rum-tasting session! And you'll get great prices in the onsite shop too.
This is a fun little nature park that is great for a few hours away from the beach. There are lovely giant tortoises, crocodiles, deer, monkeys, insects, and more. The animals all appear very well kept and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They breed crocodiles onsite too, so you will see crocodiles of various sizes here and can get really close!
Black River Gorges is the National Park around the Charamel area, made up of over 50 kilometers of hiking trails through indigenous forest. The scenery is really stunning and a great contrast to the beach landscape at the coast. You get some stunning views as you reach the top of the trails.
Grand Bassin is a large area with a very beautiful, atmospheric, serene crater lake, surrounded by temples and statues. It is the most sacred place for the island's Hindu population, and you will see locals and pilgrims alike making offerings to their Gods on the lake.
Tea plantations form a very recognizable aspect of the Mauritian countryside. The tea is really delicious, and includes varieties like vanilla tea, which locals drink black. You can usually arrange a tour of the tea plantations via your hotel, with a guide to fill you in on the history and show you around the area.
The most southerly spot on the island, Gris Gris offers something different again. With the sea crashing against rocky cliffs, it is very dramatic and beautiful. Stop to explore of the coastline and to take some stunning pictures.