THE MULTIPURPOSE HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Mauritius is my favourite holiday destination!

I can highly recommend a trip whether it’s for a relaxing time with family or as a couple or something more adventurous. Mauritius has lots for everyone.

This Indian Ocean Island is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. It is easily accessible to South Africa – just a 4-hour flight. South African Airways and Air Mauritius fly out of Johannesburg every day and out of Cape Town and Durban 3 to 4 times a week which makes it so easy to have a holiday in paradise.

It is a year-round destination as it never gets really cold. The time of year to visit is dependent on your holiday preferences.

The summer months are from October to mid-April and can get very hot and humid over December, January and February.

The cooler months are from May to September and can be a little chilly in the evenings in June and July however some people really like these months as it is still nice on the beaches in the day and not too hot.

For diving enthusiasts, the clearest waters are between December and March.

Surfers usually find the best waves between June and August. The best areas for surfing are the west coast - Tamarin and Le Morne.

The best big game fishing is usually from October to April.

There are so many hotels and self-catering accommodations to choose from. I always suggest that people try a different one each time they visit the island. Hotels range from a breakfast only rates, to half board (breakfast and dinner) and an “all inclusive” basis. I highly recommend “all inclusive” especially if you are there with children or in a crowd. It really is worthwhile and you can relax more knowing everyone has all their food and drinks included.   Drinks in Mauritius can be expensive so the fully inclusive option took care of that.

A few hotels are “adults only” however most hotels welcome children and have “kiddies clubs”. Mauritians are known for their hospitality and care of children and they normally have a wonderful time and don’t want to leave. They normally take them swimming and do water sports with the older ones, crab hunting, swimming, glass bottom boat trips etc. There are usually indoor activities too like craft making and games. Most kiddies clubs also are open in the evenings to parents can relax and enjoy their dinner quietly while their children are being looked after.

Peak season is during Christmas, New Year and Easter. The best rates are usually from May to September when it is winter and low season on the island.

For those who like to get out and about, there is plenty to do on the island.

Pamplemousse Gardens is the botanical gardens. They are famous for their giant water lilies.

Port Louis – great for shopping. There are markets as well as the usual retails shops. There is also the Caudan Waterfront in the city – a bit like Cape Town.

Rhumerie de Chamarel – learn about the different stages of making the local rums and then have a rum tasting.

Charmarel – the 7 coloured earths which is a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow.

Grand Bassin is located in a crater of an extinct volcano and is the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. It is home to a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods, such as Hanuman and Lakshmi. The statue of Lord Shiva is by the lake – it is the highest statue in Mauritius.

If you are interested in ship models there is a factory in Curepipe where they make miniature replicas of traditional ships.

Swimming with dolphins in the open sea – one of my favourite activities.

Catamaran Cruise - from Grand Baie to Gabrielle Island or Trou d'Eau Douce to Ile Aux Cerfs. This is a full day excursion. They usually sail for about 2 hours until they reach an island. You can then stay on the boat and relax or go onto the island and sun tan, swim or snorkel. They then make a braai off the back of the catamaran

Ile Des Deux Cocos – in Blue Bay (a marine reserve in the south east). The best snorkelling on the island. The excursion usually includes snorkelling or a glass bottom boat trip and then a delicious fish barbeque for lunch on the beach under the trees.

Ziplining - If you like adventure or are a nature lover you will enjoy flying above the rain forest on a zip line at Rivière des Galets in the south of Mauritius.

Please contact me if you would like more information on the islands or hotels. I would love to send you to my favourite island for an unforgettable holiday in paradise.

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